Melbourne, Dec 29: Aussies extend their dominance in Boxing Day Tests by winning the first Test against India by 122 runs, after bundling India to 169 in the second innings on Day 4. Having set a target of 292 to win, Aussies have done exceptionally well to rip through the Indian batting line-up. Peter Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Pattinson, the trio ensured that India does not get off to a good start.
[Scorecard: Boxing Day Test; India Vs Australia, Melbourne]
India stumble to 169 in their second innings on Day Four of the first Test match as the only hope, Indian skipper M S Dhoni too was bowled by Pattinson for 23.
The only other player to have reached 30 other than Sachin Tendulkar was the Tamil Nadu spinner R Ashwin (30) dismissed by Siddle.
Earlier, Virender Sehwag (7), Gautam Gambhir (13), Dravid (10), Laxman (1), Virat Kohli (0) disappointed, as they were dismissed cheaply.
Aussie bowlers were on a roll since morning. After they put on 61 runs to their overnight score of 179/8, they set a target of 292 with Hussey scoring a brilliant 89. India chasing the target, got off to a poor start as they lost wickets in quuick succession. With Sehwag and Gambhir back in the pavillion the onus was on Sachin Tendulkar (32) and Rahul Dravid (10). Mr. Consistency who had a good run till now, had n off day, as he was dismissed by Pattinson as India had lost their third wicket for 58.
Laxman too followed suit as he was out for 1, and within a fraction of a second, India were struggling at 69/5, as Kohli was out for a nought.
Tendulkar too could not save India as a defeat was inevitable as wickets tumbled and the batting line-up collapsed. Tendulkar though looked settled, he gave Siddle a chance to celebrate when he was on 32, as the Aussie bowler was overwhelmed to have claimed the the wicket of master blaster.
But a defeat wasn't very far, though the partnership between Dhoni and Ashwin just delayed an Aussie victory, it couldn't help the visitors to rebuild the innings and go for a win.
Australia's Peter Siddle claims 3 wickets, whiel Pattinson got the lion's share with 4 wickets in the second innings. Similarly, the hero of the first innings, Ben Hilfenhaus, got 2 wickets in the second innings.
Exceptional bowling with a disciplined line and length saw India struggle to score runs as the famous Indian batting line-up collapsed for a paltry 169 to give Aussies a 122 run victory in the first Test at Melbourne.
This increases their winning streak to 28 off 36 matches played on Boxing Day at Melbourne, fourth defeat for Team India in Boxing Day Tests.