India v Australia 1st Test: Tendulkar sparkles

India 182-3 at close on day two in reply to Australia's 380

India are 182 for 3 after 50 overs at close in reply to Australia's first innings total of 380 on the second day of the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

India trail by 198 runs with seven wickets in hand and Sachin Tendulkar (71) and Virat Kohli (50) together having added 73 runs so far for the unbroken fourth wicket.

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Cheteshwar Pujara (44) lifted India with a breezy knock after they lost both openers Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag within the space of two overs with an enterprising 93-run stand for the third wicket with Tendulkar.

Pujara was bowled by a beauty from James Pattinson who captured all three Indian wickets to fall so far to finish with three for 25 off six overs.

Spinner Nathan Lyon failed to make an impressive going for 55 from 14 overs while left arm quick Mitchell Starc was wayward in line conceding 37 from 14.

Peter Siddle and Moises Henriques managed to contain the rampant Indian batsmen who launched a counter attack after the early loss of their openers.

Tendulkar got off off to a blazing start stroking Pattinson thrice to the fence after coming into the middle but settled down to play a near flawless knock.

He completed 7,000 Test runs, half of them against Australia against whom he has scored the most Test runs, but crafted his innings beautifully.

Tendulkar hardly put a foot wrong or showed indiscretion with the bat as he patiently compiled runs to frustrate the Australian attack.

His confidence seemed to inspire Pujara who hit six boundaries in a breezy knock of 44 while Kohli also got into his stride quickly stroking seven boundaries in his 50 which came off 84 balls.

Tendulkar has faced 128 balls for his 71 which contained six boundaries so far and the little maestro delighted home fans with his dominance in the middle.

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a career-best seven for 103 to bowl out Australia for 380 during an extended morning session.

Nathan Lyon was the last man out after defying 12 overs to add 16 runs for the last wicket with James Pattinson.

Kohli took a superb catch at backward short leg as Lyon attempted to sweep Ashwin only to get a fine edge to give the off spinner his best figures in first class cricket.

Lyon faced 28 balls to make three while Pattinson remained unbeaten on 15 off 47 balls with one boundary.

Australia continuing from their overnight 316 for seven added 64 runs during an extended morning session with the overnight pair of Clarke and Siddle surviving the first hour with some dogged batting.

Clarke restrained himself before miscuing a lofted drive to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at long off off Jadeja to be dismissed for 130 after having added 54 runs for the eighth wicket with Siddle

Harbhajan Singh playing his 100th Test but coming to bowl after three hours was relieved to get a wicket when Siddle edged to Sehwag and finish with one for 87 from 25 overs.

Ashwin got his seventh wicket after India were frustrated by Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena and the last wicket pair Pattinson and Lyon before taking a delayed lunch.

Left arm spinner Jadeja finished with two for 71 for 36 overs.

EVENING SESSION

Virat Kohli completes his sixth Test fifty and second against Australia off 84 balls with a single off Lyon in the last over of the day.

Kohli has smacked Lyon through the covers for another boundary as he races to his half century.

Tendulkar has flicked Starc who is straying down the leg side to fine leg for his sixth boundary.

The 50 partnership for the fourth wicket between Tendulkar and Kolhi comes in 88 balls.

Tendulkar completes 3,500 Test runs against Australia with a single off Henriques.

Michael Clarke has brought himself into attack but has been thumped for two boundaries through cover by Kohli.

Sachin Tendulkar completes 7,000 Test runs at home second only to Australia's Ricky Ponting.

Tendulkar has whipped Henriques square of the wicket on the leg side for his fifth boundary.

Kohli has pulled Siddle for his third boundary as India continue to attack the Australian bowlers.

Kohli has cracked Siddle to third man for his second boundary.

Virat Kohli has clipped Siddle through mid wicket for his first boundary having had a narrow shave when the ball ricocheted off his thigh but misses the stumps.

Sachin Tendulkar completed his 67th Test fifty and 16th against Australia off 80 balls.

Tendulkar is in ominous form opening his account by stroking three boundaries off one over from Pattinson.

James Pattinson has struck again in his first over after the tea interval bowling Chesteshwar Pujara with a off cutter which disturbed his middle stump.

Pujara made 44 off 74 balls with six boundaries and was associated in a 93-run partnership for the third wicket with Tendulkar.

Pattinson has figures of three for 23 off five overs.

Pujara has punched Lyon to cover point for the first boundary in the second over after the tea interval.

Sachin Tendulkar (38) and Cheteshwar Pujara (33) have put on 72 runs so far for the unbroken third wicket.

The duo counter-attacked with some aggressive batting during their enterprising stand after India were rocked by the early dismissals of openers Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag by James Pattinson who has figures of two for 16.

Pujara has hit five boundaries off 47 balls during his knock of 33 while Tendulkar who got off to a blazing hitting three boundaries off one over from Pattinson made 38 off 59 balls.

AFTERNOON SESSION

Pujara has flicked Henriques to square leg for his fifth boundary to overtake Tendulkar.

India are 80-2 after 21 overs in reply to Australia's first innings total of 380 on the second day of the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

Pujara brings up the 50 partnership for the third wicket off 68 balls with Tendulkar with a back cut off Siddle to third man.

Pujara has hit a scorching cover drive off Lyon for his third boundary.

India's 50 has come in 78 balls.

Australia have introduced spin for the first time with Nathan Lyon coming into the attack with India 47-2 after 12 overs.

Tendulkar has broken the lull by hitting a clasic square cut to the boundary off Siddle.

