Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped India restrict Australia to 237 for nine before declaring on Day One of the second Test against India.
After Bhuvneshwar ripped through the visitors' top order in the first session as India took four wickets, Michael Clarke (91) and Matthew Wade (68) sparked a revival and batted through the post-lunch session, before Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh shared the spoils in the third.
There wasn't much hope left for Australia to recover from 236 for nine, which was when Clarke departed. Always the proactive captain, Clarke soon declared his team's batting with one wicket to go and 15 minutes of play left in the day, with an aim to have a go at the Indian openers for a couple of overs.
Clarke had to come to his side's rescue yet again as the visitors did not lose a single wicket in the post-lunch session, after losing four in the first one. Australia took tea at 187 for four and would have been pleased with their comeback.
Clarke held anchor against the storm in Hyderabad as Australia ventured on a comeback trail in the second session. Wade, at the other end, ensured that Australia did not lose any more wickets after the Indians took four in the first session.
Brief Scores: Australia 237 for 9 dec. (Michael Clarke 91, Matthew Wade 68; Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 33, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 for 53) vs India.
First Published: March 2, 2013, 4:23 pm