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Ed Cowan enjoys debut half-century

Cowan enjoys debut half-century
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Debutant Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting make half-centuries as Australia end the opening day of the Boxing Day Test against India on 277-6.

Opening batsman Ed Cowan made a half-century on his debut as Australia and India played out an even opening day of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Cowan top scored for the Aussies with 68 while Ricky Ponting also contributed 62 as the hosts closed on 277-6.

Seamer Umash Yadav dismissed Ponting as part of his figures of 3-96 and also picked up the wickets of David Warner and Shaun Marsh.

Australia looked to be taking control of the game at 205-3 but two quick wickets from Zaheer Khan, including Mike Hussey for a golden duck, swung the first day in India's favour.

However, wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin [21*] and Peter Siddle [34*] added an unbeaten 63 for the seventh wicket as the hosts bounced back to ensure it was honours even heading into day two.

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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