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Friday 25 January 2008
Runs Galore On Day Two In Adelaide As India Hit 526
Australia 62-0 after day two in Adelaide
Australia lead the series 2-1
India's last five wickets added 217 runs on day two of the fourth Test against Australia in Adelaide, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh hitting half-centuries which enabled them to hit 526 in their first innings.
On a day which batting was by far the dominant discipline, Australia closed on 62 without loss in reply while there was cause for celebration for Adam Gilchrist, who took a record 414th dismissal in Tests.
Early on, Australia were confident of knocking India over once they dismissed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 16. He had added only ten to his overnight score and despite Sachin Tendulkar departing for 153, the home side found Kumble and Harbhajan in no mood to gift their wickets.
The pair shared a stand of 107 as Kumble hit 87 from 205 balls and Harbhajan 63 from 103. Even when Harbhajan and RP Singh (nought) were dismissed, there was more punishment for Australia as Kumble and Ishant Sharma added 58 for the final wicket.
Kumble was caught behind by Gilchrist, the catch taking him past South African Mark Boucher's tally of 413 Test dismissals.
Sharma remained unbeaten on 14. Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers, taking four for 126 while Brett Lee took three for 101. There was a wicket each for Brad Hogg, Andrew Symonds, and Michael Clarke.
Matthew Hayden, back in the side, and Phil Jaques, opening for Australia, comfortably survived the 21 overs they faced before stumps, Hayden closing on 36 not out, Jaques on 21.
Australia lead the four-match series 2-1 and India closed day one on 309 for five after half-centuries from Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman plus the century from Tendulkar gave them a strong footing.
India, however, must be wary of history - last year, England scored 550 at Adelaide, and lost, while the last time these two sides met here, Australia posted over 500 in the first innings and also lost.
ï¿½ Cricket World 2008
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