India vs Australia Second Test day one: Cricket live scores, updates

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    India v Australia

    RAJIV GANDHI INTL. STADIUM, MARCH 2-6, 2013

    2nd Test - IND v AUS

     
    Australia 1st Inn 9/237
    India 1st Inn 503 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 131 All Out
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    India won by an innings and 135 runs
    Australia Over:67.0  RR:1.96
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    XJ Doherty 1 26 0 0 3.85
    JL Pattinson* 0 27 0 0 0.00
    India
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    R Ashwin* 28.0 12 63 5 2.25
    Harbhajan Singh 10.0 7 10 0 1.00
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    Last Wicket: Pattinson, 0 (LBW:Ashwin)
    Current Partnership: 1 runs, 53 balls, RR:1.89

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    Australia will look to make a come back into the Border-Gavaskar series when they take on India in the second Test at Hyderabad this afternoon. We’ll have live scores and updates from 3.00pm AEDT.

    The good news for Australia going into this second Test is that the Hyderabad track can be expected to play a lot better for them than the one at Chennai.

    Already signs of it being a better-paced track are present and as a result Australia may not bring in the second spinner most thought was a foregone conclusion for this game.

    Now for the bad news. Last time a Test match was played here was in August last year Ravi Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha combined to scalp 18 New Zealand wickets for 175 runs. That’s a measly bowling average of 9.7.

    Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief at Chennai too and going by his form, he will be the bowler to watch out for. Whether or not Ojha plays this game – after being inexplicably dropped for the previous Test – remains to be seen but he has a strong case.

    There were batting concerns for both teams at different levels in the first Test. Phil Hughes looked like fish out of water at Chennai, Ed Cowan failed to make a big one after getting a start in both and Shane Watson did not set the ground on fire either.

    It was all down to the captain Michael Clarke and debutant Moises Henriques to resurrect the innings both times.

    Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell wait in the ranks but the big question is whether the selectors will make that gutsy call.

    India were equally reliant on their captain when it came to putting the runs on the board, seeing its openers fail again.

    Murali Vijay’s comeback lasted all of 27 deliveries. Virender Sehwag was at the crease for an over longer but neither looked comfortable facing to the Australian attack.

    Going by MS Dhoni’s words in the press conference, it won’t be too far-fetched to conclude that India will look to continue with the same pair.

    The other possible change is to do with Ojha. While Australia did show ineptitude playing spin, Hyderabad may not be the best surface to play four spinners, which means Ojha can either come in for Harbhajan Singh or Ravindra Jadeja.

    Jadeja’s exclusion could hamper the Indian batting, while Harbhajan seemed to be showing signs of returning to form in the second innings. With the number of left-handers in the Australian team, it could make more sense to play an off-spinner over a left-armer.

    The weather at Hyderabad will be very hot but not as humid as in Chennai.

    Live coverage of the game begins from 3.00pm AEDT this afternoon, so add your opinion in the comments section below.

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    • Roar Guru

      10:17pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:17pm | ! Report

      It has been a day which India will relish. Australia won the toss on a decent pitch which was expected to take turn as the game progressed but lost three wickets for close to nothing to a medium-pacer. Bhuvneshwar Kumar broke the Aussie top-order resistance and R Ashwin got the wicket Phil Hughes before the resistance came from…who else but Michael Clarke.

      It was Matthew Wade who supported Clarke in a 145-run stand for the fifth wicket that threatened to take the game away from the Indians and after tea the tourists were 4/208.

      Post-tea sessions in India can sometime lead to a heap of wickets and that’s what happened with Wade smashing to the point fielder. Wickets fell regularly after that and the side collapsed to 9/236 thanks to Jadeja and Harbhajan running through the innings. Clarke declared at 9/237 to give his bowlers an early crack at the Indian openers but they negotiated it safely, ending at 0/5 in 3 overs.

      Still four days to go but I get the feeling that Australia have erred in playing an extra batsman in Maxwell. This reminds me of a mistake they had made in the 2008 Test series in India, where they went in with Cameron White as their all-round option. That was the first and last Test series he played. A very defensive option in my opinion.

      In a post-match interview Wade thinks that their score of 237 is enough if they bowled well. We will see how that goes tomorrow.

      That’s it from me, will be back tomorrow with the second day’s play! Have a very good Saturday night ahead and if you are looking to spend it at home, do watch the El Classico – Real Madrid play Barcelona in a La Liga clash tonight. Cannot get more mouth-watering than that!

    • Roar Guru

      10:08pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:08pm | ! Report

      So that’s that then, end of the day’s play with India surviving the three overs without loss. Five on the board in reply to Australia’s 237.

    • 10:07pm
      Harry said | 10:07pm | ! Report

      the Indian openers look a little bit wary of the pace attack

    • Roar Guru

      10:05pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:05pm | ! Report

      Last over of the day and beats Vijay outside the off. He’s doing his best to let everything go and try and survive the day here.

      0/5 in 2.2

    • Roar Guru

      10:03pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:03pm | ! Report

      Four for Sehwag but not a shot that will inspire too much confidence in the batsmen or the team. He is known to flash at them but there are times when he can allow the bowlers to get away with bowling a few dots, not fiddle at widish deliveries.

      Outside the off and flashed in the air through backward point for a four.

      0/5 in 2.

    • Roar Guru

      10:00pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:00pm | ! Report

      Peter Siddle to Sehwag for the second over and he starts off with one down the leg-side. Not as bad a wide as the Pattinson one, but not the best of starts.

    • Roar Guru

      9:59pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:59pm | ! Report

      End of the first over and Vijay has survived without scoring a run.

      0/1 in 1

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