In­dia me­dia lash out at vet­eran bats­men for MCG ca­pit­u­la­tion

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IN­DIAN me­dia have lashed out at the coun­try’s famed bat­ting line-up for let­ting the team down in the open­ing Test against Aus­tralia at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Chas­ing 292 on Thurs­day, In­dia failed to cope with Aus­tralia’s pace at­tack as they were shot out for 169 de­spite the bat­ting ex­pe­ri­ence of Sachin Ten­dulkar, Rahul Dravid, Venkat­sai Lax­man and Viren­der Se­hwag.

“Mel­bourne Melt­down” said the Times of In­dia af­ter the 122-run de­feat.

“Those ex­pect­ing In­dia's much-vaunted bat­ting line-up to give Aus­tralia a run for their money were dis­ap­pointed when Dhoni and Co sur­ren­dered with­out even putting up a sem­blance of a fight,” the pa­per wrote.

“Mauled in Mel­bourne” the Hin­dus­tan Times said on its front page and “Bat-erred In­dia fall apart” on its sports page.

“The chase was al­ways go­ing to be an up­hill task, con­sid­er­ing the re­cent bar­ren run which has seen the famed bat­ting line-up not cross the 300-run mark in the last 10 away in­nings,” said the pa­per.

It was In­dia’s fifth suc­ces­sive Test de­feat away from home af­ter a 4-0 loss in Eng­land.

The sec­ond Test starts in Syd­ney on Tues­day. – SAPA-AFP

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