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IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 5: India drew with Australia

The first Test of the Border-Gavaskar series between India and Australia ended in a draw in Bangalore. VVS Laxman (42) and Sourav Ganguly (26) remained unbeaten.
Though the series is held 0-0, Australia definitely have some advantage going into the second Test at Mohali. While their batsmen chipped in with runs at crucial moments, including Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey's hundreds, their bowlers did not let India's famed batting line-up score big. Had it not been fighting knocks from Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan in the first innings, India would have been in deep trouble. Zaheer was the only India player who looked to trouble the opposition, both with the ball and the bat. Hopes dashed once again for Sachin Tendulkar as he failed to take over Brian Lara's record of highest Test runs as Cameron White claimed him as his maiden wicket. And the wait continues for the Little Master!
When Australia declared their innings for 298 runs on Monday morning, match suddenly opened up for both the sides but it reached its anti-climax. Australia batted half an hour and added just 35 runs before inviting India to bat. Losing five wickets on Sunday, Aussies lost one wicket of Shane Watson on the last day.
IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 5: Australia 430 & 228-6 (73.0 overs) drew with India 360 & 177-4 (73.0 overs)

IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 4: Watson and Haddin steady Australia against India

Shane Watson and Brad Haddin shared a crucial 65-run partnership to help Australia retain the initiative as it struggled to 193 for 5 wickets Sunday, taking a lead of 263 into the final day of the first cricket Test against India.
India's on-song bowling attack made the visitors work hard for every run, taking 3-29 midway through the final session to reduce Australia to 128-5. But Watson scored 32 not out and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin was also unbeaten on 28 to ease the pressure as Australia struggled to build a potentially match-winning total.
Australia, who took a 70-run advantage into its second innings after dismissing India for 360 in the morning session, found scoring extremely tough on a deteriorating wicket and against some excellent Indian bowling. Reported Earlier: Australia lost two key second innings wickets as they increased their lead to 144 runs on the fourth day of the first cricket Test against India.
The tourists went to tea at 74-2 on a deteriorating wicket, with opener Simon Katich on 21 and Michael Hussey on 12. Opener Matthew Hayden was given out leg-before to Zaheer Khan by Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf for the second time in the match, but TV replays indicated the ball would have missed the leg-stump.
Skipper Ricky Ponting was snapped up low at short mid-wicket by Venkatsai Laxman off seamer Ishant Sharma for 17.
Australia, who made 430 in their first innings, gained a lead of 70 runs when India notched up 360 in reply at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 4: Australia 430 & 193-5 (68.0 overs) v India 360 all out (119.0 overs)

IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 3: India fights back against Australia on third day

India staged a spirited fightback to recover to 313 for 8 wickets at stumps Saturday after Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson rocked its top order on the third day of the first Test.
India rallied when Harbhajan Singh scored an entertaining 54 from 110 balls - his fifth Test half-century - and combined in a frenetic 80-run partnership with Zaheer Khan (35).
The pair joined forces with India struggling at 232-7 and took advantage of some lazy work by Australia with the second new ball. By stumps India had cut the first-innings deficit to 117. Reported Earlier: India were struggling to avoid the follow-on as the hosts were reduced to 210 for six at tea on the third day of the first cricket Test against Australia.
Sourav Ganguly (38) and Harbhajan Singh (12) were at the crease with India requiring another 21 runs to put on the board, if they want the Australians to bat again in the match.
Left-handed Ganguly, playing in his last Test series, holds the key for India and with him is off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who played some glorious drives helping India got past the 200-run mark.
IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 3: Australia 430 all out (149.5 overs) v India 313 for 8 (101.0 overs)

IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 2: India start well after Hussey's stubborn century

