27 Dec 2011

Indians on top late on day two

7:02 pm on 27 December 2011

The Indian cricketers are building a big partnership for the third wicket late on day two of the opening Test against Australia at the MCG.

A short time ago India were 181 for two with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar both reaching their half centuries on 59 and 50 respectively.

Australia were all out in their first innings for 333 before lunch, India making six without loss at lunch but Guatam Gambhir fell for three shortly after the resumption of play, caught behind by the Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off the bowling of Ben Hilfenhaus.

Virender Sehwag raced to 67 before he was bowled by James Pattinson.

Resuming on 277 for six, the last four wickets fell for 56 with Indian bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ravi Ashwin doing the damage with two each.

Khan removed Haddin for 27, caught in the gully by Virender Sehwag, after making an important 72-run stand with Peter Siddle for the sixth wicket, then took Siddle for 41, caught off Khan by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni for his third and fourth wickets of the match.

Fellow bowler Hilfenhaus fell for a quickfire 19 to Ashwin, caught by Virat Kohli, before spinner Nathan Lyon was bowled for six.

Pattinson was 18 not out.