Australia bundle India out for 196, take 179-run lead in Boxing Day Test

December 27th, 2007 - 3:00 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Dec.27 (ANI): The second day of the five-day Boxing Day Test being played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) emphatically emphasised the championship status of the Australian cricket team, which clinically worked at bundling out India for a paltry 196, and then tightening the screws by taking their lead of 147 to 179 with a 32-run opening partnership in the second innings.
With the exception of Sachin Tendulkar, who made a master-class 62 before under-edging a Stuart Clark ball into his stumps, and a dogged 43 by the in-form Saurav Ganguly, all the other Indian batsmen failed to deal with the deliveries pitched at them by three Australian speedsters and left-arm Chinaman bowler Brad Hogg. Brett Lee with 4 for 46 and Stuart Clark with 4 for 28 were the pick of the bowlers. Lee also became the sixth Australian to collect 250 Test wickets. It was also moment to cherish for wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, who drew level with Ian Healy in grabbing his 395th victim behind the stumps.
At stumps, Matthew Hayden on 22 and Phil Jaques on 10, promised to pile on the misery more on Day Three of the Test.
Earlier,Tendulkar looked immovable, forcing and finessing his way to 62. But the defining moment of the innings came ten minutes before tea when Clark used his height to add some extra bounce outside off stump and Tendulkar inside-edged onto his stumps trying to punch through the off side. It was almost a carbon copy of Tendulkar’s dismissal in last week’s warm-up match when the 200-centimetre Victorian Allan Wise provoked the same mistake.
There were nearly 25,000 fewer spectators than the first day.
The score so far:Australia 343 (Hayden 124, Kumble 5-84) and 0 for 32 and India 196 (Tendulkar 62, Clark 4-28, Lee 4-46). (ANI)

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