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Aussies Set India Huge Target in 1st Cricket Test


Australia's cricket team has scored 351-7 declared in its second innings, leaving India a massive target of nearly 500 runs after the third day of their first test in Melbourne.

Australian batsmen Michael Clarke and Phil Jaques led the home side with Clarke scoring 73 runs and Jaques adding another 51. Brad Hogg scored 34 runs and Brett Lee added another 12 for Australia.

Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh took three for 101 while Anil Kumble was two for 102. India was 6 without loss after surviving eight overs before stumps. The Indians have their work cut out for them - they need 493 runs in 10 wickets.

The highest successful run-chase at Melbourne was England's 332 runs against Australia in the 1928-1929 Ashes series. Only three teams have ever achieved what India must to win the match.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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