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Chennai: Feb 26, 2013
India 50/2 | 11.2 overs | Pujara 8*, Tendulkar 13*
Cheteshwar Pujara hit the winning run for India as they clinched the first of the four Tests of the Border Gavaskar trophy. But this was not before Australia should good fight to get two wickets to boost their confidence. The Chennai crowd that turned out for Day Five wouldn’t have expected Sachin Tendulkar to walk out to bat again in this match. But Nathan Lyon dismissed Virender Sehwag (19) to give Australia their second wicket of the morning. Tendulkar walked in among huge cheers, and gave a lesson to his teammates how its done. The little master opened his account with two bludgeoning sixes over long-on.
India 19/1 | 4 overs | Sehwag 7*, Pujara 2*
James Pattinson, fresh from a five-wicket haul in the first innings, dismissed Indian opener Murali Vijay (16) in the third over of India’s chase. Vijay went to smack Pattinson to the long-off fence, but mistimed his shot that went straight to Moises Henriques at mid-off.
Australia 241 | 93 overs | Henriques 81*, Lyon 8*
Ravindra Jadeja picked up the last Australia wicket early in the morning on Day Five, denying the visitors the chance to further extend their lead. Lyon moved forward to play a front-foot defence shot to the left-arm spinner, but the ball bounced higher than he expected, clipped the bat-pad and went to Murali Vijay at short leg. India, thus, need exactly 50 runs to win the first Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
End of Day 4
Australia 232/9 | 84 overs | Henriques 75*, Lyon 8*
Australia took stumps on Day Four at 232 for nine, leading India by 40 runs. Moises Henriques has played a sparkling innings of 75 runs unbeaten as he thwarted the Indian bowlers. Nathan Lyon has stuck around well and the duo have put on 57 runs for the last wicket.
Australia 221/9 | 81 overs | Henriques 66*, Lyon 8*
Moises Henriques brought up his second fifty of the match by spanking Harbhajan Singh for a six straight down the ground. His last-wicket partnership with Nathan Lyon reads 46 runs, out of which the latter has scored just 10. Australia’s lead is increasing by the over with Henriques going for his shots and the Indians would be getting agitataed by now.
Australia 200/9 | 74 overs | Henriques 45*, Lyon 8*
Debutant Moises Henriques neared a half-century and ensured that Australia made India bat again to win the Chennai Test after the last wicket pairing overcame the hosts’ total. Australia’s lead currently stands at eight runs and Henriques is playing a gritty little innings out there, with Nathan Lyon in support.
Australia 170/8 | 65 overs | Henriques 25*, Starc 8*
James Pattinson shared a 24-run partnership with Moises Henriques before succumbing to Ravichandran Ashwin for 11. The Chennai boy now has four victims to his name, following seven in the first innings. Australia still trail India by more than 20 runs and the hosts will be going for the kill.
Australia 143/7 | 58 overs | Henriques 13*, Pattinson 8*
Australia’s only hope of sparking a miraculous revival, Michael Clarke, was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin for 31 in the first over after tea. Clarke didn’t seem happy with the leg-before decision given against him, although replays suggested that he was plumb. Peter Siddle (2) also did not last long after being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja.
Australia 128/5 | 49 overs | Clarke 31*, Henriques 5*
Australia took tea on Day Four at 128 for five, still needing another 64 runs to make India bat again. Skipper Michael Clarke seems to be the lone ranger countering India’s spin demons as half his side was sent back to the confines of the dressing room by Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja.
Harbhajan bowled Matthew Wade (8) as the wicketkeeper-batsman looked to sweep the off-spinner around the wicket. Half the Australia side is back in the pavilion and Michael Clarke is running out of partners at the drop of a hat. Australia have perhaps been undone by too much aggression as none of the batsmen, save Clarke, could counter the devious spin off the wicket.
Australia 118/4 | 44 overs | Clarke 29*, Wade 8*
Michael Clarke launched a counter-attack of his own even as Harbhajan Singh scalped David Warner (23) after a 36-run partnership. Clarke has struck four boundaries and a six in his 29 and was joined by Matthew Wade in the middle. India look to be in control of the game with MS Dhoni, to his credit, maintaining an attacking field even with Clarke’s aggression.
