Australia v India, 1st Test, MCG, 2nd day December 27, 2011

Dravid, Tendulkar lead strong reply

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India 3 for 214 (Tendulkar 73, Dravid 68*, Sehwag 67) trail Australia 333 (Cowan 68, Ponting 62, Zaheer 4-77) by 119 runs
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Sachin Tendulkar was foiled yet again in his pursuit of a 100th international century, as Peter Siddle atoned in the final over for an earlier no-ball that reprieved Rahul Dravid, on another absorbing day of the first Test between Australia and India at the MCG.

Driven largely by Tendulkar's stand of 117 with Dravid, India reached a threatening 3 for 214 in reply to Australia's 333, but cursed the loss of Tendulkar for 73 on the stroke of stumps. Only a handful of overs had passed since Dravid had been bowled by Siddle and handed another start after Marais Erasmus' check revealed a front-foot transgression.

Australia's fielders gnashed their teeth over the incident and had struggled in the field, as catches went down and the captain Michael Clarke's resources were stretched by the absence of a fifth bowler. But Tendulkar's exit gave them cause for some hope for the third morning.

Tendulkar's serene innings in Dravid's company had wrestled the day India's way, following a second session speckled with incident. That period of play was capped when James Pattinson splayed the stumps of Virender Sehwag, whose streaky but entertaining 67 took him past 8000 Test runs. Sehwag gave two clear chances and another near enough to it, making merry until Pattinson was rewarded for a sustained and hostile spell in the lead-up to the tea interval. The bowler had earlier crossed swords with Sehwag in an ill-tempered confrontation over the matter of right of way while running between the wickets.

Pattinson stood clearly above the rest as the most demanding member of Australia's attack, showing a fiery countenance as well as speed and movement, but the limitations of the rest were exposed on a pitch now friendly to batsmen. Siddle was punished early before his late rally, and Ben Hilfenhaus used the new ball with intelligence, disposing of Gautam Gambhir, but later faded.

He, Hilfenhaus and Pattinson had all hung around in the morning to build the hosts' total. Zaheer Khan claimed Brad Haddin and Siddle to return deserved figures of 4 for 77, while R Ashwin accounted for Hilfenhaus and the last man Nathan Lyon. Umesh Yadav did not add to his three wickets on the first day, while Ishant Sharma will bowl far worse for better returns than his 0 for 48 in 24 exacting overs.

Siddle and Haddin resumed against a refreshed India on a brilliantly warm and sunny day, and were not long in facing difficulty. Zaheer gained swing one way and seam the other in the day's second over with the still-new ball, and Haddin was bereft. He edged one delivery to the third man fence, either side of failing to cover, then snicked another low to gully where Virender Sehwag held it.

Haddin asked Sehwag if the catch had carried, and there was a further delay as the umpires checked for a possible no-ball, but eventually Australia's wicketkeeper was marching off, before many at the MCG had even settled into their seats. Siddle and Pattinson resisted momentarily, before Zaheer found another precise delivery to catch Siddle's edge as he pushed from the crease.

Hilfenhaus announced himself with a slap to the cover fence. He added a hairy edge over the slip cordon and an improbably commanding lofted drive down the ground, both off Zaheer, to push the total past 300. The impressively upright and correct Pattinson followed up by punching Ishant Sharma splendidly down the ground, helping his confidence but also indicating that the surface was becoming rather more pleasant for batting than at any stage of day one.

The duo reached drinks together, adding a pesky 27 in all before the introduction of Ashwin brought a Hilfenhaus heave to long on. Pattinson connected with a handful of further decent blows before Lyon was bowled around his pads. Sehwag and Gambhir negotiated a brief spell before lunch. Ed Cowan, Australia's debutant and top scorer on day one, was unable to field for a time due to back soreness, his place taken by Daniel Christian.

When the players returned, Sehwag and Gambhir struggled initially against the seam and swing of Hilfenhaus and Pattinson. A Sehwag edge off Pattinson burst through the hands of Michael Hussey in the gully - a chance that should have been held. Tempers were raised when Pattinson and Sehwag passed closely beside one another as the batsman took a run, resulting in a heated exchange that also drew in Siddle and had Sehwag pointing the senior bowler back to his fielding post.

The confrontation deflected momentary attention from Gambhir, whose best touch has been missing for most of 2011. Here he scratched around for three runs in 23 balls, the last of which was a shortish, seaming delivery from Hilfenhaus that Gambhir edged forlornly behind with an open face. Dravid arrived with the ball still new and Sehwag not yet into stride.

Quietly, the pair established themselves, offering due deference to some wholehearted bowling and accumulating runs in ones and twos before any great flurry of boundaries could be sought. The 15th over was reached before Sehwag opened up, twice stroking Siddle to the offside boundary, then repeating the trick by crashing Lyon to the sightscreen off successive balls to pass 50 from a sedate - by his standards - 59 balls. The next delivery brought a miscue and a quarter-chance to long on, where David Warner may or may not have reached the ball before it touched the turf.

Pattinson drew another chance from Sehwag's flailing bat when an edge behind was turfed unattractively by Brad Haddin, and it appeared India would reach the interval without further loss. But Pattinson's fire and persistence were justly rewarded in the moments before tea, with another freewheeling driving resulting in an inside edge that tilted middle stump.

Tendulkar made it to the middle accompanied by his requisite ovation, and caused Australian hearts to leap when an inside edge to his second ball slipped centimetres from the grasp of short leg. Tea came and went with Pattinson's electricity still in the air, but on their return Tendulkar and Dravid set out with intent to control the innings.

The first ball of the evening was flashed high over the slips and the rope for six by Tendulkar, not permitting Siddle a moment to gather himself. The next flowed through midwicket for three, and Tendulkar's course was set. He maintained a rollicking pace for most of the next two hours, taking particular toll on Siddle, and defusing Lyon.

At the other end Dravid fought himself as much as the bowlers, not locating the fluency of his England efforts, but nonetheless providing the foil Tendulkar required to blunt Australia's bowlers. Michael Clarke shuffled his quartet as best he could, but the pacemen's spells became briefer and briefer, forcing the use of Hussey and even David Warner's under-ripe legspin.

The century partnership was the 20th between Tendulkar and Dravid in Tests, a milestone befitting Test cricket's most prolific batting partnership. It appeared to have ended shortly after when Siddle brought one back between the latter's bat and pad. The roar of a crowd of 52,858 was redoubled, however, when replays showed that Siddle had overstepped.

Siddle's next delivery went close to perforating Dravid's defence again, and the bowler's pace did not flag as he pushed himself to make amends. For perhaps the first time in his innings Tendulkar became a little tentative, mindful of the close, and he was not decisive enough in his push down the track to prevent an in-ducker from bursting through to disturb the stumps. The nightwatchman Ishant Sharma survived the final three balls, but his presence has provided Australia a path into India's batting when the Test resumes.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Wefinishthis on December 29, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    righthandbat - definitely agree about Wade, although I'd be happy to see Nevill in as a specialist batsmen as well. Haddin dropping catches and falling over with the bat as usual this test is just unacceptable. Those all-time greats is exactly my point though. It's going to be almost impossible to get back to no.1 ahead of England and South Africa in the next 2 years unless we are finding potential bowlers at least almost as good as those mentioned. The great sides always had great bowlers and we won't be winning back the ashes without them. Pattinson has been a great find. He bowls accurately and with that hint of movement required to find edges. Let's see if Hilfenhaus and Siddle can bowl consistently throughout the series or on dead pitches, but more importantly, can they bowl against England's batting order? They've already failed miserably... twice (home and away). I'm not confident that they can get Cook or Trott out consistently.

  • Meety on December 29, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    @landl47 - keep dreaming buddy - Oz have the bowlers to win back the Ashes! Beware!

  • on December 28, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    ordinary attack lolzzzzzzz fastest ball bowled in match154 ishant sharma yadav clocked 150 aussies 4/27 lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ha ha ha

  • on December 28, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    India have been bowled out for 282 as i write this..Guys please give Laxman a break and even Dravid for "not batting throughout the day".They will get better as the series progresses.However dhoni is a worry.he wont get any better just because he cannot.As i have said before he is not test class outside the subcontinent.(both infront and behind the stumps)Its like if you get 5 Ind wickets you get them all out (carried forward from England).Aus will post a target of around 450 to India by tea on Day 4.And we will lose the match by 150 + or minus 20 runs on 5th day.It has to happen after our mediocre batting display today.All Hilfy did was pitched the ball a tad fuller and got the ball to move which is too much for our tail .Drop kohli and mould Rohit ASAP.Unfortunately we really should have carried on from 200/2 but this match is gone.btw Aswin seems to be a real find and hopefully he plays with the same fighting spirit throughout.deduct his 31 from indian total..shudder!!!

  • praveen4honestremark on December 28, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Well well well!! it's Dhoni now on firing line. He is playing awfully and i would say he is covering his mistakes as he is under too much pressure in test matches. He has good attacking technique but guess less of confidence to play balls and just over attacks it ....but he knows he can play well..we too know it, but all is not well with him so he should first check his technique playing in tests. Should sack him for 2 test matches in Aussie..nothing will happen..we can captain Dravid for two tests. Then Dhoni will realise how to play with technique and attacking both parallely used. Let him get shameful and he will learn and get out of his ego if he has anything after glory. Let him check himself.. sack him and support this comments friends, i am putting this thinking of nation interest ..Indian national cricket team interest. First comes team ahead of a player.

  • shuvoroy31 on December 28, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Yet another overseas test innings folding up under 300. Gambhir, despite his apparent following among the IPL-loving numpties, should be summarily dropped. His replacement? Even the next man on the street can't do any worse - so let the regionalism of the 5 wise men decide that. Leave Gambhir with all his cockiness and tantrums to the great Bollywood saga of IPL, unless he FINALLY sets his priorities right. Laxman too is at the end of his rope - he might still score an odd big score here and there, but that almost certainly would be a flash in the pan. He has been a great servant to Indian cricket - a fact eulogised enough times to put a permanent lid on the tiresome neglect-theory spewed forth by his fans at the first chance. Get Rohit in and pick Kohli strictly for domestic tests - his travails in seam-friendly conditions are too heart-wrenching to see. Pujara should be brought into the mix - he should pay greater dividends than Kohli in tests in the long run.

  • on December 28, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    That is a really BAD START. Dhoni needs to go back to RANJI games - after his last 2 years he has been very bad with BAT. VVS needs to score runs instead of DEFENSE TACTICS.

    VIRU's RUSH OF BLOOD wont work always as once in Blue Moon he scores BIGm but not enough against an young and fresh blood - sad & dont know what was all the fuss about T10 dismissal.

    over all the team once again could not surpass the target - AND REMAIN POOR TRAVELERS.

  • dms1972 on December 28, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Remind me again, how many runs were India going to score? 500+ you say? Like I said, get Dravid early and Laxman cheaply, and the rest just crumbled. All out for 282. A long, long way short of the premature predictions of 500.

  • phoenixsteve on December 28, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    India just all out giving Oz a 51 run lead. the pendulum swings..... advantage Aussies. Could be a rout with the Indians being scalped! Come on Aussies.....

  • alkenned on December 28, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Congratulations to the Australian selectors on their decision to bring Hilfenhaus back, but they sure will have a problem when Cumming is fit. How can you drop any Siddle or Pattinson or Hilfenhaus? And Ryan Harris?

  • Wefinishthis on December 29, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    righthandbat - definitely agree about Wade, although I'd be happy to see Nevill in as a specialist batsmen as well. Haddin dropping catches and falling over with the bat as usual this test is just unacceptable. Those all-time greats is exactly my point though. It's going to be almost impossible to get back to no.1 ahead of England and South Africa in the next 2 years unless we are finding potential bowlers at least almost as good as those mentioned. The great sides always had great bowlers and we won't be winning back the ashes without them. Pattinson has been a great find. He bowls accurately and with that hint of movement required to find edges. Let's see if Hilfenhaus and Siddle can bowl consistently throughout the series or on dead pitches, but more importantly, can they bowl against England's batting order? They've already failed miserably... twice (home and away). I'm not confident that they can get Cook or Trott out consistently.

  • Meety on December 29, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    @landl47 - keep dreaming buddy - Oz have the bowlers to win back the Ashes! Beware!

  • on December 28, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    ordinary attack lolzzzzzzz fastest ball bowled in match154 ishant sharma yadav clocked 150 aussies 4/27 lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ha ha ha

  • on December 28, 2011, 2:19 GMT

    India have been bowled out for 282 as i write this..Guys please give Laxman a break and even Dravid for "not batting throughout the day".They will get better as the series progresses.However dhoni is a worry.he wont get any better just because he cannot.As i have said before he is not test class outside the subcontinent.(both infront and behind the stumps)Its like if you get 5 Ind wickets you get them all out (carried forward from England).Aus will post a target of around 450 to India by tea on Day 4.And we will lose the match by 150 + or minus 20 runs on 5th day.It has to happen after our mediocre batting display today.All Hilfy did was pitched the ball a tad fuller and got the ball to move which is too much for our tail .Drop kohli and mould Rohit ASAP.Unfortunately we really should have carried on from 200/2 but this match is gone.btw Aswin seems to be a real find and hopefully he plays with the same fighting spirit throughout.deduct his 31 from indian total..shudder!!!

