Langer cracks ton as match ends in tame draw

The three-day warm-up match between Australia and Ranji Champions Mumbai petered out to a tame draw here today.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Mumbai:Justin Langer sent out an ominous warning to his Indian rivals ahead of the Test series with a scintillating century as the three-day warm-up match between Australia and Ranji Champions Mumbai petered out to a tame draw here today. Langer made 108 with two sixes and 12 fours after Glenn McGrath's four-wicket haul had helped the visitors bowl out Mumbai for 255 in reply to Australia's 302 for seven declared in the first innings. Australians finished the day at a strong 207 for one for an overall lead of 254 runs when play was called off by mutual agreement after the first of 15 mandatory overs in the last hour of play. The unbeaten batsmen at the end were Brad Hodge (29) and Simon Katich (7). Aussies dominate It was Langer who personified Australia's domination over the match as he toyed with the Mumbai spin attack with ease in the only warm-up game for the tourists ahead of the four-Test series against India commencing on October 6. Langer, who put on a breezy stand of 142 for the first wicket with makeshift opener Michael Clarke, completed his century in just over three hours and off 149 balls. He raced to his half century in 63 balls with nine hits to the fence. The only time the 34-year-old left-hander looked in some spot of bother was when he faced Ajit Agarkar, who got rid off him in the first innings after taking the Aussie opener's wicket five times in the series in Australia. Clarke too used some valuable time in the middle by using his feet well to tackle the spinning ball in his 145-miute innings studded with 8 fours before he was declared caught at short leg off Powar by umpire T K Handu though the batsman indicated the ball had gone off his hip. McGrath strikes Earlier, McGrath warmed up nicely for the Test series by snaring three top order Mumbai batsmen in his superb figures of four for 25 in hot and humid conditions. The fast bowler made light of the slowness of the pitch with sustained spells of fast bowling to help the visitors bundle out the Ranji Trophy champions soon after lunch, 47 runs short of the Australian tally after the hosts had resumed at their overnight 150 for 4. He started the slide of Mumbai's first innings by trapping overnight not out batsman Amol Muzumdar leg before for 52, off the eighth ball of the day. McGrath added the scalp of last man Avishkar Salvi, who was clean bowled, in the post-lunch session to terminate the Mumbai innings 12 minutes into the second session. Lee picks two wickets Brett Lee, wicket-less yesterday, finished with two while Shane Watson added one more victim to also finish with a two-wicket haul for Australia. The fact that McGrath, who had played only two Tests after his long lay-off from the game following an ankle surgery, scythed through the top order of Mumbai by taking three of the top four batsmen must have pleased the Aussie team management. The pace bowler's victims were openers Wasim Jaffer and Vinayak Mane, Amol Muzumdar, who was the lone half centurion in the Mumbai innings with his knock of 52 in 135 minutes, and Salvi. Muzumdar added only two runs to his overnight score as Mumbai lost three quick wickets in the morning before useful tailend batting by Ajit Agarkar, who made 37 with six fours. Vinayak Samant and Nilesh Kulkarni helped the home team cross 250 after they were 179 for seven before the end of the first hour of play. (PTI)

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