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141dThe Bulletin by Anand Vasu

Sublime Symonds puts Australia back on top

Australia took the long and tough route getting there but they posted a strong 376 by the end of an intriguing and curious day's play in Sydney

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

A Symonds
162(226) 18x4 - 2x6
Control %79%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 53 runs
  • 4x4 - 2x6
14 7 19 12 20 18 20 52
SR Tendulkar
154(243) 14x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 52 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
14 3 30 23 16 7 20 41

Best performances - Bowlers

B Lee
O32.2
M5
R119
W5
Eco3.68
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
A Kumble
O25.3
M0
R106
W4
Eco4.15
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

AUSTRALIA 463(112.3 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

INDIA 532(138.2 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 401/7d(107 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

INDIA 210(70.5 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Three wickets for Clarke in one over have sealed a record-equalling 16 Test wins in a row for Australia in the second Test at the SCG, so they take a 2-0 lead in the series. This game has had everything - excellent batting and disciplined bowling, but will be remembered, too, for some questionable umpiring decisions.

Ponting is speaking now. "Michael Clarke's got the golden touch, hasn't he? We knew if we kept them under pressure we'd have a chance. That's an unbelievable win, almost as good as any I've been in, I think. When we declared we were the only ones who could win that today. With ten overs to go the game was sort-of slipping away but even then I knew we only needed one wicket.

"The job Andrew Symonds did for us today was amazing. We tried every option, the last roll of the dice was to give Michael Clarke a crack."

Symonds is the Man of the Match. "Pup is comfortably one of the luckiest blokes I know, it was handy to have him on our side. It was a real old-school classical Test match. It's been a big team effort."

Clarke now. "I've been asking Punter all day to have a bowl. I'm certainly taking it." He's just been asked if he thought they could win it when he came on late. "Honestly, not a chance in hell and I think that's why Punter threw me the ball. India, though, did really well to fight as they did."

Well, this has been an absolute epic of a Test. Thanks for joining us and for all of your emails - sorry we couldn't use them all but we always get thousands, literally. From me Jenny Thompson and him George Binoy it's goodbye, thanks again, and do tune in next time for the Perth Test.

70.5
W
Clarke to Sharma, OUT, Clarke has done it! Ishant pops to first slip off the edge of the bat and that indeed is a famous victory. You have to feel for Kumble, though, who held on for so long in a solid knock

I Sharma c Hussey b Clarke 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Can he handle these last two balls? Kumble goes up to him to have a word.

70.4
0
Clarke to Sharma, no run, dug out to the leg side
70.3
0
Clarke to Sharma, no run, oooh, half a shout, but was missing

Bless Ishant, he's brought out two right-hand gloves... or is it a time tactic? We don't know. He's getting booed, rather Irfan Pathan is, who is running out with the spare glove. This is massive and the atmosphere is electric.

High drama at the SCG, Clarke is on a hat-trick, the crowd erupts and it's now down to Ishant Sharma to hold on for the draw

70.2
W
Clarke to Singh, OUT, good delivery, pitched on off, straightened, and would have gone on to clip the top of the stumps

RP Singh lbw b Clarke 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Clarke's first Test wicket in Australia, and what a time to get it. The nerves are starting to grip the pit of my stomach it's so close, so those of you who favour one team must be feeling it 100 times more. Now, can India pull off the draw? They deserve to. Or can Australia take the last two wickets?

70.1
W
Clarke to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, a fizzer outside off, bounced off the shoulder of the bat and popped up towards the slips

Harbhajan Singh c Hussey b Clarke 7 (29m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

END OF OVER:
70 | 2 Runs | INDIA: 210/7

  • Anil Kumble45 (111b)
  • Harbhajan Singh7 (13b)
  • Andrew Symonds19-5-51-3
  • Michael Clarke1-0-5-0
69.6
0
Symonds to Kumble, no run, yet more defence, this pair doing a very stern job in defence
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India 4th innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st3R DravidW Jaffer
2nd31R DravidVVS Laxman
3rd20SR TendulkarR Dravid
4th61SC GangulyR Dravid
5th0SC GangulyYuvraj Singh
6th22SC GangulyMS Dhoni
7th48A KumbleMS Dhoni
8th25A KumbleHarbhajan Singh
9th0A KumbleRP Singh
10th0A KumbleI Sharma