  • praveen4honestremark on December 28, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Well well well!! it's Dhoni now on firing line. He is playing awfully and i would say he is covering his mistakes as he is under too much pressure in test matches. He has good attacking technique but guess less of confidence to play balls and just over attacks it ....but he knows he can play well..we too know it, but all is not well with him so he should first check his technique playing in tests. Should sack him for 2 test matches in Aussie..nothing will happen..we can captain Dravid for two tests. Then Dhoni will realise how to play with technique and attacking both parallely used. Let him get shameful and he will learn and get out of his ego if he has anything after glory. Let him check himself.. sack him and support this comments friends, i am putting this thinking of nation interest ..Indian national cricket team interest. First comes team ahead of a player.

  • shuvoroy31 on December 28, 2011, 1:55 GMT

    Yet another overseas test innings folding up under 300. Gambhir, despite his apparent following among the IPL-loving numpties, should be summarily dropped. His replacement? Even the next man on the street can't do any worse - so let the regionalism of the 5 wise men decide that. Leave Gambhir with all his cockiness and tantrums to the great Bollywood saga of IPL, unless he FINALLY sets his priorities right. Laxman too is at the end of his rope - he might still score an odd big score here and there, but that almost certainly would be a flash in the pan. He has been a great servant to Indian cricket - a fact eulogised enough times to put a permanent lid on the tiresome neglect-theory spewed forth by his fans at the first chance. Get Rohit in and pick Kohli strictly for domestic tests - his travails in seam-friendly conditions are too heart-wrenching to see. Pujara should be brought into the mix - he should pay greater dividends than Kohli in tests in the long run.

  • on December 28, 2011, 1:52 GMT

    That is a really BAD START. Dhoni needs to go back to RANJI games - after his last 2 years he has been very bad with BAT. VVS needs to score runs instead of DEFENSE TACTICS.

    VIRU's RUSH OF BLOOD wont work always as once in Blue Moon he scores BIGm but not enough against an young and fresh blood - sad & dont know what was all the fuss about T10 dismissal.

    over all the team once again could not surpass the target - AND REMAIN POOR TRAVELERS.

  • dms1972 on December 28, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    Remind me again, how many runs were India going to score? 500+ you say? Like I said, get Dravid early and Laxman cheaply, and the rest just crumbled. All out for 282. A long, long way short of the premature predictions of 500.

  • phoenixsteve on December 28, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    India just all out giving Oz a 51 run lead. the pendulum swings..... advantage Aussies. Could be a rout with the Indians being scalped! Come on Aussies.....

  • alkenned on December 28, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    Congratulations to the Australian selectors on their decision to bring Hilfenhaus back, but they sure will have a problem when Cumming is fit. How can you drop any Siddle or Pattinson or Hilfenhaus? And Ryan Harris?

  • praveen4honestremark on December 28, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    India lower Order especially Dhoni is most worrying. He should be sacked for one or two matches and say him to play nets. In Then he can realise that how much India needs him to fire and may play carefully. Fire him for 2tests and i am sure u wil get best out of him. please do it, i mean it. He is a fighter...and if you insult him like this he will work hard and take him after 2 tests...i am telling for Indian test cricket good. Sack him for 2 tests and take him after that. Cricinfo, or anyone can convey this to Indian team management from my side :)..hope this message goes to them. Please publish.

  • praveen4honestremark on December 28, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    Indian batting line up from Laxman to Dhoni have not showed any positive and thinking approach to game. Laxman fell for being defensive and Dhoni for being careless. I feel some one should go and suggest Dhoni how to play at that time, as he was making strokes thinking there are no other batsman after him. Ishant was a good support and Ashwin and Yadav too...why Dhoni do you have make a mess when you have a chance to hit a hundred. why do you want to give opposition a chance after we know you play positively but never thought you play so rashly and with out thinking.

  • rockstar283 on December 28, 2011, 0:58 GMT

    My gut feeling : Ishant Sharma will score a half century today :)

  • Lmaotsetung on December 28, 2011, 0:49 GMT

    well well well....interesting...Australian bowling not looking so ordinary now eh shanshan? 245-7 as I write this...lmao

  • on December 28, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    Dravid & Laxman from whom a lot of action expected today had cut very sorry figures & turned towards pavilion very early much much earlier than any one including Australians expected. Ishant appear to be doing the NWM job fairly.He has to do it much better as his role he could not enact well during Aussies innings .the ball was given to him, many occasions too but could not show justice to what was expected from him.So has to compensate at least now with bat by remaining at the crease for longer interval ,the best role a NWM can do.Hope he does& allow Kohli to do the needful of the hour. This pair has to take the score in the region of 270 or more until Dhoni joins Kohli.there after the last two recognized batsmen should continue the day at least to the extent that considerable lead is conceded to the Hosts.then the rest would be taken care of by the fate& weather. Let us hope India fights at least from now onwards until stumps to post a reasonably good score . Sreedharan Mundanat

  • on December 27, 2011, 23:41 GMT

    Seems India is in trouble with the loss of Dravid !

  • jai_bharat on December 27, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    The loss of Sachin in the last over is a big setback for India. It is a vital breakthrough for Aus and brings them back into the game. Both Veeru and Sachin could not capitalise on good starts to put pressure on Aus. A long task ahead for Indians as they need to add at least another 200 runs to put any kind of pressure on Aus more so as two set batsmen got out. India has to bat last facing Pattinson & Co and Aus generally gives a good reply in second innings. India's long-standing inability to finish off the tail gave Aus respite and they added a precious 80 runs in the first innings. Hope India fights hard to win this match.

  • Wefinishthis on December 27, 2011, 23:27 GMT

    Andross, the reason is because in the matches that Glenn McGrath played in (a total of 243 innings), the opposition was only ever allowed to score 400+ runs in just 19 of those innings. Of those 19, only five were losses and all five of those were losses away from home such as India. In his entire 124 match career, Glenn McGrath was NEVER involved in a loss at home where the opposition scored more than 400+ runs. It was no co-incidence that we only lost the two ashes matches in 2005 when McGrath wasn't playing. Hilfenhaus has only bowled in 30 innings and ALREADY in NINE of those innings the opposition scored 400+ and seven of those were losses (two at home). Seriously, make me a selector. I will get Australia back to no.1 in very little time, we have the players.

  • shamlaatu on December 27, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Isnt Tendulkar clean bowled 12 hours ago? Why would the headline suggest as if he is still playing with Dravid? I would rather like to see the headlines that cover the ground reality and hard facts, something like "Yet another failure attempt at the 100th 100" accompanying a Tendulkar's photo of getting bowled. Why are cricinfo writers/reporters of the Indian origin are cowards enough not to be able to bravely stand with the truth ??

  • on December 27, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    For Test matches played at the MCG since 2005: - The average 1st innings score is 330/340. - The average 2nd innings score is 350/360. - The everage 3rd innings score is 250-odd. - the average 4th innings score is somewhere around 170.

    Given the conditions, Australia's 1st innings total is good (albeit against an ordinary attack). If India are still batting at the end of today we're looking at a draw. If Australia are batting at the end of today (IE: day 3) & make more than about 230 Australia will win, whereas India's chances of winning are slim-at-best.

  • on December 27, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    All I see that this Boxing days test is evenly poised at this point of time. If Team India focuses and carry on to score another 200 to 250 runs they have the match in their hands.. on the contrary if they loose two quick wickets in the first hour then the spectators have a match for them.

    But the history says "Australia's total of 333 is only the eighth time a team has posted a triple Nelson score in the first innings of a Test. The last time a team won a Test with this total was way back in 1906"

    LETS SEE WHERE THE TEST GOES FROM HERE..LOL

  • righthandbat on December 27, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    @Wefinishthis McGrath, Ambrose, Marshall, Steyn, Hadlee are all time greats. Brett Lee, one of the better bowlers Aus has produced, had a test average of 30.81 and FC average of 28.22 at the end of his career. He was for most of his career, after McGrath and Gillespie as the third bowler (like Siddle). I think Siddle is becoming increasingly effective. His FC average is now under 30 and he is strong and doesn't break down. I would rotate Pattinson and Hilfenhaus with all of the players you mentioned to prevent injuries, and keep Siddle as the number 8 presence who can also score runs. As for the batting lineup, I think 3 should go to Katich and 4 to Watson - giving a top 5 of Cowan, Warner, Katich, Watson, Clarke. The sixth position of Hussey should be where players can be rotated through until a few click - starting with reinstating Khawaja. The idea being that the most successful number 6 will become the new number 3 when Katich retires again. Wade should be given a gig as well.

  • the_blue_android on December 27, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    @Landl - I'm glad after 20 years of torture against all test nations, losing a series at home against India in 2007, 5-0 against Australia in Ashes, losing test matches against West Indies, England has won couple of good series under very familiar conditions. The current England side is good in swining conditions. They currently are just another average team... until they start beating India in India, SL in SL etc. Let's see if fans like you will still be interested in cricket after England's tour of India next year.

  • jango_moh on December 27, 2011, 22:30 GMT

    @marcio... lol @ your comment about the "greenest wicket imaginable"....ignorance at its best, give credit where its due dude... India bowled pretty good (although not consistent enough) on a good track for bowlers as well as batsmen... and AUS bowled really well last nite with no luck and against a determined batting attack... the wicket has gotten better to bat on, but still is good enough for bowlers.... if there's any swing its a certain 135 km/hr bowler called Zaheer who will best exploit it from either side... great contest, enjoy the cricket....

  • dilshuknagar on December 27, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    All the Indian supports, please take a step back and take a deep breath. This game isn't over yet. India has to take at least 150-200 runs lead otherwise it will be in bad shape batting 4th and saving the test.

  • phoenixsteve on December 27, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Having just read through the comments, one opinion seems to be commonplace? 'Dravid has not played very well' (they seem to think!) @Marcio and others I have to point out that it's a real sign of class when a batsman is out of touch and still scores runs (and stays in) I agree that it hasn't been his best innings but this could yet prove to be one of his most valuable? I believe the result of this test match will be decided by guts/character and application. Who in either side has more of these qualities than Dravid? I still fancy the Ausssies to win this though.....

  • whippingBails on December 27, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    Mr. Tendulkar, I don't need your hundred. The cover drive with bent knee and great follow through and the straight drive all along the ground behind the bowler is all I need to see. I am glad I am alive to see this. Thank you! And Mr. Dravid if you were a gentleman, you would stay in the hut after being bowled fair and square!

  • Rajeev1996 on December 27, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    India can definitely win this test match. However, Sharma must sacrifice his wicket early the next morning. With Dravid as his partner, the rate would be too slow, allowing Aus to cling on for a draw. India will not be able to easily get Aus all out, if they make 300 runs in thee next day, they will be in a commanding position

  • Dismayed on December 27, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    I think some of the comments regarding Lyon are wrong, he had Dravid reaching and unsure he was taken off as soon as the batsmen attacked him. We need a Captain with courage this is why we have gone through so many spinners, as with S.Smith and many before him as soon as the batsmen attack they are out of the attack. Surely we want the batsmen to have a go at the spinner. Give the bloke a go. He flighted well, attacked the stumps. Still Clarke seems to be led by Ponting. We will be better off when Ponting retires and Clarkes back give out.Haddin must go also.

  • R.AkKi.S on December 27, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Well.. The game is pretty evenly poised right now. The first session on day 3 can make some impact, but again, as maddy20 mentioned, India's got Dravid, Laxman, Kohli and Dhoni to bat. Ash and Zak can contribute down the order too.

    After that, the pitch is still gonna stay true to batsmen, and Aussies can take the advantage against the weak Indian bowling (except Zak)..

    As for the triple Nelson score (333), this is only the 8th time it has been scored in history, of which 4 times against India.!!

  • alen7678 on December 27, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    @marcio yes we think india is #1 team. with the 3 + 2 pillars i;e ,megrath,warne,gilli+steve buckener and his empiering mate of the 2008 series, we feel confident of winning in aus .though v bowl @130km/h we still give them shocks. we will trimph and show the world .

  • InsaneBolt on December 27, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Marico, bowling faster is bowling better ? Aren't you giving up on 'Pigeon' mate ?

  • InsaneBolt on December 27, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Game on, though India have their noses slightly ahead. Hope the gutsy stint yesterday will spur Rahul to greater heights tomorrow, coz, on how long he bats rests India's first innings lead.

  • on December 27, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    great start to series - i hope australia improve as series goes on

  • Pritt32 on December 27, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Third day is crucial as anything can happen. I hope India can maintain their focus, as I have seen the team throw the game away recklessly. India needs to be ruthless. Dravid's wicket is crucial as he will anchor the innings and he needs good support. The Wall needs to play a lot better as the inning is not fluent. The Aussies will come out fighting and if the tourists lose one wicket early in the session, then I am afraid the momentum will switch to the home side and then the tourists will be under pressure. We know India is not good coping with pressure. I hope the situation does not happen. India needs go out with a winning attitude. The Aussies are not at their best, but India must never underestimate them by being cocky. The Aussies batting and bowling lacks world class performers at present. India is bursting with talent and quality. Words mean nothing as it about action and delivering. Good luck to India.

  • stareltx on December 27, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    So what exactly is old fashioned cricket? Does it involve umpires using television replays for every wicket about which they are unsure of a no ball, or carry to a fielder? And can anyone tell me how many millimeters the bowler's cleats were over the line after taking a wicket? I am all in favor of not allowing the players to use the DRS system, but at the very least, the officiating should be accountable for its own errors, especially with the technology at their means. This is an open call, if not petition to the ICC to ensure equality and fairness throughout the global cricket community!!!

