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Australia vs India, 1st Test at Melbourne, Dec 26 2011, India tour of Australia

RESULT
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
james-pattinson
Match centre 
Scores: Gopi Rangarajan | Comms: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
Australia 333/10(110 overs)
1st INNINGS
68 (177)
4/77 (31)
India 282/10(94.1 overs)
1st INNINGS
68 (187)
3/63 (21.1)
Australia 240/10(76.3 overs)
2nd INNINGS
4/70 (20)
3/53 (20)
India 169/10(47.5 overs)
2nd INNINGS

Right then, it's over to the SCG after the early finish at the MCG. I'll leave you with Dan Brettig's match report, and there'll be lots more later. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off for the moment. Cheers

Clarke: "Our tail were outstanding with their batting, and we have to give full credit to the bowlers. You always want to have plans against whatever team you play and we were able to execute the plans. Credit has to go to Ponting and Hussey as well. India are a fantastic team. It is great to have them here in Australia. We know they'll come hard at us in Sydney."

Dhoni: "Bowlers brought us back in to the game. We were short by 50-odd runs in the first innings. Their lower order scored some runs, if we had got them earlier, we would have had 50-60 runs less to chase. We are known to be tentative starters, I think in the next game we will be slightly better. You have to give credit to the Australia bowlers for the way they bowled." He also keeps the faith in his experienced batting line-up and says he is not worried by them failing twice here in Melbourne

James Pattinson is the Man of the Match. Pattinson: "It's a pretty surreal feeling right now. We were coming off a bit of pressure after losing in Hobart to New Zealand. It is fantastic to win here at the MCG. Victorian supporters are the best in the business. Siddle is fantastic, he keeps everyone in the side going."

The fast bowlers form both sides bowled their hearts out, Australia's the more disciplined. Australia showed the character to bounce back from 27 for 4 in the second innings though

The teams exchange handshakes after Australia go 1-0 up in the four-Test series. Australia look a very pleased lot, hugs and smiles all around It was a hard-fought Test for the first three days, until India capitulated, again, in the second innings, following their collapse in the first. This is their fifth consecutive defeat in overseas Tests, and their batsmen have a lot of answering to do.

Gautam Gambhir, for instance, averages under 30 since his last Test century, which was back in January 2010

nitin: "Margin of defeat = No of runs by Ponting in this test match."

Viv: "A very similar script to the Nottingham test against Eng. Getting the opponents reeling at 150/8 or so and then conceding runs to the tail. Following up that with a solid top order performance only to lose 7 wickets for 30 runs or so..."

47.5
W
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, OUT

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

Umesh Yadav c Warner b Lyon 21 (25b 2x4 1x6 26m) SR: 84
47.4
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, no run

flatter ball nudged towards short leg

47.3
6
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, SIX runs

Umesh sees the flight and swings hard, and gets enough on it to take the ball over long-on

47.2
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, no run

turned in to the leg side off the pad

47.1
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, no run

played out with the turn to midwicket

Craig: "Ponting and Hussey: too old, too slow? No, too good!!"

Kishore: "Supreet - Burn your bean bag."

end of over 472 runs
IND: 163/9CRR: 3.46 
Umesh Yadav15 (20b 2x4)
Ishant Sharma6 (14b)
James Pattinson 15-2-53-4
Nathan Lyon 5-0-19-0
46.6
1
Pattinson to Umesh Yadav, 1 run

bowls it fuller and across Umesh now, he presses forward and runs it towards point

46.5
Pattinson to Umesh Yadav, no run

fends at this shortish ball in to the ribs, it pops off the thigh pad to short leg, Australia appeal but they are not getting this one

around the stumps now, more music coming up Umesh's way

46.4
Pattinson to Umesh Yadav, no run

gets behind the line and pushes towards point

46.3
Pattinson to Umesh Yadav, no run

almost got into grief again but this time the ball whizzed past as he offered the poke even as he withdrew the head

46.2
Pattinson to Umesh Yadav, no run

hit on the glove as he takes his eyes off the short ball

46.1
1
Pattinson to Sharma, 1 run

pushes a short of a length ball to extra cover for one

end of over 466 runs
IND: 161/9CRR: 3.50 
Umesh Yadav14 (15b 2x4)
Ishant Sharma5 (13b)
Nathan Lyon 5-0-19-0
James Pattinson 14-2-51-4
45.6
4
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, FOUR runs

takes on the flight this time, and swings him in to the straight boundary

45.5
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, no run

flights it up, but Umesh does not go after it and pats it away

45.4
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, no run

played out against the turn to covers

45.3
1
Lyon to Sharma, 1 run

reaches out and pushes towards extra cover for one

45.2
Lyon to Sharma, no run

gets forward and defends a length ball spinning in around off

45.1
1
Lyon to Umesh Yadav, 1 run

flighted ball swung on a couple of bounces wide of long on

end of over 456 runs
IND: 155/9CRR: 3.44 
Umesh Yadav9 (11b 1x4)
Ishant Sharma4 (11b)
James Pattinson 14-2-51-4
Nathan Lyon 4-0-13-0
44.6
1
Pattinson to Umesh Yadav, 1 run

slow and low full toss squeezed away through extra cover

Scott: "In response to Gareth, I dont really think that was a turning point. Hussey and Pontings partnership really put Aussie in a game winning position, especially after India ripped apart the top order."

44.5
2
Pattinson to Umesh Yadav, 2 runs

flicked away in the air over square leg, will be cut off by fine leg running across

44.4
Pattinson to Umesh Yadav, no run

wants to hammer this length delivery through midwicket but mistimes the stroke towards mid on

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
MEK Hussey
89 runs (151)
9 fours0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
28 runs
4 fours0 six
Control
86%
SR Tendulkar
73 runs (98)
8 fours1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
19 runs
1 four0 six
Control
92%
Best performances - bowlers
BW Hilfenhaus
O
26
M
5
R
75
W
5
ECO
2.88
Z Khan
O
31
M
6
R
77
W
4
ECO
2.48
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to bat first
Series
Season2011/12
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)
Test debut
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