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Hayden scores century as Kumble rattles Australian top order

Hayden scores century as Kumble rattles Australian top order

Matthew Hayden completed his 28th test century and anchored the Australian innings after Anil Kumble took two valuable wickets to rattle the home team's top order on the opening day of the first test against India on Wednesday.
Australia was 213-3 at tea with Hayden unbeaten on 121 with Michael Clarke at 14.
After combining with Phil Jaques for a steady first-wicket stand of 135 runs, Hayden brought up his century when he cracked an R. P. Singh delivery for four runs in the 43rd over. Hayden faced 126 balls and hit nine fours to reach his 100.
Phil Jaques overcame a shaky start to smash a half-century before being dismissed by a Kumble delivery for 66 runs, sparking a mini-collapse.
After Australia ended the first session at 111-0, India captain Kumble (2-46) made his breakthrough in the 34th over. The legspinner tempted Jaques to advance up the wicket with a deceptive delivery, Jacques missed the shot as the ball swung in allowing wicketkeeper Dhoni to complete the stumping.
Jaques' 108-ball knock featured eight boundaries.
India maintained its momentum, dismissing Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey in the space of just four deliveries to dent the Australian's confidence.
Australia captain Ponting managed just four runs before he was bowled by paceman Zaheer Khan (1-59) in the 39th over, ushering Hussey to the crease. Hussey faced three balls and scored two runs when he became Kumble's second dismissal, trapped lbw in the 40th over with the score at 165-3.
Australia's opening pair got off to a slow start under some intense pressure from India's pace attack after Ponting won the toss and elected to bat first under bright skies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Hayden finally found his first run with a single in the fifth over.
Left-armed bowlers Khan and R. P. Singh were unlucky not to make a breakthrough early with the new ball, with several confident appeals for lbw denied by the umpire and the Australians often looking vulnerable to nicks and edges.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, playing in his 100th test, joined offspinner Harbhajan Singh in an expensive second bowling spell as the Australian openers grew accustomed to the pitch and upped the scoring tempo.
Ganguly joins Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid in an elite group of Indian players to make 100 test appearances.
India has never won a series in Australia, but is buoyed by recent wins against England and Pakistan, and is looking to better its effort in drawing the 2003-2004 tour.
Out of the 32 tests played between the teams in Australia, the hosts lead India 20-4 with eight drawn matches. Australia dominates tests against India at the MCG 6-1.


Updated : 2021-05-15 12:46 GMT+08:00