Australia vs India – 2nd Test, Day 2: Tea Report
Chris Rogers’ dismissal for 55 at the stroke of tea dashed the Australian hopes of a fightback in the session of day 2 after bundling out India for 408. Aussies go to tea with the scorecard reading 121-3 in 24.5 overs. Chris Rogers’ 55 along with some fine contribution from david Warner and Shane Watson put the Aussies on a bring of cancelling India’s first inings’ total.
Warner looked solid in the initial overs before Umesh Yadav had him caught at first slip by Ashwin for 29. Watson put on a 51 run partnership with Rogers before he was dismissed for 25 offering Shikhar Dhawan a catch at mid-on. Soon after Rogers reached his half-century before he was caught behind off Umesh for 55. India will look to make the maximum use of conditions that favours the quicks when the come out in the third session in 10 minutes time.
Indians failed to cash in their positionon Day 2 after ending Day 1 on a strong note. However, India managed to cross 400 run barrier. At end of an extended pre Lunch session on Day 2 at Brisbane, Indians bowled out for 408.
Starting on 311 for 4, Indians lost their fifth wicket in third over of the day after adding 10 runs. Rahane, who scored a brilliant 81, ended up edging to Haddin off Josh Hazlewood. Another overnight batsman, Rohit Sharma was happy to leave the outside off stump deliveries and Captain MS Dhoni struggled to get bat on the ball.
These both could just put on 7 runs in 6 overs before Rohit’s leaving alone saga came to very end when he edged Watson to slips where, Smith took a stunning catch. Rohit departed for 32 putting up another 6 runs to his overnight score.
However, Ravi Ashwin who came in next played a cameo innings which included a few wristy flicks towards leg side. He, along with MS Dhoni shared a stand of 57 for 7th wicket at almost 5 runs an over. However, he turned to be fourth scalp of Debutant Hazlewood after scoring 33.
Dhoni couldn’t persist long after Ashwin as he walked off after edging one to Haddin off Hazlewood after the over in which he played a rare reverse sweep of Lyon. Dhoni score 35 before handing sixth catch to Haddin which turned out to be a 5-fer for hazlewood on debut.
The tail couldn’t resist long but Umesh Yadav hit couple of boundaries before turning out to be last wicket at score of 408.
Brief Scores: Australia 121-3 (Rogers 55, Umesh 2-35) trail India 408 all out in 109.4 overs (M Vijay 144, AM Rahane 81, MS Dhoni 35, RA Ashwin 33, RG Sharma 32; JR Hazlewood 5/68) by 287 runs.
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