India take lunch at on Day 2 of 4th Test against Australia

Cheteshwar Pujara (above), and not Ajinkya Rahane, opened the innings with Murali Vijay © PTI (File Pic)

Delhi: Mar 23, 2013

India got their first innings off to a positive start as they took lunch on Day Two of the fourth Test against Australia at 59 for no loss. The hosts trail Australia by 203 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara, and not Ajinkya Rahane, strode out to the middle along with Murali Vijay to open the innings, after India bowled out Australia for 262 in the first hour of the day. Rahane was the traditional opener in the side, so it did come as some surprise seeing Pujara come out up the order.

However, the Saurashtra batsman shed all inhibitions aside as he got off the mark with a back-foot punch past point for four off James Pattinson. He followed that up with a flick off the pads for another boundary as Pattinson strayed down the leg.

Both the openers pounced on any such loose deliveries and kept ticking the scorecard at a healthy rate. They reached 44 for no loss in just seven overs, before Peter Siddle came in as the first change.

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his fifth wicket of the innings as he bowled through the defence of Peter Siddle (51). It was the off-spinner’s ninth five-wicket haul in just 15 Test matches. It also brought to an end a fine, gutsy knock from the Australian No 9. Siddle had reached his first Test fifty earlier in the morning after frustrating the Indians on Day One.

Pragyan Ojha then finally got his 100th Test victim after going wicketless on Day One. James Pattinson (30) was the last Australian wicket to fall as he tried to defend Ojha’s delivery that pitched on middle and spun in. But Pattinson could only find the edge that was scooped up by Virat Kohli at slip.

Brief Scores: Australia 262 (Peter Siddle 51, Steven Smith 46; Ravichandran Ashwin 5 for 57, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 40, Ishant Sharma 2 for 35) lead India 59 for no loss by 203 runs.

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