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Australia on 285-5 vs. India on day 1 of 2nd test

 Australia's Shane Watson bats during the first day of their second test match against India in Bangalore, India, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Ai...
 India's Pragyan Ojha, center, celebrates with teammates after dismissing Australia's Shane Watson, unseen, during the first day of their second test ...
 Australia's Shane Watson leaves the ground after losing his wicket during the first day of their second test cricket match against India, in Bangalor...
 India's Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, center, reacts as Australia's captain Ricky Ponting, left, and Michael Hussey run between the wickets during the fi...
 India's Suresh Raina, left, celebrates the dismissal of Australia's Ricky Ponting, right, during the first day of their second test cricket match in ...
 India's Zaheer Khan celebrates the dismissal of Australia's Michael Hussey, unseen, during the first day of their second test cricket match in Bangal...
 India's Suresh Raina, right, hugs teammate Virender Sehwag after he dismissed Australia's captain Ricky Ponting, unseen, during the first day of thei...
 Umpire Ian Gould, right, gestures as India's Rahul Dravid watches during the first day of the second test cricket match between against Australia in ...
 Australia's Michael Hussey leaves the ground after losing his wicket during the first day of their second test cricket match against India in Bangalo...
 Australia's captain Ricky Ponting bats during the first day of their second test cricket match against India in Bangalore, India, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2...
 Australia's captain Ricky Ponting reacts after losing a wicket as he walks back to the pavilion during the first day of their second test cricket mat...
 India's Suresh Raina, right, appeals successfully for the wicket of Australia's Ricky Ponting, left, during the first day of their second test cricke...

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Australia's Shane Watson bats during the first day of their second test match against India in Bangalore, India, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Ai...

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India's Pragyan Ojha, center, celebrates with teammates after dismissing Australia's Shane Watson, unseen, during the first day of their second test ...

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Australia's Shane Watson leaves the ground after losing his wicket during the first day of their second test cricket match against India, in Bangalor...

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India's Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, center, reacts as Australia's captain Ricky Ponting, left, and Michael Hussey run between the wickets during the fi...

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India's Suresh Raina, left, celebrates the dismissal of Australia's Ricky Ponting, right, during the first day of their second test cricket match in ...

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India's Zaheer Khan celebrates the dismissal of Australia's Michael Hussey, unseen, during the first day of their second test cricket match in Bangal...

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India's Suresh Raina, right, hugs teammate Virender Sehwag after he dismissed Australia's captain Ricky Ponting, unseen, during the first day of thei...

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Umpire Ian Gould, right, gestures as India's Rahul Dravid watches during the first day of the second test cricket match between against Australia in ...

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Australia's Michael Hussey leaves the ground after losing his wicket during the first day of their second test cricket match against India in Bangalo...

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Australia's captain Ricky Ponting bats during the first day of their second test cricket match against India in Bangalore, India, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2...

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Australia's captain Ricky Ponting reacts after losing a wicket as he walks back to the pavilion during the first day of their second test cricket mat...

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India's Suresh Raina, right, appeals successfully for the wicket of Australia's Ricky Ponting, left, during the first day of their second test cricke...

Part-time Indian offspinner Suresh Raina's first test wicket in removing Australia captain Ricky Ponting for 77 ensured the second and final match was evenly poised with the visitors on 285-5 at stumps Saturday on the opening day.
Having lost four wickets in the second session at M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Australia recovered to reach 256-4 before Ponting shuffled across his crease and missed Raina's second ball _ and 32nd in test cricket _ to be out leg before wicket after tea.
Australia was on 95-0 at lunch but lost Simon Katich four runs later for 43, then Shane Watson was out for 57 with the total on 113. Nineteen runs later, Michael Clarke was on his way for 14, and Michael Hussey was later dismissed for 34 to make it 198-4.
"The disapppointing thing about today, no doubt, is not one of us was able to go on and get a hundred or a big score because it is a beautiful batting wicket," Watson said. "Hopefully we can get a few more partnerships going tomorrow morning. We know how important the lower order is, especially in Indian conditions."
Harbhajan Singh claimed 2-100 from 276 overs, while Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha also picked up a single wicket each.
Marcus North, under pressure to keep his place in the team, was 43 not out and Tim Paine unbeaten on 8 at the close of play.
"Marcus is looking very good. He started his innings very well, " Watson said. "It's always great to see Marcus in full flight because he's a beautiful batsman to watch when he's going."
India leads 1-0 in the series after a one-wicket win in the first test at Mohali.
Having won the toss, Australia's decision to bat under heavy skies paid off initially by dominating the first session through its right- and left-handed opening partnership, with Watson's aggression being complemented by Katich's more sedate approach.
India's bowlers failed to make use of the moisture in the pitch, with Shanthakumaran Sreesanth unable to find his rhythm and struggling with his line and conceding boundaries to Watson.
Katich took a while to get his eye in but showed his class against the spinners, using his feet well to punish Ojha and Harbhajan when they erred in line or length.
However, he was out when he slashed at a delivery from Harbhajan and was comfortably caught by Rahul Dravid at first slip.
Seven overs later, Watson was dismissed by a beauty from Ojha. Stretching forward to smother the left-armer's spin, Watson nicked the ball to wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Watson, who made 126 and 56 in the first test, hit nine fours in 88 balls.
There was more trouble for Australia when Clarke, an accomplished player of spin bowling, was brilliantly caught off his bat and pad by Raina at backward short leg off Harbhajan.
At 132-3 for three, Australia seemed to be in trouble but a defiant Ponting and Hussey mixed aggression with caution to put on 66 runs.
Ponting batted with characteristic poise to punish the bowlers when they erred in direction and length, and one straight drive off Khan was one of the shots of the day.
Hussey also played Harbhajan and Ojha without much trouble, and when Zaheer and Sreesanth returned for second spell, the left-hander pulled and drove with aplomb. But he perished in the second over after tea, slashing Khan to Virender Sehwag at gully.
Ponting and North had then consolidated Australia's position before Raina struck.
"There's no doubt he'll be frustrated to bat as well as he has been and not be able to get the big scores everyone knows he can get," Watson said of Ponting. "Internally, he'll be very frustrayed. But it's a very important innings for him, to be able to set up a few nice partnerships with Mike Hussey and Marcus North.
"There's going to be a fair bit of swing out there. It's going to play into Ben Hilfenhaus' hands, also Peter George swings a new ball, and it looks like the ball stayed fairly new the whole day as well. We're going to have to make the most of those conditons because that is when we're at our best _ when we're swinging the ball and the ball is carrying through."


Updated : 2021-10-26 08:41 GMT+08:00