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Australia vs India, 1st Test at Melbourne, , Dec 26 2011 - Full Scorecard

1st Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 29, 2011, India tour of Australia
333 & 240
(T:292) 282 & 169

Australia won by 122 runs

Player Of The Match
2/55, 37* & 4/53
Australia 1st Innings
India 1st Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
India 2nd Innings
Match Flow
Australia 1st Innings 
c †Dhoni b Ashwin681772947038.41
c †Dhoni b Yadav3749594175.51
c Kohli b Yadav0611000.00
c Laxman b Yadav62941486065.95
b Khan3168575045.58
c †Dhoni b Khan012000.00
c Sehwag b Khan27701191038.57
c †Dhoni b Khan41991314041.41
not out 1854862033.33
c Kohli b Ashwin1932463059.37
b Ashwin611151054.54
Extras(lb 21, nb 1, w 2)24
TOTAL110 Ov (RR: 3.02, 488 Mins)333
Fall of wickets: 1-46 (David Warner, 13.1 ov), 2-46 (Shaun Marsh, 15.1 ov), 3-159 (Ricky Ponting, 48.3 ov), 4-205 (Michael Clarke, 64.2 ov), 5-205 (Michael Hussey, 64.3 ov), 6-214 (Ed Cowan, 67.1 ov), 7-286 (Brad Haddin, 90.6 ov), 8-291 (Peter Siddle, 96.1 ov), 9-318 (Ben Hilfenhaus, 105.4 ov), 10-333 (Nathan Lyon, 109.6 ov)
64.2 to MJ Clarke, it was coming. Zaheer's among the best old-ball bowlers in the world, and he was working to a plan here. The last one went away, this one kept coming in from wider of the stumps. Clarke thought he had width, and went for the cut, but the deviation meant he got an inside edge onto the stumps.. 205/4
64.3 to MEK Hussey, Hussey gets another blob! He's been bumped out. I don't think he edged that. There's no UDRS. Utter brute of a delivery from Zaheer, bounded up from a length and snorted past Hussey who was on the hop trying to get out of harm's way. He did, too. The ball brushed his sleeve on the way to Dhoni. India went up in appeal, so did Erasmus' finger.. 205/5
90.6 to BJ Haddin, a gem from Zaheer and Haddin's gone. Inswing, away seam, inswing, away seam and now a full, tempting half-volley outside off gets the outside edge. Haddin pushes away from the body again as he leans across to drive and the ball kisses the edge low and hurtles towards Sehwag in the gully at shin-ankle height. He takes it without a fuss. Haddin asks Sehwag if it was a clean catch, and gets a reply in the affirmative. The umpire checks if it was a no-ball, and the replays confirm Zaheer didn't overstep.. 286/7
96.1 to PM Siddle, ah Zaheer. He's owned Siddle with one of those that went away from a length. He's done this often today, but this time he starts it from middle and off. Siddle just had to play at that, and the edge was almost inevitable as it went away. Zaheer's protracted follow through ends in a walk, with the arms raised to his sides, even as Dhoni completes the catch.. 291/8
13.1 to DA Warner, didn't take long coming, that wicket, after the break. Yadav's sent Warner on his way. This was a set-up, and Warner couldn't resist. Square leg went back, suggesting there could be a bumper round the corner. It came immediately, it was quite pacy, it wasn't outside off like the last time, and Warner couldn't quite slot the hook away. He was cramped for room, but still went for it with hard hands. It lobbed off the glove to the leg side, and Dhoni took it easy.. 46/1
15.1 to SE Marsh, Yadav's got another! Wickets are coming like London buses suddenly. What a soft dismissal, that. Yadav put it up on a really good length. Full and just wide of off stump, no movement, Marsh walks into a feeble drive without bothering to keep it down. Did it come on slower than he thought? His feet were nowhere as he went for it. Simple catch straight into Kohli's hands at gully.. 46/2
48.3 to RT Ponting, Ishant will have a smile. Dravid will have a smile. Ponting won't. They were the three men involved in the Perth downing of Ponting, circa 2008. Two names change on the card this time, but the manner of dismissal is astoundingly similar. Back of a length again, Yadav gets it to rear up menacingly again and leap away, and this time it thumps high on Ponting's bat as he hops across. The edge loops to Laxman's right in the slips, and he holds well. Ponting's 100 drought continues, and Yadav's showing he belongs in Test cricket.. 159/3
