Australia win Boxing Day Test by 122 runs
Australia won the Boxing Day Test by 122 runs, bowling India out for 169 as they chased a target of 292 in their second innings on Day 4 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground .
After play resumed on Day 4 with Australia on 179/8, Michael Hussey only managed to add 10 to his overnight tally of 79 when Zaheer Khan produced an outstanding delivery, getting sharp bounce from a good length and late movement for Hussey to nick it to Dhoni. Australia were 197/9 at that point.
James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus however stalled the Indian bowlers, adding 43 for the last wicket, taking the Australian total to 240 and setting India a target of 292 to chase for a win. Zaheer ended with figures of 3/53.
Sehwag (7) and Gambhir (13) played two woeful shots to be caught out while Dravid (10) missed a straight delivery to be bowled as India slid to 58/3. Australia’s pacers were relentless, consistently testing the batsmen in the channel from middle to just outside off and their probing lines paid great dividends.
Australia nemesis VVS Laxman (1) departed flicking a length delivery straight to square leg. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli lasted only one ball, he was caught plumb in front of the wicket by a full length delivery from Hilfenhaus while looking to play across the line and was LBW for 0. India were 69/5.
Sachin Tendulkar was playing positive and attacking cricket at the other end and had raced to 32 off 45 balls amidst the carnage. His intentions cost him his wicket when he chased a wide full delivery from Siddle only to be caught in the slips by Michael Hussey, leaving India at 81/6.
MS Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin put on a brave partnership with Ashwin enduring a constant barrage of bouncers to add 36 runs for the seventh wicket. Ashwin scored 30 of those runs, mostly through inside edges and wild slashes which raced away to the boundary either side behind the square and was finally felled by a short ball which he fended and top edged for short leg to catch. Zaheer Khan added 13, Dhoni 23, Ishant Sharma was unbeaten on 6 and Umesh Yadav cracked 21 runs as 88 runs were added for the last four wickets, 7 more than the 81 that the top order had managed. India were bowled out for 169 to hand Australia a dramatic 122 run win in the first Test.
Pattinson finished with 4/53 which included the three big scalps of Dravid, Laxman and Dhoni. Added to his crucial 37* in Australia’s second innings, his performance earned him his second Man of the Match award in his 3 Test career.