Indian bowlers under spotlight

Published: Saturday, November 27, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Brisbane (Australia): Queensland's batsmen went on the rampage against the India's frontline attack today, smashing 363 for seven from just 87 overs in reply to India's first innings total of 277.

Andrew Symonds hit 161 and Martin Love made 120 as the home side opened up an 86-run lead with three wickets in hand in their four-day match.

Paceman Thiru Kumaran was the pick of a shaky Indian attack, finishing with three for 54, but his teammates rarely troubled the locals. Symonds belted his 161 from just 173 balls, including 17 fours and a six before he was trapped leg before wicket by Debasish Mohanty.

Symonds and love put on 204 for the fourth wicket after Queensland had slumped to 91-3 early in their innings. Love brought up his century after 149 balls before falling to Kumaran for 120. By that time, the damage had been done with Queensland already past India's total but the most worrying aspect for Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar would have been the way the Queenslanders coped with leg-spinner Anil Kumble.

Kumble, one of two players in cricket history to take 10 wickets in a test innings, made absolutely no impression on the locals, finishing the day with figures of 126 for none from 26 expensive overs.

Earlier in the day, Queensland wrapped up India's innings after three balls. The Indians started the day at 273-9 but lost their final wicket in the first over for the addition of just four runs.


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