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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

India stutter chasing 216 to win 1st Test against Australia

The 1st cricket test between India and Australia at Mohali took a decisive turn towards a result on Day 4 as India bowled out the Australians for just 192 in their second innings. The heroes for the hosts were their two medium pacers, Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan, who picked up vital wickets at the top and bottom of the order to ensure that India had only 216 runs to make batting fourth to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the 2 match series. India, however, made a mess of their chase losing 4 wickets for 55 runs in the 17 overs possible before the close of play to leave themselves a challenging 161 runs to get on the final day on a deteriorating pitch.The morning started in the best possible fashion for the Aussies as the dominated for about an hour and a half, with Shane Watson and Simon Katich piling on the runs at a fair clip. Watson in particular showed how much he had fallen in love with the Mohali pitch as he raced to a half century at practically a run-a-ball. Katich at the other end was a little more circumspect, trying to anchor the innings. The positive approach of the Australians indicated their intent towards trying to put on an imposing target for the Indians to chase on the final day.

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