  • maddy20 on December 27, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    @Marcio We did not ask you to bat first did we? You did it yourself so that you can have the advantage of bowling last. So deal with it! As for our remaining with Dravid still at the crease, Laxman and Kohli still to come, things don't look so rosy. If Dhoni and Ashwin can chip in with some 30-odd runs, then Aus are probably looking at a 100-150 lead. @landl47 And in return we crushed you . We will give you a second round of pummeling next winter. In the meanwhile Dravid as you may have seen was limping as soon as he neared fifty. The man may not be 100% fit me thinks. And the wicket is not as flat as it looks. Siddle and Pattinson got considerable amount of swing , only they were not consistent. As for Sehwag, can you expect anything different from him? He is aggressive and gives the opposition pay if they don't take them. In 10 years since he has made his debut, I have never seen him do anything differently.

  • Nampally on December 27, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    It was a disappointing day for Gambhir who flashed at the ball outside the off stump again & fell caught behind as he has been doing for the past few innings. Will he change his approachor will India drop him. Apart from Gambhir all other batsmen produced. Sehwqag & Tendulkar played fine innings and were not afraid to hit the bowling. Pattinson was the best Aussie bowler and was unlucky. After India missed the chance of dismissing the Aussies for below 250 on Day 1, the match appears to be heading for a draw. If India can compile over 500 total there is glimmer of hope for an Indian win. The ball is turning & has a lot of bounce. But can the Indian spinners exploit it remains to be seen. The Aussie pacers have a tough task ahead especially if pattinson with lesser experience breaks down. India has Laxman, Kohli & Dhoni who can score runs. Can they contribute like the the 3 fifties on Day 2É Will Dravid march on to his centuryÉ Exciting Day 3 awaits where these queries get answered.

  • shanshan on December 27, 2011, 19:48 GMT

    I have never seen Australian bowling becoming so ordinary, no real fast bowler in the team. Australia is surely on a decline. Their batting was struggling and now bowling is following in same fashion!! Go India go, you are not going to get a better chance than this!!

  • Marcio on December 27, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Denial is beautiful. Indians believing that their team is way ahead after two days of the series. India will need another 200 runs to merely comptete in this game, given that they will bat last. As if Australia are going to just give up and surrender! Dream on!

  • Marcio on December 27, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    This is why I love cricinfo! Indian fans thinking that they are world beaters after their 130 km/hr bowlers bowled 1st on a green wicket in the rain on day 1 are better than the 150 km/hr aussie fast bowlers bowling in a flatter rwicket on day 2 in bright sunshine. Looking forward to the sudden "levelling" of fortunes by the end of the 3rd day. Do Indian supporters REALLY think their pop gun attack is that good? The fact that AUS got 333 on the greenest wicket imaginable on a wet day ought to mean something. But to Indian supporters all it means is "India is number 1 forever and ever." These teams are evenly matched. hate to break it to you, but...

  • Naresh28 on December 27, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    SACHIN DETRACTORS will be saying that he only plays for himself. I ask the question is his 71 out not good enough for the TEAM? After all everyone keeps saying that he is NOT A TEAM MAN. Then what would you call this stand between him and Dravid? He will score that 100th 100 in time to come. Dont put pressure on him, but enjoy his innings people forget that he is a 38yr old and not 16yr old. He will retire soon. For that matter people who mock Ponting as well should learn to respect another great cricketer. We the fans will continue to support who we think is good. People like RandyOz , Alexk400 hope this gets to you.

  • on December 27, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Australians always start mind play b4 the first ball is being bowled,...4 Main players addressed that they will not allow sachin to get 100th ton in ausies soil,....That is why sachin started attacking style of batting to make dominant over bowlers, some extend he succeeded,.....Unfortunate for loss of his century,...Now India have 75 % chance to win the 1st test match,..::::::: Need 125 plus lead in 1st innings

  • Jatin_Narotam on December 27, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    India should try build on this get around 500+ and then try to win the game on the 4th and 5th day

  • Amol_Gh on December 27, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Saying that a particular team player's runs don't add to the TEAM-total because that particular player will be carrying those runs away with him to the Bank instead of the Team-total is clearly a distress-call by the Sayer that point out that he himself is need of some shrink.

  • abhyudayj on December 27, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    the test matches shold played in two groups and top two should play finals

  • landl47 on December 27, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    This game so far is what I expected: two ordinary teams with the match to be decided by who makes the most mistakes. So far, it's been Australia; although 333 wasn't a bad score, against some average bowling it should have been more. The Indian batting has been pretty awful; Gambhir looked way out of his depth and got out to the kind of shot that got Hughes dropped. Sehwag was dropped, edges flying all over the place, never looked in control; I've never seen Dravid bat worse, he hardly middled anything and should have been out several times; Tendulkar started well, then got stuck and got out. Pattinson looked tired by the end of the day; Siddle charged in as usual and got 1-53, again as usual; Hilf looked ordinary and Lyon showed he is not a top class spinner against test batsmen. The game is heading for a draw, since I don't think India can bowl Aus out cheaply enough to give themselves time to win. England would crush both these sides- oh, wait a minute, they just did.

  • theRule19 on December 27, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    India should win this one unless someone else in thwarts their progress.

  • bplusa on December 27, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    This match is nicely balanced at the end if 2nd day's play. The wicket of Tendulkar is a big morale booster for the Aussies. India should aim for a lead of 150 plus keeping in view that they have to bat last in this match.

  • on December 27, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    As a Apkistani supporter of the Indian team I am very very impressed by India's bowling especially Zaheer Khan and Ishant(unlucky not to be among wickets). These two were the main architects of Australias batting collapse. Zaheer and Ishant make a great bowling pair. Ishant can contain the runs and Zaheer can take the wickets. Sachin and Dravid provided some very solid batting so far. Both of these palyers have class that very few batsmen around the world posses. And ofcourse Sehwag is my all time favourite opening batsmen which makes Test cricket very exciting. Good Luck ,India. Go 4 victory!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    i think its advantage india... however tomorrows battle is key... Dravid still the best batsman on show for me...

  • srisri on December 27, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Many might criticize me... but I strongly believe Dravid is equally capable of turning a match into draw not only from defeat but also from victory. If not for his loooong dot-ball hauls which broke momentum from Sehwag and Sachin, they would have scored easily bigger scores. His long dot-ball hauls while irritates the batsmen like Sehwag, they definitely bring back the confidence in the opponent bowlers. With all due respect to Dravid, he is a momentum breaker. He was never more scratchy and edgy in a test more than this test (with a 50+ score). If you have seen the match live,,.. you agree.

  • Sali123 on December 27, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Sachin!!!! Man he was looking soo good.. Its still a very open series.. Fun part is both teams are not completely settled... India only played 4 Bowlers. It might work for a test inning or two but it can never be a long term plan... So lets see how they go about it... I guess i am one of the few Pakistanis who are into this series.. Sachin needs to finish off good.. The way he is going, i think he should be able to finish one very soon... Australia's rebuild process is looking a decent as usual.. They definitely need a decent spinner, Lyons is definitely not that impressive but he might need some solid grooming..

  • Alexk400 on December 27, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    I am no fan of sachin but something tells me he is going to play well and play positive. No more of knuclking down and put his team under pressure. He is going to show off...i hope so...if he plays fast , he is playing for team interests. I am ok with that. If he play for his century , i don't like it ...i will put the curse...if he play for century...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 27, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    @Karn, I don't think it is baseless to think that India will win if Zaheer is fit and lose if he isn't fit. Our first choice team of XI is stronger than the Aussie first choice team of XI. But our squad isn't as strong as their's. That's my point.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on December 27, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Dravid is my favorite player and he is a World Class player.

  • mrmonty on December 27, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    @Marcio. Yes LOL, indeed. Didn't you and RandyOZ predict a hammering of the Indian bowlers by Aussie batters and Pattinson/Siddle blowing the flat track bullies away? Where is 5wombats? Little perspective always helps, doesn't it?

  • andrew27994 on December 27, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Also I feel Tendulkar has been put under unnecessary pressure to get his 100th ton. He is already playing so well so I don't see any reason why people should doubt him. As ian_ghose and karn said, 100 hundreds in all forms of the game make no sense rather than 100 hundreds in ODIS or Tests or T20Is individually. Also, my prediction is that Sachin will get his 100th ton in the SCG (Sydney). This was my prediction before the start of the series. I seriously doubted that Tendulkar would get it in this match. Actually Sachin exceeded my expectations in this match. I never expected him to get this close. But a truly entertaining innings today from him and Sehwag. Hopefully, tomorrow, for all Indian fans, India can score upto 500 and put Australia in to bat in the last few overs of the day and get a wicket at least in that period.

  • phoenixsteve on December 27, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    This game is fascinatingly poised. India could have a first innings lead to counter having to bat last. Australia could blow the Indians away when the 2nd new ball is taken. It's test cricket at it's best and the team with the greatest character/nerve should emerge victorious? My money's on the Aussies though.......

  • cric4lyf on December 27, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    why everyone is so consious about sachin century..i guess this match is much more intersting than sachin century...Well played australia although they were unlucky with drop chances...with such a young bolwimg side u have shown the so called good batting side of india made think....if laxman is so calssy why he was afraid of playing furious siddle....is ishant better player than dhoni, laxman and indian ground performer kohli

  • MaruthuDelft on December 27, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    @venkatesh018...It is Zaheer. When he is in the middle India is a different team. He is India's greatest cricketer. Influence of just one man...I am amazed.

  • andrew27994 on December 27, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Sachin is not selfish. He scores his runs quick enough and has contributed to India's wins. There may be times where inspite of his hundreds, India end in the losing side. But a proper analysis would reveal that in those matches only he has made some serious contribution. If a team expects to win, then they have to perform together or at least some of the players performing. I agree that Tendulkar doesn't play so well in tough situations like in the 2nd innings but most players struggle to do so. This proves he is human and not God. Be fair to him and give credit when it is due.

  • on December 27, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Team_Spirit_Pakistan_ - Couldn't agree more in regards to the India vs Pakistan series. However, that doesn't seem very practical given the political deadlock. But certainly, it would be a great contest ||| I'm an Indian and I think India are far from gaining control of the Test. The start surely is a good one, although, SRT should have continued with his positive intent, but the real game-decider would be the first session tomorrow. If India manage to keep the wickets tally below five till lunch tomorrow, I say, it's India's game. If Australia gets to Ashwin before lunch, then it's anyone's game. Certainly, India have the upper hand, but its too early to say. With an edgy Dravid, inexperienced Kohli, and unreliable Dhoni, Laxman seems to be the key man here. India need at least a 150-run lead to establish total control; and then obviously, back it up with good bowling.

  • on December 27, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Gud strt by the Sloppy Starters of the Series, i mean Team India hs made a decent enough start to the test series with both bat & bowl, yeah they hd their share f luck bt from here they seems to be in the driver's seat as if they could make a lead of 200 runs in the Ist innings at MCG then surely they could smell back to back Boxing day test match wins against 2 top quality opponents at their homes. In this game also Hot-Spot is under scanner as i feel up to now it hd atleast 3 mistakes- Cowan's, Gambhir's & Siddle's edges. As far as technology is concerned it shuld be 100% otherwise it is foolish to go fr it. As far as Hussey's dismissal is concerned no doubt Zaheer hs got a Stunner & frm naked eye in seconds it looked out so it cn't be complaint. Again Tendulkar aftr a cracking start unable to reach milestone & i got a feeling that SCG his favourite venue wuld witness this incredible achievement. Now Dravid & Laxman hav to make sure that India must post atleast 500 runs on the Board.

  • on December 27, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Really good cricket from india hope they take atleast 150 lead and that will outshine aussies to come back in this test.The only objection i have got is that india should favour the DRS for edges and clean catches atleast if not for lbw decisions.Hussey was very unfortunate in this regard .People commenting on SRT 100 my opinion is that even if he doesnt score 100 in whole series and india get series 1-0 they should be happy.

  • on December 27, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Well being a Pakistani I still feel sad that the little master didn't reach his 100th 100. But as far as the match is concerned it is under their control. If India could get 150 above lead they are in with a big chance.

  • ssenthil on December 27, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    Despite Sachin getting out at 73, he had made one more record by reaching the Most fifties in career surpassing Australia's Alan border, while Dravid draw level with Border with 63 Fifties*, following them is Ponting with 59........

    *This is also the first time Tests top 3 run getters playing together in the same match

  • on December 27, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    Sachin's innings made the Aussie attack look exactly like what it actually is -- an over-hyped bowling attack. So, he got out to a zinger at 73. That's more than the individual score of any Aussie batsman in their 1st Innings. It's also the manner in which he made those runs that's extremely disheartening for a bowling attack. He literally toyed with them, made them look like kids out of high school. This guy has played the greatest bowlers around the world in the last 2 decades-- the likes of McGrath, Gillespie, Warne, Donald, Pollock, Murali, Shoaib. Pattinson and co. seems to be deadly only on green-top overcast pitches; any fast bowler can bowl well on such conditions. It's when the conditions are fair to both batsmen and bowlers, that's where the real test is for both. And only thing Nathan Lyon reminds me of is how good Shane Warne was and how much the Aussies are missing him.

  • on December 27, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    @ Shailendra Dubey: I agree wid u completely.. Butter hands nvr gonna get wicket by udrs...! By the way.., India is gonna win this match without too much trouble..

