New Delhi:After bundling India for 441 runs with the help of Jason Krejza's 8-wicket haul, Australia were 189 for the loss of 2 wickets at the close of second day's play in Nagpur.
Opener Simon Katich once again proved his liking for the Indian attack as he slammed 11th half-century, his seventh against the hosts, and was just eight run short of his hundred. He added 115 runs with Mike Hussey (45) for the third wicket after losing Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting.
Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh could not have chosen any batsman other than Ponting as his 300th Test victim whom he dismissed for the tenth time. He pitched the ball just outside the off-stump. The ball turned in sharply to beat Ponting (24) and clip the bails.
He became the third highest Indian wicket-taker after Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) and 22nd cricketer in the world to claim 300 Test wickets. He is also India's first off-spinner to achieve this feat and fifth spinner to join the elite club after Muttiah Muralitharan (756), Shane Warne (708), Kumble and Lance Gibbs (309). This was also his 200th wicket on the Indian soil.
Most wickets for India
|N Kapil Dev||434||131||12867||9-83||23||2||29.65||63.92|
On the other hand, bad luck seems to have picked Matthew Hayden as its favourite child on this tour as he once gain failed to convert the start into a big knock. Just when he looked murderous, a direct throw from M. Vijay saw him short of crease for 16 runs.
Earlier, Australia's off-spinner Jason Krejza gave a sensational start to his Test career as he bagged eight wickets in his maiden Test and triggered Indian collapse.
Krejza became only the sixth bowler - third from his country - to take eight wickets in his debut Test. The others in the list are his compatriots Albert Trott (8 for 43 vs England at Adelaide in 1895) and Bob Massie (8 for 53 vs England at Lord's in 1972), West Indian Alf Valentine (vs England at Manchester in 1950), India's Narendra Hirwani (8 for 75 at Chennai in 1988) and South Africa's Lance Klusener (8 for 64 vs India at Kolkata in 1996).
Bowlers who picked eight wickets in debut innings
|AL Valentine||8||104||300||WI||Eng||1st||1st||1950||Old Trafford|
Krejza is the second Australian bowler and the fourth to bag eight wickets in the debut innings. Albert Trott and Lance Klusener took eight wickets in the second innings of their debut Tests.
After picking Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman on Thursday, Krejza on Day 2 cleaned up the Indian tail. He first broke the 119-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly by foxing the former. The Indian skipper tried to paddle sweep but missed the delivery and the ball hit the leg-stump. Ganguly, who was looking set for the farewell ton, edged one to Michael Clarke at first slip.
Ganguly slammed 35th Test fifty, his 7th against Australia. Ganguly played 153 balls and hit eight 4s and one 6 during his knock of 85 runs. Dhoni also got 12th half-century, his third against the visitors, before falling for 56 runs.
Soon after they fell, Krejza hurried the Indian tail-enders pack in the pavilion. He deceived Zaheer Khan with his flight and the Indian fast bowler edged it to the stumps for just 1 run. In the very next delivery, his spinning counterpart Amit Mishra (0) was done by the 'doosra'. After pitching the ball straightened and hit the off-stump.
Ishant Sharma survived few deliveries but he soon nudged one to Katich who took a sharp catch at short leg.
Match report: Day 1