India vs Australia 2013, 1st Test: Pujara, Tendulkar revive India after early wobble

Cheteshwar Pujara (left) and Sachin Tendulkar’s partnership reads 72 runs © PTI

Chennai: Feb 23, 2013

India lost their two openers but fought back via Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar, taking tea at 84 for two on Day Two of the first Test agianst Australia. India are still 296 runs behind Australia’s first-innings score of 380.

Australian pacer James Pattinson struck twice within the first six overs as he removed Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag in successive overs.

Vijay, back into the playing XI after a long hiatus, was the first to go. A quick delivery from Pattinson went past his defence and rattled the woodwork to reduce India to 11 for one.

Immediately in his next over, Pattinson got Sehwag to inside-edge a ball that bounced high before flicking off a bail. Sehwag had no clue where the ball went as he aimlessly looked around, before seeing it take the bail. Australia on the front foot straight away.

In came Tendulkar to support young Pujara, and the duo slowly went about sparking the revival.

Tendulkar opened his account with two gentle cover drive punches that raced to the fence. As Pattinson strayed down the leg on the following delivery, he flicked the young pacer off his pads to the fine-leg fence.

The little master’s foot movement looks exquisite and he looks good to make a big score. Pujara is looking his usual composed self.

Brief Scores: Australia 380 (Michael Clarke 130, Moises Henriques 68, David Warner 59;  Ravichandran Ashwin 7 for 103) lead India 84 for 2 (Cheteshwar Pujara 33*, Sachin Tendulkar 38*; James Pattinson 2 for 16) by 296 runs.

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