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Amla, Kallis pummel Aussies ‘psychological war-plan’ on day one of Gabba Test

Amla, Kallis pummel Aussies ‘psychological war-plan’ on day one of Gabba TestSydney, Nov. 9  : A leaked dossier might have revealed of Australian plans to knock out the world's no. 1 Test team, South Africa, but a commanding score of 2-255 made by the Proteas on day one of the first Test at The Gabba in Brisbane seems to indicate that the Aussies also need a bit of luck.

The Proteas took a vice-like grip on the three-Test series opener today after Australia let their chances slip, offering lives to both Hashim Amla (90 not out) and Jacques Kallis (84 not out) during their unbroken 136-run stand.

The only thing that stopped the pair was bad light, which forced stumps to be called with eight overs left to bowl, The Age reports.

According to the paper, Australian speedster Peter Siddle (0-58) copped the brunt of the bad karma as he had champion allrounder Kallis caught on 43 off a no-ball before dropping a simple caught-and-bowled chance offered by world No. 2 batsman Amla on 74.

Fellow quick Ben Hilfenhaus (0-53) also rued his luck after appearing to trap opener Alviro Petersen lbw for 51, only for replays to show his inswinging yorker landed marginally outside off-stump on referral, the paper said.

Australia followed their well-published blueprint to the letter at first: fiery quick James Pattinson (1-53) caught captain Graeme Smith (10) on the crease lbw as predicted before their best-laid plans went awry, the paper added. (ANI)


Van Gaal claims he inherited 'a broken' Man U squad

Louis van GaalLondon, July 29 - New boss Louis van Gaal has claimed that he inherited a 'broken' team when the Dutchman took over Manchester United.

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Neymar sports corset on beach post WC back injury

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Lasith Malinga opts for Mumbai Indians over Sri Lankan team in CLT20

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Litigation between Sethi, Ashraf has harmed PCB, cricket in Pak: SC

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Hamilton denies employing 'mind games' against Rosberg in race for F1 title

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Red Bull F1 reserve Felix da Costa to race in Formula E

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