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16 April 2024

India v Australia 2nd Test: Advantage India at stumps on day one

By Allaam Ousman

India are 5 for no loss in 3 overs after Australia declared their first innings at 237-9 having elected to bat first in the second Test against India at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday.

Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay survived three hostile overs from James Pattinson and Peter Siddle after Michael Clarke declared at 237 for nine.


Clarke top scored for Australia with 91 having battled for over four hours facing 186 balls and hit nine boundaries and a six.

Australia recovered after being four down for 63 through a record 145-run standwith Mathew Wade (62) which is the highest fifth wicket stand by the tourists against India.

After having frustrated India in the afternoon session, Australia's innings crumbled to the spin of Harbhajan and Jadeja in the final session in which they lost five wickets for 29 runs.

Left arm spinner Jadeja who bowled Clarke claimed career-best figures of three for 33 while Harbhajan Singh who broke the dangerous partnership by having Wade caught by Bhuvneshwar had a return of two for 52.

Earlier in the day, Bhuvneshwar Kumar rocked Australia with the new ball dismissing openers David Warner and Ed Cowan cheaply in successive overs to have the visitors reeling at 15-2.

Warner was bowled for 6 while Cowan was adjudged lbw for a contentious decision.

Shane Watson batted positively but his cameo of 23 off 31 balls which contained four boundaries came to end when his attempted slog sweep off Kumar only resulted in him being dismissed leg before.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with three for 53 having claimed three for 36 in his opening spell.

Phillip Hughes (19) was looking good but lost his patience and slashed at a delivery from Ashwin to be caught behind by Dhoni on his second attempt.


Virender Sehwag opens his account with a scorching cover drive to the boundary off Peter Siddle.

James Pattinson opens with a wide to Murali Vijay as India begin their reply.

In a smart move, Australia declared their first innings at 237 for nine leaving India to face about three overs before the close on the first day.

Australia collapsed in a heap during the final session losing five wickets for 29 runs.

Left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja claimed a career-best three for 33 including the prized wicket of Michael Clarke (91).

Off spinner Harbhajan Singh (below) also claimed two for 52 breaking the 145-run partnership for the fifth wicket when Mathew Wade (62) cut straight to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at backward point.

India hit back during the final session which saw five wickets falling for 50 runs in 25 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with figures of three for 53.

Jadeja has struck again taking the big wicket of Australian captain Michael Clarke who is bowled attempting to sweep the left arm spinner.

Clarke departs for 91 having faced 186 balls and hit nine boundaries and a six after battling for nearly four hours.

Harbhajan gets his second wicket trapping Peter Siddle leg before for a duck after facing 14 balls.

With Harbhajan and Jadeja bowling in tandem throttling the Australian batsmen, India have delayed taking the second new ball.

Jadeja strikes for the second timed as Test debutant Maxwell is caught behind by Dhoni getting an outside edge to a delivery which did not turn.

Maxwell made 13 off 22 balls with two boundaries.

Maxwell is refusing to be tied to stepping out to Jadeja and stroking a blistering on drive past the fielder in the deep for his second boundary.

Maxwell has punched Jadeja through the covers for his first boundary.

Henriques who hit twin fifties on his Test debut in Chennai never looked comfortable against the spin. His dismissal has brought another debutant Glenn Maxwell to the middle.

Henriques did not last long playing inside the turn of a beautiful delivery from Jadeja which rattled his stumps after making five off 21 balls with one
Henriques survived a scare for a bat-pad catch taken by Pujara at silly point off Harbhajan but after consultation with the TV umpire ruled it not out.

Harbhajan is getting more bite and vicious turn as Moises Henriques survives pushes one between the close-in for a boundary and is surprised by a turner which goes past Dhoni as well.

Harbhajan finally gets Mathew Wade after Dhoni miss a stumping in the previous ball with Bhuvneshwar Kumar at backward point taking a low catch as the left hander cut.

Wade departs for 62 off 144 balls having hit eight boundaries and figured in a record fifth wicket stand of 145 with Clarke.

Bhuvneshwar is back into the attack for his third spell.

Sharma and Harbhajan have sent down consecutive maiden overs.

Clarke and Wade have figured in a record unbroken fifth wicket stand of 140.

Wade has brought up the 200 of the Australian innings in the 65th over stepping out and lofting Harbhajan one bounce into the long off boundary.

Clarke has tickled one from Harbhajan to fine leg for the first boundary after tea as his charmed innings continues with Dhoni failing to snaffle it.

India are looking to break this partnership as Dhoni rings in the changes opening with Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan after the tea interval


The second session has belonged Australia who made 104 without any loss in 32 overs.

Australia have fought back with unbeaten half centuries from Michael Clarke (68) and Mathew Wade (55) with the pair having added 124 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket.

Wade hits a on drive straight past Ashwin for a boundary with Tendulkar diving a tad late to stop it but had no clue to a delivery which spun and the edge fell just short of slip.

Clarke is on song whipping Jadeja off his toes to the midwicket boundary before being nearly undone by the prodigious turn.

Clarke is attacking Ashwin hitting a couple of boundaries in consecutives, dancing the track to loft him to long on and then cracking a full toss to extra cover.

Mathew Wade completes his third Test fifty with a single off Ashwin having faced 106 balls and cracked six boundaries.

Wade rocks on the back foot to square Ashwin for yet another boundary as he moves to 49.

The 100 partnership for the fifth wicket between Clarke and Wade comes in 184.

Clarke is dropped by Pujara off Ashwin with the short leg failing to hold on to a sharp bat-pad chance.