  • on December 27, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    @RandyOz. Perhaps, you meant as Mark Taylor alluded. Mark Taylor seems to be a tough cookie. Nothing eludes him. Neither is he evasive. Yes, he alluded to Haddins error in not trying for a double gloved attempt.

  • spiritwithin on December 27, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    @TheBezzman..just like Umpires can use technology to check run outs & dubious catches similarly he can check no balls if he wants...DRS is a referral system used by the teams whereas umpire using the 3rd umpires to check runouts,catches r not under DRS andis totally a umpires own call...so dont club umpires checking no ball with DRS

  • yorkshirematt on December 27, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    India are in a promising position but they should still be cautious. They could easily go from 214 for 3 to 280 all out, especially if Dravid goes early tomorrow morning. such collapses were commonplace during the England series remember.

  • spiscean2002 on December 27, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    The first day of test cricket I was cheering for Punter to come good..He did..Next day, I wanted two of my favourites RD n SRT to do well...they did too...ofcoursre there are other delights to watch like Sehwag fearless cricket, VVS to come...What a game..love to watch all these legends playing in one test match...

    Guys, chill and ejoy test cricket as long as these greats(RD/SRT/Punter/VVS) are at work...and on top of it, you have Wasim, Ganguly in commentary...:)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 27, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    @Karn, I don't think it is baseless to think that India will win if Zaheer is fit and lose if he isn't fit. Our first choice team of XI is stronger than the Aussie first choice team of XI but our squad isn't as strong as their's. That's my point.

  • on December 27, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    India(The wall&the Little Master) has done well. But not Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar!yet again he lost opportunity to post a world CricketbRecord!the indefinite nature still continues.if he achieve this unique distinction ,it would remain perhaps as a record for ever unless a small kid of today or a newborn comes up to break the record in future.The living Cricketers are not likely to break it. So Sachin should achieve the goal in this series itself as age & injury are likely factors to interfere with achieving it! The Bombay fans would have,perhaps,started Poojas in SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE& such other famous TEMPLEs praying for him to achieve it fast! Such are the people of Bombay. They are so crazy about Cricket that that they could even placed a degree above the crazy people of Australia or England! so let us pray for Sachin. Any how India seems to be on the right Track now. A modest score of 500 or above could provide India chance to win down under for first time& recapture lost rank SMun

  • MathewsAdelaide on December 27, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    One thing we all should remember AUS vs IND test series is not conducted for Sachin 100th century, 73 in quick time/ is good score in this pitch, also his batting average is getting improved, there is other players also involved in d series . End of the day we must get a result in this match,at the movement India is in a position to get good lead,if they made it result will be in their favour..

  • tramarao on December 27, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    A wonderful day of test cricket! Very smart bowling by Zaheer and great batting display by Indians. Sehwag and Sachin kept the Aussies getting on top and I would say Dravid kept the team focussed and allowed Sehwag and Sachin to go after the bowlers. Surely Indians came out with a plan just as Ponting tried to do it for the Australians. All in all an absorbing day's cricket!

  • 9-Monkeys on December 27, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    All other matters aside for a moment, Tendulkar was wonderful and cricket will soon be poorer for his retirement.

  • Silloh on December 27, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    Test cricket is alive and kicking. With Sehwag batting you need to remind yourself it's not a fift overs match. But that's his way and it's entertaining and so be it. The few heated waords are fun ...man it's Australia and as a West Indian I like the sledging once it stays on the field of play. Disappointing to see the temporary stoppages of play due to guys moving at the back of the bowlers' arm and walking up the steps. But the real thing missing - no music or cheerleaders ? Wake up Australia and we need some goodf bouncers too !!

  • Santana_Babu on December 27, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    India should manage around 150 runs lead, it should go as follows, india should manage to make around 300/5 by lunch , 400/7 by tea and 450 allout by first hour after tea. This makes an interesting contest with one hour play left, Australia playing around 15 overs post tea 45/2 by end of play.

  • MathewsAdelaide on December 27, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    one thing we all should remember AUS vs IND test series is not conducted for Sachin 100th century, 75 is good score in this pitch,also his batting avarage is getting improved, there is other players also involved in d series . End of the day we must get a result in this match,at the movement India is in a position to get good lead,if they made it result will be in their favour..

  • on December 27, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    India have a real Chance now The Platform already launched to pile up the big score and burry the uncertain Australian batting line up in the second essay.Pat cummins seams to be Dangerous Aussie Boler along with Siddle in breif patches

  • MENDIS_Forever on December 27, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    oh god...!!! Sachin again failed to achieve the milestone.just 73! I'm a Sri Lankan,but I love SRT coz he is a legend.Hope he will get his 100th ton during this series.Go INDIA!!!!!

  • BibhuMisra on December 27, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    Give me Steve Bucknor anyday, but please dont give me Hotspot. Why cant we have a DRS where the third umpire simply looks at a ulta-slow motion replay to eliminate the howlers? We dont need any fancy technology. And we should leave it to the on-field umpires to decided whether they want to refer or not. Their authority and decision should be respected, and not challenged.

  • ibbani on December 27, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Dravid and Tendulkar - the greatest ever batsmen in their own style and class. BD has not scored their team total with full team since their start of tests. They wont learn in their dreams. lol

  • er.Vaibhav on December 27, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    @lilliian thompson sry to say mate but with your comment you seems to be over optimistic oz fan...you are looking at everything just the way you wan it to happen ant not brig realistic.

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:52 GMT

    big cheese what to do with drs if your players have butter hands.

  • Marcio on December 27, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    LOL! Some Indian supporters already declaring a series victory while still 120 behind and after two days of, shall we say, all the fortune going their way. Clarke's decision to bat first was just nuts, but AUS are still in with a good chance if they are disciplined. Despite the scoreboard I've seen enough here to believe AUS will win this series if they actually use their brains and play to their potential. Hint: choosing to bat first on a gren pitch in the rain does not count as smart. However 330 was a good score, esp considering the poor umpiring. India will not want to chase more than 200 on this strip. You gave been warned!

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    @Steve Gregory: lol..on the other side and in a funny way..it could even give the bowler a wicket..if umpire supposedly give a no-ball off not a not ball..like Steve Bucknor gave couple of no balls when they weren't , on the Ind 2003 tour of Australia. One off the occassion Nehra lost a wicket and Aussie batsman survied.

    Umpires can check when they are not sure, it's there long before DRS was introduced. Marias did what he should do and the right call was made.

  • 14.08.1947 on December 27, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Iam impressed by the Indians. The fought well! But i think Australia is trying to build a new Team including Pattinson and Cummins and they will need a little bit time to bloom and to get the OLD strenght as they used have with Hayden/Gil/Warne etc. The most important thing is, that a neutral FAN can enjoy CRICKET. And iam enjoying :) ...But the hole world would like to watch a game between India vs. Pakistan..just imagine ( 4 Test / 5 ODI / 3 T20)....ohh my GOD. That would be the most interesting MATCHES in the world!!!!! Peace!

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    why are indian broadcasters not showing speed guns??

  • on December 27, 2011, 14:21 GMT

    Just one bad day for the Aussie bowling attack, and for their fans- Pattinson became "inexperienced" bowler & Lyon was "never expected to take wickets"

  • Zishankhoja36 on December 27, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    I think india played really superb and the over confident australian team was smashed by indian batters."we cant practice more well than this"haddin said and it was shown how well aus practiced when they dropped three catches of sehwag

  • cricketcrazy555 on December 27, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    Nice to C Sachin came to crease with positive frame of mind and played aggressively, that's how sachin at his best. Don't bother too much about 100th ton it will come.

  • Romenevans on December 27, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    It was a complete delight to watch Dravid play today. Few outside edges missed then back to solid front foot defense and then some classy strokes. It was a pleasure watching him in the middle. Go Wall!

  • whitesXI on December 27, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    I would really like to see Pattinson and Siddle bowling together tomorrow, they are a class duo and work perfectly together, Siddle keeps the batsmen on the backfoot and puts them under pressure, then Pattinson reaps the rewards with good attacking bowling. I cannot understand why Clarke didn't bowl them together until the final few overs, in previous tests the pair were unstoppable (well except when the fielders let them down)

  • on December 27, 2011, 13:31 GMT

    Since neutral umpiring Australia had been stripped from 13 to 12 now 11. So it is not just DRS they require 2 more always on-filed Aussies.

  • men_in_blue22 on December 27, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    "They're starting to get a bit older now, so I might hopefully have them at the right time," said Pattinson. well boy father is always older than son. look at the number of test they played 182,150+. we call them grand father.

  • DrMNAhmed on December 27, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    Superb betting by Indians, hope they pull this off, doing well in OZ is always a good sign.

  • steve19191 on December 27, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    2 very average teams fighting it out, quite entertaining but we all must remember these teams are not among the best in the world.

    India allowed the Aussies to get to 333 when they shd have been bowled out for 280 and then the Aussies allowed the Indians to get a away with dropped catches and average bowling.

    Looking forward to tomorrow with more mistakes than skill on display.

  • Marcio on December 27, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    Despite the scoreline, I think AUS bowled very well. All Indian batsmen except Tendulkar looked very ordinary. I think the writing is on the wall for them. Dravid's 50 was just awful: beaten again and again and again, bowled by a no-ball, and couldn't hit the ball anywhere near the middle. If the Indian batsmen bat like this throughout the series there will be some real lean days ahead for them. Sehwag's 50 was also unconvincing - how many edges and drops?. Gambhir was out of his depth against the bouncing ball. I think there is a real chance for Australia to dominate the Indian batsmen in this series. They'll need one more bowler though. Watson will do the trick. And the no-ball replay for Dravid after yesterday's umpiring shemozzle really has reduced this URD business to a joke. Only 1 team has been given a fair go so far.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 27, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    As it stands, DRS is a joke. 1. Standardise DRS (every aspect of it). 2. Get it tested by independent agencies. 3. Get ICC to own and manage DRS... not some local TV channels. 4. Sort out who is going to pay for DRS (cost splitting). 5. Get the rules for DRS out and clear. Not some grey "guidelines". 6. Address the howlers with cold spot.. sorry hot spot.. too many obvious cases of batsmen nicking and nothing showing up!! 7. Sort out Virtual Eye/Hawk eye or whatever its called now... seems like it becomes unavailable under "certain light conditions" (seriously?!)... then... BCCI should have no issues in using it.

  • Biso on December 27, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    The so called "hotspot technology" has been exposed once again. Gambhir's edge and Siddle's edges could not be detected. Cowan was out. Period. He is hiding behind the hotspot unable to show the edge and making an issue of it, rather helping interested parties to make an issue of it.Ironically, it has not taken much time to see things in true light. Hussey's decisions was a tough one, Haddin and Siddle both benefitted from howlers. They were both out plumb, LBW. The inability of the hotspot to detect edges was observed in England too. Remember the incident when the on field umpires refused to accept lack of edge on Dravid's bat and instead gave him out (upheld their earlier decision). Do not expect the BCCI to become a patron for such flawed technology. Something tells me, there is a concerted effort to push in these flawed technologies. The beneficiary is obviously any ones guess.

  • moBlue on December 27, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    i was wondering why IND found it so easy to bat today. yes, the pitch had eased out, but other than pattinson and siddle, AUS had no bowlers who wouldn't have been mauled by some FC cricketer in IND playing at the MCG today! i mean, hilfenfaus after the ball was 20 overs old and lyon [throughout] were a joke! not to mention siddle committing the crime of bowling "the wall" off a no-ball! there is another factor, though. well, i looked up the AUS squads at the MCG in 2007-8 and 2003-4. those squads had an extra bowler - symonds in 2007 and katich/waugh [don't laugh! they combined for 2 wickets, something lyon can only dream about!] in 2003. today AUS had hussey and warner. AUS is badly missing watson. if he doesn't play at sydney, AUS will be mauled - as they were in 2003 by IND who tore a much better bowling attack to shreds and piled up 705!!! i remember that test - sachin was in poor form then, and yet made 241* and 60*. today's sachin is in top form! i can't wait for day 3!!! :-)

  • Wefinishthis on December 27, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    righthandbat, I certainly agree that Haddin needs to go and Ponting, Hussey and Marsh should certainly have ?'s on their heads, but whilst we have Wade and Nevill as excellent replacements for Haddin and a bunch of great bowlers demanding a fair go, there isn't anyone at shield level knocking on the door to replace Ponting, Hussey and Marsh other than perhaps Lynn, Paterson (still early days for him) or Nevill as a specialist batsman. To answer your question though, Siddle's figures are not fine. An average over 30 is really not very good. McGrath, Ambrose, Marshall, Steyn, Hadlee all had career average between 20-24. Siddle is better than Hilfenhaus and Johnson, but when you have young guys who all have brilliant first class records (Faulkner, Copeland, O'Keefe, Butterworth, Coulter-Nile, Cutting), it is simply not fair to pick Siddle ahead of them. I don't care about superficial things like 'heart', it's ALL about effectiveness and Siddle is not effective.

  • RameshSubramaniam on December 27, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Sachin's innings simply looked as if he is playing in a different pitch all together. With due respect to all good innings from both teams, Cowan was stagnant, Shewag was edgy, Dravid and Ponting were struggling, but Sachin really showed to today's kids why he is still considered as One of the Greats if not greatest of all. Ishant's contribution would be crutial tomorrow. If he bats for 10 overs, it will frustrate Aus bowlers and also settle nerves in Indian dressing room.

