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Day 4

648dThe Report by Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Quicks fire Australia to 122-run win

Australia's fast men obliterated India with bowling of sustained hostility and direction to deliver a handsome 122-run victory to the hosts, on day four of the first Test at the MCG

648dDaniel Brettig at the MCG

MCG victory needs repeating - Clarke

Michael Clarke is conscious of going to Sydney with a greater accent on repeating the good of Melbourne while remedying the bad.

648dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australia make for compelling viewing

Michael Clarke's side is not a great one, but just about everything Australia have done in their past five Tests has made for compelling viewing. Whether good or bad, it has been impossible to look away

648dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

'It's a dream come true' - Pattinson

James Pattinson, the Australia fast bowler, has described his first Boxing Day Test as "a dream come true" after he won the Man-of-the-Match award in the 122-run victory over India

648dS Rajesh

Overseas chases a struggle for India

India have chased 200-plus targets quite successfully in the last few years, but those instances have all been in the subcontinent. Overseas, the numbers don't look so pretty

648dSambit Bal at the MCG

India's batting woes abroad continue

The fact that India were rolled over twice by Australia's second-choice pace attack suggests the failures in England were not an aberration but confirmation of a trend

648dSidharth Monga at the MCG

India must learn to get tail out - Dhoni

After India's 122-run loss at the MCG, India's third first-Test loss on their last four tours, MS Dhoni said it was the batting that let the side down

Day 3

648dThe Report by Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Hilfenhaus, Yadav shine on bowlers' day

Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey fought to hold Australia's second innings together, after the top order melted away against Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma on a helter skelter day three of the first Test at the MCG

648dSidharth Monga at the MCG

Comfortable chasing under 300 - Sehwag

Virender Sehwag and Ricky Ponting feel the Test is finely balanced going into the fourth day, which could also prove to be the final one

648dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Experienced hands rescue Australia

Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey have both been under pressure, but their recovery act, on a day when the other batsmen continued to show frailties, will reinforce the selectors' faith in them

648dSidharth Monga at the MCG

'The best bowling attack I've played with' - Sehwag

India's bowling department has been over-reliant on Zaheer Khan in recent times, but Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav's impressive performances in Melbourne have given the attack a sense of completeness

648dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Hilfenhaus learns some new tricks

From a bowler who swung the ball but did little else, Ben Hilfenhaus has transformed into one with subtle variations that will test the best batsmen

648dS Rajesh

Laxman's MCG jinx continues

India's fourth-innings mettle will be tested again in Melbourne, while Michael Hussey showed he isn't finished just yet

648dSidharth Monga at the MCG

The segway strikes again

ESPNcricinfo presents Plays of the Day from the third day of the first Test between Australia and India in Melbourne

648dSambit Bal at the MCG

MCG pitch gives Test perfect narrative

The MCG has provided the pitch and the stage to two less-than-perfect teams to weave together the perfect narrative that has kept everyone - batsmen, bowler, and spectators - interested

Day 2

648dThe Report by Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Dravid, Tendulkar lead strong reply

Driven largely by Tendulkar's stand of 117 with Dravid, India reached a threatening 3 for 214 in reply to Australia's 333

648dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Cowan treated for sore back

Australia are hopeful that their best batsman from the first innings, Ed Cowan, will be fit on the third day in Melbourne after he spent much of the second day in the rooms receiving treatment for a sore back

648dSidharth Monga at the MCG

Tendulkar's promise of a glorious summer

Sachin Tendulkar batted with fluency and control to help India break the trend of batting failures that had blighted their start to overseas tours in recent times

648dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Australian seamers show mettle against the best

India were undoubtedly on top, but James Pattinson and his fast-bowling colleagues showed a willingness to toil hard against the best batsmen in the business

Day 1

648dThe Report by Daniel Brettig at the MCG

Cowan, Yadav shine on see-saw day

Australia's batsmen scrambled to 6 for 277 against a shrewd and opportunistic India on day one of the Boxing Day Test, and would not have progressed that far without a meritorious debut from Ed Cowan in front of 70,068 spectators at the MCG

648dChandrachud Basavaraj

Where's the cauldron?

The MCG on Boxing Day is supposed to be a heaving, roaring giant bowl of Test cricket-loving humanity, no?

648dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Patient Cowan earns the MCG's respect

It is to Cowan's credit that in his first Test innings, he played his way and was not caught up in the occasion, nor the quick tempo set by his partners David Warner and Ricky Ponting

648dBrydon Coverdale at the MCG

Cowan calls for uniformity in DRS use

Ed Cowan has reiterated Australia's calls for a uniform approach to the Decision Review System on a day when he and Michael Hussey fell to decisions that would have been overturned had they been reviewed

648dSidharth Monga at the MCG

Not a bad first day for poor starters

It was a day when both teams' weaker suits - Australia's batting and India's bowling - came face to face, and India didn't come out looking out of place

648dSambit Bal at the MCG

Ponting's century drought continues

The stage was set for Ricky Ponting to make his first hundred in almost two years, and while he looked fluent at the crease, in the end the wait continued


262dSidharth Monga

India need to rethink strategy against tail

Australia's last four wickets outscored India's by 79 runs over both innings at the MCG. In a series that could be decided by lower-order contributions, MS Dhoni may need to change his defensive tactics

648dSidharth Monga in Melbourne

Dhoni backs umpires over DRS

India will not support the DRS until they are convinced that the technology is 100% perfect, captain MS Dhoni has reiterated

650dChristian Ryan

Ponting's fine, Ponting's odd

In Melbourne he began both innings serenely, before losing form a bit. He now seems to need to think where once he barely had to

India 4th innings Partnerships

1st17G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd22R DravidG Gambhir
3rd19SR TendulkarR Dravid
4th10SR TendulkarVVS Laxman
5th1SR TendulkarV Kohli
6th12SR TendulkarMS Dhoni
7th36MS DhoniR Ashwin
8th24MS DhoniZ Khan
9th1MS DhoniI Sharma
10th27I SharmaUT Yadav