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India loses 2 wickets in slow start to massive run chase

India loses 2 wickets in slow start to massive run chase

Allrounder Andrew Symonds and strike bowler Brett Lee made early inroads Saturday into India's pursuit of an unprecedented victory target on the fourth day of the first test against Australia.
Symonds (1-15) trapped slow scoring opener Rahul Dravid lbw in the last over before lunch to leave India at 56 for two, still trailing Australia by a massive 443 runs with five sessions remaining.
Dravid anchored the morning session for India, scoring 16 from 114 deliveries as the tourists added only 50 runs in the session.
V.V.S. Laxman composed a dogged 21 from 55 balls, carefully choosing his shots, including three boundaries on a rapidly deteriorating Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket which is becoming amenable to reverse swing.
Sachin Tendulkar rejoins him after the break, unbeaten on 2 from three balls.
Australia declared at 351-7 late on the third day and India _ dismissed for 196 runs in reply to Australia's first innings of 343 _ will need to make history to win the match.
The highest successful run-chase at the MCG was England's 332 against Australia in the 1928-29 Ashes series. Only three teams have ever completed a winning run-chase in excess of 400 runs in the fourth innings of a test.
Dravid and Wasim Jaffer combined to add 20 runs to the overnight score and give India a positive start to its mammoth run chase before Lee (1-15) slowed the tempo with an early breakthrough in the eighth over of the day.
Adam Gilchrist cleaned up a Jaffer nick off Lee's delivery to become Australia's most prolific wicketkeeper, surpassing Ian Healy's 395 test dismissals.
Lee made a confident appeal for caught behind three deliveries earlier, before realizing he had been called for a no ball. It was the third time this test that apparent dismissals have been forfeited to no balls, following disappointments for Mitchell Johnson in the first innings and Zaheer Khan on the third day.
Australia seamer Stuart Clark, who claimed four wickets in the first innings, bowled eight tidy overs in his first spell Saturday conceding 4 runs with six maidens. Fellow quick Johnson had 0-8 with six maidens and left-handed spinner Brad Hogg bowled four overs for 14.


Updated : 2021-04-18 13:54 GMT+08:00