Mar 022013

Australia went into this match determined to win after a disappointing loss in the first test at Chennai.

Match Report (Day 1): India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, March 2-6, Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Two changes were made to the Aussie side with Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc dropped for the match. Replacing them were debutant Glenn Maxwell and spinner Xavier Doherty. Australia won the toss, electing to bat first and Captain Michael Clarke said the pitch was hard but spin would play well.

David Warner and Ed Cowan opened the batting for Australia with the day one wicket dry and cracked, perfect for the Indian bowlers. After making a fast paced six runs off eight balls, which included one boundary Warner was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the third over.

Next in to bat for Australia was Phillip Hughes with the score at 1/10. In the fifth over not long after the Warner dismissal Ed Cowan was out LBW for four off 13 balls from the bowling of Kumar. Shane Watson who returned to cricket from injury recently joined Hughes in the middle with the Australian scorecard at 2/15.

Following a short partnership with Hughes, in the 15th over Watson was out LBW from the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 23 off 31 balls, which contained four boundaries. Now it was time for Australian Captain Michael Clarke to take the bat and add some respectability to the score.

In the 23rd over Hughes was caught by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin for 19 runs from 57 balls, which included four boundaries. Next to the middle for Australia was wicketkeeper Matthew Wade who went into this match with a fractured cheek following a training mishap.

Clarke and Wade formed an outstanding partnership of 145 runs before Wade was caught by Kumar from the bowling of Harbhajan Singh for 62 off 144 balls, which included eight fours. Moises Henriques who scored two 50s in the first test at Chennai made his way to the crease to replace Wade.  

Henriques did not dent the scorecard much scoring five runs from 21 balls, which contained one boundary before being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. Next in to bat for Australia was debutant Glenn Maxwell. After making a well played 13 from 22 balls, which included two fours Maxwell got caught by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Jadeja.

Peter Siddle then took the bat for the Aussies with the score moving to 7/233. Siddle did not last long and was bowled by Harbhajan Singh for a duck. Next to the crease was bowler James Pattinson. Shortly later after scoring an outstanding 91 runs off 186 balls, including nine four Michael Clarke was bowled by Jadeja.

Spinner Xavier Doherty joined Pattinson in the middle to replace the captain. Australia declared their first innings after 85 overs with a score of 9/237. Pattinson and Doherty finished not out one and zero respectively. Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag opened the batting for India to start their first innings of the test. At stumps on day one India finished at 0/5 with Vijay not out zero off 12 balls and Sehwag four from six balls.

Scorecard: Australia 9/237 (Clarke 91, Wade 62, Jadeja 3/33) vs India at stumps

Player (s) of the day: Michael Clarke, Australia, Matthew Wade, Australia and RA Jadeja, India.

Disappointment of the day: Shane Watson, Australia.

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