Live Cricket Score India vs Australia first Test at Melbourne: India 24/1 at lunch

Gautam Gambhir in action during the first session of the fourth day’s play at MCG Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 29, 2011

Australia pacer Ben Hilfenhaus jolted India early in the chase of 292, dismissing Virender Sehwag for seven in the first session of the fourth day s play at Melbourne Cricket Ground. India reached 24/1 and still need a further 268 runs to win.

Michael Hussey missed out on a century when he was dismissed for 89 by Zaheer Khan, but a 43-run 10th wicket partnership between James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus helped Australia extend their overall lead.

Pattinson made a significant contribution with the bat scoring 37 not out off 81 balls and hitting four boundaries.

At lunch, Rahul Dravid (5*) was at the crease accompanied by Gautam Gambhir (6*).

On a day of wildly fluctuating fortunes, India suffered a stunning batting collapse but their bowlers fought back brilliantly to leave the first cricket Test against Australia tantalisingly poised here on Wednesday.

Replying to Australia’s 333, the visitors lost eight wickets within 68 runs to be bundled out for 282 in their first innings before the bowlers led by the young Umesh Yadav brought them back in the match.

Australia were 179 for 8 in their second knock, leading India by 230 runs on a day when 15 wickets fell on what appears to be a difficult yet not an impossible MCG pitch.

Importantly for the hosts, under-fire veteran Michael Hussey (79) was still holding his ground though fortuitously since Rahul Dravid at first slip dropped a sitter off him when the left-hander was on 69.

Brief Scores: Australia 333 (Ed Cowan 68, Ricky Ponting 62, Peter Siddle 41; Zaheer Khan 4 for 77) & 240 (Michael Hussey 89, Ricky Ponting 60, James Pattinson 37* ; Umesh Yadav 4 for 70) lead India 282 (Sachin Tendulkar 73, Rahul Dravid 68, Virender Sehwag 67; Ben Hilfenhaus 5 for 75, Peter Siddle 3 for 63) & 24 for 1 (Virender Sehwag 7, Gautam Gambhr 6*, Rahul Dravid 5*’ Ben Hilfenhaus 1 for 4) by 268 runs.

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