Australia 66/3 | 31 overs | Warner 12*, Clarke 0*
Australia lost two quick wickets after lunch to the spitting cobra pitch at the MA Chidambaram stadium. Ravichandran Ashwin trapped Ed Cowan (29) in front to a ball that stayed low. Cowan had done the initiall hard work of thwarting India’s spin attack and looked disappointed as he walked back. Phil Hughes joined David Warner in the middle, but didn’t trouble the scorers. This time, the ball from Ravindra Jadeja took a high bounce and pounced on Hughes as he tried to avoid it. Unfortunately, it took the edge and looped up to Virender Sehwag at first slip.
Australia 55/1 | 26 overs | Cowan 3*, Warner
Ed Cowan led Australia’s fightback against India’s spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, along with David Warner. The trio are getting some vicious nip off the surface, which is making life difficult for the Australian batsmen. The visitors are going about at a slow rate — just above two runs an over.
Australia 34/1 | 16 overs | Cowan 13*
Ravichandran Ashwin got Shane Watson at the stroke of lunch after a probing session. Ashwin bowled his flighted stock ball on the last ball befoe luch, to which Watson went on the forward defensive. However, the ball took a vicious turn and bounce off the pitch and kissed Watson’s gloves before looping up in the air. Virender Sehwag took an easy catch running in from first slip to get India’s wicket column ticking.
Australia 17/0 | 11 overs | Cowan 10*, Watson 7*
Australia barely managed to survive the first 10 overs of their second innings without losing any wickets as India started the bowling with Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh. THe two off-spinners were getting tremendous turn and bounce from the pitch which is looking like a right snake pit.
India 571/9 | 154 overs | Bhuvneshwar 38*, Ishant 3*
Australia finally managed to bowl out India for 572 as Peter Siddle got his first wicket of the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, after a fine innings of 38 on debut, eventually holed out to Michael Clarke at mid-on as he went for the shots. Australia will bat for just under an hour before lunch and trail India by 192 runs.
India 571/9 | 154 overs | Bhuvneshwar 38*, Ishant 3*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar seems to have taken over the reins from MS Dhoni following the latter’s departure. The young all-rounder is taking most of the strike and is nicely flicking the Aussie quicks off his legs, whilst shielding Ishant Sharma from strike. India look set for a mammoth total and lead.
India 546/9 | 147 overs | Bhuvneshwar 21*, Ishant 0*
Australia finally got rid of MS Dhoni (224 off 263 balls) after he tried to pull James Pattinson, but found the edge which carried to ‘keeper Matthew Wade. A marathon knock came to an end as the Chennai crowd rose to applaud their hero. Meanwhile, not many at the MA Chidambaram Stadium have realised that Pattinson has taken five wickets. India are still showing no signs of declaring.
India 542/8 | 146 overs | Dhoni 220*, Bhuvneshwar 21*
Indian skipper MS Dhoni started Day Four like he ended the previous one. On just the second ball of the day, Dhoni reverse-swept Nathan Lyon for four and stated his intent. In Lyon’s next over, Dhoni smacked him over long-on for a huge six. India would be planning to make as many runs as possible in the first hour before having a go at the Australians for a few overs before lunch.
End of Day 3
India 515/8 | 141 overs | Dhoni 206*, Bhuvneshwar 16*
India took stumps on Day Three at 515 for eight and now lead Australia by 135 runs following MS Dhoni’s heroics. The Indian captain finished the day unbeaten on 206, facing just 230 balls to get there. His knock included a whopping 22 boundaries and five heaves into the stands. Bhuvneshwar Kumar must also be credited for sticking around with his captain for a potentially match-winning 109-run ninth-wicket partnership, even though his contribution in that is just 16 runs.
India 506/8 | 137.2 overs | Dhoni 200*, Bhuvneshwar 13*
MS Dhoni scored his maiden double hundred in Test cricket as he took India past the 500-run mark, thereby leading Australia by 126 runs. Dhoni’s 200 has come of 231 balls studded with 21 boundaries and five sixes.
India 484/8 | 134 overs | Dhoni 187*, Bhuvneshwar 4*
MS Dhoni neared what would be his first double hundred in Tests as he propelled India’s lead past 100 runs. Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar now share a 78-run ninth-wicket partnership, out of which Bhuvneshwar’s contribution is just four runs.
India 448/8 | 127 overs | Dhoni 153*, Bhuvneshwar 2*
MS Dhoni found good support in young Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the debutant stuck around with his captain. While Dhoni did the scoring from one end, Bhuvneshwar did well fending off the Australian bowlers and rotating strike. Meanwhile, the Indian skipper got to his highest score in Test cricket. His previous best was 148 against Pakistan back in 2006.
