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Images: India v Australia, Bangalore Test, Day 2

Last updated on: October 10, 2010 19:12 IST

Tendulkar crosses 14,0000-run mark

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Having been the first one to reach quite a few landmarks, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday became the first person in the history of Test cricket to complete 14,000 runs on Day 1 of the second Test against Australia on Sunday.

India were 128 for two in reply to Australia's 478 in their first innings at close of play. Sachin Tendulkar was batting on 44 while Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 42 at stumps, as India trail by 350 runs with eight wickets remaining in the first innings.


Image: Sachin Tendulkar
Photographs: Reuters
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North-Paine put Aus in command

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Earlier in the day, Australia posted their highest ever total of 478 at the Chinnaswamy stadium surpassing the earlier best of 474 in 2004.

They got to this score thanks mainly to the contributions of overnight batsmen Marcus North (128) and Tim Paine (59). They batted brilliantly in the morning session to set the tone for the day.

Both batsmen were severe on the pacers, S Sreesanth in particular was their whipping boy.

But they didn't spare the spinners either, Harbhajan was introduced into the attack in the 100th over and North welcomed him by hitting a boundary towards the midwicket.

North was more aggressive and willing to step out to the bowlers and he had an able ally in Paine, who reached his second Test fifty with a boundary off Ojha.


Image: Marcus North

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Fortune favours Paine

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With their controlled batting, they ensured that the Aussies had the upper hand going into lunch.

North and Paine put together a valuable 149 runs for the sixth wicket to make things better for their side. It was the best partnership of the Australian innings.

Having asserted their authority over India in the opening session, the Australian batsmen started the second session akin to manner in which they had started the first, with caution that is.

And, akin to the first, fortune was still on young Paine's side, the stumper (when on 57) being dropped at short extra cover by Raina off Ojha.

However, Ojha had his man an over later as the young Australian's luck finally ran out. The left-arm spinner had Paine stumped to give the hosts their first wicket of the day.


Image: Tim Paine

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Harbhajan, Ojha successful for India

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Soon after, North registered his fifth Test ton, his first against India. Mitchell Johnson didn't survive long though, again it was Ojha who got the breakthrough.

North and Hauritz put together a valuable 43-run stand for the eighth wicket, before the former hit a Harbhajan delivery straight to Sreesanth at deep mid-wicket.

Ben Hilfenhaus swung his bat but the Australians were finally bundled out for 478 at the stroke of tea.

Harbhajan was the pick of the bowlers claiming four for 148 and Ohja took three for 120.


Image: Pragyan Ojha (right) celebrates after dismissing Mitchell Johnson (centre)

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Hosts get off to shaky start

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India started shakily in reply to Australia's humungous total, as Sehwag survived two run-out chances. Australia's new ball bowlers, Hilfenhaus and Johnson consistently peppered him with short-pitched deliveries.

Sehwag, was was finally dismissed after being holed out in the deep by Johnson. Sehwag hit four boundaries and a delectable six in his 30 from 28 balls.

Dravid walked into the middle at No 3, but didn't last long. He looked tentative and his agony at the crease was cut short when he was caught at slips by Marcus North off Mitchell Johnson.


Image: Virender Sehwag

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