  • moBlue on December 27, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    @Beazle: see my comment a bit below yours... :)

  • atuljain1969 on December 27, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    We should stop worrying about sachin's 100, important thing is for India to win this match. 100 will come anyway, media should stop this frenzy.

  • chaksiipm on December 27, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    the pitch looks flat, i think it was a good toss to loss, i hope indians will take a big lead, India goes 1-0 up

  • Ceaser9495 on December 27, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Well, I am not against the DRS but its held the tempo. I have a idea but I dont know whether ppl has already comment or post that. Like Run-out and Stump, unless you 1000% sure, you go to third umpire. So why not you do the same with edges or even LBW...Hawk-eye or hot-spot is not effective but with naked eye you can say that this is OUT or not like St or RO.

  • venkatesh018 on December 27, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    5 things we learned from this test so far: 1) Tendulkar will not retire from test cricket at least for another two years. 2)The current Indian batting line-up is the best ever in the country's history. Also, it is the best batting team in the world currently by a country mile. 3)Australia would have got many more wickets, against any other team in the world, with the effort their bowlers put in on day two. 4)Pattinson,Siddle,Lyon along with Cummins are a bowling lot which will serve Australia gloriously in the future, whatever the final result of this series against India. 5)India-Australia contests on sporting pitches, like the one currently at MCG ,has the potential to keep Test cricket strong and vibrant for a long time.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    The Great record maker & the living Legend Sachin Tendulkar looks very unlucky in getting the finest record of all as it is ring prolonged indefinitely.the only consolation is that since this 100 Century record is going to stay for a long time,perhaps for ever,unless a small kid of to day or a New born is going to break it,there is no wonder such a matter is being delayed! At the same time "subhasya seeghram"is the saying!This is applicable to Sachin more ,as he is getting aged day by day.So the yet another record should happen in this Series against Australia itself as otherwise one can't predict anything about the possibility of getting injured. Could prevent such a happening indefinitely. The Bombaites especially are anxiously awaiting for this much awaited event!Even performing Poojas at SIDDHIVINAYAK TEMPLE & such other famous Temples soon looks like a possibility as Bombaites are so crazy about Cricket & more Sachin !So the event should come fast!Anyhow,India is better! SreeM

  • Rohan_K on December 27, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Sachin's wicket a huge set back. But still believe India should be able to post a big lead. Apart from morning freshness i dont think the wicket will offer anything to the average Australian bowlers. Siddle is ok, Pattinson much hyped but bowled well in patches. Lyon is a very basic off spinner i guess even Sehwag can bowl better off spin than him. Hope the Aussies go on making green tops because their inexperienced and dodgy batting order cannot play swing and seam as the Indians do. Most of the Indian batsmen have played more tests in Australia than even few of Australians have done. All in India's favour now.Surely 1-0 to India. Over to Sydney.... Bring 'em on!!

  • Drew12 on December 27, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    No matter what else happens in this game it will always be remembered as the game marred by the absence of technology. The umpires, who are all for DRS, will come out of this series the worse for it. Especially Erasmus. How bad must he feel for giving Hussey out when he wasn't and then using a part of the Decision Referal System (unavailable for Batsman) to find Dravid not out.

  • bleedblue_sach on December 27, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Waht an Outstanding display of shots in Cricket Dictionary by master... A bit more to CLASS... India will be surely in a better position provided VVS has to paly his role. ALL THE BEST

  • VinodGupte on December 27, 2011, 12:27 GMT

    IND mustn't lose the initiative and impose themselves on this match. we need a healthy lead of at lease 100 runs. morning session (with the new ball pending) will be critical.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    mayank viljoin buddy i luv your comments seriously aussie attackis a popgunattack yadav was getting extra pace from the pitch pattison looking ordinary zaheer greatest exponent of reverse afterwasim waqar aussie cant reverse frankly speking pattison was not looking that qucik comparison to yadav alsofastest ball in match bowled by yadav 150 kph also now thre at foraussies second innings these three indians can reverse the ball andashwin willspin fit indian team isdifficult to beat england betaed brusied busted india side this aussie popgun attack stillbetter thanengland

  • ChuckyDoll on December 27, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    Media doesn't understand! Anybody who watched the game will understand how important those 73 quick runs were. They have tremendously eased the pressure on India.

  • RandyOZ on December 27, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    Clarke's captaincy was, as always when the side is having a bad period, terrible. Why is there a man at deep backward square leg for Dravid? Has anyone ever seen Dravid hook in the air? Even Tony Greig noticed it! The slip cordon was also a shambles; I saw at least 4 balls fly through there all at catchable height. And why on Earth wasn't our best bowler Pattinson used at better times, including, as someone else mentioned, straight after lunch. Clarke has a lot to answer for.

  • TheBezzman on December 27, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    I can't believe people still doubt the DRS is capable for use in international games its use is to get rid of howlers (like hussey's dissmissal). In every other recent Australian match there have been no problems with it, and i have no clue why India is still not agreeing to it's use. It's so ironic how the no ball call of siddle went in India's favour, as they are against the use of technology like that.

  • er.Vaibhav on December 27, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    @ Steve Gregory drs or no drs...umpires can always go for tv umpire review for any sort of unsurity its not a new thing i guess... anyways glad inida looking strong what an innings from the master...but still india needs to bat well tomorrow also to have a strong grip over this match...go india goooo :)

  • Severian on December 27, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Kavindeven, The Mystery Man, Lukeman and others who are unfamiliar with DRS: that white spot where the ball hit the edge of Gambhir's bat is what HotSpot looks like. Playing it in slow motion might help your poor eyesight.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Although I am a Pakistani but I loved the way three Indian batsmen played today, it was a real treat to watch....... Rahul Dravid once again proved himself as the Indian Wall. I don't think Australians can stop India this time. History is going to change now.

  • Prasant_NSW on December 27, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @big_cheese, can you please explain how DRS would be helpful or increases chances of Sehwag caught by Hussey/Haddin/Warner? Also how Dravid would hav been bowled? I don't know how DRS' presence would have changed those two outcomes? Hussey has become old cudnt react swiftly anymore.. Haddin is the worst keeper Aus ever got. They got to live with him. - Prasant UNSW

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    @big_cheese: I don't understand how UDRS avoids catch drops and no-balls. ICC should install universal technology for all formats pf crickets irrespective of the venue. Then only it will have accountability. It is non-sense to point out BCCI with out answering its questions regarding the various technologies used for UDRS.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    mohd moniruddin you watch ccricket or not seva sachin always got bad decisons and always a honest person not like hussey 2008 3 chances 145 runs didnt walks symonds 3 chances dravid wrong out gilchrist appealed ganguly false catch australia and australians always lack team spirit

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Really an aborbing day's play with Test Cricket at its best. Let us not worry too much about Sachin missing his 100th ton. His achieving that coveted landmark is not a question of whether, but just a question of when. It will most certainly happen one day and that too shortly. Coming to Sachin's today's innings, it was a real masterclass with his signature straight drives, cover drives, the upper cuts (with one in fact sailing over the ropes), the flicks and what not? As far as Rahul Dravid's innings is concerned, it was his typical innings exhibiting loads and loads of patience and his assured technique against the fast bowling. It was a real treat to watch these two Indian legends stitch yet another century partnership, the 20th overall; a phenomenal achievement. If India can survive the vital first hour tomorrow without losing Dravid and the magician VVS (to follow), then there is a very good chance of India gaining a handsome lead in the first innings.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:12 GMT

    Awesome Tendulkar! It'll be interesting what the Aussie media are upto now and see how they'll respond to Sachin's glorious start of run feast in this series :)

  • RandyOZ on December 27, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Furthermore, surely now it is time to give Haddin the flick. Another abject failure with the bat followed by sloppy keeping. As Mark Taylor eluded to in his commentary he easily had time to go for the ball with two gloves rather than try the flashy dive, where he went too far and the ball hit his wrist. It is clearly time for Wade to come and this liability to be axed. Did anyone feel safe with him behind the stumps while Lyon was keeping? I certainly did not.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 27, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    word of caution. This Aus bowling is not that weak as it looks but they were bowling to 2 of the greatest batsmen of all time. With a bit of luck & proper catching, India could have very well been 190 for 5 today. I do feel that Starc should have been in place of Helfns as he will add variety to the bowling. Remember Indian batsmen ar less succeptible to right arm fast bowlers than left armers. I think Arthur & Pup has missed some trick. I foresee 2 changes to the AUS squad for SCG. Starc for Hilfn & Watson for Hussey / Marsh. Bye the way this test is not over yet and both the teams will have to play really well to seize the various critical moments. The advantage position was 55:45 for India at the end of Day1, which is now probably at 65:35 in India's favour at the end of Day 2. One very good session on Day 3 can change the equation upside down. However, Indians are progressing at a correct pace to take control of this Test. Hope for the best tomorrow

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    frankly aussie bowlers werelooking ordinary 4 nil to indiabacause as time goesindia will be more adjusted to conditions lether chasing fullseries aussie popgun attacklolzzzzzzz

  • RandyOZ on December 27, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Well well well Hilfenhaus, after doing OK for a few overs (including getting a wicket to a ball short and wide outside off) was nothing less than hopeless. Who didn't see that coming? This was one of the most backwards and frustrating moves the selectors have made AND WE ALL KNEW IT!!! Arthur is bringing a culture of failure into the team and it has made it's way into the selector's lounge. I am completely over this selection panel.

  • dms1972 on December 27, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    @Lukeman Hameem Jalal, I'm not sure what you were watching, because Hotspot clearly showed Gambhir's edge. And to those Indian fans raving on about a 500+ score should just settle down. India are still 119 runs behind. Get Dravid early and Laxman cheaply, and the Australians will feel they have a big chance of getting a first innings lead. Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson will run through that Indian tail.

  • on December 27, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    We still have " The Wall " on the crease..The most trustworthy of all Indian Batsman..Looking at that guy I always remember the saying " When going gets tough, Only tough gets going".

  • krici_lover on December 27, 2011, 12:01 GMT

    Where are the supporters of COLD (hot) spot. No surprise that broadcaster did not show the Hot spot replays again and again for the dismissal of Siddle the way they did for Hussey and Cowan suggesting that those were robbed off. While Siddle was rightly given out, hot spot showed nothing. Now it reveals the truth about the dismissals of Hussey and Cowan. LOL. Good anticipation by BCCI for knowing the intentions of Australians that they had already setup the broadcaster and technology to their advantage and taking the brave and right decision.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 27, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    This is basically two pretty ordinary teams in a pretty ordinary match. After the sham balls that is the Indian bowling attack got out one of the weakest batting lines ups in world cricket at the moment, India could and should beat the meagre 300 odd total that comically in England a few months back they struggled to do every time they played. Clearly though, Australia have fallen foul of the circus that is UDRS. The technology works 99%, so why not use it all the time to eliminate problems: India have benefited an awful lot from poor umpiring decisions in this test, so why shouldn't elimination of this issue be the over ruling logic of the ICC decision panel?

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    @ TheMysteryMan - Bang on the money ! Its unfortunate that none of the DRS proponents answer you. Cowan was definitely out (everybody heard it) and he put a spin on it when asked if he edged it during the press conference (he never said he didnt edge it for the fear of him being called bluff). The 'hot spot' is not foolproof as it showed in gambir's and maybe siddle's dismissal where it did not pick up any edge. The Indians are still okay with hotspot, its the hawk-eye they are strongly against as it looks really vague. The DRS is being used for all marginal decisions instead of being used against howlers which is what is dissapointing - the case is when Nathan Lyon used it in the last test simply because australia had a review left.

  • T.R.GHANCHI on December 27, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and I liked how the Indians batted today. Its just a game guys, whoever plays good and sensible cricket, wins the game.

  • LillianThomson on December 27, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    I'm surprised by the comments about how this game stands. India is 214-3 just as yesterday Australia was 205-3, so it's looking pretty well-balanced to me, especially with the second new ball only 15 overs away. Of course India will have the pressure of batting last, when the pitch should be breaking up a little, so they will need to convert 214-3 to something over 400 tomorrow. If they do so, they will reach Day 3 tea only 70 runs ahead. That, in turn, means that if India does score around 400, Australia will clear the deficit late on Day 3 and we will effectively then have a contest based on the third and fourth innings of the match. I currently rate it 35% Draw, 30% Australia, 30% India. Tomorrow's first session will be crucial. India start with a night-watchman and will face the new ball half way through the morning session.

  • Prasant_NSW on December 27, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Cricinfo pls Publish!! So are we gonna end Cowan's joining dots row now? DRS is not flawless, even think edges hvn't registered.. Sachin's innigns was class act very positive knock.. SIXER of the first ball after tea was SUPERB.. Poor siddle. Albeit he got his man, the damage was done.. Expecting India to take 200+ lead by tomorrow. An innings defeat seems not impossible on the cards.. India gonna make history here..I think Pattison should come out of kiddish ways and learn cricket ethics giving way to batsmen while running. - Prasant UNSW..

  • arun_padmanabhan on December 27, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    awesome day of test cricket..i can see why some of the aussies here are against siddle and hilfy playin together, but they had their own good spells, though not together..siddle, at the end of the day was thunderind down and rightfully deserved sachin..lyon, as expected didnt make an impact..india needs to bat big tomorrow as this pitch is expected to become better for batting..so, atleast a 400 is necessary to be in the safety zone.. As far as the drs debate is concerned--if the hot spot and hawk-eye are flawed, then why cant the bcci accept a simple drs with none of these softwares.just like how the run-out referrals work..such a system would have prevented howlers like hussey's wicket..

