Australia pile up 463 runs in the first innings


Sydney : Indian Skipper Anil Kumble took the last three wickets and ended Australia’s first innings for 463 just before lunch on the second day of the second cricket Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) Thursday. Andrew Symonds, however, remained unbeaten with 162.

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Indian openers Rahul Dravid and Wasim Jaffer quietly played out the three overs before the break without scoring.

It was a tremendous recovery by Australia from a horrific 134 for six soon after lunch on the first day. Symonds played a pivotal role in rallying his side sharing stands of 173 with Brad Hogg and 114 with Brett Lee.

Resuming at 376 for seven, Australia added 87 runs in 23 overs before their innings finally came to an end.

It was Symonds’ highest Test score and he hit 18 fours and two sixes, making full use of the reprieves he got from indifferent umpiring.

Lee was the first to go this morning, trapped lbw for 59 in Kumble’s first over and then Mitchell Johnson struck a quick fire 28 off 30 before pulling Kumble to Ganguly at deep midwicket. The ninth-wicket stand of 40 took the Australians past 450 and Kumble then dismissed the last man Stuart Clark leg before.

Kumble finished with figures of four for 106, his three wickets Thursday costing him 15 runs. Rudra Pratap Singh could not get a fiver and had to be satisfied with his four wickets Wednesday. Harbhajan Singh claimed two for 108.