67.1 to EJM Cowan, Ashwin has a wicket. Cowan's supreme vigil comes to an end, and Australia are slipping down a familiar slope now. Cowan's been eager to cut Ashwin all day, and hasn't quite figured his drift and variety. This one again, was much too close to the body to cut, but he went for it, and thick-edged it into Dhoni's gloves. Very good take, that. Definite sound, but was there an edge? Oh dear ... Cowan didn't look happy with the decision. HotSpot didn't light up.. 214/6
105.4 to BW Hilfenhaus, didn't take long for Ashwin to tempt Hilfy and send him on his way. Tossed up invitingly outside off, it wobbled over the eye line, came down gently and was asking to be muscled across the line. Hilfenhaus obliged, dragging it from wide of off stump towards long-on. It barely travelled three-fourths of the way to the boundary, and Kohli settles under it easily.. 318/9
109.6 to NM Lyon, Ashwin's bowled Lyon round the legs and Australia are bowled out. Quite a strange dismissal. It was fired in full on off stump, Lyon got drastically across and looked to sweep. He missed, and Ashwin pegged back off stump. All out for 333, triple Nelson ends the innings.. 333/10
India 1st Innings 
c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus323350013.04
b Pattinson67831277080.72
b Hilfenhaus681872496036.36
b Siddle73981518174.48
c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus11691060015.94
c †Haddin b Siddle22230009.09
c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus1121281052.38
c Hussey b Hilfenhaus68130075.00
c †Haddin b Siddle3135573188.57
b Pattinson4671066.66
not out 216220012.50
Extras(nb 3, w 1)4
TOTAL94.1 Ov (RR: 2.99, 417 Mins)282
Fall of wickets: 1-22 (Gautam Gambhir, 7.5 ov), 2-97 (Virender Sehwag, 28.2 ov), 3-214 (Sachin Tendulkar, 64.3 ov), 4-214 (Rahul Dravid, 65.2 ov), 5-221 (VVS Laxman, 72.4 ov), 6-238 (Virat Kohli, 79.2 ov), 7-245 (MS Dhoni, 81.4 ov), 8-254 (Ishant Sharma, 87.2 ov), 9-259 (Zaheer Khan, 88.6 ov), 10-282 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 94.1 ov)
28.2 to V Sehwag, a very good spell of fast bowling in the last 20 minutes of so has produced a wicket. The trouble was at the other end, with Dravid, but Sehwag is the man who has gone. He's livid with himself. It was on a length and a touch wide of off stump, Sehwag went for the blazing cover drive, as always all hands and no feet. The ball seamed in marginally, the inside edge was taken, and it crashed into the stumps.. 97/2
88.6 to Z Khan, another one goes! and this after the Australia lower order squeezed out a considerable amount of runs, Zaheer withdraws to the leg side, exposes all three stumps, and has a wild heave, misses predictably, and the off stump is rattled, incredibly poor stuff from India. 259/9
7.5 to G Gambhir, heat at one end, the wicket comes at the other. Gambhir once again perishes to an indiscretion outside the off stump. Top bowling from Hilfenhaus, but aided by an average shot too. Short of a length, at least a foot and a half outside off stump to start with. The ball then seamed away, and Gambhir had a good enough sight at it, to leave if he wanted to. He chose not to, and fiddled to produce a faint edge through to the keeper. Aus have a wicket.. 22/1
65.2 to R Dravid, he's bowled 'em! what a ball to get early in the morning, as straight as you can get, fullish length, bang on off stump, straightens enough to sneak past Dravid's push and rattles the off stump, just the start Australia wanted, so they have got the two big wickets in consecutive overs now, first Tendulkar, now Dravid, whose front foot did not come as forward as he would have liked. 214/4