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    India batted well today with Sachin setting the tone of the further sessions & matches of the series. None can say the teams are far apart in any of the departments. Zak,Umesh&Sharma bowled really well. I'm happy but a bit sad for Sachin.

  • big_cheese on December 27, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    Sehwag was dropped twice/thrice (Huss, Haddin & Warner)... Dravid was bowled on a no-ball... Tendulkar played some majestic strokes... let's bring DRS back to avoid all this crap. Non-sense? Of course, that's how the uproar is about DRS :-)

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    sachin getting out in the last over of the day really soured what was turning out to be a very good days play for india, i really hope he gets over with his 100th ton soon,and stop all the media guys from talking about it for ever and ever, it is really getting to be a pain, to read and hear more about personal goals than the team itself.

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:25 GMT

    legends on a role!!!!!!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    1st Ball upper cut after Tea clearly announces Master's intentions down under ! The innngs has already made an evelasting impact on this series. Forget the milestone, RD looks all set to compose yet another melody on cricket field. From here with any 1 of VVS/Virat/ MSD will convert the current absorbing match into a One Sided Contest in India's favour as Zak is truely Back !

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Can anyone actually tell me why people are saying Cowan was out? The video replay showed he missed the ball, more so than what the hot spot said. As for today, I think India had an ounce of luck- but I don't think we can put their good batting display down to that. Dravid & Tendulkar were extremely disciplined and played well, barely gave the Australian bowlers a chance and attacked the loose balls. Very good batting display. I thought the Australian bowlers showed encouraging signs, tried very hard on a pitch that was doing nothing and the weather not doing anything to assist. Siddle not great early but finished like a steam train, Pattinson obviously deserved more wickets and Hilfenhaus bowled very well with the new ball. Lyon wasn't bad, like how he wasn't afraid to flight the ball despite some very attacking batting from Sehwag. The game is in India's favour at the moment, but I wouldn't discount a comeback from the Australians. Should be a good finish.

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Hello RandyOz whrer are u mate?. Did you see the 2nd day's play? May be that is why you and your mates (Lillian, 5wombats) etc have gone silent with you. Thi Australia bowling can do wonders against a 8th ranked Newzealand team but not against good team. But the batting atleast have scored more than 300 becvause of Indiam=n bowling. That is because Zahir did not exert much. But from next test you will see better bowling from India. Australia better watch out

  • ssenthil on December 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    @Alexk400, get a life man, or learn to grow up. Sehwag dropped at least 3 times and so many near miss and so many shouts. NOTHING against Class player Sachin. Class known to good people, where do you classify?

  • Y2SJ on December 27, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    Yet again a very good partnership from Dravid and Sachin. It was nice to see Sachin score quick. Who cares about a century when he has played a significant innings? Hope Dravid, Laxman, Kohli, Dhoni make sure India need not bat again in the test.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 27, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    hot spot didn't show any mark on gambhir's case . sachin missed again a 100 . he was playing so brilliantly . sehwag showed his true colours , at that time i was hoping he plays another innings like mcg 2003 . dravid started confident but later struggles & was lucky . lets hope ishant -dravid put a 50 run partnership like siddle -haddin this will irritate aussies more . zaheer is the key for india . i hope he remains fit at least for the first 3 tests .

  • on December 27, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    How come the umpires are allowed to review a no ball but batsmen an others are not?? fairs fair

  • on December 27, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    India should take control of this test and win. They should not miss this opportunity. They should aim to get a lead of at least 100 runs and bowl Australia for no more than 300 on second innings. Dravid has to score a big hundred. One of Dhoni/Laxman/Kohli should score a half century. Ashwin should be influential in second innings. Ishant should have not come as a night watch man. Pattison will be Aussies influential player for a decade to come. He will be on line in par with BretLee. This will be a interesting series to watch. India may regain their number number 1 status if they beat australia and as Pakistan spinners will be too difficult for English batsmen to cope up in Dubai.

  • on December 27, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Cowan's a fine player; and talks an articulate talk. But he was out fair and square (with or without connecting dots..); as was Gambhir this morning. Both dismissals showing up the deficiencies of Hotspot technology yet again. Like most Aussie cricketers (like their pommie counterparts) they are very quick to avail of the advantages of "selective" benefits of technology. Really liked Haddin's statesman like interview to Espn-Star this afternoon at close of play. He saw the larger picture and didn't stoop and grab at the bait.

  • Flat_Pitch_Bully on December 27, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    I agree with Sanjv - this is too close to be called India in command etc.. I think the first hour tomorrow would be key - if Aussies can pry out 2 wickets (other than Ishaant) then its anybodys game.

  • IndiaNumeroUno on December 27, 2011, 10:41 GMT

    Cold Spot misses a lot of edges.. and Virtual eye remains literally virtual under "certain light conditions" :-)... whoever is pushing DRS (in its current form) cannot be serious!!

  • Aussasinator on December 27, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    It was a delightful innings from the master batsman. Some very classic strokes. he made batting look so easy.

  • righthandbat on December 27, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    I cannot understand why people are still against Siddle's place in the side. He gives it all - all day - and contributes with the bat. He has improved a lot over the last year. His figures are fine - and he doesn't break down every two minutes. I'd have him pencilled in any day as the 3rd bowler in the side. The members of the side who really have the question mark looming over them are Ponting, Hussey, Haddin and Marsh.

  • True_Indian-Cricket_Fan on December 27, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    What a day of test cricket! The contest is even if India can post a lead of 100+ then we are in for a great match. Very sad that Tendulkar missed out on his 100th ton again..but i m impressed with the way zak & umesh bowled today..they were great.

  • NP_NY on December 27, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    Nice match so far, 'hope it stays a good contest between bat and ball all the way. And I am glad that there is no DRS this series because hot spot has proven to be a total failure. I, like most fans want technology to be used but the darn thing needs to be fixed first.

  • on December 27, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    Its David Sheppard's birthday today - no wonder the Aussies were all out for 333

  • on December 27, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    guys...please leave Sachin alone. He batted superbly today. Its all worth to wake up early in chilly morning and watch RD and Sachin bat together for yet another century partnership. There was some serious pace bowling as well in patches but all credit to Sehwag, RD and Sachin. All the best team India.

  • WHAB on December 27, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    IND batted well today. They certainly have the upper hand. Australia just didn't score enough after a good start. Great 2 days cricket but. hope Aussie bowlers can strike early tomorrow. enjoy the match everybody.

  • on December 27, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    great bowling by zaheer in the morning, and batting through at least two and a half sessions tommorow should provide india with a sufficient lead. Australia may have a chance tommrowo morning if they can initiate an indian collapse which is always likely with india's long tail. Despite so I feel india should make around 400 if they bat well, unless australia are able to get dravid out quickly tommorow. Dravid's wicket is the key.

  • Claydo78 on December 27, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    to win a test match a team must take 20 wickets, can anyone out there tell me how this australian bowling attack can take 20 indian wickets? the only time any of our bowlers look threatening is when they pitched it up but as usual we where just to short. siddles last 3 balls to sharma where all short and when was the last time dravid got out to a bouncer? the bloke has to much class and will duck under them all day like he did.

  • silly_pt on December 27, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    What an innings from Sachin!!Shows how much he relishes batting on these bouncy Australian wickets. From the time he hit century at Perth in 92-93 till now, every tour has seen a gem or two from the master's willow & this is just starting of this tour. Wish he had continued tomorrow & took Pattinson & Co. apart. Anyways, India's in good position & I want Dravid & Laxman getting another epic partnership so that India don't have to bat again. Australia, however, has a chance early in morning tomorrow to get some quick wickets. If they fail then India will bat the whole day without fail!! Cricinfo publish.

  • ibbani on December 27, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    count on me - India willscore nearly 500 in 1st Innings. Aussie will fold out erasing the lead and give India a targetof 50-60 runs. India will go ahead 1-0 in the series and go on to win 3-0.

  • LesGrossman on December 27, 2011, 9:57 GMT

    Some odd comments on here as always. I see it in India's favour, but a couple of early wickets tomorrow morning and australia is right back in it. The last 4 overs of the day were Australia's best, they kept pitching up around off stump, hopefully they will do that tomorrow as there is enough movement. Dravid should be out early tomorrow, he struggled, had a lot of luck playing and missing today, but the bowlers did not bowl at the stumps enough to him. Laxman and Dhoni are the big wickets, those guys can play. Big day tomorrow, go Australia!

  • krishb2w on December 27, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Ha ha. England won these OZ and injured indian team to Numerouno status. Sure they need to pay their price when touring subcontinents.

  • Alexk400 on December 27, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Without sehwag sachin would have out first ball. Also poor captaincy by michael clarke not allowing pattinson to bowl at tendulkar after tea when he was just starting. if australia loses it is 100% becaus eof bad captaincy by clarke. He will blame the bowlers. He always find someone to blame. Before symmonds , then katic, next is hilfenhaus. hahaha.

  • Claydo78 on December 27, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    well, well, well just look how ordinary guys like haddin and lyon look when up against quality opposition! only shining light was ponting and cowan! hope all you people who think clarke is going to be the messiah and bring the glory days back to australian cricket are re thinking their stance. while i give credit where its due, the players we have picked in the last couple of months have done well but they are not world class players. we won 1-0 against an ordinary looking sri lankan team, we draw 1-1 with a very rusty south africian team who hadnt played cricket for 10 months and it was 1-1 against a very poor new zealand team at home. now against a world class team its a true measuring stick of just where australian cricket is at the moment and thats well behind the elite in world cricket!

  • ajayrcs on December 27, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    I think Clarke should retire before Ponting or Hussey. He made horrible decision of batting first. For last 10 years mostly the team won the toss bowl first and sore atleast 400+ score in second innings. If Australia didn't get India out under 380 they will pay big time. Batting 4th inning won't be as dificult as in First inning because of no rain.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 27, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    It augurs well for the Indians that they have started the series on a right note (considering their previous first test blunders in overseas). It is very important to set the tone for the series and i think Viru, Sachin, Zak have really done that on expected lines. As far as RD is concerned, there is no surprise but that he will more often than not will be there to shepard this Great Indian Batting Order. The other improtant gains so far is Yadav & Ashwin (the untested promising young guys) which is very crucial. VVS should not be a worry as he is anyhow getting Citizenship in AUS. Ishant also did well but for his figures (in fact he was probably the 2nd best indian bowler so far in this test, if not the best, so wicktes will come soon). If Gauti & Virat support with 300 runs each in this series, then it will be great. Ind as always dishes out the slow killing method to its opponents and are gradually on their way to the ascendency in this test & may be in the series.

  • on December 27, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    SRT breaks another record.Now has the highest test 50s i.e. 64.

  • Prasant_NSW on December 27, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Sachin's wicket was a bit disappointment. He was looking very positive, played confident faster innings. On a whole it was a good show by Indian batsmen blasting Aussies all over the ground.. Bowlers looked so helpless, hopeless. Hoping India to take at least 200 lead from first innings and rattle opposition to 150 score. Common India. YOU GOT IT ALL.. DO IT.. - Prasant UNSW

  • Prasant_NSW on December 27, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    Sachin's wicket was a bit disappointment. He was looking very positive, played confident faster innings. On a whole it was a good show by Indian batsmen blasting Aussies all over the ground.. Bowlers looked so helpless, hopeless. Hoping India to take at least 200 lead from first innings and rattle opposition to 150 score. Common India. YOU GOT IT ALL.. DO IT.. - Prasant UNSW

  • skepticaloptimist on December 27, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas - Your arbitrary and baseless comments are really starting to increase in number. @ian_ghose - I agree completely, bro. This empty category is so pointless, and adds to the enormous pressure Sachin has been under for his entire career. I'm really glad that someone else thinks the same way, too. ||| Boy, today, it was a treat to watch SRT play; he was striking at over hundred till 60. Sadly, as he started to get more defensive (read: tentative and circumspect), he got more vulnerable. I say, he should borrow some of the Sehwagian paradigm of attacking - attacking when you're doing well. I didn't really get why he got circumspect toward the end. Not to take anything away from Siddle though, who bowled really well, as did Pattison. Tomorrow should be interesting. Let's hope RD goes onto to score big. In the post-tea session, he was at sea against at quickies, but his legendary grit is oh well... For him it just takes a crunchy cut to get back to his ways.

  • venkatesh018 on December 27, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Mystery Man - are you Ravi Shastri in hiding? The hot spot clearly showed Gambhir's edge(i must admit i didn't see the Siddle replay)

  • ajayrcs on December 27, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    TheMysteryMan Yes, Hotspot didn't spotted that but DRS can be spoton in wrong decision like in case of hussey. What umpires can do for faint edges choose orginal decision by Umpire on the field. DRS should be used in decision which gone horribly wrong.

