Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Australia vs India 2nd Test: Match report of the 1st day

Australia team is fighting their second Test of the four-match Test series against India at Sydney Cricket Ground heading towards the 16th consecutive Test win in a row to equal their won world Test record. On the other hand, India team is trying hard to stop Ricky Ponting’s Australia team and make a record of getting series win.

Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan failed to prove his fitness so, he was left for the second test at Sydney. 19 year old Ishant Sharma has replaced the place of Zaheer Khan. Australia was named an unchanged team for the second Test and again Shaun Tait could not take the position in the main squad.

After winning the toss, Australia team managed 376 for 7 chose to bat first. Australian middle order batsman Andrew Symonds helped his team to set a strong 376 runs for 7 from 134 for 6 at end of the first day to make 2nd Test century.

Andrew Symonds was on unbeaten 137 and Brett Lee was 31 not out at the end of the first day. Brad Hogg was the last victim in the 1st day. Before the victim of Kumble he made his maiden Test fifty of 79 runs and made an important partnership of 173.

No doubt, Andrew Symonds is the luckiest players as he got two lives. He got out when he was 30 to give a catch to MS Dhoni behind the wicket in the ball of Ishant Sharma. However, umpire gave not out. Continuing to make 137, another close call on stumping came against him when he was 48 but umpire gave him benefit of doubt.

Rudra Pratap Singh is now leading the Test match taking top 4 wickets for 108. Harbhajan Singh also came back in the innings taking 2 important wickets of Australian captain Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke for 88.

Indian captain Brad Hogg got only one wicket of Brad Hogg that was the last wicket of the first day.

However, Australia will start their innings tomorrow and try to make some quick runs against India. We can see tomorrow what Indian bowlers can do against Aussies batsmen.

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