Sunday 10 October 2010 

North Century Hands Australia The Initiative

North Century Hands Australia The Initiative
North Century Hands Australia The Initiative
© REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (INDIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Australia 478 (North 128, Ponting 77, Paine 59) v
India 128-2 (Tendulkar 44no)
Second Test, day two, Bangalore

India closed day two of the second and final Test in Bangalore 350 runs behind Australia after Marcus North scored a century in Australia's first innings of 478.

He made 128 and India then closed the day on 128 for two as they began their reply, with Sachin Tendulkar becoming the first man to reach 14,000 Test runs in the final session of play.

Australia resumed on 285 for five with North and Tim Paine (59) at the crease and the pair put on 149 for the sixth wicket to take the score past 400.

North faced 240 balls in his innings, hitting 17 fours and a six during his fifth Test century while Paine faced 133 balls for his second half-century of the series.

That partnership was broken when Paine was stumped off the bowling of Pragyan Ojha, who then had Mitchell Johnson trapped in front without scoring.

North finally fell when he was caught by Shanthakumaran Sreesanth as Harbhajan Singh took his first wicket of the day.

Nathan Hauritz (17), Ben Hilfenhaus (16 not out) and Peter George (2) added some useful runs before Hauritz was run out and George was stumped.

Harbhajan finished witth four for 148 and Ojha three for 120 having bowled 43 and 42 overs respectively.

Virender Sehwag then offered India the customary flying start as he smacked 30 in 28 balls but departed when he was caught by Johnson off Hilfenhaus.

Johnson then had Rahul Dravid caught by North for one, which brought together Murali Vijay and Sachin Tendulkar with the score on 138 for two.

They added 90 runs before the close, Vijay unbeaten on 42 in 83 balls and Tendulkar on 44 in 88.

India lead the series 1-0 after a one-wicket win in Bangalore.

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