Australian skipper Michael Clarke had to come to his side's rescue yet again on Day One of the second Test against India as the visitors did not lose a single wicket in the post-lunch session. Australia took tea at 187 for four and will be pleased with their comeback.
Clarke held anchor against the storm in Hyderabad as Australia ventured on a comeback trail in the second session. Matthew Wade, at the other end, ensured that Australia did not lose any more wickets after the Indians took four in the first session.
Clarke continued with his sparkling form over the last 15 months as he notched up his second 50-plus score on the tour, after scoring a century in the first innings at Chennai. He survived a few close leg-before calls, a difficult dropped chance at forward short-leg and a couple of vicious turning deliveries from the spinners, but managed to go into the break unscathed.
Wade, after a slow start to his innings, eventually picked up the pace and scored a fifty of his own as the duo went past their 100-run partnership. Australia will need these two to bat longer if they are to come back to the surface.
In the first session, India dealt a major blow to Australia after reducing the visitors to 83 for four at lunch.
On a pitch that provided early movement to the quicks, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (three for 46) 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 187 for 4 (Michael Clarke 68*, Matthew Wade 55*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 for 46) vs India.
First Published: March 2, 2013, 2:13 pm