Thursday, December 27, 2007

India vs Australia 1st Test: Exciting condition after the end of the 2nd day

Australia could add 6 more runs in the last wicket of the second day and got all out within 343 runs. Indian leading bowler Zaheer Khan got the last wicket.

However, India’s first innings was not good enough and being a hard batting line up. They could manage 196 runs losing all wickets off playing 71.5 overs. Sachin Tendulkar batted pace attacking well but he couldn’t continue it. After scoring 62 runs, he became the victim of Stuart Clark. Second highest run scorer is Sourav Ganguly. He got bowled out in the ball of Brad Hogg. Ganguly gave Brad Hogg another moment to remember. 11 years ago he was the first victim of Brad Hogg. However it was the 100th Test match for Sourav Ganguly and it was expected to his fans to see him hit 100 in this match but unfortunately he got out scoring 43 runs.

Rahul Dravid scored only 5 runs off facing 66 balls. He stayed in the field long time but failed to prove his talent. Among four wickets it was the most valuable wicket for Stuart Clark.

India’s middle order seems very strong in the cricket world but in this match no one middle order batsman could make any resistant.

Indian lower middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh got out without scoring any runs and new cricket sensation MS Dhoni also followed the same way.

Pacemen Stuart Clark and Brett Lee got 4 wickets each that help Australia to come back in the series.

Stuart Clark finished his day with four for 28 off 15 overs captured the valuable wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (62), Rahul Dravid (5), Yuvraj Singh (0) and MS Dhoni (0). Indian batsmen had to struggle hard against pace attacking. Brett Lee also performed well taking equal wickets of Wasim Jaffer (4), danger man V.V.S. Laxman (26), Indian skipper Anil Kumble (27) and finished India’s first innings taking the wicket of Zaheer Khan (11). He got 4 for 46 off 19.5 overs. With the wicket of Zaheer Khan, he reached the milestone by joining his former attack-mates Shane Warne, Glen McGrath and Jason Gillespie in securing his 250th victim. He is the sixth Australian bowler to cross the huge quantity of wickets.

Australian left-arm Chinaman bowler Brad Hogg claimed 2 wickets.

India’s first innings were dismissed 147 runs behind Australia’s first innings of 343.

However, Australia started their batting in the second innings where they scored 32/0 off playing 8 overs. Matthew Hayden (22) Phil Jaques (10) are now in crease. Australia take 179 run lead after the second day.

Australian team is waiting for their 15th successive win. However, cricket is an uncertain game and anything can happen anytime. Australia can win the match for match become draw.

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