79.2 to V Kohli, they won't need the new ball for Virat, he is gone, all the batsmen have fallen today to the pitched up ball which moves away slightly, Kohli is forward in defence, but the movement has done him, and the outside edge is snapped up easily by Haddin. 238/6
81.4 to MS Dhoni, oh well, that was on the cards, Dhoni has a go, and gives gully catching practice, Hilfenhaus shifted the angle to just outside off stump, the length was not as full, Dhoni went after it anyway, not too hard though, and the edge looped slowly straight to gully, Hilfenhaus has his fourth. 245/7
87.2 to I Sharma, Hilfenhaus has five, his first one in Tests, he holds his arms aloft and smiles widely, Ishant goes for an uncharacteristic big drive at the pitched up ball and gets a big edge through to Haddin, who has been busy this morning, superb spell from Hilfenhaus today, been too good for the Indians. 254/8
64.3 to SR Tendulkar, Siddle's done it! Is this a no-ball? No! Tendulkar's been bowled through the gate, still on 99. Top length that, at blistering pace. Tendulkar got on the front foot, but he wasn't going to reach the length of the ball. That swerved in late, was it reverse? Sachin tried to punch through the off side, but he was playing down the wrong line. The ball thundered through to rattle the off stump. Sachin wasn't in the best position for that drive, in hindsight.. 214/3
72.4 to VVS Laxman, there's the edge, and Laxman is gone, the fuller length working perfectly for Australia this morning, pitched up just outside off, Laxman comes forward, not exactly fully, and there is enough away shape there to take the edge, the ball is dying on Haddin, but he tumbles forward to complete a fine take, India in trouble, big time. 221/5
94.1 to R Ashwin, there is the last wicket, Siddle ends it the way it started for Australia in the morning with a pitched up away-moving delivery, Ashwin is not fully forward and feathers it through to Haddin. 282/10
Australia 2nd Innings 
b Yadav527280018.51
lbw b Yadav817331047.05
b Yadav311250027.27
c Sehwag b Khan60971513061.85
b Sharma1460025.00
c †Dhoni b Khan891512279058.94
c Laxman b Khan614110042.85
c †Dhoni b Yadav422290018.18
lbw b Ashwin0119000.00
not out 3781974045.67
c Laxman b Sharma1429452048.27
Extras(b 5, lb 2, nb 5, w 1)13
TOTAL76.3 Ov (RR: 3.13, 335 Mins)240
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (David Warner, 7.1 ov), 2-16 (Ed Cowan, 7.4 ov), 3-24 (Shaun Marsh, 11.3 ov), 4-27 (Michael Clarke, 12.5 ov), 5-142 (Ricky Ponting, 40.2 ov), 6-148 (Brad Haddin, 42.5 ov), 7-163 (Peter Siddle, 50.6 ov), 8-166 (Nathan Lyon, 53.6 ov), 9-197 (Michael Hussey, 66.5 ov), 10-240 (Ben Hilfenhaus, 76.3 ov)
40.2 to RT Ponting, Zaheer strikes for India, slipping a full delivery further away from Ponting, who decides to have a drive at it, and gully snaps up the thick edge, Zaheer roars, Ponting departs for his second 60 of the match, and India sneak back. 142/5
42.5 to BJ Haddin, outside edge and taken, Zaheer has his arms aloft, Laxman has gobbled up the feeble poke from Haddin, the angle from around the stumps has done it for Haddin, he was in the crease as this one held its line from a length, it was a long way outside off and he could have let it be, but he had a waft at it and it popped straight to Laxman. 148/6
66.5 to MEK Hussey, outstanding delivery it needed to get Michael Hussey, and Zaheer has produced it, he lets out his roar, Hussey had left quite superbly through his innings, but even he had to play at this, just short of a length, finding some bounce, and just enough away shape, just enough for Hussey to get a feather on it, Dhoni takes it happily, India need one more. 197/9
7.1 to DA Warner, poor stroke from Warner has him playing on, he was hanging in the crease, looking to smash this angled length delivery past point, but went too hard at the ball and ended up inside-edging it on to the stumps, he was getting a bit impatient with the lack of runs and went eagerly after the ball as soon as he saw some width. 13/1
