David Warner © Getty Images
David Warner © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Dec 9, 2014

David Warner’s power-packed half-century took Australia to 113 for two at lunch on Day One of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval. Played in the backdrop of Phillip Hughes’ passing, there were emotional scenes through the morning session. It was only too appropriate that Hughes’ friend, Warner got the half-century and remained unbeaten with Michael Clarke at lunch.

Australia won the toss and chose to bat without hesitation on what looked like a belter. India handed a Test cap to Karn Sharma, the leg-spinner, and chose to play six specialist batsmen with Wriddhiman Saha as the wicketkeeper.

The session began on an entertaining note as there was a lot of intent in the way Warner batted. The Indians started off with a very interesting tactic: Sharing the new ball, Mohammed Shami and Varun Aaron chose to attack the two southpaws from around the wicket. While Rogers wasn’t all that comfortable to begin with, it was a different story at the other end.

Facing Aaron in the second over, Warner carted three fours through the off-side. With Shami on at the other end, he continued to punish anything outside the off-stump. There was everything in that approach by Warner. He was on his knees driving, or pushing one on the rise. By the time you looked at the scoreboard, Warner had raced to 35 off 17 balls. The Indians were punished for that widish line outside the off-stump. Aaron had a particularly rough morning.

At the other end, it was a different story. Rogers wasn’t all that comfortable, although he did play a delightful straight drive for a four. Ishant Sharma was introduced into the attack in the sixth over. He too started off from around the wicket, but later shifted sides. That paid dividends as he had Rogers caught at second slip when he chased a delivery angling down the off-side.

Meanwhile, Warner had slowed down, but was still moving along at a good rate. After a few quiet overs, he got to his fifty and promptly looked up to the sky. Shane Watson had a decent start to his stay, but Aaron returned to have him caught behind for 14.

Karn was handed the ball, but looked nervous to begin with. He kept bowling full tosses and struggled to pitch it consistently to begin with. One of the most emotional moments of the day came when Warner swept one to the deep and picked two to move to 63 not out. The crowd applauded in unison as Warner looked up to the sky again.

Brief scores:

Australia 113 for 2 (David Warner 77*; Varun Aaron 1 for 51, Ishant Sharma 1 for 17) vs India.

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)