Oz surprise with declaration

2013-03-02 21:33
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 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 their innings.

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.

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