  • rust01 on December 27, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Agree with @ian-ghose that 100 international 100's is quite meaningless as they are all different forms of the game. It seems to be holding Tendulkar back and he would be better off just clearing his mind of it. Time must nearly be up for Siddle and Hilfenhaus. Time to bring in some young guns like Hazlewood, Coulter-Nile, and Cutting and Cummins when they return from injury.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 27, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    In hindsight, it was a good toss to loose with the pitch is perfect for batting on Day 2 & Day 3, though the pitch is assissting both pace & spin, for an even contest.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 27, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    A word of caution. This Aus bowling is not that weak as it looks but they were bowling to 2 of the greatest batsmen of all time. With a bit of luck & proper catching, India could have very well been 190 for 5 today. I do feel that Starc should have been in place of Helfns as he will add variety to the bowling. Remember Indian batsmen ar less succeptible to right arm fast bowlers than left armers. I think Arthur & Pup has missed some trick. I foresee 2 changes to the AUS squad for SCG. Starc for Hilfn & Watson for Hussey / Marsh. Bye the way this test is not over yet and both the teams will have to play really well to seize the various critical moments. The advantage position was 55:45 for India at the end of Day1, which is now probably at 65:35 in India's favour at the end of Day 2. One very good session on Day 3 can change the equation upside down. However, Indians are progressing at a correct pace to take control of this Test. Hope for the best tomorrow

  • Romenevans on December 27, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    LOL the "Best Bowling In The World" looking so desperate to take wickets. On the other side Hot spot again gone "cold" spot. How could it miss Gambhir and siddle's thick edges? What a junk technology it is. Useless, and only made to make money from cricket.

  • perl57 on December 27, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    @GRAMMY_SACHIN, then 333 runs are selfish in Oz case. So India won the game hands down on the second day itself.

  • venkatesh018 on December 27, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Yet another glorious day of Test cricket, which once again showcased the extraordinary pedigree of India's batting line up.The Australian bowling group didn't bowl badly at all(except Hilfenhaus who was disappointing after a good start) and would have cleaned up many other sides in the world with the effort they put in today. If Michael Clarke had any doubts about the enormity of the task his bowlers have this series, today would have settled that. Clarke badly needs a 5 man attack(either Watson should be fit enough to bat and bowl at SCG or Christian has to play in place of a batsman). Pattinson, Siddle, Hilfenhaus/Harris and Lyon are an attack with a great future but I think this series against India's greatest ever batting line up(and the world's best by a country mile) has come a little too soon in their careers.

  • Night_Fury on December 27, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @GRAMMY_SACHIN: I agree with my facebook friend...cld you pls explain why is sachin selfish? ppl just need opportunity to bash him... those you follow cricket would remember that in 1999 series against the like of Mcgrath and warne sachin score quite a few runs and was man of the series in which India was taken to cleaners. Its not his fault that he makes a century with broken back against pakistan and the rest of indian team cannot make 15 runs to win a test match...recently an aussie said that sach is better than don himself... just imagine if this man wld have been born in australia and played on for them.

  • perl57 on December 27, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    I am clearly bemused by Daniel. It goes as if to say Sachin is out and hence Oz have gained upper hand. Agreed Sachin is the heaviest weight and Sehwag next most, but do not underestimate any of the VVS, Dhoni Kohli. If one of them goes on to score big then Oz are doomed.

  • prashkannam on December 27, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    aussies...randy oz..llilian thomas....die hard aussie supporters will have 2 face the fact aussies have a popgun attack..thta cant skittle even windies.....weakest attack in the world...........go india go!!

  • sankar8000 on December 27, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    It is once again proved If Sehwag gives a good start then India will shine! The match nicely poised....

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 27, 2011, 9:19 GMT

    @ Varun Jhaver:- He is selfish because he has just contributed 5594 runs in 63 Test wins for India at an average of 66.59 (with 20 Hundreds) and another 5885 runs in 71 draws at an average of 66.12 (with 20 Hundreds). This is only a shade higher than his so called contemporaries RD (5131 Runs @ 65.78 with 15 Hundreds in 56 wins + 5379 runs @ 64.8 & 17 Tons in 59 draws), Punter (8515 Runs @ 58.72 with 28 Hundreds in 102 wins + 2117 runs @ 57.21 & 7 Tons in 26 draws), Lara (2929 Runs @ 61.02 with 8 Hundreds in 32 wins + 3708 runs @ 71.3 & 12 Tons in 36 draws) & Kallis (5593 Runs @ 64.28 with 19 Hundreds in 70 wins + 3851 runs @ 80.22 & 18 Tons in 37 draws).

    Since all SRT's runs are his own, and whereas RD's, Punter's, Lara's & Kalli's runs are their own as well as for their countries, Sachin is very selfish. PERIOD

  • satish619chandar on December 27, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Bad DRS.. If the best available hot spot is working like this, how do u guys expect BCCI to support it? Better i would live with the umpire howler than DRS howler..

  • on December 27, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Throughout his career Sachin Tendulkar has been very unlucky with Umpiring decisions. He deserves luck now.

  • jmcilhinney on December 27, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    That was an excellent day of test cricket. Good batting from the Australian tail to get to a competitive score. Good bowling by the Australians. Good batting by the Indians. Didn't see the Indian bowling so can't comment specifically on that. Siddle is resurgent, which is good for Australia. Gambhir's form continues to be a concern but the rest look in good form. Dravid looked scratchy at times but he's the type who can play through that and he looked good at times. I don;t really care about Tendulkar's 100th 100 except I wish everyone (media, fans, etc) would shut up about it. The guy is in form and making runs in the mean time. Just like any other time, he'll get 100 when he gets it. Does anyone really think that getting it will make him a better batsman or not getting it will make him less? Does anyone think that Don Bradman would have been better if he had averaged 100 for his career?

  • Beazle on December 27, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    The author is a bit hard on Sachin. That ball would have got him or anyone else out whether he was on 0 or 150.

  • ansram on December 27, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    India need a lead of 100+ to make a match of it. Chasing last is never easy even if the target is only 200. It is time for Dhone to step up his batting under alien conditions. Eager to see how Ashwin will bat in Australia, he was awesome in India. We will know soon if we can rely on Ashwin as a batsman and if true, we have a strong tail. This team looks more energetic and more confident than the one that played in England.

  • Okakaboka on December 27, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Bad Captaincy by Clarke and further evidence Haddin MUST be dropped. Old Butterfingers wiped out his runs with the bat with that regulation dropped catch. 1. Clarke should have bowled first - the wicket is now flat and conditions did not support swing bowling. 2. Bowling Hussey just before lunch to a new batsman - mega dumb 3. Opening with Hilfenhauss - Geez, why change a formula that has been working? - mega dumb - and....I WARNED THIS WOULD HAPPEN!!!!! that Clarke would open with Hilfy...not that he bowled badly. But ....Haddin....sloppy....poor...inattentive....and that is just his batting. He doesn't even turn up to wicket keep!!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    advantage india....just need to step up the gears

  • m_kamb on December 27, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    at least OZ get three genuine wickets.not like INDA .ie haulers.

  • Raj239 on December 27, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Its to early to drop Gambhir. He performed well in South Africa showing he is a good test player and had a great year in 2009. He also played brilliantly under pressure in the world cup. Even Sachin averaged about 25 for a few years. Gambhir is a quality player having a bit of a lean patch thats all.

  • manojbharadwaj on December 27, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Though Sachin played as good as ever, where is Harsha Bhogle and the team? The live telecast is not the same without Harsha!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on December 27, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    Legends making mockery of a pop-gun bowling attack!

  • on December 27, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    Surely India are on the top of this game except the partnerships between Cowan-Ponting & Siddle-Haddin. Apart from that Indians outshone Aussies by a huge difference. Remember aussies were 214/6... Ind 214/3... with still Lax,Kohli,MSD,Ashwin to bat & The Wall is still on crease...

  • Andross on December 27, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    @ Wefinishthis Why does everyone forget that teams used to make 400+ against us when we still had Warne & McGrath? The current attack isn't legendary, but it's perfectly adequate; in fact in the last 2 series, it has been the middle order batting collapses that have cost us matches, not the bowling attack--both times we where in winning positions BECAUSE of the bowling efforts only to have a horrible collapse that left us struggling to even remains competitive. Sure, they didn't stop SA running down 150 or what ever it was, but few bowling attacks could.

    Given the history & class of the Indian batsmen, I think they performed admirably, & if you added the extra wickets that they could have & SHOULD have taken, India would be 6 down for the same total, which looks much less healthy. Having said all that, we are obviously a bowler short; you can't rely on just 4 bowlers when they are making more RUNS than the middle order. I know Hussy got a shocker yesterday, but his ship has sailed.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 27, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    What a terrific day's play. My predictions were AUS 290 for 5 on Day 1 (277 for 6 actual) and IND 190 for 3 (214 for 3 actual) with Sachin remaining un-beaten. But unfortunately he got a ripper of a delivery at the fag end of the day, and SRT is more vulnerable when he puts his shutters down. 100th ton is well & truly on its way in this series in his favourite ground. He took the momentum away from AUS after Tea and that helpwe RD settle & survive (in an otherwise lucky & scratch stuff -- which is quite unusual considering his pedigree in grinding the attack as well as his current from. Great to see he is unbeaten and hope he recovers well for Day 3 as he is most crucial for India's plans in this test). My prediction for Day 3 is Ind bowled out for around 425 by Tea tomorrow, AUS 50 for 2 stumps; Punter cracking a fighting Ton and Aus bowled out for 350 on Day 4. India scraps through 150 in 4th Innings with 3 wickets left. Catch me on Day 5 except for the glorious uncertainities !!

  • bhrangi on December 27, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    @veerakannadiga., AGree with u mate. Both Sachin and Dravid were Legends, Today Sachin seems to be FAST and FURIOUS, DRavid on other hand SLOW and SLEADY., If nothing goes wrong, This serious is for INDIA

  • moBlue on December 27, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    people who are critical of sachin - i don't get you. did you watch the same inning in the same match as i did?!? *that* was top-quality batsmanship, worthy of *any* terrific batter in his 20s, let alone 38, at higher than a run a ball - in a critical test match, no less! And you guys are critical of *that* knock?!? sachin haters, no matter what he does, perhaps? jealousy is a perverted form of flattery.

    that inning was nearly perfect... and it had some amazing shots against admittedly lousy bowling! the poor AUS bowling was not sachin's fault, but do you blame it on him? :) that inning had a well-calculated assault on siddle right after tea, upper cuts [in a test match!!!] to third man - one for a six, a classical straight drive, flicks and a leg glance for boundaries, slog sweeps, and a gorgeous cover drive on bended back knee to kill for!!! show me another batter in the world capable of playing all those shots chancelessly even against an embarrassing bowling attack, at 70% SR!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    what a strong reply by two world class batsman. it is nice to watch when the two plays their natural game . best of luck to mr dravid to carry on the innings and best of luck to my home team during the agnipath series.

  • prashant1 on December 27, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    NOONE ,but Noone has ,and ever will, bat like Sachin...Lara was a Roy Fredericks clone, The Caribbean produced many bashers like Richards, Now India has the Sewhags etc...But the ROLLS ROYCE of batting is only One - the Great, the Greatest ever- TENDULKAR!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    India has a great opportunity to take the lead in the series. India must bat for at least another 75 overs and make a score in excess of 450. As more and more overs are bowled this Aussie attack will start to look more docile and the later batsmen will be able to bat with greater freedom. Further the MCG wicket starts to help spin from the 4th day onwards and if India has a lead of around 150 we can put pressure on this Aussie batting line up that has shown to be fragile of late.

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    another awesome day of test cricket..both teams play highly competetive cricket..and i think match is evenly poised right now..2-3 early wickets can turn it towards australia and similarly one good partnership(especially btwn Dravid n Laxman) can take match away from them..all n all nice first 2 days of cricket for which im sure will be a high class test series..

  • arj79 on December 27, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    gambhir's nick was not visible on so called sacred 100% correct hawk eye. but there was a clear sound..same was the case with ed cowan's dismissal. haddin was clearly out but escaped. so its unfair to criticise indians for not using DRS. i strongly support DRS only when multiple technologies to be used and final decision should rest on field umpires.recently i had revisited highlights of previous sydney test in which 5 decisions involving symonds and hussey were clearly wrong along with a ground catch of ganguly. where was clarke, hussey and ponting then. in 99 tour sachin was given out thrice..wrongly and langer was at least 5-6 times out before making 50 but same aussies will never admit. they did not show many replays of doubtful decisions.

  • TheMysteryMan on December 27, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Good day of cricket once again. Did anyone see that Hot Spot did not catch Siddle's and Gambhir's edges? Siddle edge resulted in chipped bat with wooden flakes flying off the bat with plenty of noise and hotspot showed nothing. Wonder what the ICC, other teams using this tech have to say about that now.

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    ahhh! another time sachin failed to convert the century. i do not know many time we have to wait to see his century to century. every time he failed at the verge of fan celebration. sachin is always lucky, so many time in his career he got the favour of umpire, i do believe this time too, he will reach the log cherish century with the golden favour of umpire. sachin in any sense of cricket is unique, people love to watch his batting. but this time he is little bit on pressure to media and over expectation that was happening at the time to cross the highest run earlier made by lara. since sachin is on the field so today or tomorrow he will reach century which he achieved 99 in his career. go on sachin. play your own style.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on December 27, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    Cowan was out. Simple as that. Hot-spot or no hot-spot. Gambhir was out too. But hot-stop didn't show anything. Australians are in for a total hiding this series. Their bowling is too thin. Except Pattinson, none of them looked threatening at all. I predict a frustrating knock from Ishant tomorrow morning for the Aussies.

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    some comments are very true .. why keep siddle n benny together .. they should have opted for left arm fast bowler starc, 1st because he has a very god advantage of his height and 2ndly the indian batting is a bit comfortable against left arm fast bowlers , if the aussie selectors keep making the same mistakes of ashes, they will surely loose this series .. zaheer khan is a very smart bowler and we say today .. of haddin wicket ..

