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October 9, 2008
India v Australia - Day 1
Ricky Ponting
1st Test
0.3 Khan to Hayden, OUT, and he's given him! Zaheer strikes with his third ball, pitching this one marginally fuller and closer to off stump, forcing Hayden to play at it and there's some deviation, Dhoni takes it low in front of him.

16.4 Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, FOUR, wrong line, flat and too short and sliding down leg stump and Ponting eases that around the corner for four.

54.4 Sharma to Katich, OUT, edged and taken, against the run of play! Katich pokes at a good-length ball with minimal footwork and the resultant thick edge is easily taken by Dhoni.

78.4 Harbhajan Singh to Ponting, OUT, and Ponting goes lbw! Thats the ninth time he's fallen to Harbhajan in Tests, but perhaps it hit him outside the line ... Harbhajan tosses it up outside off stump, Ponting goes down to sweep, getting his front leg across, but the ball stays low and hits the pad.

89.2 Khan to Clarke, OUT, and there's one for Zaheer in the last over of the day as well! Zaheer bowls this on a great length, pitching on leg stump, Clarke is late to get the bat down and gets struck flush in front.

Ricky Ponting Ponting breaks India jinx

Ricky Ponting, who scored 123, was the star for Australia on the first day of a much awaited Test series. Ponting previously averaged just 12.28 in India, but put that dismal record to rest with a patient hundred that helped his side recover from the early loss of Matthew Hayden, to leave Australia in a position of advantage at 254 on 4 at stumps. He added 166 for the second wicket with Simon Katich, and a further 60 with Michael Hussey, before being given out lbw to his nemesis in the 2001 series, Harbhajan Singh..
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