A day that saw just 255 runs scored in 90 overs bought respite for Tendulkar fans, as the Master was among runs again with the match evenly poised and India trailing by 198 runs at close of play on Day 2.
Clarke and Siddle added more than valuable runs to Australia’s over night total and marched on to 380 in their 1st innings. Skipper Clarke was day’s first wicket. Jadeja took his second scalp as he was caught by Kumar on 130. Siddle’s (19) departure meant Harbhajan pointing to the sky for his 1st wicket, in desperation. Australia was 364 for 9 and Lyon (3) and Pattinson (15) frustrated the hosts playing 5 maiden overs but were wrapped up in the extended session of lunch.
Pattinson wasn’t served lunch as they fast bowler ate up the Indian openers within his first 3 overs. A 150 km/h Pattinson delivery knocked off Murali Vijay (10) and a similar pace ball got the better off Virender Sehwag (2). India was tottering at 12 for 2 as the crowd greeted the master blaster on the field. Much was talked about Sachin’s good form in the recent Irani trophy game and the cricket’s favorite kid hit Siddle for 3 boundaries first up looking all set for bigger things. Pujara and Sachin started the repair work and the spectators witnessed class stroke play by both right handers. At tea, India was 84 for 2.
Post tea both batters added few runs before Pujara faced an off cutter which hit the timber from Pattinson, was his and India’s 3rd wicket for 44. Kohli joined Tendulkar and the two put on 77 runs in 24 odd overs to take India to 182 for 3 at end of play. The match presently is a perfect balance with India trailing by 198 runs and 7 wickets in hand. Tendulkar’s fans would be looking forward for Day 3 as the Master bats on for supremacy.
Author’s Pick Flick:for the 11th time and the first time since the Delhi Test in the year 2008, all Aussie wickets in an innings fell to Indian spinners.