Home > News >

India vs Australia, 4th Test at Delhi: Australia take lunch at 94/2 on Day 1

India vs Australia, 4th Test at Delhi: Australia take lunch at on Day 1

Ishant Sharma took both wickets that fell in the morning session © PTI (File Pic)

Delhi: Mar 22, 2013

India and Australia shared the spoils for the first session of Day One of the fourth and final Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Australia were 94 for two at lunch after winning the toss and electing to bat first on a pitch that is crumbling by the over.

Even though the Kotla pitch is conducive to spin bowling with its constantly increasing cracks, pacer Ishant Sharma got both wickets for the hosts. In only the second over of the day, Ishant got David Warner to reach out to a widish delivery and found a thick edge that carried to Virat Kohli at second slip. It wasn’t the start Australia would have wanted, especially after electing to bat first.

Phil Hughes, in at No 3, was coming off a spot-saving half-century in Mohali. The left-hander had just 27 runs to his name, including two ducks, in the five innings that preceded Australia’s second outing with the bat in Mohali, and was under pressure to perform. He went on to score a handy 67, and even through Australia lost the Test, the knock seems to have boosted Hughes’ confidence.

The 24-year-old walked out with a positive intent and took the attack to the Indians straight away. He hit seven boundaries to race to 25 off just 21 balls, before slowing down a bit. Along with fellow left-hander Ed Cowan, Hughes steadied Australia’s ship and the duo were looking good for a big partnership.

MS Dhoni soon got his spin bowlers into the mixture, but Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha could not do much to destabilise the Australian pair. Eventually, it was Ishant who did the damage again as he got Hughes (45) to drag his delivery onto the stumps in the 21st over of the innings. India were back in this as stand-in captain Shane Watson walked out.

The 31-year-old from Queensland was coming from a remarkable week which began with his suspension from the third Test for failing to turn in a presentation. Watson had flown back to Australia to witness the birth of his first child, before flying back in time for the Delhi Test. In a swift reversal of fortune, Watson was named the incumbent Michael Clarke’s replacement as skipper after the latter pulled out of the match due to a back injury.

Watson is in the side in his capacity as purely a batsman, and the onus is on him to play a captain’s knock and put Australia on the way to a good first-innings total.

Earlier, the tourists made as many as four changes to the side that lost the Mohali Test. Watson’s fellow suspendees — Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson — were drafted in for Xavier Doherty and the injured Mitchell Starc. Glenn Maxwell was also brought back in the playing XI as Nathan Lyon’s spin partner, with Moises Henriques missing out.

India, meanwhile, made just the one change with Ajinkya Rahane getting a Test debut in place of Shikhar Dhawan, who hurt his hand while fielding in Mohali.

Brief Scores: Australia 94 for 2 (Phil Hughes 45; Ishant Sharma 2 for 21) vs India.

Full Scorecard

World T20 League 2014

Sep 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Raipur

World T20 League 2014

Sep 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Sep 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Bengaluru

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Mohali

World T20 League 2014

Sep 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Mohali

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 22, 2014  at Bengaluru

Chennai Super Kings won by 54 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 21, 2014  at Hyderabad

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 4 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 20, 2014  at Mohali

Perth Scorchers won by 6 wkts

Photos

Cobras vs Hurricanes Match 6 at Hyderabad

Videos

Daniel Flynn looks ahead to Hobart game

Brendon McCullum’s stunning fielding effort in CSK vs Dolphins CLT20 2014 match

Chennai Super Kings’ top five batting performances

Hobart Hurricanes vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014: Northern Knights likely XI

Hobart Hurricanes vs Northern Knights, Match 9, CLT20 2014 – Hurricanes’ likely XI

Anandji Dossa – a life to cherish

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins Hobart Hurricanes Incheon Asian Games India at Asian Games 2014 Lahore Lions

KXIP coach Sanjay Bangar says there’s scope for lot of improvement in their CLT20 2014 campaign

Ben Cutting signs 3-year contract with Brisbane Heats

CLT20 2014: Uphill task for Perth Scorchers as they face upbeat KKR

Asian Games 2014: China women beat Japan by 7 wickets in women’s cricket

Brendon McCullum’s stunning fielding effort in CSK vs Dolphins CLT20 2014 match

Chennai Super Kings’ top five batting performances

Asian Games 2014: Afghanistan eye cricketing glory after 2010 heartbreak

Hobart Hurricanes vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014: Northern Knights likely XI

Hobart Hurricanes vs Northern Knights, Match 9, CLT20 2014 – Hurricanes’ likely XI

Sorabji Colah: An outstanding slip fielder who never fulfilled his batting promises

Fan of the Day

Edward Knowles

Edward Knowles

447 Posts | 1 Fans

Video: Brendon McCullum's amazing fielding in CSK vs Dolphins CLT20 2014 match

HTC Desire 816G price, specifications and features

Abhinav Bindra breaks Asiad jinx, wins individual bronze in Asian Games 2014

Asian Games 2014: Saurav Ghosal and Dipika Pallikal win big in squash

Vedhika Kumar: Working with AR Rahman again is a rare privilege!

Jennifer Lopez treats fans to racy performance!

US begins air strikes on Islamic States targets in Syria

Australian couples less likely to have sex, unless on drugs or alcohol

BlackBerry Passport price revealed a day before launch, to retail at $599

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here