Saurav Ganguly struck a patient hundred in India’s first innings 469 before debutant spinner Amit Mishra struck to reduce Australia to 104 for four at the close of the second day of the second test yesterday.
Ganguly dug in to score 102, his 16th test century, and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hammered 92 before he was the last man out shortly before tea.
The 36-year-old left hander, playing in his farewell series, added 109 runs for the seventh wicket with Dhoni to frustrate the Australian bowlers on a good batting pitch. Debutant seamer Peter Siddle and left-arm paceman Mitchell Johnson took three wickets each while leg-spinner Cameron White captured two.
Australia were in trouble at the close with both openers Matthew Hayden (0) and Simon Katich (33), skipper Ricky Ponting (5) and Michael Clarke (23) back in the pavilion,
Mike Hussey was 37 not out after leg spinner Mishra, playing instead of the injured Anil Kumble, trapped Clarke leg before off the day’s final delivery after claiming Katich to finish with two for 21. The first test of the four-match series ended in a draw.
Bangladesh on top
In Chittagong, Bangladesh, left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan grabbed six wickets to put Bangladesh on top on the second day of the first test against New Zealand yesterday.
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The Kiwis, replying to Bangladesh’s first innings 245, were reduced to 155 for nine at the close with captain Daniel Vettori 48 not out.
Shakib finished with figures of six for 31 from 24 overs, his first five-wicket haul in a test.
After Vettori the next highest score for New Zealand was Brendon McCullum’s 25. The dangerous McCullum was caught at mid-on by Abdur Razzak off Shakib, who also had the experienced Jacob Oram snapped up at short mid-wicket for a duck. Earlier, Vettori picked up five wickets and pace bowler Iain O’Brien three.
Left-arm spinner Vettori took five for 59 in 36 overs, his 16th five-wicket haul in tests.
Mehrab Hossain (83) and Mushfiqur Rahim (79) shared a stand of 144 for the fifth wicket to help the home team recover from 44 for four.
O’Brien broke the partnership when Hossain was caught at short cover in the fourth over of the day. It was his maiden test half-century. Rahim was caught at short fine leg by How off Vettori. — Reuters