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Clark and Lee wickets rattle India on the 2nd day

Clark and Lee wickets rattle India on the 2nd day

Stuart Clark claimed three wickets and fellow paceman Brett Lee had two to rattle the Indian top order and put Australia in control of the second day's play in the first cricket test Thursday.
Clark (3-15) had Yuvraj Singh caught behind for a duck on the last ball before tea to leave India at 122-5, trailing Australia's first innings total of 343 on a slow and deteriorating Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket.
Clark took the vital wicket of Sachin Tendulkar for 62 two overs earlier to break up a promising 65-run fourth wicket partnership with Saurav Ganguly.
Ganguly, playing in his 100th test, was unbeaten on 21 at the break.
After Australia's pace attack claimed three top order wickets for just 55 runs, Tendulkar settled in to anchor the India innings, confidently placing the ball into gaps and timing eight boundaries as well as a big six over long-on off spinner Brad Hogg.
The veteran Indian batsmen attempted a shot off the back foot toward cover only to be beaten by Clark.
Lee (2-24) made the first breakthrough of the day with the new ball when he had Indian opener Wasim Jaffer caught behind for 4 in the ninth over.
Clark saw off slow-scoring opener Rahul Dravid with the last ball before lunch to leave India struggling at 31-2. Dravid's runs came from 66 balls.
Lee claimed his second wicket with a scorching short delivery that flew off V.V.S. Laxman's wrist guard to a diving Ricky Ponting in the slips. Laxman scored 26 runs off 56 balls with one boundary.
India made a cautious start to its innings after seeing off the Australian tailenders early in the first session.
Mitchell Johnson hadn't conceded a run from more than five overs when he came close to dismissing Dravid. Matthew Hayden caught a Dravid edge at first slip only to have Billy Bowden call a no ball, with Johnson's foot clearly over the line in television replays.
Earlier, Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan dismissed Clark in the fourth over of the second day to end Australia's first innings.
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.
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 344 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.
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.


Updated : 2020-12-02 03:27 GMT+08:00