| GEO Sports|
| India controls 2nd test with 301-run lead|
| Updated at: 0436 PST, Monday, October 20, 2008|
MOHALI: Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir increased India's commanding lead to 301 at stumps Sunday on the third day of the second test after leg spinner Amit Mishra took 5-71 on his debut to help dismiss Australia for 268.
India raced to 100-0 in its second innings after declining to bowl again when Australia finished two runs short of the total needed to automatically avoid the follow-on.
Australia's day got worse when Sehwag brought up his half-century in the second last over, scoring 53 from 71 balls. Gambhir kept pace with Sehwag and collected 45 as the hosts attempted to set up a match-winning total.
Australia relied on 78 from Shane Watson for cutting the first-innings deficit to 201 when the situation could have been much worse. Watson, appearing in his fifth test, looked the most comfortable of Australia's batsmen with 10 fours and a six from his 156-ballknock.
His only mistake came when he played back to Mishra who replaced the injured Anil Kumble and was struck on the pad in front. Mishra got his fifth wicket when last man Peter Siddle was stumped but India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni chose to bat again to give his bowlers a rest.