India 406/8 | 118 overs | Dhoni 121*, Bhuvneshwar 0*
MS Dhoni went about his task of pulling India away from Australia’s total, even as wickets fell around him. After Ashwin’s fall, it was Harbhajan Singh’s turn to return to the pavilion. Harbhajan had smacked a six and was looking to play his shots, but it wasn’t what India needed at the stage. On 11, Harbhajan tried to slog Moises Henriques over mid-wicket, but missed completely as the ball smashed into the stumps. Debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the new man in.
India 377/7 | 106.4 overs | Dhoni 102*, Harbhajan 0*
Nathan Lyon wrapped up Ravichandran Ashwin (3) in the first over after tea, but that didn’t stop MS Dhoni from smashing Peter Siddle to the mid-wicket fence to bring up his sixth Test hundred. So, both captains have now recorded centuries in this match. The last time such a thing happened during an India-Australia match was during the famous tied Test in 1986-87, at this very ground, when Allan Border and Kapil Dev both scored tons.
India 368/6 | 103 overs | Dhoni 95*, Ashwin 2*
Ravindra Jadeja (16) misjudged the line and offered no shot to an incoming delivery from James Pattinson bowling around the wicket, only to see his sticks go flying. It was Pattinson’s fourth scalp of the innings and Jadeja will surely be disappointed with the manner of his dismissal.
India 356/5 | 99 overs | Dhoni 92*, Jadeja 10*
Ravindra Jadeja joined his captain MS Dhoni in his bid to take India past Australia’s score as quickly as possible. While India’s run rate has dropped from a run-a-ball to around four runs per over after Virat Kohli’s wicket, Dhoni is surging towards a spectacular century.
India 324/5 | 90 overs | Dhoni 73*, Jadeja 0*
Virat Kohli (107) didn’t last long after notching up a wonderful century at Chennai. As India upped the ante and went for boundaries, Kohli tried to smack Nathan Lyon over mid-on, where Mitchell Starc intercepted to take a brilliant catch. The wicket ended a 128-run partnership after India were going at a run a ball. Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in.
India 303/4 | 87 overs | Kohli 102*, Dhoni 57*
In a flurry of landmarks, Virat Kohli brought up his fourth Test century, while his captain, MS Dhoni, scored his sixth fifty against Australia. The duo also brought up their second 100-run partnership in the process and are scoring at a good rate, with the boundaries flowing for India. The deficit now is below 80 runs and the hosts will be looking to get a lead of at least 100 runs.
India 263/4 | 79 overs | Kohli 83*, Dhoni 37*
India took lunch on Day Three at 263 for four after Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni added 44 runs in the last 10 overs in a spirited counter-attack. Kohli is approaching what would be a brilliant ton. His 83 have come off 173 balls, including 10 fours and a six. Dhoni, meanwhile, has scored at a brisk rate with his 37 coming off 43 balls. Australia should be happy with their efforts in the morning session. They conceded 81 runs and picked up the all-important wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. India now trail by 117 runs.
India 251/4 | 75 overs | Kohli 82*, Dhoni 26*
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni brought up their 50-run partnership in no time as they launched a counter-attack on the Australian bowlers. After the first hour of play totally belonged to the visitors, who were aggressive and probing with their bowling, Kohli and Dhoni are courageously providing a response after Tendulkar’s wicket. The pitch is not getting any easier to bat on and that makes this partnership even more important for India.
India 226/4 | 71 overs | Kohli 68*, Dhoni 15*
New batsman MS Dhoni is living on the edge. The Indian captain survived a few good chances against Nathan Lyon and James Pattinson as he looked to take the risks. India are looking to increase their run rate after a slow start to the day. Virat Kohli, meanwhile, looks to have learned from Sachin Tendulkar’s mistake and is nicely getting to the pitch of the ball against Lyon.
India 199/4 | 64 overs | Kohli 56*, Dhoni 1*
Nathan Lyon got the coveted breakthrough and bowled through the defence of Sachin Tendulkar and found timber. The ball pitched in the rough created by bowlers’ footmarks and the little master was deceived by the turn. The jubilation that followed among the Aussies was an ode to how vital that innings was. Tendulkar fell for 81 as captain MS Dhoni came out into the middle at No 6.
