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Capt. Kumble stands firm; India 525/9 at tea

Published: Friday, January 25, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Indian lower-order batsmen Kumble (87) and Harbhajan (63) added a fine 107 runs for 8th wicketBangalore: India riding on Tendulkar's classy century and brave efforts from the lower-order batsmen Kumble and Harbhajan posted a mammoth 526 in their first essay on day two of the fourth and final Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval on Friday.

Tendulkar struck 153 while Kumble and Harbhajan made 87 and 63 respectively.

Kumble, who missed his second Test ton by whisker, added 58-run last wicket stand with Ishant (14*) before edging Johnson for a regulation caught behind in the first over of the final session.

Tourists resuming at overnight score of 309/5 were boosted by the eighth wicket partnership of 107 runs between Kumble and Harbhajan to make a formidable score.

Earlier the overnight batsman, Dhoni (16) was the first to be dismissed, after the India stumper played a full-bloodied cut off Jhonson straight to Symonds at deep covers. Overnight centurion Tendulkar (153) continued his good work for some time before an ill-timed hook off Lee undid this genius.

India put on runs at a healthy rate throughout the morning session, and despite the early dismissal of MS Dhoni for 16, Tendulkar looked in command as he steered the Indian total above 350. The 'Little Master' reached 150 the same way he brought up his century on day one, cracking a cover drive to the boundary off the bowling of Lee.

Half-way thro' of the first session India was reduced to 359/7. However India thrived on Harbhajan-Kumble effort. The lower-order pair, having beneifited from a combination of good batting and a slice of luck, anchored their side to a safety.

The duo batted quiet beautyfully, rotating the strike and taking odd boundaries. They were not deterred by Lee's pace, Johnson's swing and Clark's accuracy. Kumble 205-ball innings was studded with nine hits to fence while embattled Bhajji hit seven boundaries in his 103-ball knock before being holed to Gilchrist of an atrocious slog sweep off his nemesis Symonds.

India put on runs at a healthy rate throughout the morning session, and despite the early dismissal of MS Dhoni for 16, Tendulkar looked in command as he steered the Indian total above 350. The 'Little Master' reached 150 the same way he brought up his century on day one, cracking a cover drive to the boundary off the bowling of Lee.

Johnson was the pick among the Aussie bowlers with 4 for 126 while his new-ball partner claimed 3 for 101.

On the opening day Tendulkar shook off a personal hoodoo at Adelaide Oval to score his 39th Test hundred and keep alive his side's hopes of squaring the series.

Several of his team-mates squandered promising starts, but Tendulkar was rarely troubled by the Australian bowlers.

The 34-year-old went into the match with just 122 runs at 20.33 in his three previous visits to the ground, but it was clear he was on a mission from the time he strode to the crease to replace Rahul Dravid (18).

Gilly eclipses Boucher: The only silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud for Aussies was when Adam Gilchrist broke Mark Boucher's world record for Test dismissals. Gilly, who had a bad outing on day one flooring two sitters, claimed his 414th victim, eclipsing the South African's previous record of 413 dismissals by a wicketkeeper, when he caught India captain Anil Kumble off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson for 87.

Brief Score (at tea, D-2):

India Ist innings 526 all out (Tendulkar 153, Kumble 87, Harbhajan 63, Sehwag 63, Laxman 51; Lee 3 for 101, Johnson 4 for 126) Vs Australia

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