As it happened! India vs Australia: Day 1, 2nd Test- Brisbane

As it happened! India vs Australia: Day 1, 2nd Test- Brisbane

first_imgIndia won the toss and elected to bat first against AustraliaWelcome to the coverage of Day 1 in the 2nd Test between India and Australia from the Brisbane Cricket Ground(Woolloongabba) in Brisbane.ScorecardWith Rohit Sharma(26) and Ajinkya Rahane(75) at the crease, India end Day 1 at 311/4 after 83 overs. Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma troop off the field. Vijay’s century has made it India’s day at the Gabba. During the process, India became only the second visiting side to score 300+ runs on the first day at this venue. Now, who would have expected that on this track, which was tipped to be quicker and greener? Vijay put his head down and grafted hard, becoming the seventh Indian opener to notch up a ton in Australia, before opening up his wings and going after the Aussie bowlers. Early on, Dhawan threw his wicket after getting to a good start, which had our feedbackers multiplying the chorus for the inclusion of KL Rahul. Then, Cheteshwar Pujara was unfortunate to be caught behind, despite the ball lobbing off the helmet. Hazlewood’s strikes helped Australia claw their way back. However, Vijay teamed up with Rahane to recover any ground claimed by Australia. India’s position was further fortified with Rahane overcoming a streaky start to raise his 6th Test fifty. In the interim, Vijay made a hash of the lofted hit, nicking Lyon behind. However, that hardly belittles his top knock. Thereafter, Rohit got his eye in as India finished strong at 311/4 at stumps. Steve Smith’s first day at the office as captain did not go according to plan. Mitch began well, zipping a few across with some extra bounce, but the Indian batsmen adjusted well. Hazlewood’s bowling was up and down and so was his fitness. Starc also went off the field a couple of times, complaining of heat distress. To make matters worse, Mitch Marsh did his hamstring, bowling only 6 overs. Vijay-inspired India claim honours on the opening day. The heat is literally and figuratively on Australia. Do join us back tomorrow to see if Australia withstand the heat and hit back. It must be an interesting day, for the myth is that the Gabba pitch quickens up on the second day.advertisementBrilliant Batying display by indian Players. #MuraliVijay and #Rahane was fantastic. Rohit need to play a powerful innings #Day1 #INDvsAUS SafeeqTweets (@safeeqhits) December 17, 2014That’ll be STUMPS ON DAY 1!!THREE RUNS off the over!!Mitchell Johnson will bowl the FINAL OVER of the day. With Rohit Sharma(25) and Ajinkya Rahane(73) at the crease, India are currently at 308/4 after 81 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!80.6 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane reaches out and sends it scurrying through extra cover for another boundary. Mitch is ALL OVER THE PLACE here!!80.3 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane gets on his toes and slaps it past backward point for a boundary. Australia have taken the SECOND NEW BALL as Mitchell Johnson comes back into the attack. With Rohit Sharma(22) and Ajinkya Rahane(62) at the crease, India are currently at 294/4 after 79 overs.Ohh!!! That straight drive from #rahane reminded me of @sachin_rt #INDvsAUS #Brisbane Kshitij Kansal (@kshitijkansal) December 17, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!!78.6 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane leans forward and pushes it straight down the ground for a boundary. That was EXQUISITE from Rahane!! With Rohit Sharma(21) and Ajinkya Rahane(56) at the crease, India are currently at 286/4 after 78 overs.David Warner bowling on the first day of a Test match & bowling a bouncer was highly unimaginable. Thank you, Smith. #IndvsAus Priyank J Shah (@Cric_PJS) December 17, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!!77.1 overs: FOUR!! Rohit Sharma goes back and crashes the cut past the gully fielder for a boundary.SURPRISE! David Warner comes into the attack for Australia. With Rohit Sharma(13) and Ajinkya Rahane(55) at the crease, India are currently at 277/4 after 77 overs. ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!75.4 overs: FOUR!! Rohit Sharma employs the sweep and sends it racing towards square leg fence for a boundary. Sharma is TAKING ON Lyon here!!75.3 overs: SIX!! Rohit Sharma dances down the wicket and sends it sailing into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That was TONKED by Sharma!! With Rohit Sharma(0) and Ajinkya Rahane(52) at the crease, India are currently at 261/4 after 73 overs. Take a bow Murali Vijay _/\_ Great innings lad! #INDvsAUS Sagar Raut (@SagarRaut27) December 17, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Lyon!!Rohit Sharma comes down in the middle for India.GREAT INNINGS from Murali Vijay, but I reckon he would be DISAPPOINTED to miss out here!!71.5 overs: That’s OUT!! Nathan Lyon has got Murali Vijay out stumped by the wicket-keeper. Vijay skips down the track looking for the big shot but gets beaten with the spin as Brad Haddin catches him short at the crease. Murali Vijay departs after scoring 144 runs off 213 balls with 22 boundaries. BIG BLOW for India!! advertisementWith Murali Vijay(143) and Ajinkya Rahane(47) at the crease, India are currently at 255/3 after 70 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!69.