Australia vs India
Australia Win By 122 Runs
Warner insists Australia "hunted as a pack", Ponting reckons "this is a fantastic Test match win" and Siddle is proud of his performance as well as the respective showings of his fellow seamers - pats on the pack for the home side are vast and varied as the celebrations commence, India, meanwhile, are back in their dressing room, lamenting a rather sorry loss. Pattinson lands the Man of the Match award, and captain Clarke wants more of the triumphant same as the teams look ahead to the next Test in Sydney, starting early next year. Catch you then. Cheers, for now.
Over 47.5 Lyon 0-0-6-0-W
169-10 - A host of close-in fielders are left to twiddle their thumbs as Yadav's slog travels high and hard over long-on for six. He later goes again, but there isn't enough carry in it, with Warner running around the ropes to take a great catch to his right. And that, folks, is the end of the match.
Over 47 Pattinson 1-0-0-0-0-1
163-9 - Pattinson gets in a string of bouncers again, and might cop another warning from the umpire if he is not careful. One of the short balls is very well directed, with Yadav forced to take evasive action in order to avoid having his block knocked off. Drinks break, meanwhile.
Over 46 Lyon 1-0-1-0-0-4
161-9 - The tail continues to wag, with Yadav delaying Australia's victory celebrations by slapping four straight down the ground again. At least the tail-enders are enjoying themselves out there shortly before the final nail is sealed into the proverbial coffin.
Over 45 Pattinson 2-0-1-0-2-1
155-9 - Striving for a five-for, Pattinson is always in with a chance as Yadav and Ishant deploy baseball-esque tactics, swinging at everything. No breakthrough for the seamer yet, though, as India at least bring up their 150.
Over 44 Lyon 0-1-0-4-0-0
149-9 - Change of bowling as the spinner gets a go. Lyon almost enjoys immediate success to end the match, but Yadav's leading edge balloons marginally over mid-off's head for four. The cavalier right-hander then fancies a fat dip over midwicket, but misses and has his stumps missed by a mere whisker.
Over 43 Pattinson 0-W-0-2-0-0
144-9 - WICKET! Mum Nature starts to warm up her voice in anticipation of Aussie triumph as Dhoni falls. As was the case with Zaheer, the Indian captain swings across the line, but misses everything. He wanted that high and hard over the on-side, but instead looks around to see the stumps toppled. A severe lack of footwork was his undoing. Pattinson has a four-for and Yadav is the last man in.
Over 42 Hilfenhaus 1-0-0-0-0-0
142-8 - Entirely true to the defensive nature in which he plays, Ishant wants nothing to do with the bowler's bid to have him toy with one outside the off-stump, instead hauling out some characteristic discipline to leave anything and everything alone - plenty of catching practice for Haddin.
Over 41 Pattinson 0-0-4-6-W-0
141-8 - With no love lost between the tail-ender and the seamer after the previous over's string of short balls, Zaheer decides it's time to get his own back with a couple of big hits. He wields the willow over cover for a boundary Dhoni would have been proud of, then backs away to the leg-side, frees his arms and goes absolutely huge down the ground for six - that's no mean feat because this MCG arena is large. WICKET! Pattinson, however, has the last laugh by following Khan, who again backs away to the leg-side. Cramped for room, the right-hander tries to tuck the ball through to midwicket but succeeds only in bobbling a simple catch from bat to pad and into Cowan's hands at short-leg. That's the end of that cameo and Ishant is in now.
Over 40 Hilfenhaus 0-1-0-1wd-1-0-1
131-7 - Now Hilfenhaus is going after the short ball and it's a clear sign that the Australians are just keen for a bit of intimidatory tactics. Hilfenhaus gets called wide for another bouncer as it goes way over Dhoni's head. They won't take this lying down, I fancy the Indians are going to try and hit back here with a few big hits.
