India Slumps to 117-6 Chasing 292 to Win Opening Cricket Test in Melbourne

India slumped to 117-6 at tea on day four of the first cricket Test against Australia in Melbourne after being set 292 to win.

Australia bowlers Ben Hilfenhaus, James Pattinson and Peter Siddle each dismissed two batsmen to get Australia to within four wickets of the victory and a 1-0 lead in the best-of-four contest.

Hilfenhaus and Pattinson earlier put on 43 for the last wicket as the home team added 61 to its overnight total to post 240 in its second innings. After Zaheer Khan removed Mike Hussey for 89, Hilfenhaus was the last man out for 14, leaving Pattinson unbeaten on 37. Zaheer finished with 3-53.

Hilfenhaus removed Virender Sehwag before the lunch break and India lost its next five wickets for 42 runs in the middle session. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was 14 not out at tea, with Ravichandran Ashwin unbeaten on 30.

To win, India needs to complete the biggest successful fourth-innings chase at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since 1953, when South Africa made 297-4 to beat Australia.

India, seeking its first Test series victory in Australia since it began touring there in 1947, holds the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after winning its last two home Test series against the Australians.

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