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay clears his front leg and punches it back past teh bowler for a boundary. Vijay brings up his 2000 RUNS IN TESTS!! With Murali Vijay(139) and Ajinkya Rahane(43) at the crease, India are currently at 247/3 after 68 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!67.6 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for a boundary. CAN’T BOWL THERE to Vijay!! With Murali Vijay(135) and Ajinkya Rahane(40) at the crease, India are currently at 240/3 after 67 overs.It’s good to see Vijay and Rahane playing so good together. #INDvsAUS Anshika Agarwal (@anshika_06) December 17, 2014THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!65.6 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay flays the sweep and sends it towards square leg for the third boundary in the over!!65.4 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay shimmies down the wicket and smashes it over mid-off for a boundary. Vijay is ON SONG here!!65.2 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane reaches out and drills it through covers for a boundary. With Murali Vijay(127) and Ajinkya Rahane(31) at the crease, India are currently at 223/3 after 64 [email protected] and @muralivijay piling on the pressure.. Keep it going on guys.. #gabba #indvsaus amit.k (@punteramit) December 17, 2014TEN RUNS off the over!!63.3 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane makes room and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Rahane!! With Murali Vijay(123) and Ajinkya Rahane(20) at the crease, India are currently at 208/3 after 61 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!60.5 overs: FOUR!! Ajinkya Rahane gets underneath it and steers it over the slip cordon for a boundary. With Murali Vijay(122) and Ajinkya Rahane(15) at the crease, India are currently at 202/3 after 60 overs.Vijay hitting on the gas now. The Aussies are being driven all over the ground. #Slog #INDvsAUS Debasish Sahoo (@dudul98) December 17, 2014SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 59.3 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay bends down and paddles it away towards fine leg for a boundary. With Murali Vijay(115) and Ajinkya Rahane(15) at the crease, India are currently at 195/3 after 59 overs.Hope Vijay dedicates this 100 to all those unfortunate #PeshawarAttack victims. #IndiawithPakistan #AUSvIND #INDvsAUS vincentsunder (@vincentsunder) December 17, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!!58.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay picks the length early and carves it behind backward point for another boundary. Vijay is DEALING IN BOUNDARIES here!!58.1 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay gets forward and smashes it straight down the ground for a boundary. That was a TREAT TO WATCH!! With Murali Vijay(106) and Ajinkya Rahane(15) at the crease, India are currently at 186/3 after 57 overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!56.6 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay gets another full-toss and he opens the face of his bat to guide it past point for a boundary. advertisementWith Murali Vijay(101) and Ajinkya Rahane(14) at the crease, India are currently at 180/3 after 56 overs.Murali Vijay now becomes the first visiting opener to score a Test 100 on the opening day at Gabba #INDvsAUS Shanaya (@Sinceere_Angel) December 17, 2014NINE RUNS off the over!!55.4 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay presents the full face of his bat to punch it through covers for another boundary. That’s 5TH TEST HUNDRED for Vijay!!55.3 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay leans forward and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary. Vijay is DEALING IN BOUNDARIES here!! With Murali Vijay(92) and Ajinkya Rahane(14) at the crease, India are currently at 171/3 after 55 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!54.5 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay takes it on the full and thumps it througgh extra cover for a boundary. POOR LINE from Johnson!! With Murali Vijay(87) and Ajinkya Rahane(14) at the crease, India are currently at 166/3 after 54 overs.Whatever happened to Mitch Johnson. Appears very ineffective this summer. Or perhaps England were plain pathetic. #Cricket #INDvsAUS Sameer Panchangam (@psam) December 17, 2014ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!53.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay slashes hard and sends it over backward point for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK BOUNDARIES for Vijay!! 53.1 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay waits for it and flicks it off the pads for a boundary. EASY PICKINGS for Vijay!!Josh Hazlewood will bowl from the other end for Australia.TIDY START from Johnson, FOUR RUNS off it!!Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane are out in the middle for India while Mitchell Johnson will start the proceedings for Australia after tea. Tea: Australia will be the happier of the two sides at tea. They have made a good comeback in the second session, picking up the wickets of Pujara and Kohli. Pujara may have been unlucky, but the Indian team didn’t have the luxury of using the DRS as it is not a part of this series as well. Kohli looked good for the time he was at the crease but he gifted his wicket away after playing a loose shot. India also went about their batting at a slow pace, making 62 runs in 27 overs. The final session promises to be very interesting with Murali Vijay at the crease. Can he get to his hundred this time? With Murali Vijay(73) and Ajinkya Rahane(13) at the crease, India are currently at 151/3 after 52 overs.Extra bounce has accounted for all the three dismissals. So typical of the Gabba wicket. But #Vijay U R supurb. #AUSvIND #INDvsAUS Sandeep Parashar (@die_hard_msdian) December 17, 2014That’s a WICKET MAIDEN from Hazlewood!!Ajinkya Rahane comes to the crease for India.Josh Hazlewood gets his SECOND WICKET of the day!!44.2 overs: OUT!! Josh Hazlewood has got Virat Kohli out caught by the wicket-keeper. Kohli was looking to cut but the extra bounce forced an outside edge that went straight into the hands of Brad Haddin behind the stumps. Virat Kohli departs after scoring 19 runs off 27 balls with a boundary. BIG WICKET for Australia!! With Murali Vijay(72) and Virat Kohli(18) at the crease, India are currently at 136/2 after 43 overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!42.4 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay reaches out and carves it past backward point for a boundary. Vijay is LOOKING GOOD for India!! With Murali Vijay(68) and Virat Kohli(18) at the crease, India are currently at 132/2 after 42 overs.Post lunch & before Kohli came in, 11 runs in 8 overs with 3 maidens. Post Kohli came in, 30 runs in 9 overs with no maidens. #IndvsAus Priyank J Shah (@Cric_PJS) December 17, 2014EIGHT RUNS off the over!!41.2 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay gets forward and drills it past short cover for a boundary. That was TOO FULL from Lyon!! With Murali Vijay(59) and Virat Kohli(7) at the crease, India are currently at 112/2 after 37 overs.If not DRS, Then there should be a system where third umpire can overturn the decision if its controversial. #INDvsAUS Tarang Shah (@lazyyy_lad) December 17, 2014FIVE RUNS off the over!! 36.3 overs: FOUR!! Virat Kohli leans into the drive and sends it scurrying past mid-off for a glorious boundary. That was CLASSY from Kohli!! With Murali Vijay(54) and Virat Kohli(1) at the crease, India are currently at 101/2 after 34 overs.If carefully analysed, @cheteshwar1 has had plenty of howlers in his short career. This can ruin his career! #IndvsAus Priyank J Shah (@Cric_PJS) December 17, 2014ONE RUN off the over!!Virat Kohli comes to the crease for India.Josh Hazlewood gets his MAIDEN TEST WICKET while Cheteshwar Pujara STANDS THERE IN DISBELIEF!!Not a great decision that one. Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 17, 201433.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Josh Hazlewood has got Cheteshwar Pujara out caught by the wicket-keeper. Pujara was looking to guard against the bouncer while the ball brushed off his helmet and went straight into the hands of Brad Haddin behind the stumps. But, wait a minute the umpire has given him out here. Cheteshwar Pujara departs after scoring 18 runs off 64 balls with a boundary. That some POOR UMPIRING by Ian Gould!! With Murali Vijay(52) and Cheteshwar Pujara(16) at the crease, India are currently at 96/1 after 27 overs.Numbers: 34 and 142:The number of runs Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay require respectively to reach the mark of 2000 runs in Test cr Ahmed Shahzad (@Lion_shahzad) December 17, 2014SIX RUNS off the over!!Murali Vijay has now scored THREE CONSECUTIVE FIFTIES in the four-match Test series!!25.4 overs: FOUR!! Murali Vijay leans forward and creams the drive through covers for a boundary. That’s 9TH TEST FIFTY for Vijay!!Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are out in the middle for India while Mitchell Starc will start the proceedings for Australia after lunch. Lunch: It’s 89/1 in the first session on the opening day at the Gabba for Dhoni’s men. India would’ve taken it with both hands if someone had offered it to them at the start, today. The foundation was once again set by Vijay and along with Dhawan they picked on the right ball to get their runs to. They left well outside off and didn’t try anything fancy. In the process they put on India’s first 50-run stand overseas since 2011. Marsh then scalped Dhawan to get his first Test wicket. Vijay was dropped by Shaun Marsh soon after Dhawan got out and Pujara has had a couple of iffy moments. But they have gotten through to lunch unbeaten. Australia would be a tad disappointed with their morning’s effort. They didn’t bowl enough in the areas to make the batsmen play and only Johnson looked threatening. Already we have seen – in the 4 overs that Lyon has bowled, he won’t be as destructive as he was at Adelaide. The absence of Ryan Harris is a big blow as both Hazlewood and Starc haven’t found their bearings. Will there be any change after lunch? Or will India