India dealt a major blow to Australia in the first morning of the second Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, after reducing the visitors to 83 for four at lunch.
Michael Clarke, again, has the responsibility of carrying his side out of trouble as the top four batsmen were back in the pavilion in the first session itself.
On a pitch that provided early movement to the quicks, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (three for 36) made great use of the conditions to pick up three wickets. The Uttar Pradesh lad was underbowled on the dust bowl at Chennai and could not open his wickets account in his debut match, but he seems to have made up for it well here in Hyderabad.
The 23-year-old bagged the first wicket of his Test career in the third over of the day as he got David Warner (6) to cannon an away-moving ball onto his stumps. It was the perfect start that India were looking for, and it got even better.
Bhuvneshwar recorded two wickets in as many overs as he trapped Ed Cowan (4) plumb in front of the sticks in his third over of the day.
Phil Hughes and Shane Watson then went about steadying Australia's ship following the early wobble. Both batsmen connected with the ball really well and scored at a rate above four runs and over, before Bhuvneshwar struck again.
Ravichandran Ashwin soon joined the party as he got rid of Hughes (19) in the 22nd over. India look in total control at lunch and Clarke (20 not out) needs some support out there from his batsmen.
Brief Scores: Australia 83 for 4 (Shane Watson 23, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 for 36) vs India.
First Published: March 2, 2013, 11:35 am