Sydney, Jan 3: Ricky Ponting (44*) and Clarke (47*) steady Aussie innings as they manage to post 116/3 after losing early wickets on Day 1 of the second Test at Sydney on Tuesday. It was indeed a bowlers' day out at Sydney Cricket Ground, as they claimed 13 wickets as batsmen tumbled and surrendered to pace. With 7 wickets in hand, Aussies trail by 75 runs.
[Scorecard: 2nd Test; India Vs Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground]
Walking into the crease when the score read 37/3, Ricky Ponting (44*) and Clarke (47*) added 79 runs for the 4th wicket on Day 1 to bring up the highest partnership of the match. Ricky Ponting and Clarke on the verge of scoring their half centuries, look in omnious form, showing that Indian bowlers need to work very hard on Wednesday morning to get rid of these batsmen.
Zaheer dismissed Warner and Shaun Marsh in successive overs as Aussies were reeling at 8/2. A couple of overs later, Zaheer trapped Cowan leg before the wicket as he claimed his third wicket while he was on 16.
Zaheer Khan claimed Warner in the last ball of the first over while he managed to nail Shaun Marsh fora nought in the first ball of the second over of his, to get two wickets off consecutive balls. A perfect start to compensate for some poor batting display.
While Marsh's nightmare continued, Aussies off to a shaky start as they have lost the opener too for 16. Ponting and skipper Clarke have a tough task at hand as they try to tackle Zaheer.
Earlier, Aussie quicks rattled India as the visitors were bundled out for 191 in their first innings of the second Test at Sydney on Day 1. Skipper Dhoni made a valiant 57 but landed in vain as bowlers couldn't withstand pressure.
Hilfenhaus strike thrice as he picked Ishant Sharma (0) after Tea, Zaheer Khan (0) and R Ashwin both in the last over before Tea. Another defeat in sight even before they play the second innings as India have succumbed to pressure.
Aussie quicks rattle India's batting line up as visitors creep to 178/8 at Tea on Day 1. India lost Ashwin (20) and Zaheer Khan (1) in consecutive balls in the last over before Tea as Hifenhaus claims 2 wickets to increase India's woes.
Resuming play after lunch India lost Sachin Tendulkar (41) and Virat Kohli (23) as they are tottering at 124/6 as all the batsmen were back in the pavillion. With no further damage to be made to India's batting order, Aussies enjoyed the moment and celebrated as they successfully stopped Sachin from scoring big for the third time in the series.
MS Dhoni unbeaten on 12, is joined by Ashiwn as they aim to rebuild the innings and post a decent total on the board. Pattinson at his usual best, picked up 3 Indian wickets early on Day 1 of the second Test at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
India managed to score 72/4 at Lunch on Day 1. Highlights of the first session included moments of celebration by the Aussies as India were struggling at 59/4 in 20.5 overs, after losing Opener Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman to Pattinson, in successive overs.
Sehwag (30) was struggling since he faced the first ball which ensured that he is not going to make it big this time around. Similarly, Gambhir 's poor run continued as he was dismissed by Pattinson for a nought off the third ball of the innings.
The Wall too wasn't strong enough to withstand the pressure as he was also dismissed for 5 after he tried to flick a Siddle delivery to the leg side, which gets an inside edge to end up in Cowan's safe hands.
Virender Sehwag and Dravid added 30 runs for the 2nd wicket before Dravid was dismissed for 5. Sachin and Sehwag too managed to score just 25 rund for the 3rd wicket as it was Sehwag's turn to return to the pavillion as Pattinson picked his 2nd wicket.
VVS Laxman (2) also disappointed for the se4cond time in the series but importantly at SCG, as he has a very good record at this particular ground. With this wicket, Pattinson claimed his third wicket, to rattle the Indian batting line-up.
Virat Kohli, who has been struggling to score runs against Aussie pacers, failed to make a mark again as he was dismissed for 23 by Siddle. Batsmen are not making use of such good starts as they have been struggling to withstand pressure.
Now, with MS Dhoni being the only person India can rely on, it even more difficult to score as they have had enough pressure in their plates already. To digest these, one has to have a temperament of Dravid, which is very important on such tracks.
Earlier India decided to bat first after winning the toss on a pitch that is going to assist bowlers, which is also expected to turn from the third day onwards. Both the teams playing with an unchanged team, are witnessing another historic moment as they are a part of this eventful Test match which marks the 100th at this ground.
Aussies got everything right in this Test, rhythm, pace and a disciplined bowling attack which was enough to torment the visitors and increase their woes. Siddle and Hilfenhaus picked up 3 wickets each while Pattinson, the pick of the bowlers claimed 4 wickets. Now, with a good partnership of 79* for the 4th wicket, they tend to extend it on Wednesday as Indians plan to get back into the game by striking early on Day 2.