Australia skittles India in Boxing Day test

Last updated 18:50 29/12/2011
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TOP SCORE: Mike Hussey mistimes a drive during his knock of 89 in Australia's second innings of the Boxing Day test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Australia has defeated India by 122 runs at the MCG to take a 1-0 lead in their bid to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The home side dismissed India for 169 runs after taking four quick wickets after tea.

The Australians sliced through the Indian top order taking six quick wickets - and most crucially that of Sachin Tendulkar among them - before tea to leave India on the verge of total collapse as they attempted to chase 292 runs for victory.

In the evening session they struck again quickly to move in on victory and not force the match into its final day. Peter Siddle picked up spinner Ravi Ashwin caught at short leg from a ball that chased him then James Pattinson struck twice with Zaheer Khan caught in the same position after a hard hitting cameo, then captain MS Dhoni was bowled to leave India a wicket from defeat.

Nathan Lyon wrapped up the victory with his only wicket of the game when he had Umesh Yadav (21) caught on the long-on boundary by David Warner.

The Australians removed opener Virender Sehwag before lunch and with all three quick bowlers bowling beautifully to draw movement at genuine pace, they were able to keep the momentum after the break taking wickets at regular intervals.

The obstinate Rahul Dravid had his stump bent back and VVS Laxman was caught shortly after, both from the bowling of Pattinson, and India's hopes of victory faded. When Ben Hilfenhaus had Virat Kohli trapped on the crease lbw for a golden duck India, was listing but the removal of Tendulkar poking at a drive to squirt a ball to gully, put the visitors in desperate straits.

India's openers were both out caught behind the wicket. Sehwag fell for 7 off Ben Hilfenhaus and Gautam Gambhir was caught at second slip by Ricky Ponting from Siddle for 13. But those wickets only brought Tendulkar and Dravid together, the world's top two highest run scorers, and the most likely pair to bring India victory.

However, Dravid never looked comfortable at the crease and was bowled (10 runs) for the second time in the match (a third time counting the no-ball reprieve in the first innings).

Tendulkar was greeted with an ovation that sounded louder than the 20,000 people at the MCG should have been able to generate. He then greeted Siddle with a relaxed cover drive from the first ball, moving his feet swiftly into position and easing his body into the shot.

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Dhoni, ordinarily a fast scorer, adopted his natural game, hitting Hilfenhaus for six over midwicket to get off the mark, and with him is Ashwin who batted well for 31 in the first innings.

Earlier, the home side muscled its way to a strong position after a valuable last wicket stand helped boost the lead.

James Pattinson and Hilfenhaus held together and punched the ball around the field in a controlled partnership that yielded 43 runs after the early fall of Hussey today. Pattinson made his highest first class score to be unbeaten on 37, while Hilfenhaus provided 14 runs from 29 balls.

When Hussey fell edging a ball behind - and this time there was absolutely no doubt about whether he got bat on ball - he had added 10 to his own overnight score and edged Australia up to 9-197. It was a defendable target but not a strong one.

Hussey's departure in the first half hour furthered his curious battle with umpires and technology in this match. The man who in the first innings was unfortunate to be given out caught behind first delivery to a ball that replays indicated he had not hit, Hussey in the second innings benefited three times from the absence of the same Decision Review System that may have given him a reprieve in the first innings.

Hussey was twice fortunate not to be given out to lbw appeals that a third umpire would have ruled out based on TV replays and computer technology, while an appeal for caught behind down leg side this morning was turned down because it appeared likely to have clipped Hussey's pad but replays showed it also took a piece of his bat on the way through.

When he finally departed there was no dispute about the edge, the ball clearly deviating. The only query was how he managed to get bat on a beautiful delivery from Khan that moved considerably from the seam.


Collated board at the end of the opening Test between Australia and India at Melbourne Cricket Ground today:

Australia 1st Innings                                       Mins  Balls    4s    6s

E COWAN c Dhoni b Ashwin                          68    296    177    7    0

D WARNER c Dhoni b Yadav                          37     61     49    4    1

S MARSH c Kohli b Yadav                              0     10      6    0    0

R PONTING c Laxman b Yadav                       62    149     94    6    0

M CLARKE b Khan                                         31     58     68    5    0

M HUSSEY c Dhoni b Khan                              0      1      1    0    0

B HADDIN c Sehwag b Khan                           27    118     70    1    0

P SIDDLE c Dhoni b Khan                              41    129     99    4    0

J PATTINSON not out                                     18     83     54    2    0

B HILFENHAUS c Kohli b Ashwin                      19     44     32    3    0

N LYON b Ashwin                                            6     15     11    1    0

  Sundries (21lb 2w 1nb)                          24

  Total :                                        333

              Fall: 46 (Warner), 46 (Marsh), 159 (Ponting), 205 (Clarke), 205 (Hussey), 214 (Cowan), 286 (Haddin), 291 (Siddle), 318 (Hilfenhaus), 333 (Lyon).

