Australia has resumed there Inning  at 277 for 6, and they were got all out at 333/10 (110), Australia’s lower-order batsmen put up a stiff resistance against Indian attack as the hosts finished their first innings at 333. Wicketkeeper batsmen Bred Haddin batted for an hour and half and hit just a four in his 27 runs from 70 balls.

Overnight batsmen Brad Haddin (27) and Peter Siddle (41) didn’t last long but the ninth wicket pair of James Pattinson (18 not out) and Ben Hilfenhaus (19) added 27 runs but more importantly frustrated the Indian bowlers for 45 minutes.

Zaheer (4/77) made his presence felt almost immediately at the start of the day, when Haddin perished trying to drive uppishly as Sehwag took a nice low catch at the gully.

India were IND 167/2 in 48 overs in their first innings in reply to Australia’s 333 with Test cricket’s two greatest run-scorers Sachin Tendulkar 48 (50) and Rahul Dravid Rahul Dravid *48 (136) batting together.

Indian Openers Virender Sehwag (67) and Gautam Gambhir (3) were dismissed by James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus respectively, just before tea on the second day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

Sehwag was dropped three times on his way to a brisk 67 off 83 balls with seven fours in his 75-run stand with Dravid. He got his first reprieve on 11 when he was dropped by Mike Hussey in the gully off Pattinson.

Sehwag reached the landmark when he took a single off Peter Siddle-delivery on Day 2 of the first Test. Sehwag completed 8000 runs in Tests and hit a 59-ball 50 played the Pattinson’s widish delivery on to his stumps as he went for the drive without moving his feet at all.

Brief Scores: Australia 1st Innings: 333 in 110 overs (Ed Cowan 68, Ricky Ponting 62, Peter Siddle 41, Zaheer Khan 4/77, R Ashwin 3/81, Umesh Yadav 3/106)

 AUS 1st Inn Score Card :
Batsmen
R
B
4s
6s
SR
Ed Cowan c M Dhoni b R Ashwin 68 177 7 0 38.42
David Warner c M Dhoni b U Yadav 37 49 4 1 75.51
Shaun Marsh c V Kohli b U Yadav 0 6 0 0 0.00
Ricky Ponting c V Laxman b U Yadav 62 94 6 0 65.96
Michael Clarke (c) b Z Khan 31 68 5 0 45.59
Michael Hussey c M Dhoni b Z Khan 0 1 0 0 0.00
Brad Haddin (wk) c V Sehwag b Z Khan 27 69 1 0 39.13
Peter Siddle c M Dhoni b Z Khan 41 100 4 0 41.00
James Pattinson not out 18 54 2 0 33.33
Ben Hilfenhaus c V Kohli b R Ashwin 19 32 3 0 59.38
Nathan Lyon b R Ashwin 6 11 1 0 54.55
Extras: (b 0, lb 21, w 2, nb 1, p 0) 24
Total: (10 wkts, 110 ovs) 333 RR:3.03
Bowling: IND
O
M
R
W
Nb
Wd
ER
Zaheer Khan 31 6 77 4 1 1 2.50
Ishant Sharma 24 7 48 0 0 0 2.00
Umesh Yadav 26 5 106 3 0 1 4.10
Ravichandran Ashwin 29 3 81 3 0 0 2.80

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