Tendulkar and Pujara are leading an Indian counter-attack after losing both openers cheaply.

Pujara chops a delivery from Peter Siddle's first over to third man for his second boundary.

Cheteshwar Pujara has opened his account by slashing Starc through point for a boundary.

Tendulkar has brought the stadium alive with his blazing start to show his class unfazed by the dismissal of both openers to Pattinson.

Sachin Tendulkar has stroked three delightful boundaries off Pattinson, twice in succession off the first two balls he faced.

Pattinson strikes again bowling a tentative Virender Sehwag who defends but the ball ricochets on to his stumps disturbing his leg bail.

Sehwag faced 11 balls to score two runs.

James Pattinson has struck in his second over rattling Murali Vijay's stumps as India lose their first wicket.

Vijay is bowled off an inside edge sending his leg stump cartwheeling for 10 off 15 balls with two boundaries.

Vijay has moved swiftly into double figures stroking a boundary off Starc.

Murali Vijay hits the first runs off Mitchell Starc for India who begin their reply to Australia's first innings total of 380 and then whips James Pattinson's first delivery to the fine leg boundary.

Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a career-best seven for 103 to bowl out Australia for 380 during an extended morning session on the second day of the first Test against India at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

Nathan Lyon was the last man out after defying 12 overs to add 16 runs for the last wicket with James Pattinson.

Virat Kohli took a superb catch at backward short leg as Lyon attempted to sweep Ashwin only to get a fine edge to give the off spinner his best figures in first class cricket.

Lyon faced 28 balls to make three while Pattinson remained unbeaten on 15 off 47 balls with one boundary.

Australia continuing from their overnight 316 for seven added 64 runs during an extended morning session with the overnight pair of Clarke and Siddle surviving the first hour with some dogged batting.

Clarke restrained himself before miscuing a lofted drive to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at long off off Jadeja to be dismissed for 130 after having added 54 runs for the eighth wicket with Siddle

Harbhajan Singh playing his 100th Test but coming to bowl after three hours was relieved to get a wicket when Siddle edged to Sehwag and finish with one for 87 from 25 overs.

Ashwin got his seventh wicket after India were frustrated by Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharmasena and the last wicket pair Pattinson and Lyon before taking a delayed lunch.

Left arm spinner Jadeja finished with two for 71 for 36 overs.

MORNING SESSION

Play has been extended for an extra half hour after Australia's last wicket pair of James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon defy India.

Australia are 380-9 after 132 overs continuing from their overnight total of 316-7 on the second day of the first Test against India at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

Australia manage a single after 32 balls to frustrate India's bid to bowl them out before lunch on the second morning.

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena is at the centre of attraction being under pressure after turning down several confident lbw appeals.

Pattinson survives a confident leg before appeal against Harbhajan who has a word with umpire Kumara Dharmasena with TV replays showing it rapped him on the front pad though it is debatable whether the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps.

James Pattinson has latched onto loose delivery from Harbhajan to cut him to the point boundary.

Harbhajan is relieved to get a wicket on his 100th Test getting an outside edge off Siddle which is pocketed comfortably by Sehwag at slip.

Siddle made 19 off 94 balls with two boundaries.

Michael Clarke has gone for 130 holing out to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the deep attempting to loft Jadeja out of the ground.

It is a vital breakthrough for India on the second morning after the overnight pair of Clarke and Siddle added 54 runs for the eighth wicket.

Clarke faced 246 balls during his knock which contained 12 fours and a six.

Harbhajan is bowling with a new spring on his step and with more energy sending down a maiden to Clarke.

Michael Clarke (128) gets another reprieve with Cheteshwar Pujara at silly point fails to grasp a sharp bat-pad catch off Jadeja and survives a confident leg before appeal next ball in an eventful over.

The 50 partnership for the eighth wicket between Clarke and Siddle comes up in 145 balls.

Harbhajan bowls a good first over after being idle for over three hours getting an edge off Siddle which sneaked through Dhoni and first slip to the boundary.

Harbhajan Singh playing his 100th Test is back into the attack for the first time since bowling 20 minutes before tea on the first day.

Australia have survived the first hour on the second day without losing a wicket with Michael Clarke unbeaten on 123 and Peter Siddle having faced 71 balls for his 13 which included a boundary off Ashwin.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni is trying to dislodge the overnight by ringing in the changes but there is no sign of the ball being handed to Harbhajan Singh who has not bowled since tea on the first day.

Harbhajan has gone for 71 in 19 overs but former Indian star batsman VVS Laxman was surprised to see Dhoni not giving someone who is returning to the side after a long hiatus a bowl.

Peter Siddle has slapped a widish delivery from Ashwin to backward point for his first boundary which would give him loads of confidence.

Siddle survives with his outside edge off Ashwin falling just short of Sehwag at slip.

Ashwin back into the attack with a change of ends.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni breaks the monotony by bringing back Ishant Sharma to replace Ashwin who has sent down maidens though conceding a boundary.

Australia's overnight pair Michael Clarke and Peter Siddle are content to play the waiting game and stonewall the spinners.

Michael Clarke breaks the shackles by lofting Ashwin to long on using his feet beautifully to go over the top to hit the first boundary of the second morning.

Ravichandran Ashwin opens proceedings on day two with a maiden to Peter Siddle while Ravindra Jadeja concedes three in the next over.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke will be looking to stretch their advantage when they resume on 316 for seven on day two of the first Test against India at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

Clarke is unbeaten on 103 having opted to bat first and steered Australia to relative safety on a pitch which turned from day one with offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin taking six for 88 slicing through the top order.

 

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