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India 117-6 chasing 292 on 4th day vs Australia

India 117-6 chasing 292 on 4th day vs Australia

Peter Siddle claimed the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for the second time in the match as Australia's bowling attack reduced India to 117-6 at tea Thursday facing defeat in the first test.
India, set the imposing victory target of 292, trails Australia by 174 runs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni the last recognized batsman at the wicket.
Tendulkar, out for 73 to Siddle in the first innings, made an assured 32 from 46 balls with four boundaries before offering a thick edge to Mike Hussey in the gully. The dismissal denied the batting great yet another chance to score cricket's first 100th international century, after being stuck on 99 since March.
At tea, Dhoni was on 14 and Ravichandran Ashwin had 30 with India needing to produce the highest second-innings run chase at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since South Africa's 297-4 in 1953.
Australia's fast bowlers worked in harmony throughout most of the afternoon, applying constant pressure rewarded by regular wickets.
Ben Hilfenhaus made an early breakthrough before lunch when Virender Sehwag was caught by Hussey for 7 and Siddle removed Gautam Gambhir caught by Ricky Ponting in slips for 13 in his first over of the afternoon session.
Pattinson bowled first-innings danger man Rahul Dravid for 10, then had V.V.S. Laxman, traditionally a big scorer on Australian wickets, caught by Cowan for 1 after making 2 in the first innings.
Virat Kohli was out first ball, trapped lbw by Hilfenhaus.
Tendulkar showed his intent from the first ball, driving for three runs after the crowd of more than 20,000 rose to cheer him to the crease in what is almost certainly his last test innings at the MCG. They rose again as he walked from the field with India at 81-6.
Pattinson looked to have Tendulkar's measure for much of his innings, bowling economically to the prolific scorer and even tempting him into the occasional rash shot.
Earlier, Pattinson (37) and Hilfenhaus (14) shared a defiant 43-run partnership for the last wicket to frustrate the Indian bowlers.
Hilfenhaus sent an outside edge to Laxman off an Ishant Sharma ball to end Australia's second innings on 240.
Zaheer Khan claimed the breakthrough wicket of Australian top-scorer Hussey, who made 89 with nine boundaries before offering an outside edge to wicketkeeper Dhoni.


Updated : 2021-07-25 02:36 GMT+08:00