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India crumbles on day 4 in the face of massive run chase

India crumbles on day 4 in the face of massive run chase

Strike bowler Brett Lee claimed two key wickets as India's batting lineup crumbled in the face of a massive victory target Saturday on the fourth day of the first test against Australia.
Lee (2-43) removed opener Wasim Jaffer and a dangerous-looking Sachin Tendulkar as India went to the tea break at 134 for five, still trailing Australia by 373 runs with four sessions remaining on a rapidly deteriorating Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket.
Saurav Ganguly was unbeaten 36 at the break and will resume the evening session with Mahendra Dhoni on 1.
Tendulkar attempted to apply some pressure to the Australian bowlers after lunch, but made just 15 runs with one boundary in his 21-ball knock before an outside edge off a Lee ball carried to Gilchrist.
V.V.S. Laxman composed a dogged 42 with six boundaries off 112 and joined Ganguly in an innings-steadying 41-run fourth-wicket partnership before skying a Stuart Clarke (1-20) ball to the waiting hands of Michael Clarke at cover.
Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg (1-38) deceived Yuvraj Singh (5) with a flipper three overs later to reduce India to 125-5.
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.
Ganguly appeared to be affected by the Melbourne heat _ which reached 38 C (more than 100 F) _ and lay prone on the field for several minutes midway through the 55th over before resuming his innings after treatment.
In the morning session, Symonds (1-25) trapped slow scoring opener Rahul Dravid lbw in the last over before lunch to leave India at 56 for two,
Dravid scored 16 from 114 deliveries as the tourists added only 50 runs in the session.
He and Jaffer combined to add 20 runs to the overnight score before Lee slowed the tempo in the eighth over of the day.
Gilchrist gloved 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.


Updated : 2021-06-19 13:44 GMT+08:00