Australia out for 240 on 4th day against India

December 29, 2011
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Indian players celebrate after Ishant Sharma bowled out Micahel Clarke of Australia during the third day of the first test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — India needs an imposing 292 runs to win the first test after dismissing Australia for 240 in its second innings before lunch on the fourth day of the first test Thursday.

James Pattinson (37) and Ben Hilfenhaus (14) shared a defiant 43-run partnership for the last wicket until Hilfenhaus sent an outside edge to V.V.S. Laxman in the gully off an Ishat Sharma ball.

Zaheer Khan made the breakthrough India dearly needed early in the session when Mike Hussey offered an outside edge to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Hussey made an Australia top-score of 89 with nine boundaries from his 151 balls.

To win, India must produce the best second-innings run chase at the Melbourne Cricket Ground since South Africa made 297-4 in 1953.