Hyderabad - India were five without loss at stumps after a surprise declaration from
Australia on Saturday, the first day of the second test at the Rajiv
Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.
According to the supersport.com website, at stumps, Murali Vijay had yet to open his account and Virender Sehwag was on four.
Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade (62) steadied Australia's ship during
the afternoon session with a 145-run partnership, after a rocky start to
India, however, fought back in the evening, taking five wickets for 28
runs, and when Clarke departed for 91 with the score on 236 for nine, he
caught everyone unawares when he declared the innings closed one run
later, giving his bowlers three overs at the Indian opening batsmen.
Clarke faced 186 balls, hitting nine fours and one maximum.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-53) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-33) were the main trouble-makers for the hosts.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat, but were in trouble early, reaching 83 for four at lunch.
Against all odds, it was a fast bowler – seamer Kumar – who took the
first three wickets to fall, removing both openers in consecutive overs.
On both occasions, the ball went across the left-handers only to move
back into them. David Warner (four) went first, getting an inside edge
onto his stumps, and then Ed Cowan (sic) was trapped on the crease.
Cowan could consider himself unlucky, though, as replays showed the ball pitching outside his leg stump.
Shane Watson joined Phil Hughes and they added 42 runs between them
before Watson was deceived by a short ball from Kumar that did not
bounce as high as expected and rapped him on his pad in front, for 23.
Ravichandran Ashwin added his name to the wickets column when he induced
a cut from Hughes (19) who only managed to edge the ball to Mahendra
Singh Dhoni behind the stumps. The ball popped out of the keeper's
gloves, but Dhoni threw himself to his left and took the ball cleanly as
it came down.
This would remain Ashwin's only wicket for the innings, while Harbhajan Singh took 2-52.