Australia beat India in first Test in Melbourne

First Test, Melbourne (day four):
Australia 333 & 240 beat India 282 and 169 by 122 runs
Match scorecard
Australia celebrate a wicket
James Pattinson (left) was named man of the match

Australia's pace bowlers put on a superb display to secure a 122-run victory over India on day four of the first Test in Melbourne.

James Pattinson (4-53) led the way while Peter Siddle (3-42) dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for the second time in the match and Ben Hilfenhaus took 2-39.

India needed 292 to win after Australia were finally dismissed for 240, with Mike Hussey top-scoring with 89.

But the tourists slumped to 81-6 before being dismissed for 169 after tea.

Pattinson (37) and Hilfenhaus (14) shared a defiant 43-run partnership for Australia's last wicket to frustrate the India bowlers and give the hosts vital momentum.

Their efforts left India needing the fourth-highest winning total at the Melbourne Cricket Ground if they were to secure victory in the first of four Tests.

But Hilfenhaus removed Virender Sehwag before lunch and India then collapsed in the second session, with Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid failing to make an impact against Australia's hostile attack.

Pattinson, playing in only his third Test, dismissed VVS Laxman for one and Virat Kohli was out first ball, trapped lbw by Hilfenhaus.

Tendulkar, still chasing a 100th international hundred, looked to settle his side but was dismissed for 32 when Siddle, with the first ball of his second spell, had him caught in the gully off a thick edge.

Mahendra Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin attempted to launch a counter-attack after tea but fell to Pattinson and Siddle respectively as wickets continued to fall.

Australia clinched victory in style when David Warner caught Umesh Yadav with a dramatic catch on the boundary.

"For me it's a dream come true to play for Australia and to be out there on Boxing Day, and against India with that batting line-up," 21-year-old Pattinson said.

"I think I wasn't even born when Sachin started playing cricket, so to go out there and bowl against him, and have some success against their batsmen and get a win is even better."

Australia captain Michael Clarke said his side had to maintain their intensity in the second Test, which starts in Sydney on 3 January.

"India are a fantastic team and it's great to get a win but we know they'll come back hard at us," he said.

"We deserve this win because of the amount of effort and time we've put into our preparation, but it means nothing come Sydney."

India captain Dhoni said: "You have to give credit to the Australian bowling attack because they bowled really well.

"We thought if we could get them out for 240 or 250-odd runs that's a very gettable score, but I felt 290-odd runs was also a score we should have achieved.

"The wicket was pretty good. It's not like there was too much wear and tear in the wicket. I think our batting line-up flopped in both the innings."

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