Khan onslaught wrests control from Australia

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Australia collapsed on the second day of the first Test against India in Brisbane before bad light brought play to an end with the hosts 323 for nine.

On a rain-interrupted day, Australia resumed on 262 for two - but with bad weather restricting play to just 5.4 overs before lunch, the tourists grabbed three quick wickets with the scalps of Justin Langer, Damien Martyn and Steve Waugh.

Things went from bad to worse for the home side after the break.

After another three-and-a-half hour rain delay, India skittled out four further wickets to take their tally to seven for 61 for the day.

India won the toss

Australia - First Innings

(overnight 262-2)

J L Langer lbw b Agarkar 121

M L Hayden c Laxman b Khan 37

R T Ponting c Patel b Khan 54

D R Martyn run out 42

*S R Waugh hit wicket b Khan 0

S M Katich c Patel b Khan 16

ÝA C Gilchrist c Laxman b Khan 0

A J Bichel c Laxman b Agarkar 11

J N Gillespie run out 8

N W Bracken not out 6

S C G MacGill not out 1

Extras (b4 lb7 w2 nb14) 27

Total (for 9, 78 overs) 323

Fall: 1-73, 2-162, 3-268, 4-275, 5-275, 6-276, 7-302, 8-310, 9-317.

Bowling: Khan 23-2-95-5; Nehra 15-4-51-0; Agarkar 25-5-90-2; Harbhajan Singh 14-1-68-0; Ganguly 1-0-8-0.

India: A Chopra, V Sehwag, R Dravid, S R Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, *S C Ganguly (Capt), ÝP A Patel, A B Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh

Z Khan, A Nehra.

Umpires: S A Bucknor (WI) and R E Koertzen (SA).