              Bowling: Z Khan 31-6-77-4 (1w 1nb), I Sharma 24-7-48-0, U Yadav 26-5-106-3 (1w), R Ashwin 29-3-81-3.

              Batting time: 488 mins. Overs: 110.


India 1st Innings                                          Mins  Balls   4s   6s


G GAMBHIR c Haddin b Hilfenhaus                3     38     23    0    0

V SEHWAG b Pattinson                               67    129     83    7    0

R DRAVID b Hilfenhaus                              68    248    187    6    0

S TENDULKAR b Siddle                               73    149     98    8    1

I SHARMA c Haddin b Hilfenhaus                 11    104     69    0    0

VVS LAXMAN c Haddin b Siddle                    2     29     22    0    0

V KOHLI c Haddin b Hilfenhaus                    11     27     21    1    0

M DHONI c Hussey b Hilfenhaus                   6      11      8    0    0

R ASHWIN c Haddin b Siddle                       31     55     35    3    1

Z KHAN b Pattinson                                     4        7      6    1    0

U YADAV not out                                          2     21     16    0    0

  Sundries (1w 3nb)                                4

  Total:                                         282

              Fall: 22 (Gambhir), 97 (Sehwag), 214 (Tendulkar), 214 (Dravid), 221 (Laxman), 238 (Kohli), 245 (Dhoni), 254 (I Sharma), 259 (Khan), 282 (Ashwin).

              Bowling: J Pattinson 23-6-55-2 (1w), B Hilfenhaus 26-5-75-5 (1nb), P Siddle 21.1-2-63-3 (2nb), N Lyon 17-2-66-0, M Hussey 5-0-15-0, D Warner 2-0-8-0.

  Batting time: 418 mins. Overs: 94.1.

Australia 2nd Innings                                  Mins  Balls   4s   6s


D WARNER b Yadav                                    5     28     27    0    0

E COWAN lbw Yadav                                   8     32     17    1    0

S MARSH b Yadav                                        3     24     11    0    0

R PONTING c Sehwag b Khan                      60    149     97    3    0

M CLARKE b I Sharma                                 1      6      4    0    0

M HUSSEY c Dhoni b Khan                          89    224    151    9    0

B HADDIN c Laxman b Khan                         6      9     14    0    0

P SIDDLE c Dhoni b Yadav                            4     29     22    0    0

N LYON lbw Ashwin                                       0      8     11    0    0

J PATTINSON not out                                    3 7     96     81    4    0

B HILFENHAUS c Laxman b I Sharma           14     44     29    2    0

  Sundries (5b 2lb 1w 5nb)                        13

  Total                                          240

              Fall: 13 (Warner), 16 (Cowan), 24 (Marsh), 27 (Clarke), 142 (Ponting), 148 (Haddin), 163 (Siddle), 166 (Lyon), 197 (Hussey), 240 (Hilfenhaus).

              Bowling: Z Khan 20-4-53-3 (1w 3nb), U Yadav 20-4-70-4, I Sharma 12.3-0-43-2 (2nb), R Ashwin 22-4-60-1, V Sehwag 2-0-7-0.

              Batting time: 332 mins. Overs: 76.3.

India 2nd Innings                                       Mins  Balls   4s   6s

G GAMBHIR c Ponting b Siddle                 13     51     46    1    0

V SEHWAG c Hussey b Hilfenhaus             7     24     12    1    0

R DRAVID b Pattinson                              10     59     29    1    0

S TENDULKAR c Hussey b Siddle               32     71     46    4    0

VVS LAXMAN c Cowan b Pattinson              1     21     14    0    0

V KOHLI lbw Hilfenhaus                              0      2      1    0    0

M DHONI b Pattinson                                 23     87     44    0    1

R ASHWIN c Cowan b Siddle                      30     39     35    5    0

Z KHAN c Cowan b Pattinson                        13    26     22    1    1

I SHARMA not out                                         6     32     14    0    0

U YADAV c Warner b Lyon                           21     24     25    2    1

  Sundries (10lb 2w 1nb)                          13

  Total                                          169

              Fall: 17 (Sehwag), 39 (Gambhir), 58 (Dravid), 68 (Laxman), 69 (Kohli), 81 (Tendulkar), 117 (Ashwin), 141 (Khan), 142 (Dhoni), 169 (Yadav).

              Bowling: J Pattinson 15-2-53-4 (1w 1nb), B Hilfenhaus 18-4-39-2 (1w), P Siddle 9-1-42-3, N Lyon 5.5-0-25-1.

              Batting time: 226 mins. Overs: 47.5.

  Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Marais Erasmus (RSA).

              Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI).

              Third Umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS).

              Result: Australia won by 122 runs

              Man of the Match: James Pattinson

              Series: Australia leads the 4-match series 1-0

-Sydney Morning Herald

- Sydney Morning Herald

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