India lead by 464 runs, Australia 62 for no loss

January 25th, 2008 - 3:16 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Harbhajan Singh

Adelaide, Jan 25 (ANI): Australia replied to the mammoth Indian total o f526 runs on a positive note, as the openers Matthew Hayden (36) and Phil Jacques (21) added up 50 quick runs.

Australian openers ensured that the Indian seamers did not get early breakthroughs. The day ended with great batting performances by Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

Earlier, India had posted a mammoth total of 526 runs against Australia in their first innings on the second day of the final Test match at Adelaide.

The last wicket to fall for the visitors was of the skipper Anil Kumble who got out to a Mitchell Johnson delivery for a score of 87 runs.

The Indian batsmen did a wonderful job to give the team a good position, which the bowlers could improvise on, putting pressure on the Australian line-up.

At one stage, the Australian team seemed to be clueless on how to handle the Indian tail, as the last wicket partnership between Anil Kumble and Ishant Sharma looked rock solid with the two adding up more than fifty runs between them.

Prior to this, Kumble hit a well crafted half-century as the visitors lost the penultimate wicket in the form of RP Singh. Michael Clarke claimed the tail-enders wicket for a duck.

India managed to cross the average first innings total of 461 runs at Adelaide, giving them an edge over Australia on the second day of the Test.

Australia spinner Andrew Symonds claimed Harbhajan Singhs wicket after the latter had scored 63 runs. The Indian tailenders performed superbly as the duo of Bhajji-Kumble added over a hundred runs for the 8th wicket.

India built up a strong first innings total of more than 450 runs as Harbhajan Singh contributed a priceless half-century to the teams total.

Brett Lee claimed the prize wicket of Indias batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar soon after he hit an inspiring 150. The batsman got out on a score of 153 runs as he lobbed the ball in high the air due to a mistimed pull. (ANI)

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