7.4 to EJM Cowan, oh dear, Cowan is gone padding up, Umesh has two in the over, he hasn't been getting the ball to do much and probably that is why Cowan decided to shoulder arms seeing the ball going across him, but it seemed to come back in a shade and rapped him on the front pad in line with middle and off, the umpire raised the finger right away and Cowan departs shaking his head, yikes, ball tracker shows the ball would have just missed the off stump, but he wasn't offering a stroke and umpires are usually pretty severe with that. 16/2
11.3 to SE Marsh, oh well, another one plays on, Umesh has rattled 'em up, this one was dragged just a touch wider outside off and bowled much fuller as well, Marsh went after it, just like Warner had, and managed to inside-edge it to disturb the bails. 24/3
50.6 to PM Siddle, another outside edge flies towards Dravid at first slip, but this time Dhoni settles matters with a superb diving take to his right, don't think the ball would have carried to Dravid, excellent judgment from Dhoni, and he did not mess up the execution, on second thoughts, looks like it would have carried to Dravid. 163/7
12.5 to MJ Clarke, Ishant has gone through Clarke, what a ball to get the Australia captain, Ishant exults, he angles it on a good length, Clarke is drawn forward to defend, but the ball moves in, not too much (that has been the order of the day), enough to take the inside edge and disturb the bails. 27/4
76.3 to BW Hilfenhaus, that's the end of that then, but after the last pair has added 43, Ishant pitches it up for the drive, Hilfenhaus goes for it, a touch feebly, and Laxman does not drop the sharp outside edge at second slip. 240/10
53.6 to NM Lyon, Ashwin has struck, umpire Erasmus thinks that is going to hit leg stump, it was the flighted carrom ball, pitched on a length, Lyon was playing off the back foot and was caught on the pad, have to wait for replays to see if it was taking leg, yes, replays show Erasmus was spot-on. 166/8
India 2nd Innings (T: 292 runs)
c Ponting b Siddle1346521028.26
c Hussey b Hilfenhaus712281058.33
b Pattinson1029591034.48
c Hussey b Siddle3246734069.56
c Cowan b Pattinson11422007.14
lbw b Hilfenhaus013000.00
b Pattinson2344880152.27
c Cowan b Siddle3035385085.71
c Cowan b Pattinson1322281159.09
not out 614330042.85
c Warner b Lyon2125262184.00
Extras(lb 10, nb 1, w 2)13
TOTAL47.5 Ov (RR: 3.53, 228 Mins)169
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Virender Sehwag, 5.6 ov), 2-39 (Gautam Gambhir, 12.1 ov), 3-58 (Rahul Dravid, 18.6 ov), 4-68 (VVS Laxman, 22.6 ov), 5-69 (Virat Kohli, 23.3 ov), 6-81 (Sachin Tendulkar, 26.1 ov), 7-117 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 34.6 ov), 8-141 (Zaheer Khan, 40.5 ov), 9-142 (MS Dhoni, 42.2 ov), 10-169 (Umesh Yadav, 47.5 ov)
18.6 to R Dravid, cleaned him up! Australia move well and truly in front with the wicket of Dravid, who left a big gap between bat and pad to let the ball sneak in, Pattinson is besieged by his team-mates, it was angled in fullish and moved in further, Dravid was caught in the crease and ended up pushing way outside the line. 58/3
22.6 to VVS Laxman, and then he had to fall on one of his favourite shots, flicked straight to square leg, Laxman was making an effort to get the front foot across with all those deliveries moving away from him outside off, he is not comfortable doing that, this one was speared in full for the pads, good change-up from Pattinson, Laxman was always going to flick, he rarely holds back on that stroke, but with the position that he was in, the stroke went a lot finer, and square leg was around, they check for the no-ball call, looked very close, seemed to be just about okay initially, but on a closer look, that could have gone either way. 68/4
