India vs Australia, 1st Test: Tendulkar, Kohli hold fort for India on Day 2
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- 2 of 7The Tamil Nadu offie finally broke the partnership by dismissing the impressive Henriques, trapping him leg-before much to the relief of his teammates.Ashwin, who took his sixth five-wicket haul in Test matches ended with fantastic figures of six for 88 in 30 overs but should consider himself unlucky being robbed off Clarke`s wicket due to the absence of Decision Review System (DRS).The Australian captain was batting on 39 when he offered a simple bat-pad catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at forward short-leg but umpire Kumar Dharmasena turned down the vociferous appeal from the Indians.The television replays clearly indicated that the ball had hit Clarke`s bat before flying off to the close-in fielder. The rival skipper took advantage of the situation and did not look back as he took his team to a position of safety with other Indian bowlers looking pedestrian.
- 3 of 7A lot was expected of Harbhajan Singh playing his 100th Test match but the experienced off-spinner went off the boil after the first few overs giving away 71 runs in 19 overs.Debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar`s performance also left a lot to be desired. With a pace of about 130 kmph, he could hardly pose much problems for Clarke and Henriques.It was a commendable show by Clarke and Henriques, who were positive to begin with and didn`t look like getting bogged down by the bald turner that was on offer.In all three sessions, the Australian batsmen maintained a decent run-rate despite losing wickets at regular intervals.Opting the bat first, David Warner showed decisive footwork during the first couple of hours as he attacked the Indian spinners Harbhajan and Ashwin. Ed Cowan also looked confident although both the openers got a reprieve in the first hour.
- 4 of 7Cowan chargrd down the track and Dhoni missed a stumping chance while Warner`s catch was dropped by Virender Sehwag at the first slip. The bowler on both occasion was Ashwin.However, the burly home boy had the last laugh against left-hander Cowan (29), who confidently charged down the track to loft Ashwin. The ball turned and bounced as Dhoni whipped the bails off in a flash. .Phil Hughes (6) didn`t look comfortable at all during his brief stay and dragged a wide short delivery from Ashwin onto the stumps.Warner however continued to attack as he completed his 50 off 77 balls with five fours in company of Shane Watson (28).The duo put on 54 runs for the third wicket as Australia went into lunch at 126 for two.
- 5 of 7The first hour in the post-lunch session turned out to be very productive for India as Ashwin dismissed Watson, Warner and Matthew Wade in quick succession as the visitors suffered a mid-innings collapse.Both Watson and Warner were leg before trying to play deliveries that were skidding and were caught on the backfoot. Warner made 59 off 93 balls with the help of six fours.But it was skipper Clarke, who responded to the crisis situation as he batted with a lot of authority. His footwork was assured and he decided to wait for the loose deliveries hitting as many as 11 fours and a six.He drove well and also played the cut shot perfectly. The six off Ashwin over long-on was majestic as it brought up his half century. Clarke also completed 7000 Test runs on the day, when he reached a personal score of 11.
- 6 of 7With three potent quicks in the opposition ranks and two of them being exponents of reverse swing, the Indians will have to be at their best when they get a chance to bat today.For the Indian bowlers, Ashwin`s performance was the only silver lining as he bowled in excellent areas throughout the day. Had he got a bit of more support from the other end, India might have been able to dismiss Aussies for a far lesser score.
- 7 of 7While Harbhajan was again guilty of bowling flat, Jadeja didn`t have any variation in his bowling. The Saurashtra all-rounder did get a wicket in the end bowling Mitchell Starc through the gate but by then the visitors had reached a position of safety.There was little cheer for the opening bowlers too as Bhuvneshwar and Ishant Sharma gave 94 runs in 22 overs bowled between them. Especially, it wasn`t a pretty sight to find Dhoni standing upto the stumps to a new ball bowler in the fifth over of the day.
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