Wade is dealng in boundary has he moves into the 40s and Australia's fifth wicket stand nears a century.

Clarke (below) completed his 26th Test fifty with a single off Jadeja.

It came off 95 balls and has contained five boundaries and a six so far.

Wade has danced down the track and lofted Jadeja to the long boundary.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke and Mathew Wade are leading a fightback having survived the hour after lunch with a 66-run stand for the unbroken fifth wicket.

Clarke has hit a couple of boundaries off one over from Sharma hitting one back past the bowler and cutting uppishly over point.

The 50 partnership for the fifth wicket between Wade and Clarke has come in 98 balls with both at ease against the spin of Harbhajan and pace of Sharma.

Mathew Wade has finally come out of his shell and attacked Harbhajan lofting him to long on for his first boundary.

Clarke whips Kumar off his toes through mid wicket for the first boundary after lunch in the third over.

Clarke and Hughes survive an excellent opening over after lunch from Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has figures of three for 36.

Clarke edges one which falls short of Dhoni while Hughes is asked the question after being rapped on the pads.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back into the attack in the first over after lunch and gives a scare to Michael Clarke with an edge rolling past Dhoni.

Clarke is unbeaten on 20 off 42 balls having hit a six and two boundaries while Mathew Wade is with him on two.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the star of the morning session rocking Australia by claiming three for 36 in his opening spell of nine overs.

David Warner was bowled by a beauty in the third over while Ed Cowan was adjudged leg before two overs later although the ball was pitched marginally outside on the leg.

But there was no doubt about Shane Watson's dismissal sweeping across the line after making 23 off 31 balls with four hits to the ropes.

Phillip Hughes was also dismissed to a poor shot selection slashing at delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin to be caught behind by Dhoni on his second attempt after the ball popped out.


India are going with all out spin now with Ravindra Jadeja bowling the second last over before lunch.

Harbhajan has been introduced into the attack before lunch and concedes a single to Clarke.

Clarke is launching a counter attack punching Sharma through the covers for his second boundary.

Michael Clarke has hit the first six of the match stepping out to lash Ashwin over his head.

Australia's destroyer in the first Test Ravichandran Ashwin has struck in his sixth over having Phillip Hughes caught behind by Dhoni.

Hughes departs for 19 after facing 57 balls and having hit four boundaries, cutting Ashwin only to edge it to Dhoni who collects its on his second attempt diving full stretch after the pops out.

Ashwin concedes a run after bowling four consecutive maiden overs.

Hughes survives a loud shout for LBW off Sharma who swings the ball into the left hander coming round the wicket but replays showed the ball missing the stumps.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has rocked Australia with his pace and swing with the new ball having figures of three for 36 from nine over before finally get a break.

Michael Clarke has opened his account by clipping Kumar to the square leg

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has struck again claiming his third wicket as Shane Watson plays across the line to be trapped plumb in front.

Watson (above) departs for 23 off 31 ball having hit four boundaries, including two in the over before being dismissed by Kumar.

Watson has hit a couple of boundaries off Kumar through midwicket and backward point.

Spin has been introduced after 11 with Ravichandran Ashwin coming into to the attack with Australia 47-2 and bowls a maiden over to

Hughes survives a confident leg before appeal off Bhuvneshwar to a similar delivery which dismissed Cown the only difference being it had more bounce.

Watson has flicked Ishant rather uppishly for another boundary while Hughes has square driven the bowler with a more confident shot as runs continue to flow for Australia.

Hughes has executed a lovely back cut off Bhuvneshwar with superb timing to third man for his third boundary.

Hughes has slashed Ishant through the covers for his second boundary as Australia counter attack after the early loss of openers Warner and Cowan.

Shane Watson has opened his account by thumping Bhuvneshwar with a picture perfect offdrive to the boundary.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has rocked Australia trapping Ed Cowan leg before to claim his second wicket.

Left-hander Cowan is caught leaden footed with replays suggesting it would have gone to hit middle.

Cowan made four off 13 balls with one boundary.

Ed Cowan opens his account by driving Ishant Sharma down the ground with a defensive prod.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got his first Test wicket rocking Australia by castling David Warner with a rocket after having conceded four byes with a wayward legside delivery in the previous ball.

Left-hander Warner plays all over and is beaten for pace and swing getting an inside edge which rattle his stump after making six off eight balls.

Ishant Sharma gets bounce and swing immediately as he attacks Ed Cowan from the other end beginning with a maiden over.

David Warner has his the first boundary of the morning driving Bhuvneshwar Kumar's third delivery to third man.

Michael Clarke has won the toss for the second consecutive time and elected to bat first in the second Test against India at Hyderabad.

Australia have handed a debut for all-rounder Glenn Maxwell while wicket keeper Mathew Wade plays despite fracturing his cheekbone during training on Friday.

The tourists have left out Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc in preference to Xavier Doherty and Maxwell as they play two specialist spinners with spin expected to play a big part.

India field an unchanged side from the first Test in Chennai which they won by eight wickets.

Spin will be a key factor in the Test after India's spinners all 20 Australian wickets in Chennai.

"It feels harder than Chennai. Still spin will play a big part. Might see a bit up-and-down from the fast bowlers, as it will deteriorate as the game goes on," said skipper Clarke who is determined to bounced back after the first Test defeat.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni who played one of the greatest knocks in Test history hitting a maiden double century, felt the Hyderabad surface was different from Chennail

"Looks like a different track. Important we start well with the new ball. Will be a bit more pace and bounce. Reverse swing will play a role, as it looks on the drier side," he said.


India: Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma

Australia: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (captain), Mathew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Xavier Doherty