Australia recover after Hayden's dismissal

Published: Thursday, October 9, 2008, 13:41 [IST]
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Ponting and Katich Bangalore: Australia recovered from the dismissal of Matthew Hayden to reach 75 for one at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test.

Batting first, the Aussies suffered a big jolt when the dangerous Hayden was dismissed by Zaheer Khan in the first over of the test, but Simon Katich and captain Ricky Ponting steadied the innings by batting cautiously.

The two Australian batsmen negotiated the first spells of pacemen Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma and never really looked in trouble against the spinners to steer the team to a comfortable 75 for one in 27 overs to more or less take the honour in the pre-lunch session.

Ponting, who was a big failure in the Indian pitches, seemed determined to make amends and was batting on 41 while opener Katich was giving him company on 28 at the lunch break.

The Indians could not have asked for a better start to the four-match Test series with pace spearhead Zaheer Khan removing Hayden (0) in the very third ball of his opening spell.


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