A familiar collapse from Australia left the tourists gasping for space at the end of the first day of the Hyderabad Test against India. We’ll bring you the live coverage of the action throughout the second day from 3.00pm AEDT.
A bold declaration at the end of the day from Michael Clarke followed a couple of spells of batting that were overwhelmingly pathetic but not entirely shocking.
If the late-order collapse to the Ravindra Jadeja-Harbhajan Singh pair was a part of an expected script, Australia top-order batting against the seam bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar left much to desire.
It did not take too much time for Australia to slump to 4/63 at the start and later surrender their last five wickets for the addition of only 29 runs, raising serious questions about their pedigree in these conditions.
It was left to the captain Michael Clarke to lead from the front but without much support bar Matthew Wade, Australia find themselves staring at a long day in the field on the second day. A total of 237 may be a challenging one to defend for the visitors.
Despite the pitch offering assistance to both spinners and seam bowlers, it will depend on how quickly the Australian bowlers adapt to these conditions. Especially given that the tourists dropped Mitchell Starc for this game and replaced him with a sort-of-spinner in Glenn Maxwell.
Xavier Doherty isn’t the bigger turner of the ball but as was evident from the first day pitch he should get help. How Peter Siddle and James Pattinson go with the new ball will prove decisive.
The Indian openers Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag haven’t had the best of times at the top and are under much pressure to retain their spots but the next four have all had a good knock at Chennai. An early wicket or two will keep the Australian hopes alive.
Conversely if the Vijay-Sehwag stand can see the side through close to the lunch break, it could prove to be a morale-sapping affair for the tourists.
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