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    34.3 oh, and beaten him in the flight, Dravid decides to go back and is rapped in front of off and middle, about halfway up the sticks, the bat nowhere near 54/2
    15.3 but that's definitely out this time! Lee bangs in outside off, the ball hardly gets up, Jaffer hardly moves his feet and the ball catches the edge through to Gilchrist 26/1
    53.4 short of a good length, outside the off stump, this one grips the pitch a touch, Laxman drives uppishly without getting anywhere near the pitch of the ball. It's up in the air and straight to Clarke at cover. The Clark-Clarke combination does the trick and India lose yet another very big wicket 118/4
    41.3 just short of a good length, a touch outside the off stump, flashing drive played, Tendulkar falls for a set up from Brett Lee. Tendulkar's feet have not moved at all and the ball hurries through a bit quicker. There's an outside edge and Adam Gilchrist gleefully accepts the offering. That is a big wicket for Australia 77/3
    70.3 and that's three wickets in four deliveries, Ganguly is trapped plumb in front of middle stump but the ball hits the bat after thudding into pad and the catch is taken by Ponting at silly mid-off, it could have been lbw as well but he's been declared caught 157/9
    56.2 This one is a ripper. Very very quick, good change of pace, it's the flipper. This time Yuvraj isn't even on the front foot. He's on his way back when the ball crashes into the pad. The appeal is spontaneous and this time the finger goes up quickly enough. Once again Yuvraj isn't too happy but that wasn't a bad decision. 125/5
    63.6 got him this time, Dhoni repeats the shot of a few balls ago, slashing a drive away from his body and Gilchrist takes a good catch, low, off the thick edge 144/6
    69.6 got him this time! Johnson deserved that wicket having worked him over, this one swinging back in to him and taking his edge on the way through 157/7
    70.1 outstanding work from Australia, Ganguly worked the ball to cover where Hussey returns well, Singh was backing up a mile and tried to get back in at the bowler's end but Hogg took it well and gave the two-handed shovel onto the stumps 157/8
    not out
    73.6 clattered right into the stumps, an inside edge drags the ball on from outside off to end the match 161/10
    7 (b 1, nb 6)
    161 all out (74 Overs, RR: 2.17, 342 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-26 (W Jaffer, 15.3 ov), 2-54 (R Dravid, 34.3 ov), 3-77 (SR Tendulkar, 41.3 ov), 4-118 (VVS Laxman, 53.4 ov), 5-125 (Yuvraj Singh, 56.2 ov), 6-144 (MS Dhoni, 63.6 ov), 7-157 (A Kumble, 69.6 ov), 8-157 (Harbhajan Singh, 70.1 ov), 9-157 (SC Ganguly, 70.3 ov), 10-161 (RP Singh, 73.6 ov)
    B Lee14.034323.0704
    MG Johnson15.062131.4002
    SR Clark15.092011.3300
    GB Hogg17.035123.0000
    A Symonds13.052511.9200

Close of Play

  • Wed, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 337/9 (MG Johnson 10*, SR Clark 21*, 90 ov)
  • Thu, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 32/0 (PA Jaques 10*, ML Hayden 22*, 8 ov)
  • Fri, 28 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 6/0 (R Dravid 3*, W Jaffer 2*, 8 ov)
  • Sat, 29 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 161 (74 ov) - end of match

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