Australia got off to an aggressive start at Chennai after electing to bat against India in the first Test, but lost two wickets in the process. The visitors took lunch at 126 for two with David Warner bringing up a well-paced fifty.
Openers Ed Cowan and Warner were off and running right from the word go as the visitors reached 50 for no loss in 10 overs.
The Indians started the bowling with debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma, who were guilty of bowling too short early on.
Dhoni brought on his two spinners — Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin — soon enough. The Chennai lad, playing at home, got Warner to edge a cut to slip, where a straightforward chance was put down by Virender Sehwag.
However, aggression was to get the better of Cowan (29) soon enough after he charged down the pitch to Ashwin and completely missed the turning delivery. MS Dhoni made an easy stumping behind the sticks.
That didn't deter Australia as new man Phil Hughes and Warner continued to take the attack to the Indian spinners. However, perhaps they were taking it a bit too far as Ashwin got Hughes (6) to play on to his stumps soon after.
Warner and Watson then steadied the innings, whith the former reaching a rather slow, by his standards, half century. Perhaps it was because his thumb is in a splinter. He also went past 2,500 runs in Test cricket.
Brief Scores: Australia 126 for 2 (David Warner 58*, Ed Cowan 29; Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 30) vs India.
First Published: February 22, 2013, 11:34 am