Tour game: Ganguly shines in the gloom

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2007, 13:15 [IST]
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Melbourne : In-form southpaw Sourav Ganguly made his statement of intent to the Aussies with a classy half-century as India made a sluggish
110/3 in the rain curtailed first day of their tour opener against Victoria at the Junction Oval here on Thursday.

Torrential rain caused a delay to the start of the match and thunderstorms and heavy rain later in the day forced the abandonment just minutes after tea.

Former captain Rahul Dravid, who was promoted to open with Wassim Jaffer, crafted a patient 112-ball 33* after left-arm fast bowler Allan Wise
had ripped through India's top order. Wise had Jaffer caught for a duck, then had VVS Laxman (1) caught by gloveman Matthew Wade to leave
India struggling at 10/2 in the fourth over.

Sachin Tendulkar became Wise's third victim when he was castled for 19, though Tendulkar had struck one boundary and a six in his short
18-ball stay, to leave India on 38 for three. Dravid then combined with Ganguly, who was the more aggressive, stroking eight boundaries to reach
51 before more torrential rain and lightning swept across the city and ended the match early.

Wise plucked three for 22 off 10 overs.

India will play their first of four-Test series against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Dec. 26.

Brief Scores (D-1):

India Ist innings 110/3 (Ganguly 51 n o, Dravid 33 n o, Tendulkar 19; Allan Wise 3 for 22) Vs Victoria.

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