India v Australia, 2nd Test: Hosts take control in Hyderabad

Last Updated: 02/03/13 11:56pm

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India enjoyed a successful first day of the second Test against Australia in Hyderabad after the tourists could only make 237 in their first innings.

Australia skipper Michael Clarke top scored with 91 after choosing to bat first, but then took the unusual step of declaring with one wicket still remaining.

And his plan backfired as India managed to see out three overs at the end of the day to reach the close on 5-0.

Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar each took three wickets to help stymie Australia, while Matthew Wade (62) provided the main support for Clarke after a top-order failure.

Australia were in trouble early on as Kumar bowled David Warner (6) in the third over before trapping fellow opener Ed Cowan (4) lbw in the fifth with a ball which may have pitched outside leg stump.

Phil Hughes (19) and Shane Watson (23) steadied the ship somewhat before the latter whiffed on an attempted pull to Kumar (3-53) and was trapped lbw.

Hughes soon followed after being caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the spin of Ravi Ashwin, but Clarke and Wade then turned things around with a fifth-wicket stand of 145.

Both players had battled their way to half centuries when Wade cut one from Harbhajan Singh and was caught by Kumar at point.

That signalled the end of Clarke's support as Test debutant Glenn Maxwell, who came into the side to replace Mitchell Starc, was the only lower-order batsman to reach double figures with an effort of 13.

After Clarke was bowled by Jadeja (3-33) nine runs short of a century, the skipper decided against leaving his last-wicket pair in the middle for any length of time and instead tried to ruffle the feathers of the India openers before stumps.

Australia must now produce a strong bowling performance on day two if they are to make a first real impact in the series, in which they are trailing 1-0.

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