Saturday, December 29, 2007
MELBOURNE: Indian batsmen saw the visitors crashing to a humiliating 337 run defeat with more than one day to spare as Australia took a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series here on Saturday.
Chasing an improbable target of 499, India folded for a paltry 161 runs with only VVS Laxman (42) and Sourav Ganguly (40) putting up some semblance of a fight on a deteriorating MCG track.
This was Australia's 15th consecutive Test victory and the side under Ricky Ponting now moves to Sydney for the second Test against India starting on January 2 with a distinct psychological edge over the visitors.
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