Zaheer picks up a 5 wkt haul as Oz finish with 428

Published: Saturday, October 2, 2010, 10:53 [IST]
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Australia allout for 428

Mohali: Zaheer Khan picked up a five-wicket haul to dismiss Paine who scored a valiant 92 before being caught smartly be Laxman at second slip in the final session of play in Mohali. Australia were bowled out for 428, soon after Paine's dismissal.

Tim Paine's(92 off 196 balls) well timed half century had frustrated the Indians as they were made to toil hard by Paine and the Australian tailenders.

Earlier, Tim Paine and Mitchell Johnson had kept the Indian bowlers at bay with a superb seventh wicket partnership and help Aussies cross the 350-run mark. Johnson was playing very aggressively and his innings lifted the Australian run rate. But just when the partnership was inching towards the century mark, Zaheer Khan got the wicket of Johnson. Johnson scored 47 invaluable runs of 66 balls which included five boundaries and three sixes.

Then Harbhajan Singh got the second breakthrough for the Indians in the session of Nathan Hauritz just four overs after Johnson's dismissal.

Ben Hilfenhaus made a useful 20* and shared a good partnership of 54 for the 10 wicket with Paine before the latter was dismissed.

Dough Bollinger coming in at No 11 didn't last long as he was dismissed for a duck off the bowling of Ohja.

Australia added 38 runs in the final session before being allout for 428.

Australia had scored 95 runs with the loss of two wickets in the second session of play.

Australia had earlier managed to add 71 runs to their overnight score of 224/5 with the loss of Watson's wicket in the first session of play on Day 2 in Mohali.

Runs had been very hard to come by for the tourists. Watson and Tim Paine resumed play and scored at a very low pace but they did manage to bind together a partnership off 53 runs before Harbhajan got the wicket of Watson.

Harbhajan was extracting bounce off the pitch from his end and did bowl well from his end.

Australia resumed the day with an overnight score of 224/5.

India vs Australia, 1st Test - Mohali - Scorecard

Day 1 was a mixed day with Australia doing well in the first session of play and then Indian spinners and Zaheer Khan pulling back in the final two sessions.

However, there was no stopping Shane Watson who once again proved his mettle as an opener. He scored his second ton of his career.  Zaheer Khan for India was the pick of the bowlers yesterday with three wickets.


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