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India dismisses Australia for 347 early on the 2nd day

India dismisses Australia for 347 early on the 2nd day

Paceman Zaheer Khan dismissed Stuart Clark in the fourth over of the second day to end Australia's first innings at 347 in the first cricket test against India on Thursday.
Stuart Clark failed to add to his overnight score of 21 when he attempted a big hit off Khan only to be caught by Harbhajan Singh near the boundary rope at deep mid-wicket.
Mitchell Johnson ended the innings unbeaten on 15, adding five runs to his first day score, including a boundary. The Australian tailenders combined for a 10th-wicket partnership of 31 runs to help post India a challenging first-innings target of 348 on a slow and deteriorating Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket.
Khan finished the innings with figures of 4-94, complementing legspinner Anil Kumble's 5-84 that overshadowed Matthew Hayden's 28th test century and put India in a strong position on the first day.
Australia was 135-0 before India captain Kumble dismissed opener Phil Jaques for 66, sparking a top-order collapse. Khan claimed Ricky Ponting and Khan snared Mike Hussey in the space of four balls to set up a stunning day for the Indian bowling attack.
Hayden brought up his century when he cracked an R. P. Singh ball for four runs in the 43rd over. The century was his 19th scored in Australia, surpassing Donald Bradman and Ricky Ponting with 18 each.
Hayden was dismissed in the 63rd over when he spooned a Zaheer Khan (3-93) delivery to Saurav Ganguly at mid-on for a simple catch.


Updated : 2021-05-08 00:13 GMT+08:00