India tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 26-29, 2011
Australia won by 122 runs
26,27,28,29 December 2011 (5-day match)
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13.1

Yadav to Warner, OUT, didn't take long coming, that wicket, after the break. Yadav's sent Warner on his way. This was a set-up, and Warner couldn't resist. Square leg went back, suggesting there could be a bumper round the corner. It came immediately, it was quite pacy, it wasn't outside off like the last time, and Warner couldn't quite slot the hook away. He was cramped for room, but still went for it with hard hands. It lobbed off the glove to the leg side, and Dhoni took it easy.

DA Warner c †Dhoni b Yadav 37 (59m 49b 4x4 1x6) SR: 75.51

Australia 46/1   EJM Cowan 7* (30b 1x4)   UT Yadav 3.1-1-19-1
15.1

Yadav to Marsh, OUT, Yadav's got another! Wickets are coming like London buses suddenly. What a soft dismissal, that. Yadav put it up on a really good length. Full and just wide of off stump, no movement, Marsh walks into a feeble drive without bothering to keep it down. Did it come on slower than he thought? His feet were nowhere as he went for it. Simple catch straight into Kohli's hands at gully.

SE Marsh c Kohli b Yadav 0 (11m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 46/2   EJM Cowan 7* (36b 1x4)   UT Yadav 4.1-2-19-2
48.3

Yadav to Ponting, OUT, Ishant will have a smile. Dravid will have a smile. Ponting won't. They were the three men involved in the Perth downing of Ponting, circa 2008. Two names change on the card this time, but the manner of dismissal is astoundingly similar. Back of a length again, Yadav gets it to rear up menacingly again and leap away, and this time it thumps high on Ponting's bat as he hops across. The edge loops to Laxman's right in the slips, and he holds well. Ponting's 100 drought continues, and Yadav's showing he belongs in Test cricket.

RT Ponting c Laxman b Yadav 62 (148m 94b 6x4 0x6) SR: 65.95

Australia 159/3   EJM Cowan 55* (142b 7x4)   UT Yadav 10.3-2-59-3
64.2

Khan to Clarke, OUT, it was coming. Zaheer's among the best old-ball bowlers in the world, and he was working to a plan here. The last one went away, this one kept coming in from wider of the stumps. Clarke thought he had width, and went for the cut, but the deviation meant he got an inside edge onto the stumps.

MJ Clarke b Khan 31 (57m 68b 5x4 0x6) SR: 45.58

Australia 205/4   EJM Cowan 66* (169b 7x4)   Z Khan 16.2-3-38-1
64.3

Khan to Hussey, OUT, Hussey gets another blob! He's been bumped out. I don't think he edged that. There's no UDRS. Utter brute of a delivery from Zaheer, bounded up from a length and snorted past Hussey who was on the hop trying to get out of harm's way. He did, too. The ball brushed his sleeve on the way to Dhoni. India went up in appeal, so did Erasmus' finger.

MEK Hussey c †Dhoni b Khan 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 205/5   EJM Cowan 66* (169b 7x4)   Z Khan 16.3-3-38-2
67.1

Ashwin to Cowan, OUT, Ashwin has a wicket. Cowan's supreme vigil comes to an end, and Australia are slipping down a familiar slope now. Cowan's been eager to cut Ashwin all day, and hasn't quite figured his drift and variety. This one again, was much too close to the body to cut, but he went for it, and thick-edged it into Dhoni's gloves. Very good take, that. Definite sound, but was there an edge? Oh dear ... Cowan didn't look happy with the decision. HotSpot didn't light up.

EJM Cowan c †Dhoni b Ashwin 68 (294m 177b 7x4 0x6) SR: 38.41

Australia 214/6   BJ Haddin 6* (9b)   R Ashwin 19.1-1-52-1
90.6

Khan to Haddin, OUT, a gem from Zaheer and Haddin's gone. Inswing, away seam, inswing, away seam and now a full, tempting half-volley outside off gets the outside edge. Haddin pushes away from the body again as he leans across to drive and the ball kisses the edge low and hurtles towards Sehwag in the gully at shin-ankle height. He takes it without a fuss. Haddin asks Sehwag if it was a clean catch, and gets a reply in the affirmative. The umpire checks if it was a no-ball, and the replays confirm Zaheer didn't overstep.

BJ Haddin c Sehwag b Khan 27 (119m 70b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.57

Australia 286/7   PM Siddle 37* (82b 4x4)   Z Khan 24-5-56-3
96.1

Khan to Siddle, OUT, ah Zaheer. He's owned Siddle with one of those that went away from a length. He's done this often today, but this time he starts it from middle and off. Siddle just had to play at that, and the edge was almost inevitable as it went away. Zaheer's protracted follow through ends in a walk, with the arms raised to his sides, even as Dhoni completes the catch.

PM Siddle c †Dhoni b Khan 41 (131m 99b 4x4 0x6) SR: 41.41

Australia 291/8   JL Pattinson 1* (14b)   Z Khan 26.1-6-59-4
105.4

Ashwin to Hilfenhaus, OUT, didn't take long for Ashwin to tempt Hilfy and send him on his way. Tossed up invitingly outside off, it wobbled over the eye line, came down gently and was asking to be muscled across the line. Hilfenhaus obliged, dragging it from wide of off stump towards long-on. It barely travelled three-fourths of the way to the boundary, and Kohli settles under it easily.

BW Hilfenhaus c Kohli b Ashwin 19 (46m 32b 3x4 0x6) SR: 59.37

Australia 318/9   JL Pattinson 9* (39b 1x4)   R Ashwin 26.4-2-73-2
109.6

Ashwin to Lyon, OUT, Ashwin's bowled Lyon round the legs and Australia are bowled out. Quite a strange dismissal. It was fired in full on off stump, Lyon got drastically across and looked to sweep. He missed, and Ashwin pegged back off stump. All out for 333, triple Nelson ends the innings.

NM Lyon b Ashwin 6 (15m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Australia 333/10   JL Pattinson 18* (54b 2x4)   R Ashwin 29-3-81-3
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