Mike Hussey slams ton as Australia take control

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Bangalore, Oct 10 (UNI) Mike Hussey continued to torment the Indian bowlers, notching up an impressive century (135 not out) as Australia assumed command, reaching 416 for seven in their first innings at tea on the second day of the first Test being played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here today.

Brett Lee, who was batting on 26, was giving Hussey company at tea.

Ishant Sharma emerged as the best Indian bowler and was rewarded with three wickets for his untiring efforts in his two spells of 14 overs. He scalped Watson, Haddin and White, but lacked enough support from the other end.

India's woes continued as their fielding remained sloppy while the spinners continued to be ineffective on the wicket that remained slow and offered little spin. Kumble continued to go wicketless in the 14 overs he bowled till the tea break, even as Hussey grew from strength to strength to take Australia towards a commanding total.

Ishant bowled with a lively pace, kept an immaculate line and even a well settled Hussey had to play subdued when the lanky pacer was in action. The Delhi youngster sent back Watson in the third ball of the second day's play when he beat the all-rounder with an inswinger tht clipped the off stump.

In his second spell of seven overs, Ishant took the other two wickets, cleverly inducing Haddin and White to spoon easy catches to Laxman and Harbhajan respectively.

Resuming at his overnight score of 46, the impressive Hussey went on to flay the Indian bowling which looked ordinary barring Ishant Sharma. He completed his century after a stay of 276 minutes playing 184 balls as he edged an Ishant delivery to the fine leg boundary.

This was the first century in India for Hussey who has so far hit nine hundreds so far.

He added a crucial 91 for the sixth wicket with Haddin who made a well earned 33 after a shaky start.

The left-hander's century was as crucial as the pivotal innings played by the Australian skipper yesterday. Building on the strong foundation laid by Ponting, Hussey frustrated the Indians with his blemishless display.

Hussey has so far struck 10 boundaries and the only six of the match so far by hoisting Harbhajan over the sight screens.

Completing the domination, Australia raised its 400 of the innings in the 134th over as Hussey and Bret Lee have added 54 runs to the unfinished eighth wicket stand.

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