Batting lets India down again

Published: Thursday, December 2, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Sydney: India look to have some batting problems before next week's first test against Australia after they were bowled out for just 185 on the opening day of a four-day match against New South Wales at the SCG today.

The home side were 35-1 in reply at the close of play. The blues have so far failed to win a match in the Australian interstate championship this season and India would have been expecting some valuable batting practice against a side missing a number of test stars.

But on an unusually greenish SCG pitch, four of the Indian top seven were out LBW playing back to good length balls. Sourav Ganguly was the top scorer with 38, but none of the Indian batsmen batted for more than two hours.

The Indians were without their inspirational captain Sachin Tendulkar but the rest failed to impress against a modest attack consisting of Brett Lee, Don Nash and Stuart MacGill.

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