Player of the Match
Player of the Match
400dThe Report by Daniel Brettig

Vijay and heat make India's day

M Vijay carved out a memorable century to set the platform for a dominant 4 for 311 on day one of the second Test at the Gabba

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

M Vijay
144(213) 22x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 32 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
0 17 11 31 46 10 6 23
SPD Smith
SPD Smith
133(191) 13x4 - 2x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 24 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
12 12 13 21 33 4 18 20

Best performances - Bowlers

JR Hazlewood
JR Hazlewood
O23.2
M6
R68
W5
Eco2.91
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MG Johnson
MG Johnson
O17.3
M4
R61
W4
Eco3.48
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorecard Summary

INDIA 408(109.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 505(109.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

INDIA 224(64.3 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

AUSTRALIA 130/6(23.1 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

4.45pm End of an extremely entertaining Test match. It's been a pleasure bringing it to you, as always. We'll be back for the Boxing Day Test, and I hope you'll join us for that. Until then, ta ta!

Last comment of the day - we usually don't publish the praise we get, but I'll make an exception here: Boll: "Notwithstanding the "iffy" Dohni LBW call by comms (Karthik?), I can`t remember a better Cricinfo commentary than this match. Great to have the additions of "Questions for the stars", but just fantastic to have this sort of service. Really appreciate it. It used to be ABC radio and the TV on mute. Now it`s streaming and Cricinfo comms. Love your work...from here in Japan."

Mazhar: "Australia will be happy to cross the line but wont be happy with Watson, Haddin, Marsh at all. None of them justified their position in the team. But I dont expect wholesale changes in boxing day test as the team won this match. If they lost it, there would have been at least 2 changes for sure"

Akash Singhal: "After the first innings, if somebody would have told me that this Indian bowling attack can restrict Australia to 122/6, I would have laughed! Wish we had a 200+ target to defend."

Steve Smith is the Man of the Match. "Extremely satisfying," he says. "The boys played some very good cricket the last four days and it's very satisfying to come out with a win. First day was very tough, the boys were dropping like flies. Credit to how they came out and bowled on the second morning. First innings runs are crucial here and getting a lead of 90 was handy. Josh Hazlewood is an outstanding bowler and he's started extremely well for Australia. Mitchell Johnson, Mr. Reliable, as always. I don't think it was advisable [winding up Johnson], and that partnership really set the game up for us. It's always tough playing against India, they've played some extremely good cricket and we just won the key moments. It's been an amazing thrill over the last week to captain this side, the boys have been outstanding and backed me up nicely."

Presentation time. MS Dhoni: "It's not about how near you are, it's about what actually happened. The first session today was a big debacle for us. There was a lack of communication in our dressing room over whether Shikhar will go into bat or Virat. We did not handle that situation well. We were having a bat at the nets, the wickets were not very good and he got hit. Didn't react too badly so we thought he was fine to bat. By the time he came in he was in a lot of pain and unable to bat. We were only able to give Virat 5-7 minutes to prepare. That created some unrest in the dressing room. I think Mitchell batted really well. Once you get close to the new ball, the ball goes soft and the bowlers get tired. He played his shots and he was a little lucky too. Nothing went to the fielders and he was able to score. I'm pretty happy with how we have played. We have shortcomings but I'm happy how the bowlers have shaped up. We have tried both five bowlers and an extra batsman, but neither has really grabbed the opportunity. They are a talented side and they have self-belief. For a few of them they are coming here for the first time and they haven't really succumbed to the pace factor. It's a pleasure playing in front of a big crowd in Melbourne. It's a special day as well (Boxing Day) and hopefully it will be good for us."

Avnish: "I want MSD to say this in the post match interview - "Well at least we all got an extra day to do the Christmas shopping!" "

Phalgun: "Who has won this session? Is it India for picking 6 wickets or Australia for chasing the 128?"

Don: "15 wickets fell in the day, with batting collapses galore, as an Indian fan it was horrible, nostalgic and entertaining at the same time."

4.24pm Australia deserved to win this, but India exposed the wobbliness of their batting in both innings. At 247 for 6 yesterday, with Australia 161 behind, they could have seriously pressed home the advantage and gotten into a winning position. Instead, they conceded a lead of close to 100, and their batsmen simply couldn't bail them out from there. Cracks opened up on the pitch and Johnson - who had played the decisive innings yesterday - flicked on the switch that turns him into one of the world's most terrifying bowlers, and the target that India finally set - 128 - was never really going to be enough. This is only the fifth time that a team has lost in four days after scoring 400 in the first innings. Australia have been the winning side in four of those matches. The run rate over this Test match was an eye-popping 4.12 - the fastest ever in a Test match in Australia, the ninth-fastest overall.

23.1
4
Aaron to MR Marsh, FOUR runs, and that is it. Full outside off and he flows into a lovely cover drive that puts Australia 2-0 up in the series

Aaron. Around the wicket to Marsh

END OF OVER:
23 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 126/6

  • Mitchell Marsh2 (6b)
  • Mitchell Johnson2 (3b)
  • Umesh Yadav9-0-46-2
  • Varun Aaron5-0-34-0
22.6
1
Yadav to MR Marsh, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep square leg
22.5
1
Yadav to Johnson, 1 run, shortish on off stump, pulled towards mid-on

back over the stumps to Mitch

22.4
1
Yadav to MR Marsh, 1 run, back of a length outside off, angling away, steered away to third man

around the wicket to Marsh

22.3
1
Yadav to Johnson, 1 run, back of a length, top of off, defended with an open face through backward point

Taj: "I tell you what, from a cricketing point of view this has been a sloppy session...no intensity from India, no focus from Australia. We're just meandering to the end here."

22.2
0
Yadav to Johnson, no run, sees him making room and fires it full and wide. Left alone

And here comes Mitchell Johnson. Would only be appropriate if he scored the winning runs. Aaron is back over the wicket

Stuck in a Rut

9.4

Brad Haddin's average since February 2014 (85 runs from 11 Test innings)

Hundred on Debut

10

Number of Australians who have scored hundreds on captaincy debut - Graham Yallop was the last captain (102 v England, Gabba, 1978)

Leading by example

69.50

Batting average of Australian captains at the Gabba since 1990 - the highest for captains at any home venue in this period (min. 15 Tests)

Tail-end torment

14

Number of innings per fifty for tailenders against India since 2010, the worst ratio for any team

Eleven years ago ...

2003

The last time an overseas team took the first-innings lead at the Gabba. India scored 409 to Australia's 323

Hazlewood high

43

Josh Hazlewood's highest first-class score. This is his second 30-plus score in 32 innings

Bowling after great batting

17

Mitchell Johnson's bowling average in Tests - 36 wickets - when he bowls after making a 50+ score.

Pujara gets to 2000

46

Number of innings in which Cheteshwar Pujara got to 2000 Test runs, the eighth fastest by an Indian

A bad habit

9

Number of consecutive Test innings where India have lost 5 or more wickets for 100 runs or less

400 and kaput

4

No. of times teams have lost inside four days after making 400+ in the first innings - Australia have won three of those Tests

Manic speed

4.12

Scoring rate over the entire match, which is the quickest for a Test in Australia(min. 200 overs) and ninth fastest anywhere