1st Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 29, 2007, India tour of Australia
343 & 351/7d
(T:499) 196 & 161

Australia won by 337 runs

Player Of The Match
124 & 47
Australia 1st Innings
India 1st Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
India 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Australia 1st Innings 
Phil Jaques st †Dhoni b Kumble661081428061.11
Matthew Hayden c Dravid b Khan1241832689067.75
Ricky Ponting (c) b Khan413210030.76
Michael Hussey lbw b Kumble2340066.66
Michael Clarke c Laxman b Singh2060820033.33
Andrew Symonds c sub (KD Karthik) b Kumble3542595083.33
Adam Gilchrist c Tendulkar b Kumble2342581054.76
Brad Hogg c Dravid b Khan1744540038.63
Brett Lee lbw b Kumble01211000.00
Mitchell Johnson not out 1535581142.85
Stuart Clark c Harbhajan Singh b Khan2123303091.30
Extras(lb 5, nb 9, w 2)16
TOTAL92.4 Ov (RR: 3.70, 395 Mins)343
Fall of wickets: 1-135 (Phil Jaques, 33.4 ov), 2-162 (Ricky Ponting, 38.5 ov), 3-165 (Michael Hussey, 39.3 ov), 4-225 (Michael Clarke, 59.1 ov), 5-241 (Matthew Hayden, 62.3 ov), 6-281 (Andrew Symonds, 71.4 ov), 7-288 (Adam Gilchrist, 75.3 ov), 8-294 (Brett Lee, 79.2 ov), 9-312 (Brad Hogg, 86.1 ov), 10-343 (Stuart Clark, 92.4 ov)
Zaheer Khan23.419443.97998018
38.5 to RT Ponting, Beauty! That is a cracker from Zaheer Khan. This is really good ball from Zaheer and it cleans up Ponting. Zaheer comes round the stumps, changing the angle, and gets this ball to hold its line just a fraction. It's pitched on a good length and this means Ponting is neither fully committed to the front foot nor going back. The ball slips past the outside edge and pegs back the off stump. That is a quality ball to get rid of a massively dangerous batsman.. 162/2
62.3 to ML Hayden, curled back in to him, cramped him for room and he popped a soft catch up towards mid on, stopping on the shot. A tame end to a forceful, aggressive-yet-patient innings. 241/5
86.1 to GB Hogg, Immediate reward for India! Zaheer sends this one in quick and outside the off, it's a bit of a loosener really. Brad Hogg goes for a fancy drive quite wide outside the off stump but only manages a thick edge. Rahul Dravid in the gully region makes no mistake and there's a wicket off the first ball with this second new ball for India.. 312/9
92.4 to SR Clark, the bouncer, on an off-side line, Clark takes his eye off the ball and tries to make room for the hook, the ball sails up and over to long leg for a relatively straightforward catch by Harbhajan Singh. 343/10
RP Singh2038214.108612010
59.1 to MJ Clarke, a wideish, but full, one outside off tempts Clarke into the cut, he simply doesn't get his feet anywhere near it and cuts straight into second slip, where Laxman snaps to his left. 225/4
Harbhajan Singh2036103.05865000
Sourav Ganguly311505.00111001
Anil Kumble2548453.361011100
33.4 to PA Jaques, Googly! India's captain sells Phil Jaques a dummy and finally there's a breakthrough. Kumble tosses up the googly, it's pitched outside the off and floats invitingly towards Jaques who is advancing down the pitch. Jaques fails to pick the wrong 'un and hangs his bat well inside the line of the ball. Mahendra Singh Dhoni takes the bails off and that is the end of Jaques. 135/1
39.3 to MEK Hussey, Another one! Kumble strikes again, getting rid of the ever reliable Mike Hussey. This one is a googly on the middle and leg stump, there's just a hint of turn and it's enough to beat the bat and strike pad. Loud shout and an easy decision for the umpire. This one is nailing the off stump and Kumble strikes again, picking up an lbw. 165/3
71.4 to A Symonds, Gone! That is a big wicket, huge bonus for India. Kumble drags this one just a touch short, Symonds sees the length and goes for the pull. The ball skids through and hurries on Symonds who is playing a short-arm pull. The batsman can't quite get the elevation he wants and Dinesh Karthik, the substitute fielder, takes a smart catch at midwicket. That is a big wicket for India. What a comeback this has been.. 281/6
75.3 to AC Gilchrist, Golden arm! Another one for Anil Kumble who scalps yet another big wicket. Tossed up and outside the off. Gilchrist plants his foot down the pitch and plays the big slog sweep. The ball goes off the toe of the bat and straight up into the air. Sachin Tendulkar is in position at point and settles under a simple but critical catch. India are now well and truly on top in this game.. 288/7
79.2 to B Lee, Five for Kumble! On a first day pitch. This is Anil Kumble at his best. A quick, flat ball on the stumps, it's a Kumble special and good batsmen have found this hard to keep out, forget about tailenders. Lee comes forward but is very late on the shot and wears the ball on pad in front of the stumps. The umpire thinks for a second and up goes the finger!. 294/8
