Australia reached 116-3 in reply to India’s first-innings 191 as fast bowlers took all 13 wickets to fall on day one of the second cricket Test in Sydney.
Zaheer Khan removed Australia batsman David Warner, Shaun Marsh and Ed Cowan in the final session to extend the pacemens’ dominance after James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle combined to bowl out India shortly after tea.
Australia captain Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting finished the day with an unbeaten 79-run partnership to guide their team to the close without further loss as it seeks a 2-0 series lead after winning last week’s opener.
Clarke will resume day two on 47 and Ponting 44 having led Australia’s recovery from 37-3.
Zaheer removed Warner to end the first over of Australia’s reply and then dismissed Marsh with the first ball of his next over to reduce the home team to 8-2 as VVS Laxman took the catch. Ponting fended off the hat-trick ball from Zaheer, who trapped Cowan leg-before-wicket for his third wicket.
Pattinson earlier removed Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar for figures of 4-43, lifting his tally to 24 wickets in his first four matches at cricket’s elite level. Hilfenhaus took 3-51 and Siddle 3-55, while Cowan snared three catches at short leg.
Pattinson reduced India to 124-6 when he got Tendulkar to play onto his stumps for 41, extending the Indian batsman’s wait for his 100th international century.
Hilfenhaus then dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer and Ishant Sharma before Siddle ended the Indian innings by having Umesh Yadav caught behind for his 100th Test wicket. Dhoni top scored with 57 not out.
Both teams were unchanged from the first Test in Melbourne, which Australia won by 122 runs to go 1-0 up in the best-of-four contest. That victory ended Australia’s eight-match winless streak against India in Tests going back to January 2008.
India, which holds the Border-Gavaskar Trophy contested by the teams after winning its last two home Test series against the Australians, has never won a series in Australia since it began touring there in 1947.
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