India 191/3 | 60 overs | Tendulkar 77*, Kohli 53*
Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli began proceedings on Day Three cautiously as Australia charged in with Peter Siddle and James Pattinson. The eight overs bowled thus far have produced just nine runs as the two Australian pacers strived to get an early breakthrough. Australia will be looking to take a couple of early wickets and put the pressure on the Indians.
End of Day 2
India 182/3 | 52 overs | Tendulkar 71*, Kohli 50*
Virat Kohli picked up his scoring rate and brought up his fifty in 84 balls as India took stumps 198 runs behind Australia’s total with seven wickets in hand. Both Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar are looking set in the middle with the latter unbeaten on 71. They share a 77-run stand and will look to increase it on Day Three.
India 150/3 | 42 overs | Tendulkar 62*, Kohli 28*
Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli neared their 50-run partnership as they went about reducing India’s deficit. India are maintaing a healthy run rate of above 3.5 runs an over. While Tendulkar is doing most of the scoring, Kohli is showing no haste in scoring his runs and probably wants to save his wicket for Day Three. Tendeulkar went past two landmarks — he has scored 7,000 runs in India and 3,500 runs against Australia across all venues.
India 113/3 | 32 overs | Tendulkar 50*, Kohli 3*
India’s little master Sachin Tendulkar brought up his 67th Test fifty as he went about leading India’s first-innings charge. The half century came off 80 balls and included four boundaries, three of which came in his first four balls itself. Tendulkar will want to convert this fifty into a big score, since being under a lot of pressure to perform.
India 105/3 | 29 overs | Tendulkar 45*, Kohli 0*
India lost the wicket of a set Cheteshwar Pujara totally against the run of play after the Saurashtra batsman misjudged the line of a James Pattinson cross-seamed delivery that moved into him. The wicket ended a 93-run partnership between Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar took India to tea without further damage. Their partnership now stands at 72 runs and they’re maintaining India’s run-rate at just under four runs an over. India still trail by 296 runs from Australia’s 380 and the hosts will look to reduce that deficit by another 100 runs without much damage by the end of the day’s play.
India 72/2 | 19 overs | Pujara 29*, Tendulkar 31*
Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar led India’s fightback as they thwarted a determined Australian attack in the second session. Tendulkar, in particular, is looking really good with his feet moving perfectly. The duo have added 60 runs so far and India will need them to carry on if they are to overcome Australia’s score.
India 34/2 | 10 overs | Pujara 9*, Tendulkar 14*
Sachin Tendulkar played three delightful boundaries to open his account after India lost their openers early. Two cover drives and one flick to fine leg got the Little Master up and running as he and young Cheteshwar Pujara aimed to get India back on track.
India 12/2 | 6 overs | Pujara , Tendulkar 8*
Australia 380 | 133 overs | Pattinson 15*
James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon frustrated India a little more as they crawled to a 16-run partnership before Ravichandran Ashwin stepped in. The local boy picked up his seventh wicket of the innings after play was extended in the first session by half an hour to let India finish things off. Virat Kohli took a sharp catch at leg slip after Lyon tried to flick Ashwin towards fine leg. Australia have 380 on the board and will be very pleased with their efforts after being 153 for five at one stage.
Australia 366/9 | 122 overs | Pattinson 5*, Lyon 1*
Michael Clarke (130) played his first aggressive shot of the day one-and-a-half hours into the first session, and succumbed to it. The Australian skipper tried to loft Ravindra Jadeja straight down the ground, but found Bhuvneshwar Kumar at long-on. It ended a frustrating 54-run partnership with Peter Siddle and the Indians would’ve been relieved. Siddle (19) followed his captain back to the pavilion soon after, nicking Harbhajan Singh to first slip.
Australia 358/7 | 116 overs | Clarke 129*, Siddle 17*
Australia’s run rate has dropped slightly since the start of Day Two to below three runs an over. But the visitors won’t mind that one bit. Michael Clarke and Peter Siddle have set up camp in the middle and look in no mood to budge. Their partnership now stands at 51 runs. MS Dhoni has used all five of his bowlers in the first hour of play, but to no avail.
End of Day 1
Australia 326/7 | 104 overs | Clarke 111*, Siddle 3*
Michael Clarke ensured that India did not get the early breakthrough on Day Two of the first Test and defied the spinners some more. Peter Siddle was also solid in his defence against Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. India will be getting frustrated here as 350 will be a very difficult score to overcome on this pitch.
Australia 316/7 | 95 overs | Clarke 103*, Siddle 1*
Michael Clarke reached his century in the last over of the day to cap a brilliant day for the Australian captain. His knock of 103 not out might well prove to be the one that wins this match for Australia if they do go on to win it.
