Tuesday 3 January 2012 

Australia Take Early Honours In Second Test

	Australia Take Early Honours In Second Test
Australia Take Early Honours In Second Test
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India 191 (Dhoni 57no, Pattinson 4-43) v
Australia 116-3 (Clarke 47no)
Second Test, Sydney, day one

Australia began 2012 brightly by bowling India out for 191 and then closing day one of the second Test in Sydney on 116 for three - trailing by just 75 runs.

Four wickets for James Pattinson and three apiece for Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus continued Australia's dominance over the Indian batting.

Zaheer Khan then took all three Australian wickets to fall but an unbroken stand worth 79 between Michael Clarke (47 not out) and Ricky Ponting (41 not out) helped the home side recover from 47 for three.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 57 and Sachin Tendulkar's 41 had earlier been the main bright spots for the tourists, who once again found it tough to deal with Australia's pace attack.

Tendulkar mixed classical strokes through the covers with a couple of unorthodox flicks over the slips for four and played beautifully before another attempted drive saw him chop Pattinson (4-43) onto his stumps.

Dhoni hit eight fours in 77 balls before he was swiftly deprived of partners by Hilfenhaus (3-55) and Siddle (3-51).

Zaheer then gave India hope with two wickets in two balls as he had both David Warner (8) and Shaun Marsh (0) caught in the slips by Tendulkar and VVS Laxman respectively.

His hat-trick ball was clipped for a single by Ponting before he struck again to have Ed Cowan trapped in front for 16.

However, there were to be no further breakthroughs for India as Australia pressed home their advantage.

Australia lead the series 1-0 following a 122-run win in the opening game in Melbourne.

© Cricket World 2012