11.10 am - India lose MCG Test by 122 runs
It's all over at the MCG. India have been handed a bitter defeat. Pace, testing line and wicket-taking lengths sealed the deal for Australia. Talking of good bowling spells, all most all the balls posed serious questions. 'If Siddle doesn't get you Pattinson must'--with such a lethal pace attack and not to forget the five-wicket effort of Hilfenhaus, it will be very difficult for India to make a comeback.
And like we had tweeted sometime ago, Indians started praying right after Virender Sehwag popped a catch to Hussey in the gully. Dravid, was cleaned up three times in the match, and so he has a hole to plug in 'The Wall.'
Tendulkar looked great in his 32, but sadly for India it was only 32. VVS Laxman has never enjoyed batting at Melbourne, probably Sydney will lift his spirits. As far as Gambhir is concerned; borrowing from a telling tweet earlier, the Aussies have done a 'Phillip Hughes' on him.
Australians have been supreme today and yesterday, when under pressure, Ponting and Hussey scored fifties and raised a vital 115-run stand. Dhoni's defensive tactics helped Australian tail-enders to prosper. The last two wickets added 74 runs.
Bye bye for now. Join us for the live updates for the second Test in Sydney on January 3. Till then, wish you have a rocking New Year Bash.
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Should Kohli replace Dhoni as India's Test captain?
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- Yes, Dhoni is too defensive a captain for Test matches. India needs an aggressive personality at the helm of affairs
- No, With two big tours in England and Australia, India must bank on seasoned Dhoni to lead a young, inexperienced team
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