Kumble rattles Australia on 1st day

Updated: 28 December 2007 12:01 IST

Australia were 337 for nine at stumps on the first day of first Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Kumble rattles Australia on 1st day


Legspinner Anil Kumble took five wickets on Wednesday to overshadow Matthew Hayden's 28th Test century and put India in a strong position after the first day of the first Test against Australia.

India captain Kumble (5-84) made it clear his team would not be intimidated by the big-name Australians, claiming the wickets of Phil Jaques, Mike Hussey, Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee to leave the home side on 337-9 at stumps.

Anil Kumble with five wickets in this innings has taken five or more wickets in an innings on ten occasions against Australia. He became the fourth bowler in the world to claim five wickets in an innings on ten or more occasions against Australia.

Stuart Clark cracked 21 runs from 17 balls as he and fellow tailender Mitchell Johnson weathered the final overs to see out the day on a flat, but deteriorating Melbourne Cricket Ground wicket.

After combining with Jaques for a steady first-wicket stand of 135 runs, Hayden brought up his century when he cracked an RP Singh ball for four runs in the 43rd over. The century was his 19th scored in Australia, surpassing Donald Bradman and Ponting with 18 each.

Hayden was eventually dismissed in the 63rd over when he spooned a Zaheer Khan (3-93) delivery to Saurav Ganguly at mid-on for a simple catch, leaving Australia at 241-5.

Jaques overcame a shaky start to smash a half-century before being dismissed by Kumble for 66 runs, sparking a mini-collapse.

After Australia ended the first session at 111-0, Kumble made his breakthrough in the 34th over when he had Jaques stumped by wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni. Jaques' 108-ball knock featured eight boundaries.

India maintained its momentum, dismissing Ponting and Hussey in the space of just four deliveries to dent the Australian's confidence.

Australia captain Ponting managed just four runs before he was bowled by paceman Khan in the 39th over, ushering Hussey to the crease. Hussey faced three balls and scored two runs when he became Kumble's second dismissal, trapped lbw in the 40th over with the score at 165-3.

Hayden and Michael Clarke (20) shared a 60-run partnership for the fourth wicket and looked to be settling in before Clarke was caught by VVS Laxman at second slip off an RP Singh ball in the fourth over after tea.

Symonds compiled a quickfire 35 off 42 balls, including five boundaries, before he became Kumble's third victim when he mistimed a pull shot and was caught by substitute fielder Dinesh Karthik at mid-on with the total at 281-6.

Gilchrist followed shortly after, caught by Sachin Tendulkar off Kumble, and Lee was sent packing for a duck off Kumble's 19th over of the day. Brad Hogg (17) was caught by Rahul Dravid off Khan in the final overs.

Australia's opening pair got off to a slow start under some intense pressure from India's pace attack after Ponting won the toss and elected to bat first. Hayden finally found his first run with a single in the fifth over.

Former India captain Ganguly, playing in his 100th Test, bowled three overs of medium pace, conceding 14 runs.

Ganguly joins Dilip Vengsarkar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid in an elite group of Indian players to make 100 test appearances.

India has never won a series in Australia, but is buoyed by recent wins against England and Pakistan, and is looking to better its effort in drawing the 2003-2004 tour.

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