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    I agree with u Lukeman....If Gambhir is out then so did cowan!..So no need for fans to shout on the dismissals..rather come on let's pray for good cricket with the spirit of the game..Hope everything goes fine for both the teams..and the best team win!

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    For @GRAMMY_SACHIN: Cld you pls explain why sachin is selfish? I have read lots of comment everywhere on this site for sachin to retire or sachin bein selfish, but no one has ever mentioned any reason for the same. Wld love to read few. Well played India but still long way to go and the way siddle was reversing the ball today, it may be interesting morning tomorrow.

  • yuio3456 on December 27, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    tendulkar and dravid batted superbly to put india in the driving seat. dravid looked a bit edgy at times and was lucky not to be walking back to the pavilion after siddle got him out by a no-ball. @moBlue i would definately not call this australian attack weak, but i definately wouldnt call it strong either. At times the australian bowlers looked strong and led by siddle, who bowled well. bear in mind that they are bowling to one of the best batting lineups of recent times...

  • Raj239 on December 27, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    Was there at the MCG today and the noise when sachin entered and when he got his 50 was amazing. As an India fan I really enjoyed the day but Sachin getting out in the end was a real blow.

  • moBlue on December 27, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    the ball that got sachin out was a beauty! yes sachin was in a shell by then, counting the number of balls left to stumps, but it might have gotten him out well before! it was pitched up far enough down that playing on the front foot was the *only* option... and then, he had to pick a line to play, and he picked the line of the ball to play, since the ball had stopped swinging. but that it when the ball moved in off the seam!!! appreciably- by about 2-5 degrees, more than enough to beat a narrow 4-inch fumbling blade!

    my point? it was high-quality batsmanship that made it look easy for IND all day! AUS ain't got such batting, and not only are IND pacers much more skilled in the art of swing bowling - what with one deadly left hander, while AUS have none?!? - ashwin is going to be a handful with the turn he got on day 1 and the inconsistent bounce that might be available on day 4. AUS's goose is cooked!!! 1-0 IND if - and that is a big IF - they avoid a collapse and get a 175+ lead!!!

  • SanjivAwesome on December 27, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    I thought the Aus tail enders played smart cricket to extend India. Those last 80-odd runs are going to cost India dearly, I feel. All it will take is an Indian collapse on a refreshed Aus attack. Which is actually a good attack and hence a difficult one for the India batsmen to handle. Therefore, I am looking forward to an intriguing 3rd day tomorrow between the two teams!

  • veerakannadiga on December 27, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Well played India.Sad Sachin missed 100, but what an innings! Dravid calm & sedate as usual. 20 century partnerships between these two.........Man what an achievement! When these two can blend together so well, why should we fans take sides in belittling the achievements of these two greats. We Indians are lucky & blessed to have them playing for us. SACHIN IS WORLD'S BEST!!!!!!!!! DRAVID IS INDIA'S BEST!!!!!!!!! GO INDIA GO.

  • ssenthil on December 27, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    I have to wonder, I will see the likes of Lillan Thomsan and Randyoz would show up after this India performance who are generally a bad starter to any away series. the signs are not good for the Aussies and their hard core supporters and will find it tough through this series

  • Wefinishthis on December 27, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    How many more scores of 400+ must we endure because of Hilfenhaus and Siddle? As I predicted earlier (how do I search my comments?), it's the ashes all over again from our bowling point of view as long as Hilfenhaus and Siddle are there. Lyon can't be expected to do much on this pitch against this Indian batting lineup and without Watson and no accurate seam bowler we are left with pretty much just the inexperienced Pattinson who is expected to take all the wickets. You simply cannot be a great side when most of your main bowlers are averaging over 30. Siddle and Hilfenhaus need to go right now. If Harris, Cummins and Cutting are injured then what's wrong with giving Faulkner, Copeland and Butterworth a go? Good money on India to score 400+ most first innings this series.

  • ssenthil on December 27, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Sachin was awesome to watch today as was Zak. Excellent and eye catching worth to lose the early morning winter sleep. Would like to woke up early morning tomorrow as well but for Sachin dismissal at the stoke of stumps :(. Overall the Day belongs to India as they polished off Aussies last 4 wickets for 56 runs and then piled over 200 runs with the loss of just 3 wickets but I believe India have not yet taken the match away from the Aussies yet as we don't have much relied batting order to follow with Laxman never scores well in a away series opening match nor at MCG and Kohli will find the same way as he was in WI. Dhoni never scored well in overseas. So If India managed to take even 50 runs lead would give advantage to India, else match will be in Balance. Well played Zak, Ashwin, Sehwag, Dravid and Sachin

  • ubl2729 on December 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    dhoni bat well then defenatly india will put hgh pressure on aus

  • ArtenKunwar on December 27, 2011, 8:28 GMT

    SRT is a genious. Today he shows what 10-2l-car is all about. But like other batsman he never had a luck. just a luck might be enough for him to set up a miracle. i've seen his many innings...he was never a lucky man. last innings against WI he was caught by Sammy...while the same catch of the another batsman has been dropped by the same man. if Sachin had a luck 2day then he probably might set u a miracle. but still for Sachin ...hw dont need any luck. he will earn the hundred purely. for sure.

  • GRAMMY_SACHIN on December 27, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Great day's game. India are effectively 141 for 3 as Sachin's runs are not counted as he is selfish & plays for his records. Australia on top with India 192 runs ahead with only 7 wickets left. Only VVS & RD to take care of India from now on save this test

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Well, well well . . . Australia 333 and India 214/3. Looking at these figures it seems to me that the so called Indian "pop gun" bowling attack has done a very good job, while the Australian bowlers, whom everybody (especially the Ausies) raved about before the start of this test, performed below average, at best, in my humble opinion. If you listen to Cricket Australia and their cricketing public blowing up their players before an international series, one would swear all their batsman averages in the high 70's and all their fast bowlers having strike rates below 40 in test matches, but we all know the reality by now, don't we. Go team India and win this match!

  • JustIPL on December 27, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    Certainly Tendulkar is loosing it. He has an image. He is one of the players compared to legendary Don despite his first 52 tests which don't meet the stature of Don. He has no tripple hundred and now is hanging on for that hundred. Many fans will defect if he gets a 100th 100 like this.

  • anver777 on December 27, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Poor Sachin missed another best opportunity & failed again to get his 100th ton...... Stats shows that he had got out in nervous 90's on several occasions & now yet again he's in 90's overall (99th ton) trying really hard to break the hoodoo..time to get some expert tips from his son i guess !!!!!! Dravid as usual always steady & aiming another marathon innings !!!!

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Even Gambr's edge was not spotted on HotSpot, Does that mean he is not out? We also saw there was an edge and we readily accepted it. Didnt make any fuss about it unlike Cowan who was clearly caught behind.

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    I think Indian team should be happy for its performance with bat on day 2... If they can bat till stumps on day 3, no doubt India is going to have full control of the match.... all the best Team India...

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    A great day for India .All talks stopped today and may be tomorrow we don't find any australlian fan involving in talks against the Indian batting and Bowling anymore.. yes the talks will be on the the fielding of Australlia.. Seems like they applied greese in their hands before coming to field today!...Anyways wonderful display from Sachin,Sehwag. Dravid is lucky to be out still there and the australlia bowler's unlucky to not get him out!.

  • moBlue on December 27, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    yesterday the following was my prediction. " but my prediction is that this AUS team is in all sorts of trouble!!! if zaheer stays healthy, this will be our first series win in AUS!" i stated that based, among other things, on ashwin getting a lot of turn on day 1 along with bounce that is usual for melbourne. after watching AUS bowl today, i am doubling down on my prediction! this AUS bowling is weak tea!!! is *this* all AUS got? 5wombats, lillianThomson and other IND naysayers, you think *this* bowling attack can whittle 20 IND wickets out for the measly number of runs the AUS batters are going to put up?!? mark my words, people. IND is going to have AUS for lunch in the second inning provided - yes, there is an important caveat - that IND does what they are fully capable of doing at this moment, and that is get IND a sizeable 200-plus lead over AUS tomorrow. so, if IND get anywhere close to 525, which against this weak a bowling attack, they should be able 2 get, watch out AUS! :)

  • RoJayao on December 27, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Didn't get to see much of the cricket today as was travelling but following the radio and cricinfo commentary it did seem like India has had rather a large slice of luck, as well as great batsmenship today. Look forward to seeing Laxman tomorrow but please, VVS, how about just a brief cameo rather than your usual demolition!

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Really, Without Dravid,Sachin,Laxman india will have lot to cope up with...maybe the series victory here will set higher benchmark for the youngsters and make them stepup for it... Dravid wicket is always the most prized wicket for a bowler in Test matches!!

  • Samychennai on December 27, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    I have been told earlier that Ashwin and Khan will be the key players for India and they he proved it. As well as yadav has proved and going to do that he is the dark horse in this series. Ponting, warner and coven will protect aussie from defeat as much as they can. I didn't expect that Tendulkar will be out on last over. That is only disappointment for Indian fans but relief for aussies. They are is not wonder if Ishant bat like siddle. I am expecting that India will put some comfortable lead on first Innings. If aussie remove Dravid and Kholi that would be question mark. Wish India good luck.

  • lekharaj on December 27, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Lot depends on how India bowl in Second innings. AUS has mediocre bowling attack , so if India can keep the over all lead under 300, they have a good chance of winning the test match. I expect India to concede a lead of around 30 runs and run through the AUS team for less than 250. Can't rely too much on laxman in first innings and worried about Kohli because of the bounce.. as of now Advantage India

  • ian_ghose on December 27, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I can understand 100 test hundreds, 100 ODI hundreds, 100 T20I hundreds, 100 FC, List A and T20 hundreds. What on earth is 100 'International' hundreds? Sounds like some pointless marketing gig...

  • baskar_guha on December 27, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    The strip is as good as it gets for batting but it is not a good batting strip. The ball still seams around and it is only the quality of the batsmen on day 2 that made sure that more wickets did not fall.

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Sachin is flawless today until the last delivery he met. It is unfortunate his Quest for 100th hundred seems playing very much in his mind :-(

  • dicky_boy on December 27, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    This is what a fit Sehwag gives to the team , mr randy I am really interested to hear your excuses lol was it all a fluke haha

  • lekharaj on December 27, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Test cricket is entertaining to watch but sometimes it gets boring because of attitude. Players start the innings to settle down , then play for lunch , post lunch again settling down, play for tea and play for end of day. This way 2 hrs of days play is done because of attitude. I would have loved to see if Sachin was positive for last few overs of the day. He was over cautious and was playing for stumps 10 overs before itself and that has caused his downfall too... be positive through out the day ...helps everyone

  • on December 27, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Sachins batting was simply superb and master class. Dont worry about century..you will get it.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 27, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    I say it again - IF Zaheer is fit for the whole series, it'll be 1-0 to 2-0 in India's favour. If he isn't fit, it'll be 2-0 to 3-0 in Australia's favour.

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  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 27, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    I say it again - IF Zaheer is fit for the whole series, it'll be 1-0 to 2-0 in India's favour. If he isn't fit, it'll be 2-0 to 3-0 in Australia's favour.

  • on December 27, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Sachins batting was simply superb and master class. Dont worry about century..you will get it.

  • lekharaj on December 27, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Test cricket is entertaining to watch but sometimes it gets boring because of attitude. Players start the innings to settle down , then play for lunch , post lunch again settling down, play for tea and play for end of day. This way 2 hrs of days play is done because of attitude. I would have loved to see if Sachin was positive for last few overs of the day. He was over cautious and was playing for stumps 10 overs before itself and that has caused his downfall too... be positive through out the day ...helps everyone

  • dicky_boy on December 27, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    This is what a fit Sehwag gives to the team , mr randy I am really interested to hear your excuses lol was it all a fluke haha

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Sachin is flawless today until the last delivery he met. It is unfortunate his Quest for 100th hundred seems playing very much in his mind :-(

  • baskar_guha on December 27, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    The strip is as good as it gets for batting but it is not a good batting strip. The ball still seams around and it is only the quality of the batsmen on day 2 that made sure that more wickets did not fall.

  • ian_ghose on December 27, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    I can understand 100 test hundreds, 100 ODI hundreds, 100 T20I hundreds, 100 FC, List A and T20 hundreds. What on earth is 100 'International' hundreds? Sounds like some pointless marketing gig...

  • lekharaj on December 27, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Lot depends on how India bowl in Second innings. AUS has mediocre bowling attack , so if India can keep the over all lead under 300, they have a good chance of winning the test match. I expect India to concede a lead of around 30 runs and run through the AUS team for less than 250. Can't rely too much on laxman in first innings and worried about Kohli because of the bounce.. as of now Advantage India

  • Samychennai on December 27, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    I have been told earlier that Ashwin and Khan will be the key players for India and they he proved it. As well as yadav has proved and going to do that he is the dark horse in this series. Ponting, warner and coven will protect aussie from defeat as much as they can. I didn't expect that Tendulkar will be out on last over. That is only disappointment for Indian fans but relief for aussies. They are is not wonder if Ishant bat like siddle. I am expecting that India will put some comfortable lead on first Innings. If aussie remove Dravid and Kholi that would be question mark. Wish India good luck.

  • on December 27, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Really, Without Dravid,Sachin,Laxman india will have lot to cope up with...maybe the series victory here will set higher benchmark for the youngsters and make them stepup for it... Dravid wicket is always the most prized wicket for a bowler in Test matches!!