40.5 to Z Khan, got him this time, Pattinson is pretty pumped up at getting Zaheer, who tried to have another swing, then saw this one had followed him down leg, tried to shovel it fine, but managed a thick inside edge that popped up to short leg off thigh pad. 141/8
42.2 to MS Dhoni, inside edged on to the stumps, not for the first time in the match, and Pattinson has one more, Dhoni stays rooted to the crease, looks to pick up this pitched up ball from outside off and heave it over midwicket, manages only an inside edge that disturbs the bails. 142/9
5.6 to V Sehwag, they have the big wicket, and India's chase has been dealt a potentially crippling blow, Sehwag goes after the short and widish delivery, and smacks it straight to Hussey at gully, could have gone anywhere but found the man, wasn't in a great position for the shot though, ended up playing it with one leg in the air, Hussey holds on to the screamer and celebrates. 17/1
23.3 to V Kohli, it's falling apart for the Indians, Australia are rolling them over, Virat departs now, caught in front, front foot moving across a long way, the bat had to do a lot of work in coming around it, it even brushed the pad on its way down, and the length ball had already nipped in to strike him in front of middle, Virat looked rather cross with the decision, wonder why. 69/5
12.1 to G Gambhir, outside edge and gone, Gautam's problems outside off continue, Siddle letting it rip from just short of a good length, finding bounce, the angle and away movement taking it away from the left-hander, but importantly, making him play, would have taken a very good leave to let it go, but he ended up jerking his hands slightly to the left to poke at it, the edge loops to second slip. 39/2
26.1 to SR Tendulkar, that is the end for India, folks, Sachin has looked positive throughout his stay, and that is what consumes him now, he reaches out to drive this pitched up widish delivery that moves away a touch, and gully accepts the thick edge, Siddle is overjoyed, Australia are dominant, and India face a stiff defeat. 81/6
34.6 to R Ashwin, this time he is gone, Siddle has his man with the short ball, Ashwin moved across to fend it on the leg side, it popped up high in the air off the glove, and Cowan strolled to his right to take the dolly. 117/7
47.5 to UT Yadav, he goes for another big one, but this time he hasn't got enough on the shot, and Warner takes a leaping, scrambling catch at long on just inside the rope, running to his right, throws the ball in the air and Australia celebrate. 169/10
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Mon, 26 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 277/6 (Brad Haddin 21*, Peter Siddle 34*, 89 ov)
Tue, 27 Dec - day 2 - India 1st innings 214/3 (Rahul Dravid 68*, Ishant Sharma 0*, 65 ov)
Wed, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 179/8 (Michael Hussey 79*, James Pattinson 3*, 60 ov)
Thu, 29 Dec - day 4 - India 2nd innings 169 (47.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Australia: 200 runs in 67.6 overs (412 balls), Extras 12
  • Drinks: Australia - 229/9 in 74.0 overs (JL Pattinson 34, BW Hilfenhaus 6)
  • Innings Break: Australia - 240/10 in 76.3 overs (JL Pattinson 37)
  • India 2nd innings
  • Lunch: India - 24/1 in 9.0 overs (G Gambhir 6, R Dravid 5)
  • India: 50 runs in 14.4 overs (88 balls), Extras 10
  • Drinks: India - 68/3 in 22.0 overs (SR Tendulkar 27, VVS Laxman 1)
  • India: 100 runs in 30.6 overs (186 balls), Extras 10
  • Tea: India - 117/6 in 33.0 overs (MS Dhoni 14, R Ashwin 30)
  • India: 150 runs in 44.1 overs (266 balls), Extras 13
  • Drinks: India - 163/9 in 47.0 overs (I Sharma 6, UT Yadav 15)
  • Crowd: 25,865 (aggregate 189,347)
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TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 4-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2025
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2011 - day (5-day match)
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