India made a spirited reply to Australia's 430 in the first Test here on Friday, reaching 68 without loss in their first innings by the close of the second day's play.
Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir easily negotiated a tricky 18.1 overs before heavy rain brought an early end to the day's play that was marked by a solid century from the ever-reliable Michael Hussey. The consistent left-hander shored up Australia's first innings with a gritty 146 before he was last man out soon after tea.
Sehwag began in his typical aggressive style, smashing seven boundaries against the four-man Australian pace attack on the way to 43 not out. His Delhi team mate Gambhir was unbeaten on 20.
Australia, who resumed on their overnight score of 254-4, lost all-rounder Shane Watson in the third over of the day, bowled off-stump by a sharp inswinger from Sharma. Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin put on 91 for the sixth wicket with Hussey, contributing 33.
Sharma removed Haddin and debutant Cameron White in the space of three overs after lunch but Brett Lee (27) helped Hussey along by adding 59 for the eighth wicket. Sharma had Haddin and White caught in the cover region off deliveries that came off the barren pitch slowly, an indication that batting may become difficult as the Test progresses.
Hussey, who was on 49 when Watson was out, took charge with three boundaries off Zaheer, two of them exquisite cover drives and the third a ferocious pull to square-leg. The West Australian also swung Harbhajan for six over the midwicket fence.
Zaheer claimed the last three Australian wickets in the space of 14 runs after tea, shattering the stumps of Lee, Mitchell Johnson and finally Hussey. Australian skipper Ricky Ponting Thursday notched his 36th career Test century, just three behind record holder Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 39.
The visitors were helped along towards their big total by shabby Indian fielding, highlighted by retiring former captain Sourav Ganguly letting the ball pass through his legs at mid-off. Ganguly, 36, said on Tuesday he will retire from international cricket after the four-Test series ends.
IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 2: Australia 430 all out (149.5 overs) v India 68 for 0 (18.1 overs)

IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore, Day 1: Australia reaches 254-4 on opening day of first cricket Test against India

Australia captain Ricky Ponting scored his 36th Test century Thursday, but his team lost a wicket in the final over of the opening day to finish at 254 for four wickets in the first Test against India.
Ponting controlled proceedings throughout his innings of 123 - his first hundred in India - that took him past former India captain Sunil Gavaskar into sixth place on the Test run-scoring list with 10,222. Simon Katich provided support with 66 at Chinnaswamy Stadium and Mike Hussey chipped in with 46 not out.
Zaheer Khan took a wicket in the first and last overs of the day, having opener Matthew Hayden caught by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 0 and then dismissing Michael Clarke for 11 with the second new ball. Ponting started the match determined to make up for a poor record in India, having previously scored just 172 runs from eight Tests in the country over 12 years.
After winning the toss, he came to the wicket early after Hayden was out on the third ball of the innings. Hayden, returning from a heel injury that kept him out of the West Indies tour, brushed his pad with his bat but appeared to miss the ball. He remained at the crease for a short time after the decision from umpire Asad Rauf.
Ponting, whose previous best score in India was 60 in 1998, showed his class in a partnership of 166 with Katich. The captain struck 13 boundaries, the best being a cover drive to bring up his half-century, in 243 balls.
"I've been working really hard," Ponting said. "I've made no secret of it, my record here has been poor. Today is one step in the right direction. It was nice to get some runs out there and put the team in a good position. But one innings doesn't make a tour." Shortly after tea, he reached three figures with a push behind point off Anil Kumble and celebrated by swinging his bat, pumping his arms and acknowledging the Australian dressing room and the few visiting supporters in the stands.
There were moments of trouble for Ponting. He was struck on his pads a couple of times by Ishant Sharma, who also forced a nasty inside edge when the Australian was on 78. Kumble was convinced Ponting should have been out caught-and-bowled on 110, but umpire Rudi Koertzen disagreed after consulting with Rauf. India's captain also appealed furiously for lbw when Ponting was 116, although the ball appeared to be heading over the stumps.
One of Ponting's main concerns before the match was offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who had dismissed him eight times previously. He glanced his first ball from Harbhajan to the fine-leg boundary and showed few signs of discomfort until his exit. Two lofted fours off the bowler to mid-wicket were among his best shots, along with an off-drive from Kumble to move to 99.
Late in the day, Harbhajan dismissed Ponting for a ninth time with a contentious lbw decision that left Australia on 226-3. Hussey and Clarke almost made it to stumps, but Clarke fell lbw to Khan's ultimately final ball of the day. "It has been a pretty good day for us," Ponting said. "One for none after three balls, I was out there early, and we managed to consolidate throughout the day. We lost two wickets late in the day, which was a bit disappointing for us, but overall we're in a pretty good position."
Katich, who replaced Phil Jaques as Hayden's opening partner, was cautious before lunch but started to expand his stroke-play in the second session. His 50 came from 122 deliveries with an off-side boundary from Harbhajan. India rotated all four of its specialist bowlers, but Sharma was the only one to create regular bouts of discomfort for the batsmen. He was finally rewarded when he removed Katich off an edge to Dhoni shortly before tea. Khan had the best figures of 2-39, while Sharma collected 1-49 and Harbhajan 1-71. Sharma was happier with India's position following Khan's removal of Clarke.

IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore: Ponting, Katich flay India after early shock in cricket Test

Skipper Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich overcame the first-over dismissal of Matthew Hayden to lead Australia's fightback in the first cricket Test against India on Thursday.
The second-wicket pair, who came together without a run on the board, put on 166 for the second wicket in good batting conditions to lift the tourists to 166-2 by tea on the opening day. Ponting set aside his disappointing average of 12.27 in eight previous Tests on Indian soil, to remain unbeaten on a well-crafted 94 at the break.
Left-handed Katich, who hit back-to-back centuries on the last Test tour of the West Indies earlier this year, provided able support with 66 before he was dismissed just before tea. Katich poked at a ball outside the off-stump from seamer Ishant Sharma and walked away frustrated after the edge was easily taken by wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Michael Hussey had yet to open his account.
Ponting, who won the toss and elected to take first strike, has so far hit 12 boundaries in his highest knock in India, surpassing the 60 he made in Kolkata in 1998. The Australian captain is playing his 200th Test innings, making him only the fourth batsman from his country after Allan Border and the Waugh brothers, Steve and Mark, to achieve the feat.
The four-match series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy began in dramatic fashion when Zaheer Khan had veteran Hayden caught behind with the third delivery of the match. Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf took time to raise his finger as Hayden stood his ground, but television replays suggested a faint edge before the ball carried to Dhoni.
As Ponting and Katich settled down, India introduced spin in the 13th over in the form of off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, and skipper Anil Kumble himself came on with his leg-spin in the 18th. But both batsmen were unruffled on the easy-paced wicket, Ponting reaching his 50 by driving Zaheer through the covers for his seventh boundary.
Australia left out off-spinner Jason Krejza from the 12 announced on Wednesday to give Victorian leg-spinner Cameron White his Test debut. India went in with two seamers in Zaheer and Sharma and two spinners in Kumble and Harbhajan on a wicket that is expected to turn later in the match.

IND v AUS, 1st Test, Bangalore: Australia to target India veterans in first cricket Test

Australia captain Ricky Ponting says his team will target India's aging batsmen, including star Sachin Tendulkar, when the opening match of the four-Test cricket series starts Thursday.
Australia will field a relatively inexperienced team, but Ponting said his youthful lineup will try to make some of their opponents look "past their use-by date." "That's what we're trying to achieve, to put their older guys under immense pressure," he said. "We know if we do that, and make little things stand out, their whole media over here will just jump on them, especially if they lose an early game."
India will once again rely heavily on its so called "Fab Four," made up of veterans Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman. Former captain Ganguly, 36, announced Tuesday he will retire after the Australia tour, and Ponting now wants to put pressure on the other three.
Australia has outlined its strategy to bowl at the batsmen instead of the usual ploy of delivering outside the off stump, a method which was successful on the Indian tour of 2003-04. India coach Gary Kirsten, a former South Africa Test opener, said his big-name players were ready for the tactic.
"We are very aware of what their plans are and we have prepared accordingly," Kirsten said. "We really what we are looking for is for a few of them to get into good form early in the series. " Australia also has concerns over its older players - including opener Matthew Hayden, who returns after missing the West Indies series with a heel problem - and a bowling attack that is untried in India.
Brett Lee, Stuart Clark and Mitchell Johnson have never played a Test in India, and Australia will wait until Thursday to decide whether Cameron White or Jason Krejza make their debut and fills the slow-bowling spot. "Our spinners are young and inexperienced at Test level, but if you look at our fast bowlers, those guys are very skilled and talented," Ponting said. "There's no reason why our fast bowlers alone can't win us this Test series."
Vice-captain Michael Clarke is suffering from a stomach illness but will play, while Shane Watson has been recalled to bat at No. 6. Simon Katich has beaten his New South Wales teammate Phil Jaques to the opening position alongside Hayden. Ganguly, who has scored 6,888 runs in 109 Tests, added some extra motivation for the home side when he revealed plans to step down at the end of the series. Ponting said the decision would ensure extra scrutiny on Ganguly's top-order teammates.
"By him making that announcement, it will take a lot of pressure off him," he said. "He's not playing for the next Test or next series. A lot of their senior players will be in this series. If you look at Laxman, Sachin and Dravid, they'll all be so wrapped up to get runs in this series to give them another opportunity." India is expected to choose two spinners for the first Test, with captain Anil Kumble pairing with off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma, the 20-year-old fast bowler who impressed in Australia, are likely to share the new-ball duties.
Kumble, who turns 38 this month, said the Bangalore Test would be his last on his home ground, but refused to outline his exit plan. "I like to take things as they come," he said.
Harbhajan has had a prickly relationship with the Australians throughout his career, but is a big threat after taking 61 wickets against them in 11 Tests, including 55 in seven games at home. He is a particular threat to Ponting, who he has dismissed nine times. Ponting has only 172 runs from eight matches in India and is looking to correct one of the few weaknesses in his game. "For me it's just a matter of trusting myself," he said. "The series here in '01, the really bad series, was when I didn't trust my technique and was trying to find a way in every innings to combat mainly Harbhajan. "I've learned a lot and come a long way as a player since then."
Australia holds the Border-Gavaskar trophy after its 2-1 series victory at home in 2007-08, but the side has arrived in India with an outfit that includes only four players - Ponting, Hayden, Clarke and Katich - with Test experience here. In 2004 those players were part of the drought-breaking series victory, Australia's first in the country since 1969.

