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India vs Australia, 1st Test at Chennai: Ashwin’s fifer puts India on top at tea

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Ravichandran Ashwin picked up all five of India’s wickets © Getty Images

Chennai: Feb 22, 2013

Ravichandran Ashwin took five wickets as Australia took tea at 215 for five on the Day One of the first Test against India. Skipper Michael Clarke was unbeaten on 45, albeit not before being saved by an umpiring error. Debutant Moises Henriques was batting on 29.

Australia started the session with David Warner and Shane Watson at the crease. The latter was gone immediately after lunch. He tried to flick Ashwin’s ball, that kept low, off the legs, but was trapped in front. It did seem like there were two sounds and Watson looked disappointed with the umpire’s call. But replays showed that there was no bat on that.

In his very next over, Ashwin trapped Warner in exactly the same fashion, only difference being Warner knew it was plumb.

Ten overs later, Ashwin got his fifth, yet another leg-before, that of Matthew Wade. Half the Australian team was back in the dressing room and skipper Clarke was stranded in the middle.

After watching half his team being sent back to the pavilion by Ashwin, Clarke was joined by Henriques in the middle. The duo parried Australia to the tea interval without further damage.

Clarke also crossed 7,000 runs in Test cricket in the process. A few minutes before lunch, Ashwin took his inside-edge which was scooped up by backward short leg. All of India’s fielders surrounding the batsman went up in unison, but umpire Kumar Dharmasena didn’t see the edge.

Earlier, in the first session, Australia got off to an aggressive start after electing to bat first, but lost two wickets in the process. The visitors took lunch at 126 for two with David Warner bringing up a well-paced fifty.

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.

Brief Scores: Australia 215 for 5 (David Warner 59, Michael Clarke 45*; Ravichandran Ashwin 5 for 51) vs India.

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