Over 39 Pattinson 0-2-1-0-0-1nb-1
127-7 - Pattinson is looking to pepper Zaheer Khan with a barrage of short balls. There's plenty of chatter out there and umpire Erasmus no-balls Pattinson for a third bouncer. He has a word with Michael Clarke as well, just to tell the captain to calm his players down. It seems Pattinson is no longer interested in taking wickets, but rather knocking Khan on the head.
Over 38 Hilfenhaus 0-1-0-0-0-0
122-7 - Another quiet over from Hilfenhaus who is bowling some good wicket-to-wicket stuff now, very similar to that of Glenn McGrath. Dhoni manages to get a single as he pushes to mid-on and Khan is able to block out the over.
Over 37 Siddle 0-0-2-1lb-0-0
1217 - Dhoni's going to need some support here from Khan and while he may look shaky running between the wickets, he definitely can hold a bat. Just three wickets remaining for Australia and a mammoth 170 runs for India.
Over 36 Hilfenhaus 0-0-1-0-0-0
118-7 - Dhoni has Zaheer Khan for company now who nearly gets himself run out as he's late to set off for a single. A direct hit would have had him out by a country mile, but he luckily gets home. Hilfenhaus continues to toil outside off and it's a great position for Australian cricket to have him, Siddle and Pattinson on form. Ryan Harris and Pat Cummins are still on the sidelines and despite their form before injury, they might struggle to get back into this side. What about Mitchell Johnson? He's surely fallen well down the pecking order now.
Over 35 Siddle 0-0-0-0-0-W
117-7 - WICKET! Siddle roughs Ashwin up with a short ball and he's caught in no-man's land as Haddin takes a sharp catch. There's an appeal, but it's half-hearted. The very next ball Siddle tries the short one again and this time Ashwin loops it straight up and short-leg Ed Cowan bags the catch he'll ever take in Test cricket. Surely it's all over now for India.
Over 34 Hilfenhaus 0-0-0-0-0-0
117-6 - A patient maiden to begin with for Hilfenhaus who has done well to keep Dhoni quiet. The Indian captain was keen to smash the boundaries when he first came to the wicket, but following a few wickets, he's had to knuckle down and try play a more responsible knock here.
Final throw of the dice after tea
There's still another 175 runs between India and victory, but the partnership of Ravichandran Ashwin and MS Dhoni is up to 36 and could build into something more significant after tea. It's been a rather ordinary batting display from India today, but all credit to Australia's bowlers who have generally put the ball in the right areas.
Over 33 Siddle 4-4-0-4-0-0
117-6 - Ashwin gets another inside edge and flies to fine leg for four. Siddle's not displeased and actually rather proud to have found the edge because he knows he's in business here. Ashwin follows it up with another streaky one which flies past a diving gully before playing a more convincing drive past Siddle for a third boundary in the over. With that, it's time for tea.
Over 32 Lyon 1-0-0-0-3-0
105-6 - Good over from Lyon has he floats it up to try and attempt the batsmen, but he drops one a bit too wide and Ashwin isn't one to miss out and drives it out for three.
Over 31 Siddle 0-0-1-1-0-4
101-6 - So close to a seventh wicket as Siddle finds the edge, but Ashwin went hard at it and it flew over Ponting's head at slip and off to the boundary for four. It's streaky, but every run counts.
- 25th - 29th Dec 2011
- M Erasmus and I J Gould
india BATTING CARD
|Gambhir||c Ponting b Siddle||13|
|Sehwag||c Hussey b Hilfenhaus||7|
|Tendulkar||c Hussey b Siddle||32|
|Laxman||c Cowan b Pattinson||1|
|Kohli||lbw b Hilfenhaus||0|
|Ashwin||c Cowan b Siddle||30|
|Khan||c Cowan b Pattinson||13|
|Yadav||c Warner b Lyon||21|
|Extras||1nb, 2w, 10lb||13|
|Total||All out, 47.5 Overs||169|