Australia 307/7 | 91 overs | Clarke 95*, Siddle 0*
Australia lost two quick wickets towards the end of the day’s play, ruining what was a brilliant revival after a mid-day wobble. Moises Henriques was the first to fall to inexperience, giving Ravichandran Ashwin his sixth wicket of the innings. The debutant mis-timed an unnecessary slog-sweep and was trapped in front to give Ashwin his fourth leg-before. Mitchell Starc (3) didn’t last long as he was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja in the very next over.
Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques brought up their 100-run partnership as they took the fight to the Indians after a poor second session. Debutant Henriques scored a fifty on his debut and provided good support to his skipper, who continued with his blistering form. Australia will be targetting the 350-run mark, which will be well over par.
Australia 215/5 | 66 overs | Clarke 45*, Henriques 29*
Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques took Australia into the tea break without further damage after Ravichandran Ashwin’s fifer. Clarke and Henriques are now sharing a vital 62-run sixth-wicket partnership. Clarke was helped by an erroneous call from umpire Kumar Dharmasena after he inside-edged Ashwin to backward short-leg only for the umpire to shake his head.
Australia 200/5 | 61 overs | Clarke 38*, Henriques 22*
Michael Clarke and Moises Henriques steadied Australia’s wobbling ship after Ravichandran Ashwin’s fifer rocked it hard. Clarke is on his way to a composed half century, while debutant Henriques is giving able support. Ashwin, meanwhile, has gone off the field after hurting his hand.
Australia 160/5 | 49 overs | Clarke 19*, Henriques 2*
Australia skipper Michael Clarke was left stranded in the middle by his teammates after Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his, and India’s, fifth wicket of the innings. Clarke crossed 7,000 runs in Test cricket in the process, but would’ve hoped for better circumstances as half his team was sent back to the pavilion by ther Indian offie. Ashwin’s fifer so far includes three leg-befores.
Australia 134/4 | 38 overs | Clarke 5*, Wade 2*
Ravichandran Ashwin got a double breakthrough right after lunch as he sent the dangerous looking David Warner (59) and Shane Watson (28) back. Watson 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 the batsman knew he was out.
Australia 126/2 | 34 overs | Warner 58*, Watson 28*
David Warner and Shane Watson took Australia to lunch at 126 for two on Day One of the first Test and the visitors would be very satisfied with their efforts. They lost two wickets, but have put on quite a few runs on the board. The Aussies would be targetting anywhere between 300-350 by the end of the day’s play at this rate.
Australia 111/2 | 30 overs | Warner 51*, Watson 21*
David Warner and Shane Watson steadied the innings after Australia lost two quick wickets. Warner reached a rather slow, by his standards, half century, off 77 balls, while Watson was composed as well, pouncing on the loose deliveries. He also crossed 2500 runs in Test cricket.
Australia 77/2 | 20 overs | Warner 33*, Watson 4*
Australia lost two wickets to aggression as they reached in 20 overs. Opener Ed Cowan (29) was the first to go after he charged down the pitch to Ravichandran Ashwin and completely missed the turning delivery. Dhoni made an easy stumping behind the sticks. That didn’t deter Australia as new man Phil Hughes and David Warner continued to take the attack to the Indian spinners. However, perhaps they were taking the aggression a bit too far as Ashwin got Hughes (6) to play on to his stumps soon after.
Australia 50/0 | 10 overs | Cowan 20*, Warner 25*
Australian openers Ed Cowan and David Warner are off to a brisk start with the visitors reaching 50 for no loss in 10 overs. The Indians started the bowling with debutant Bhuvneshwar and Ishant Sharma, who were guilty of bowling too short. 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.
The pitch looks good to milk runs in the first couple of days before starting to turn, so Clarke had no hesitation in batting first and making the most out of it.
In a shocker of sorts in team selection for India, highly successful left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha sits out the match as MS Dhoni goes with two off-spinners in Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh. Swinger Bhuvneshwar Kumar, meanwhile, gets a debut as Ishant Sharma keeps his place as the other pacer.
Murali Vijay will, as expected, open the batting along with Virender Sehwag.
The Australia team was announced a couple of days back itself. They go in with four pacers and one spinner in Nathan Lyon. All-rounder Moises Henriques gets a debut for the visitors.
India: Murali Vijay, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma
Australia: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Moises Henriques, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson
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