Sachin Tendulkar10202.0040000
India 1st Innings 
Wasim Jaffer c †Gilchrist b Lee427380014.81
Rahul Dravid lbw b Clark566103007.57
VVS Laxman c Ponting b Lee2656981046.42
Sachin Tendulkar  b Clark62771137180.51
Sourav Ganguly  b Hogg43791341154.43
Yuvraj Singh c †Gilchrist b Clark01110000.00
MS Dhoni lbw b Clark022000.00
Anil Kumble (c)c †Gilchrist b Lee2776934035.52
Harbhajan Singh c Clarke b Hogg22429008.33
Zaheer Khan c †Gilchrist b Lee1114242078.57
RP Singh not out 2680033.33
Extras(b 4, lb 3, nb 7)14
TOTAL71.5 Ov (RR: 2.72, 315 Mins)196
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Wasim Jaffer, 8.3 ov), 2-31 (Rahul Dravid, 21.4 ov), 3-55 (VVS Laxman, 30.1 ov), 4-120 (Sachin Tendulkar, 45.1 ov), 5-122 (Yuvraj Singh, 47.4 ov), 6-122 (MS Dhoni, 47.6 ov), 7-166 (Sourav Ganguly, 60.1 ov), 8-173 (Harbhajan Singh, 66.6 ov), 9-193 (Anil Kumble, 69.6 ov), 10-196 (Zaheer Khan, 71.5 ov)
Brett Lee19.564642.311004006
8.3 to W Jaffer, that's the breakthrough, the slower ball beating Jaffer who poked through to Gilchrist. 4/1
30.1 to VVS Laxman, Brute from Lee. How do you play a ball like that? Short one banged in, it's perfectly well directed, on the stumps, Laxman falls backward as he tries to sway out of the way. The ball crashes into the gloves and balloons up in the air. Ricky Ponting is alert in the slips cordon and rushes forward, diving full length to wrap his hands under the ball. That's another big wicket for Australia. 55/3
69.6 to A Kumble, full and outside the off, just a hint of late swing, big drive played, the ball goes past the bat, sounds like there was an edge and the whole Austalian slips cordon goes up in appeal. Billy Bowden says no at first, then goes to the square-leg umpire to check if the catch was taken cleanly. That certainly carried cleanly to Gilchrist. Now Bowden gives it out and Kumble is not a happy man.. 193/9
71.5 to Z Khan, And there's the end! fullish and outside the off stump, Zaheer goes for the big drive, the edge goes straight into Adam Gilchrist's gloves, no controversy there. That's now four wickets in an innings five innings on the trot for Brett Lee. 196/10
Mitchell Johnson1352501.92672001
Andrew Symonds31802.66140000
Stuart Clark1542841.86731000
21.4 to R Dravid, huge shout and the finger raises immediately, trapping him low and in front of middle and leg, towards the top. 31/2
45.1 to SR Tendulkar, short of a length, outside the off, just a bit of movement in, Tendulkar stands tall and tries to play that forcing shot off the back foot through cover. There's just a bit of extra bounce and the ball crashes into the stumps via a thick bottom edge. It's not the first time we've seen Tendulkar fall like this after looking well set. 120/4
47.4 to Yuvraj Singh, fullish, outside the off stump, this one is a classic wobbler from Stuart Clark, Yuvraj has a dart at this one. There's a bit of a sound as the ball passes bat and a spontaneous appeal from the slips cordon, the wicketkeeper and the bowler are enough to convince Billy Bowden. Yuvraj stands his ground for a moment but he has to go, for a duck. 122/5
47.6 to MS Dhoni, that one nipped back, right up there, hitting him on the knee roll, going on to hit leg stump. 122/6
Brad Hogg2138223.90918200
60.1 to SC Ganguly, Got him. Hogg gets his first wicket, Ganguly undone by a wicked change of pace, the flipper skids through and knocks back the off stump as the batsman rocks back. A bamboozled Ganguly's on his way just short of his fifty. 166/7
66.6 to Harbhajan Singh, tossed up and outside the off, Harbhajan is not picking Hogg here but goes for the big hit anyway. The ball goes straight up in the air and Michael Clarke has to use one hand to shield the sun before judging the catch well and taking it. Another Indian wicket gone and Hogg is growing in utility here. 173/8
Australia 2nd Innings 
Phil Jaques c & b Kumble511031625049.51
Matthew Hayden c Ganguly b Harbhajan Singh4754846087.03
Ricky Ponting (c)c Dravid b Harbhajan Singh3790042.85
Michael Hussey c Tendulkar b Singh3684950042.85
Michael Clarke st †Dhoni b Kumble731131545064.60
Andrew Symonds lbw b Khan4452754284.61
Adam Gilchrist c Singh b Harbhajan Singh3559834059.32
Brad Hogg not out 3550591270.00
Brett Lee not out 1119261057.89
Extras(lb 3, nb 13)16
TOTAL88 Ov (RR: 3.98, 380 Mins)351/7d
Fall of wickets: 1-83 (Matthew Hayden, 18.5 ov), 2-89 (Ricky Ponting, 20.2 ov), 3-139 (Phil Jaques, 38.2 ov), 4-161 (Michael Hussey, 45.1 ov), 5-243 (Andrew Symonds, 61.5 ov), 6-288 (Michael Clarke, 73.1 ov), 7-316 (Adam Gilchrist, 80.5 ov)
