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1st Test: Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 2007 - Day 1


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  • 5.1 Singh to Hayden, FOUR, thick edge, Hayden finds the gap luckily enough and that races
    Australia 9/0 ML Hayden 6* (16b 1x4) RP Singh 2.1-1-5-0


  • 6.6 Khan to Jaques, FOUR, outside off, cut away off the back foot through point
    Australia 17/0 PA Jaques 7* (26b 1x4) Z Khan 4-1-8-0


  • 7.1 Singh to Hayden, FOUR, oh, gets away with that one, a thick edge skews through the recently vacated third slip and on its merry way
    Australia 21/0 ML Hayden 13* (18b 2x4) RP Singh 3.1-1-13-0


  • 9.4 Singh to Jaques, FOUR, wide outside off, crouches into a cut which travels behind point - tremendous
    Australia 32/0 PA Jaques 13* (35b 2x4) RP Singh 4.4-1-19-0


  • 9.5 Singh to Jaques, FOUR, in the air again, gets away with a bread-doorstop thick edge over the vacant fourth slip area
    Australia 36/0 PA Jaques 17* (36b 3x4) RP Singh 4.5-1-23-0


  • 11.5 Singh to Hayden, FOUR, crunched, much like my barbecue Shape, through the covers. Yum
    Australia 47/0 ML Hayden 25* (29b 3x4) RP Singh 5.5-1-29-0


  • 12.3 Khan to Jaques, FOUR, overpitched this time, driven through mid off and that's Australia's 50
    Australia 53/0 PA Jaques 24* (44b 4x4) Z Khan 6.3-1-22-0


  • 15.2 Harbhajan Singh to Jaques, FOUR, one step down and swept through midwicket
    Australia 60/0 PA Jaques 29* (53b 5x4) Harbhajan Singh 1.2-1-4-0


  • 18.1 Ganguly to Hayden, FOUR, outside off, pulled straight with a touch of rock on to his back foot
    Australia 76/0 ML Hayden 38* (50b 4x4) SC Ganguly 2.1-1-10-0


  • 19.1 Harbhajan Singh to Jaques, FOUR, howler of a misfield from Ganguly, who lets the ball nutmeg him after Jaques's sweep. No excuses and Harbhajan is, rightly, furious
    Australia 85/0 PA Jaques 41* (66b 6x4) Harbhajan Singh 3.1-1-14-0


  • 23.5 Harbhajan Singh to Jaques, FOUR, outside leg, "Catch it" the vain cry as the ball races from the sweep between two fielders around square
    Australia 105/0 PA Jaques 53* (80b 7x4) Harbhajan Singh 5.5-1-25-0


  • 27.6 Harbhajan Singh to Hayden, FOUR, another one that's a bit straight, this time Hayden doesn't bother with hitting the sweep fine. Instead he bisects the two fielders in the deep and powers this one to the fence at fine-leg
    Australia 118/0 ML Hayden 55* (81b 5x4) Harbhajan Singh 8-1-36-0


  • 30.3 Khan to Jaques, FOUR, short, wide and with it disappears the respect the batsman hinted at giving Zaheer. Jaques gets well on top of this one, rolls the wrists and keeps the ball down as he square-cuts!
    Australia 126/0 PA Jaques 64* (99b 8x4) Z Khan 8.3-1-30-0


  • 34.5 Khan to Hayden, FOUR, short of a length, a bit of width outside the off, Hayden hits that really hard and even if it's a bit uppish Anil Kumble at gully has no chance of getting to it. Kumble manages a finger but that just got to him too quickly.
    Australia 143/1 ML Hayden 72* (102b 6x4) Z Khan 10.5-1-42-0


  • 36.5 Khan to Hayden, FOUR, overpitched, on the middle and leg and Hayden stands tall and picks that off, powering the ball past the fielder at mid-on ... no chance for the fielder. Perhaps Zaheer is tiring here
    Australia 155/1 ML Hayden 80* (109b 7x4) Z Khan 11.5-1-49-0


  • 40.1 Khan to Hayden, FOUR, overpitched and on the pads, Hayden flicks that away effortlessly to the fine-leg fence to move into the 90s
    Australia 170/3 ML Hayden 92* (118b 8x4) Z Khan 13.1-1-56-1


  • 42.4 Singh to Hayden, FOUR, too full, outside the off, Hayden punches that through the infield, the placement is good and the power is, of course, there ... The ball races away to the boundary and it's the 28th Test hundred for Matthew Hayden! Anoth big knock from the big man at the MCG
    Australia 178/3 ML Hayden 100* (126b 9x4) RP Singh 8.4-1-43-0


  • 60.1 Khan to Symonds, FOUR, down leg, a leg glance of a strangle is nearly caught by Dhoni, whose desperate dive to the left is just not enough
    Australia 230/4 A Symonds 4* (6b 1x4) Z Khan 16.1-1-74-1


  • 61.1 Singh to Symonds, FOUR, short, wide and Symonds slices through the ring, rocking back and cutting hard, harder and even harder
    Australia 235/4 A Symonds 9* (9b 2x4) RP Singh 15.1-3-55-1


  • 63.4 Singh to Symonds, FOUR, outside off, late cut well, Symonds right over the top of the ball which ensures it rolls along the ground, and he kept his eye on it too
    Australia 246/5 A Symonds 19* (19b 3x4) RP Singh 16.4-3-62-1


  • 65.5 Singh to Symonds, FOUR, way outside off and Symonds cuts off the back foot, the top edge crashing hard and high over the slips, not quite where he intended it, but he will settle
    Australia 255/5 A Symonds 24* (23b 4x4) RP Singh 17.5-3-66-1


  • 67.4 Kumble to Symonds, FOUR, outside off, Symonds really reaches out for that one and, despite being beaten in the flight, launches it right over long-on
    Australia 263/5 A Symonds 29* (30b 5x4) A Kumble 14.4-1-50-2


  • 68.5 Harbhajan Singh to Gilchrist, FOUR, overpitched and driven on the up and up, a very clean strike taken from the bottom of the bat and thumped straight
    Australia 269/5 AC Gilchrist 9* (22b 1x4) Harbhajan Singh 12.5-2-49-0


  • 86.4 Khan to Clark, FOUR, full and on the stumps, Clark is well up to handling this and times the ball neatly back past the bowler. Played with a straight bat this one runs away to the long-off boundary.
    Australia 318/9 SR Clark 6* (3b 1x4) Z Khan 20.4-1-92-3


  • 89.2 Singh to Clark, FOUR, Shot! short of a good length and outside the off, Clark rocks back and pounds this through cover. That is a really cracking shot from Australia's No. XI
    Australia 331/9 SR Clark 15* (13b 2x4) RP Singh 18.2-3-71-1


  • 89.5 Singh to Clark, FOUR, too full, outside the off, Clark shows he can play off the front foot as well. Excellent cover drive. The timing and placement are spot on and the ball just races away to the boundary
    Australia 337/9 SR Clark 21* (16b 3x4) RP Singh 18.5-3-77-1


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