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India vs Australia First Test at Bangalore


Australia won the toss and decided to bat
430 all out (149.5 overs)
228 for 6 (73.0 overs)
360 all out (119.0 overs)
177 for 4 (73.0 overs)

Australia 1st Innings - All out
Hayden c Dhoni b Zaheer
3 0 0
Katich c Dhoni b I Sharma
149 7 0
Ponting lbw b Harbhajan
243 13 0
M Hussey
b Zaheer
276 15 1
Clarke lbw b Zaheer
28 2 0
b I Sharma
14 0 0
Haddin c Laxman b I Sharma
110 4 0
White c Harbhajan b I Sharma
13 1 0
b Zaheer
61 4 0
b Zaheer
4 0 0
Clark not out
1 0 0
3nb 1w 11lb 15
all out 430 (149.5 ovs)

Zaheer 29.5 4 91 5
I Sharma 30.0 7 77 4
Harbhajan 41.0 8 103 1
Kumble 43.0 6 129 0
Sehwag 6.0 0 19 0
Fall of wicket
0 Hayden
166 Katich
226 Ponting
254 Clarke
259 Watson
350 Haddin
362 White
421 Lee
429 Johnson
430 M Hussey

India 1st Innings - All out
Gambhir lbw b Lee
61 3 0
Sehwag c Hayden b Johnson
64 7 0
Dravid lbw b Watson
104 7 0
Tendulkar c White b Johnson
18 3 0
Laxman c Haddin b Johnson
12 0 0
Ganguly lbw b Johnson
115 3 0
b Clarke
51 0 0
Harbhajan c Haddin b Watson
110 5 0
Zaheer not out
121 7 0
Kumble lbw b Watson
33 0 0
I Sharma
b Clarke
31 1 0
6nb 23b 23lb 52
all out 360 (119.0 ovs)

Lee 26.0 6 64 1
Clark 17.0 3 58 0
Johnson 27.0 4 70 4
Watson 19.0 4 45 3
White 13.0 2 39 0
Clarke 17.0 3 38 2
Fall of wicket
70 Gambhir
76 Sehwag
94 Tendulkar
106 Laxman
155 Dravid
195 Dhoni
232 Ganguly
312 Harbhajan
343 Kumble
360 I Sharma

Australia 2nd Innings - Declared
Hayden lbw b Zaheer
40 1 0
Katich c Laxman b Harbhajan
140 3 0
Ponting c Laxman b I Sharma
34 2 0
M Hussey
b Harbhajan
72 3 0
Clarke c Sehwag b I Sharma
9 1 0
b I Sharma
72 6 0
Haddin not out
61 3 0
White not out
14 2 0
4nb 6w 13b 10lb 33
for 6 228 (73.0 ovs)

Zaheer 17.0 4 46 1
I Sharma 14.0 3 40 3
Harbhajan 27.0 5 76 2
Sehwag 7.0 1 12 0
Kumble 8.0 0 31 0
Fall of wicket
21 Hayden
49 Ponting
99 Katich
115 Clarke
128 M Hussey
203 Watson

India 2nd Innings - Close
b Johnson
81 4 0
Sehwag c Hayden b Clark
9 1 0
Dravid c Ponting b Lee
13 1 0
Tendulkar c Clarke b White
126 4 0
Laxman not out
142 5 0
Ganguly not out
68 2 0
1nb 16b 3lb 20
for 4 177 (73.0 ovs)

Lee 11.0 3 26 1
Clark 11.0 6 12 1
Watson 5.0 2 8 0
Johnson 8.0 3 23 1
Clarke 20.0 7 40 0
White 18.0 4 49 1
Fall of wicket
16 Sehwag
24 Dravid
77 Gambhir
138 Tendulkar

Umpires: Asad Rauf, R E Koertzen
India: Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Dhoni, Kumble, Harbhajan, Zaheer, I Sharma
Australia: Katich, Hayden, Ponting, M Hussey, Clarke, White, Watson, Haddin, Lee, Johnson, Clark

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