Zaheer Khan2029314.658390012
61.5 to A Symonds, Zaheer strikes! a full ball from round the stumps hurries in on Symonds. This ball is coming in with reverse swing and Symonds gets pad in the way before bat can make it down. Loud shout for the lbw and Billy Bowden gives this one. Timely breakthrough for India. 243/5
RP Singh1615013.12736000
45.1 to MEK Hussey, fullish and outside the off, RP pushes this one across the left-handed batsman, a bit of reverse swing and Hussey flashes at the ball without getting behind the line. A thick edge and Tendulkar at first slip is good enough to take a smart catch. 161/4
Anil Kumble25210224.08965200
38.2 to PA Jaques, tossed up a touch, subtle change in pace, this one stops a bit on Jaques who goes through with a forcing drive, the ball comes right back at Kumble who takes a simple caught and bowled. Jaques goes soon after reaching his half-century. 139/3
73.1 to MJ Clarke, cracker of a delivery, beating him in the flight, Clarke down the pitch and Dhoni whips off the bails in a split second. 288/6
Harbhajan Singh26010133.88966200
18.5 to ML Hayden, the breakthrough at last, India wil love that, Hayden down the track and one audacious attempt too far, holing out at long-off where Ganguly takes the catch well. 83/1
20.2 to RT Ponting, got him! Outside off, turned into the right hander who opens the face and guides the ball straight into the welcoming hands of first slip. 89/2
80.5 to AC Gilchrist, holes out finally, played from outside leg, with a sweep up and over to RP Singh at deep backward square. 316/7
Sachin Tendulkar10202.0040000
India 2nd Innings (T: 499 runs)
Rahul Dravid lbw b Symonds161141542014.03
Wasim Jaffer c †Gilchrist b Lee1540672037.50
VVS Laxman c Clarke b Clark421121716037.50
Sachin Tendulkar c †Gilchrist b Lee1521311071.42
Sourav Ganguly c Ponting b Hogg40781425051.28
Yuvraj Singh lbw b Hogg510161050.00
MS Dhoni c †Gilchrist b Johnson1132322034.37
Anil Kumble (c)c †Gilchrist b Johnson821261038.09
Harbhajan Singh run out (Hussey/Hogg)00300-
Zaheer Khan not out 0216000.00
RP Singh  b Johnson220140010.00
Extras(b 1, nb 6)7
TOTAL74 Ov (RR: 2.17, 342 Mins)161
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Wasim Jaffer, 15.3 ov), 2-54 (Rahul Dravid, 34.3 ov), 3-77 (Sachin 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 (Anil Kumble, 69.6 ov), 8-157 (Harbhajan Singh, 70.1 ov), 9-157 (Sourav Ganguly, 70.3 ov), 10-161 (RP Singh, 73.6 ov)
Brett Lee1434323.07675004
15.3 to W Jaffer, 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
41.3 to SR Tendulkar, 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
Mitchell Johnson1562131.40813002
63.6 to MS Dhoni, 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 to A Kumble, 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
73.6 to RP Singh, clattered right into the stumps, an inside edge drags the ball on from outside off to end the match. 161/10
Stuart Clark1592011.33823000
53.4 to VVS Laxman, 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
Brad Hogg1735123.00808000
56.2 to Yuvraj Singh, 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
70.3 to SC Ganguly, 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
Andrew Symonds1352511.92661000
34.3 to R Dravid, 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
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Wed, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 337/9 (Mitchell Johnson 10*, Stuart Clark 21*, 90 ov)
Thu, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 32/0 (Phil Jaques 10*, Matthew Hayden 22*, 8 ov)
Fri, 28 Dec - day 3 - India 2nd innings 6/0 (Rahul Dravid 3*, Wasim Jaffer 2*, 8 ov)
Sat, 29 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 161 (74 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Drinks: India - 27/1 in 21.0 overs (R Dravid 10, VVS Laxman 0)
  • India: 50 runs in 31.3 overs (191 balls), Extras 2
  • Lunch: India - 56/2 in 35.0 overs (VVS Laxman 21, SR Tendulkar 2)
  • India: 100 runs in 48.5 overs (297 balls), Extras 4
  • Drinks: India - 101/3 in 49.0 overs (VVS Laxman 33, SC Ganguly 18)
  • Tea: India - 134/5 in 61.0 overs (SC Ganguly 36, MS Dhoni 1)
  • India: 150 runs in 66.4 overs (404 balls), Extras 4
  • Attendance: 16738 (Total: 166159)
  • Match Scorers: Sajan Nair and Binoy George
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Matthew Hayden
Series resultAustralia led the 4-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 1855
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-1.10pm, Tea 3.10-3.30pm, Close 5.30pm
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2007 - day (5-day match)
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