Josh Hazlewood © Getty Images
Josh Hazlewood took two wickets in the post-lunch session © Getty Images

By Shiamak Unwalla

Dec 17, 2014

Josh Hazlewood dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli to hand Australia the advantage in the post-lunch session on Day One of the second Test between India and Australia at The Gabba, Brisbane. Murali Vijay remained unbeaten on 73 at the break with Ajinkya Rahane, batting on 13, for company.

India resumed well after lunch, with both Vijay and Pujara looking to play themselves in before DRS reared its head once again. Hazlewood, on debut, bounced Pujara with a delivery that shot up just short of good length. Pujara was clearly surprised, but managed to drop his bat enough. The ball struck his helmet on the way to Brad Haddin, and Australia went up in appeal. Pujara’s look when the umpire raised his finger showed the anguish that most Indian fans would have been feeling at the moment as well.

Pujara’s wicket brought Kohli out to the middle; he continued from where he left off in the last match. He straight drove a delivery from Mitchell Starc for four early on in his innings, and continued to look good in company with Vijay. However, Hazlewood had other ideas as he induced a false shot from Kohli, getting the batsman to flash at one outside the off stump through to ‘keeper Haddin.

Rahane came in at No. 5 and was immediately in trouble. He was beaten straight way as the ball came in to him and struck him on the pads, though the height of the Gabba wicket saved him. A couple of deliveries later he got a leading edge which fell just short of the diving Hazlewood on his follow-through. He settled down to remain unbeaten at Tea, with Vijay looking assured as ever at the other end.

Earlier, Mitchell Marsh captured his maiden Test wicket when he got Shikhar Dhawan to edge behind to Haddin for 24. Dhawan looked shaky at the start, and though he managed to get another start he was dismissed playing a loose shot outside the off stump. Vijay looked assured in the middle, and was joined by Pujara, batting at his usual No.3 spot.

Pujara’s woes against off-spin seemed to continue, as he looked decidedly less assured against Nathan Lyon, though he played a couple of crisp drives against the pacers to head to lunch unbeaten on 15 with Vijay 46 not out at the other end. India would be pleased with the position they find themselves in at lunch.

Earlier, both sides made some changes to the teams that played the first Test at Adelaide. Regular skipper MS Dhoni, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and pacer Umesh Yadav came in to the Indian side to replace Wriddhiman Saha, Karn Sharma, and Mohammed Shami. Meanwhile for  Australia Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood replaced Michael Clarke, Peter Siddle, and Ryan Harris.

Brief scores:

India 151 for 3 (Murali Vijay 73*, Shikhar Dhawan 24; Josh Hazlewood 2 for 21, Mitchell Marsh 1 for 14) vs Australia.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)