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Day 4 of 4
Australia won by 337 runs.

Australia vs India

Aussies on course for record

Ponting's men one victory short of 2001 record

The moment of victory - 15 consecutive Test wins for Australia

Australia remain on course to beat their own record of consecutive Test wins after inflicting a 337-run defeat on India on the fourth day of the first Test in Melbourne.

The victory, the 15th in a row for Ricky Ponting's side, leaves them looking to equal the record set by Steve Waugh's side between 1999 and 2001 in the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which starts on January 2nd.

India had started the day looking to break a record themselves - the 499 runs they needed for victory. However, in the event they never came close to reaching that total, instead slumping to 161 all out.

They had frustrated Australia in the morning session as they struggled in the heat at the MCG to reach 56 for two at lunch.

But five subsequent wickets had gone by tea, with India finally capitulating less than an hour into the final session.

Adam Gilchrist had taken a catch off Brett Lee to dismiss Wasim Jaffer for 15 before Andrew Symonds took the crucial wicket of Rahul Dravid (16) shortly before the break.

Struggling

Sachin Tendulkar was then dismissed for 15 in the 41st over when he edged a ball from Lee through to Gilchrist - India now struggling on 77 for three.

VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly had appeared to have steadied the ship after the break. However, after making 42 runs, a lapse in concentration from the former saw him drive a ball from Stuart Clark straight to Michael Clarke at cover.

Then, just before tea, Yuvraj Singh - cleared of showing dissent at an umpire's decision in the first innings - was out lbw for five.

Wickets fell quickly during the final session, with MS Dhoni edging behind to Gilchrist from Mitchell Johnson and Anil Kumble being dismissed for eight.

Harbhajan Singh was then run out without even facing a ball before Ganguly (40) was caught via bat and pad off Brad Hogg's bowling in quick succession.

Victory was confirmed when RP Singh was bowled out by Johnson having made two runs.

Gilchrist milestone

There was also a personal milestone for Gilchrist, whose four catches enabled him to move past Ian Healy for the most dismissals by an Australian wicketkeeper.

The 36-year-old now has 399 dismissals, just seven behind the world record held by South Africa's Mark Boucher.

Match Details

Date
26th - 25th Dec 2007
Toss
Venue
Melbourne
Umpires
M R Benson and B F Bowden

india BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Dravid lbw b Symonds 16
Jaffer c Gilchrist b Lee 15
Laxman c Clarke b Clark 42
Tendulkar c Gilchrist b Lee 15
Ganguly c Ponting b Hogg 40
Singh lbw b Hogg 5
Dhoni c Gilchrist b Johnson 11
Kumble c Gilchrist b Johnson 8
Khan not out 0
Singh b Johnson 2
Extras 6nb, 1b 7
Total 74.0 Overs 161
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Full Bowling Card