stroll along smoothly?Toss: India won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia.Stat-Attack: Australia have won four out of their five games at Gabba against India – who have only managed a draw.Bolstered by the return of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India will look to regroup and fight their way back into the four-match series when they face Australia on a lively Gabba wicket in the second cricket Test.In the absence of Dhoni, the visitors were ably led by stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, as they came very close to winning the first Test before agonisingly losing out on the fifth and final day by 48 runs in an intense chase.Dhoni now returns to the side for the second Test after recovering from a thumb injury and will have to provide the inspiration for the young team to restore parity.Despite his availability, India do not have a member in this squad who has played Test cricket at this ground, which is known as Australia’s fortress as no opposition team has managed to win a Test here since 1988-89.The visitors’ last Test here was during the 2003-04 tour, when Sourav Ganguly set the tone with an imperious knock of 144 and Dhoni will perhaps need an act of similar inspiration when he marshals his team in the second game.Given the young team, the first and foremost task for Dhoni will be to get the playing combination right if they have to bounce back in the series.Dhoni’s return means Wriddhiman Saha will be warming the benches. Ravindra Jadeja is also unavailable for selection owing to injury and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has already been ruled out with his replacement Dhawal Kulkarni joining the squad.In four of their last six overseas Tests, wherein Dhoni was captain in five of them, India opted to go with a five-bowler attack.A grassy pitch and lots of rolling a day ahead of the Test means that India’s bowlers – in particular the pacemen – will perhaps take a liking to it. But they need to find their discipline first if they want to make any sort of impression on the Australian batting.R Ashwin looked busy in practice ahead of the match and it is anticipated that he will return to the team. If India do go in with five bowlers then Rohit Sharma will have to sit out, not having done much of note in the first Test.For Dhoni, it will also be a test of his captaincy as his record in overseas Tests is poor with five loses, three draws, one win in nine Tests, which sums up the three successive overseas series’ defeats.The Adelaide Test is yet another loss but with a difference as Virat Kohli showed a different side to the captaincy coin in his one-off Test as skipper.Kohli set an aggressive tone in the build-up to the series and kept up the tempo until the last wicket fell, despite defeat being the overall result.The Delhi batsman scored twin centuries and Dhoni will need him to continue his good form. Opener Murali Vijay and middle-order batsman Chetestwar Pujara were among runs, which is a positive thing for India but the form of Shikhar Dhawan is a case of worry.While India chose to keep their playing eleven close to the chest, Australia today declared their playing XI on the eve of the match.Their new Test captain Steven Smith did the honours and has opted for two left-arm fast bowlers with Mitchell Starc lining up next to Mitchell Johnson.Ryan Harris is not a hundred-percent fit owing to a slight quad strain, while Peter Siddle looked below par in Adelaide and has been dropped. Shaun Marsh comes into the side in place of Michael Clarke, with Steve Smith moving himself up to the number four spot.The most important name to be included though is that of young speedster Josh Hazlewood. His pace and bounce has been much talked about recently and it will be interesting to see how he bowls against the Indian batsmen.Meanwhile, as Australia’s 45th Test skipper, Smith can expect a stern challenge in his very first charge. India will want to hit back hard particularly seeing that an inexperienced hand is steering the hosts’ ship.A lot will depend on how Smith goes about scoring runs at the number-four spot. Clarke averages a staggering 76.92 in 9 Tests versus India at home and it is imperative that the young captain keeps that form going.Smith is just coming off a hundred in Adelaide so he will have some breathing space to settle down. Even so, he will need to draw on the patience that he has induced in his batting-style in recent times and rely on the experience of the senior players around him.Smith will heavily depend on the services of David Warner, who scored centuries in both the innings of the first Test, and hope that runs flow from the blades of Shane Watson and opener Chris Rogers.If the 25-year-old finds instant success, then Smith will open a new chapter for Australian cricket.Teams(from):India: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadea, R Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, KL Rahul, Naman OjhaAustralia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Steve Smith(c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin(wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewoodlast_img

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