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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

India Vs Australia: 4th Test Day1 Highlights

Till Lunch Break Highlights: Australia are on the backfoot at 98 for 3 in 29 overs at lunch on Day 1. After Zaheer Khan trapped David Warner cheaply in the 7th over, off spinner R Ashwin came up with two wickets that of Shaun Marsh and Ed Cowan. Ricky Ponting on 43* is batting along with Skipper Michael Clarke who is new at the crease.

The Aussies were off to a good start but were pegged back by the early introduction of Ashwin in the 4th over. Zaheer Khan provided the early breakthrough for India when he had the dangerous David Warner (8 from 23 balls) playing back to a good length in swinger to trap him plumb in front of middle and leg in the 7th over. Ashwin in the 10th over provided the second Aussie wicket when he went through the gate of Shaun Marsh (3) from round the sticks tossing it up outside off and getting it to straighten to hit the off stump after drifting in.

The hosts seemed to be settling down after the twin blow with Ponting joining Cowan. However, minutes before the lunch break, Ashwin in his second spell struck again luring Ed Cowan (30 from 63 balls with 3 fours) into a false drive with a well tossed up off break in the 26th over. Cowan's uppish drive was brilliantly caught by a forward diving Laxman at short extra covers.

Tea Break Highlights: Australia conquered India absolutely in the post lunch session with both Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke taking their partnership to 130 runs for the endless 4th wicket stand. The hosts went to Tea at 214 for 3 in 58 overs. Ricky Ponting is closing in on a century, and is batting on 91 from 145 balls with 10 fours. Michael Clarke who took Ashwin for three fours in an over is looking good on 71 from 105 balls with a dozen fours. 

There was not a single wicket lost by the Aussies after lunch while gather 116 runs in 29 overs. India hardly looked good to create any wicket taking chance though the ball did start to reverse swing. There was a landmark achieved during the afternoon session with Ricky Ponting becoming the third player following Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to cross 13000 Test runs.

Final Session Highlights:  Riding on victorious centuries from Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke, Australia closed the first day play at a strong 335 for 3 in 90 overs. The two batsmen were in total control and like in the afternoon session, the ball hardly beat the bat. Of course there was the odd edge created which either did not take or flew safely in the gaps as India couldn’t afford to have many fielders after the stumps.

It was a smooth back to back session for Team India as they were left wicket less. Australia composed 121 more runs in 32 over’s. Ricky Ponting helped himself to a 41st Test century and continued unbeaten on 137 from 254 balls with 13 fours. Michael Clarke remained unbeaten on 140 from just 188 balls with 19 fours and a six. This is Michael Clarke's 19th Test century. India did take the second new ball in the 86th over but that hasn't done anything major so far.

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