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    BANGALORE: The first of five test match series between World Champions Australia and World T20 Champions India would get underway today at the Chinneswami stadium here.

    The experts have produced a supporting wicket for the match to get the most out of the battles.

    Both skippers termed the wicket paradise for batsmen in the first two days of the match however it would improve for the bowlers in the later days.

    Indian skipper Kumble said that his boys were dying to meet with Kangaroos as they were in best of forms.

    He said that Australia are strong opponents and getting better of them was a big ask however he hoped senior players of his side to perform well.

    He dismissed to call for his retirement at that time responding to a question however he said, “This will be his last Test in Bangalore.”

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    Ponting’s century steers Aussies to comfortable 254-4

    BANGALORE: Skipper Ricky Ponting ended his run drought on Indian soil with a superb century as Australia came back strongly after a shock start in the first Test on Thursday.

    Ponting hit 123 to steer the tourists away from the first-over dismissal of Matthew Hayden to a more comfortable 254-4 by stumps on the opening day at the
    Chinnaswamy stadium here.

    Ponting, who won the toss and elected to take first strike in good batting conditions, put on 166 for the second wicket with Simon Katich after Hayden was caught behind off the third ball of the match by Zaheer Khan.

    Left-handed Katich justified his selection ahead of Phil Jaques by following up back-to-back centuries on the preceding tour of the West Indies earlier this year with a dour 66.

    Ponting added 60 for the third wicket with Michael Hussey (46 not out) before he was trapped leg-before by Harbhajan Singh in the final session, the ninth time the Australian captain has fallen to the off-spinner.

    Zaheer trapped Michael Clarke leg-before with the second new ball in the day's last over, at which time the umpires called off play.

    Ponting set aside a disappointing average of 12.27 in eight previous Tests in India to compile his 36th career Test century, just three behind record holder Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 39.

    "It was nice to get some runs today," said the skipper, whose 200th Test innings made him only the fourth Australian after Allan Border and the Waugh brothers, Steve and Mark, to achieve the feat.

    "As I have said since I have been here, I have been working really hard and I have made no secret of it that my record here has been poor, and I want to rectify that.

    "Today is one step in the right direction and it was nice get the team into a good position, but one innings does not make a tour. I have got a few more yet to play.

    "At no stage today did I put any extra pressure on myself to play different shots or combat anything the bowlers were doing.

    "It was all about watching the ball and playing it on its merits and trusting my defensive technique more than anything."

    Ponting's 16th century as captain enabled him to stamp his authority at the start of his team's defence of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the four-Test series.

    The only time Ponting looked in trouble was when India appealed for a return catch as the batsman, then on 110, drove a half-volley back to bowler Anil Kumble, the Indian captain.

    With no TV review system in place for the series, umpire Rudi Koertzen consulted his colleague Asad Rauf before turning down the appeal, indicating Ponting had played the ball down into the ground.

    Indian seamer Ishant Sharma applauded Ponting's knock, saying "all good batsmen go through a rough patch, but they come out of it because they are so good.

    "But the fourth wicket in the last over has evened up things a bit. It was a very good effort on our part to concede just 254 runs in the entire day on a good batting wicket."

    Sharma ended Katich's vigil just before tea when the batsman poked at a ball outside the off-stump and the edge was easily taken by wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni.

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    India v Australia, 1st Test, Bangalore, 2nd day

    India 68 for 0 (Sehwag 43*, Gambhir 20*) trail Australia 430 (Hussey 146, Ponting 123, Katich 66, Zaheer 5-91, Ishant 4-77) by 362 runs

    India start well after Aussies compile 430 on 2nd day

    BANGALORE, India, Oct 10, 2008 (AFP) - 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 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 teammate Gambhir was unbeaten on 20.

    India will resume on Saturday looking to build a sizeable total of their own on a wicket that is still batsman-friendly but could keep low later in the match.

    Hussey, who averages an astonishing 70.60 in 26 matches after making his Test debut three years ago aged 30, has already scored nine hundreds and as many half-centuries in his remarkable career.

    Entering the fray just before tea on the first day, Hussey batted for seven hours, hitting 15 boundaries and a six to frustrate India's hopes of terminating the innings early.

    Indian left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan, who bowled Hussey, finished with five for 91, while new-ball partner Ishant Sharma had figures of four for 77.

    There was no joy, however, for the spinners. Indian captain Anil Kumble had unflattering figures of 0-129 from 43 overs while Harbhajan Singh went for 1-103 from 41.

