Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey hit half-centuries to move Aussie to 179-8 in its 2nd innings and a 230-run lead over India on day 3 of their series- initial cricket Test in Melbourne. Mike Hussey was unbeaten on 79 at stumps with James Pattinson 3 not out on a day 3. Hussey shared a 115-run collaboration along with Ponting, who reached 60, to save the Aussies after they slumped to 27-4.
India, seeking its initial Test series triumph in Australia since it started touring there in 1947, earlier collapsed from 214-3 to be all out for 282 at lunch break in respond to the home team’s initial innings score of 333. India fought back once the interval to remove David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh and Australia skipper Michael Clarke. Ponting and Hussey then led their side to the tea break without more damage, before Aussie lost another 4 wickets late in the closing session.
Ponting brought up his 2nd half-century of the game before he was caught at gully off Zaheer Khan’s over. Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon then left as Aussie lost 4 wickets for 24 runs. Hussey, who was out initial ball on the first day, was dropped when on 69 by Rahul Dravid off Ravichandran Ashwin’s over before going on to post the best score of the match. India quick bowler Umesh Yadav has 4-49 in the 2nd innings, with Zaheer taking 2-32.