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India make solid start

INDIA has made a solid start to its run chase of Australia's first innings total of 333 runs in the Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

SCOREBOARD

INDIA 2/121

Sehwag 67
Rahul Dravid 33 no

AUSTRALIA 333

The tourists will resume after the tea break at 2/99, still 234 runs in arrears of the home side's total.

Despite the strong start, the Indian have lost both openers with the swashbuckling Virender Sehwag (67) the Australian's prized trophy.

From the moment he reached the crease, Sehwag was on a mission to score as many runs as quickly as possible.

A shot making machine, Sehwag was a given a life or two before playing onto his stumps from a James Pattinson (1/25) delivery.

Earlier, recalled bowler Ben Hilfenhaus (1/27) made the early breakthrough, grabbing the wicket of Gautam Gambhir (3).

Australia all out

INDIA will chase Australia's first innings of 333 runs when it resumes after the lunch break on the second day of the Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The visitors when into the break with six runs on the board with all ten wickets in hand after bowling out the Australians in the morning session.

Australia started the day at 6/277 with Brad Haddin (27) and Peter Siddle (41) hoping to pick up from their afternoon heroics of the previous day.

However, the Indians struck first, Zaheer Khan (4/77) removing both Haddin and Siddle.

Recalled seamer Ben Hilfenhaus (19) came out swinging, and with fellow paceman James Pattinson (18no), provided some much needed late-order runs.

But the loss of Hilfenhaus and Nathan Lyon (6) brought an end to the home sides innings, and brought the big hitting Virender Sehwag to the crease.

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