A strong start followed by an all too familiar Australian collapse marked the second day of the Mohali Test against India.
We’ll bring you the live coverage of the action throughout the first day from 2.30pm AEDT on Saturday.
With the first day rained off, Australia won the toss on a sunny second morning and promptly decided to bat first, going into the game without the four suspended cricketers.
The decision to bat first was an expected one but the application shown by Ed Cowan and Dave Warner over sustained periods of time was a refreshing change from what’s transpired so far.
The pair added 139 for the first wicket and were largely untroubled except for a couple of half-chances that India missed in the field.
It was Warner’s wicket that triggered that capitulation seen so often this series, with Ravindra Jadeja picking up two wickets in two balls.
Michael Clarke’s excellent run of form was stalled when he departed first ball, stumped off Jadeja, causing concerns over his decision to promote himself up the order to first drop.
Phil Hughes’ performance against spin bowling continues to prove dire – his 31-ball stand for just two runs was another sign of why Usman Khawaja could have been tried ahead of him had he not been suspended.
The rest of the side, barring comeback man Steven Smith, did not get going at all with Ishant Sharma bagging a couple in an over.
Brad Haddin got a start but an expansive stroke saw him inside edge Sharma on to his stumps, while Moises Henriques was castled off one that came back into him.
While it looked at one stage that 400 looked a possible score batting first will now need to be readjusted to anywhere between 300 and 350.
Australia will look at the outer end of that score spectrum while India will hope to scythe through Smith and the tail before they settle down in the morning.
The track has enough turn to suggest that batting may not be the easiest over the remaining three days but a lot depends on whether Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty can get it right with their channels.
First things first though and Smith will hope to convert his half-century into a century and in turn garner support from the rest of the batting to come.
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