Ponting, Watson innings give Aus the upper hand

Published: Saturday, October 9, 2010, 11:20 [IST]
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Day 1: Australia 285/5 at stumps

Bangalore: Australia managed to put up a decent total of 285/5 at the first day's play against India in the Chinnaswamy stadium at Bangalore.

Captain Ricky Ponting was the top scorer for the tourists with 77 runs, which included 12 boundaries in total.

Ponting was positive throughout the innings and scored at a good pace in the middle to help Aussies reach 285.

In the first session of play, the Australian openers Shane Watson and Simon Katich had taken Australia off to a promising start.

India vs Australia, 2nd Test - Scorecard

Watson in particular continued on with his good form and struck 57 runs off 88 ball to lay a solid foundation for the Aussies at the start of play. Simon Katich at the other end had taken a more cautious approach and complemented Watson very well.

The duo added 99 runs for the first wicket before Katich(43) was dismissed by Harbhajan.

Harbhajan struck in the fifth delivery post lunch session, to get the first breakthrough for India.

Just seven overs later, Pragyan Ohja joined the party as he dismissed the danger-man Shane Watson caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni behind the wicket.

Then Clarke was the third batsman to be dismissed off the bowling of Harbhajan caught by Suresh Raina at silly point.

Ponting, however, was looking in fine form and managed to put up a good partnership with Michael Hussey for the fourth wicket to dominate the proceedings in the later stages of mid session of play.

However, just when the partnership looked like taking the Indians out of the game, Hussey(34) fell soon in the commencement of the final session of play.

Zaheer Khan got the crucial breakthrough of Hussey as Virender Sehwag completed a sharp catch at gully to break the partnership.

Then Ponting and Marcus North weaved together a good partnership of 58 runs before Ponting was trapped in his pads to be given out lbw off the bowling of Suresh Raina.

Marcus North who has had an inconsistent run of form batting at No 6 for the Aussies in the recent past has played well to score 43 unbeaten runs.

He is batting alongside wicketkeeper batsman Tim Paine(8*) as Australia ended with 285/5 at the close of day one.


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