    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 in-swinger 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.

    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.

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    BANGALORE: Tailender Harbhajan Singh’s brave innings reduced India’s misery upto some extent but Australia still enjoy a 117-run lead.

    India resumed their first innings at 68 for no loss on third day of the first Test here on Saturday but lost their wickets in quick succession.

    Virender Sehwag (45), Gautam Gambhir (21), Sachin Tendulkar (13) and Venkatsai Laxman (nought) were the early victims before Rahul Dravid (51) and Sourav Ganguly (47) came to rescue.

    Later, Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh added 37 for the seventh wicket to help India avoid from follow-on.

    India had lost seven wickets for 232 runs but tail-enders Harbhajan and Zaheer Khan batting with responsibility took the score to 312 runs.

    Then, Harbhajan Singh got out for 54 and when the play ended India were 313 for eight with Zaheer batting on 35.

    Mitchell Johnson claimed four wickets while Shane Watson got two.

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    BANGALORE: Australia were 193-5 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day of the first cricket Test against India here on Sunday, an overall lead of 263 runs.

    Earlier, India made 360 in reply to Australia's first innings score of 430.

    Australia scored 193 runs for five wickets at the close of fourth day. None of the Australian batsmen managed to convert the start into long innings. Simon Katich top scored 34 runs.

    Brad Hadin and Shane Watson batted till the end of fourth day and set up a 65-run partnership. Eshant Sharma and Zaheer Khan got two wickets each while Zaheer Khan took one wicket.

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    Australia set India 299 to win first Test


    BANGALORE: Australia set India a victory target of 299 runs from a minimum of 83 overs to win the first cricket Test here on Monday.

    Australia declared their second innings at 228-6 half-an-hour after the start of the final day's play. Ishant Sharma got the only wicket fell today.

    Today is the fifth and final day of the match and India need 299 runs to win.

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    Tendulkar misses record as India save first Test


    BANGALORE: Sachin Tendulkar scored a match-saving 49 to help India avert defeat in the first Test against Australia on Monday but fell short of a world record.

    India were set a victory target of 299 runs in 83 overs but finished with 177-4 before bad light forced the match to be abandoned as a draw after tea on the fifth day at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

    Tendulkar was caught in the covers off debutant spinner Cameron White just 15 short of surpassing retired West Indian Brian Lara's tally of 11,953 runs as Test cricket's leading run-getter.

    Even as he neared the record, the 35-year-old vehemently protested to the umpires about allowing play to continue in fading light and walked away in disgust after becoming White's first Test victim.

    Umpires Rudi Koertzen of South Africa and Asad Rauf of Pakistan suspended play six overs after Tendulkar's dismissal, only to return 40 minutes later when the light improved marginally.

    Tendulkar ended the game with a career tally of 11,939 runs and is expected to overtake Lara when the second of four Tests opens in Mohali on Friday.

    Tendulkar, who walked in to bat with India struggling at 24-2 before lunch, put on 53 for the third wicket with Gautam Gambhir and 61 for the fourth with Venkatsai Laxman.

    Some 15,000 home fans cheered every run by the 151-Test veteran, who defied the Australians for three hours to take India to safety.

    Laxman (42 not out) and Sourav Ganguly (26 not out) saw out the remaining session, which was marked by frequent interruptions for poor light before the match was called off with 10 overs remaining.

    Australian captain Ricky Ponting conceded India did well to save the game, but was satisfied the way his team played the Test.

    "It is always difficult to start a series in India, so I am happy the way we played this one," said Ponting, who scored his first century on Indian soil in the game.

    "I thought we had a good chance to force a win today but full credit to India who batted very well.

    "This was a good wicket to play on because there was some bounce till the end. I think we need to improve in a few areas and now have two days to refresh ourselves for Mohali."

    Indian captain Anil Kumble said his team may have won the Test if he had won the toss.

    "The toss definitely played a crucial role because Australia had the best of batting conditions on the first day," said Kumble.

    "I think it was fantastic on our part to come back so well after that. We had a great chance yesterday to keep the Aussies down but I have no complaints.

    "Our fast bowlers were great and that gives me hope for the three Tests to follow."
    Indian left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan, who took five wickets in the first innings and top-scored with 57 batting at number nine, was named the man of the match.

    Australia, who resumed at the overnight score of 193-5, declared their second innings at 228-6 half-an-hour after the start to give their bowlers a minimum of 83 overs to dismiss India.

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