Hussey’s ninth century steers Australia into a commanding position

Michael Hussey made 146 as Australia posted a strong total of 430, before the Indian openers in reply reached 68 for no lost at stump on day two of the first Test.

Nothing flusters or hurries him. Ponting is undoubtedly the best batsman in the team but Hussey is his greatest ally.

Hussey had to wait so long to make the Test team, that he deserves his share of what some call luck while others say his calculating selection of shots is pure talent. He hardly played a bad shot during the majority of his innings, waiting patiently for the boundary and picking off the singles.

After lunch Hussey resumed in the 90’s and got from 96 to 100 of an inside edge which missed his stumps and went to the fine-leg boundary. It was his second overseas century and his ninth overall and he celebrated with a leap, a few punches and a hug.

The only record that fell on day two is one which Anil Kumble won’t be proud of. In over 112, Brad Haddin’s late-cut for two, was the 56th time Kumble had conceded 100 runs in a Test innings, leaving Muttiah Muralitharan’s 55 in second place.

Left arm pacerman Zaheer Khan claimed a 5 wicket haul for India.

The Indians set a first innings target of 430 by the Aussies were 0-68. Openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir took charge to guide India to 68 before rain brought stumps to a close, 9.5 overs short of the scheduled close in Bangalore.

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