India lacked intensity in Adelaide

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Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 13:35 [IST]
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India looked ordinary in Adelaide

Adelaide, Jan 24: Things are looking worse for Team India. After seeing the Indian players on the field at the Adelaide Oval on the opening day, one can say they have resigned to their fates.

[Scorecard: Adelaide Test]

After the morning session, the Virender Sehwag-led team lacked intensity and allowed Australian batsmen to take control of the game. The fielders were going through the motions as if they had decided that Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke would not get out.

Australia ended the first day with 335/3 in 90 overs and will look to continue the run fest tomorrow.

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Sehwag's captaincy was ordinary and he opted to bring himself on and the duo of Ponting and Clarke were hardly troubled in the two sessions that followed after lunch.

Defensive fields with lot of gaps allowed Australian batsmen to score freely.

Instead of starting the post-tea proceedings with one of his pacemen, Sehwag came onto bowl and his second ball was deposited beyond the boundary by Clarke.

Sehwag, leading the side in place of MS Dhoni who was banned for slow over rates, continued to keep himself at the bowling crease for further six overs and Australian batsmen flourished.

Ponting (137 not out, 254 balls, 13 fours) and Clarke (140 not out, 188 balls, 19 fours and one six) have so far associated for 251 runs for the fourth wicket wicket and look to bat India out of the game. The same combination had 288-run stand in the Sydney Test where Clarke made his career best 329 not out and Ponting had hit 134.

Clarke already has 519 runs for the series while Ponting touched 400 on a day when the latter also crossed the 13,000-run mark in Tests.

The Adelaide wicket looks the best for batting and if the trend continues on the second day, India are in for another tough day under the sun.

Young paceman Umesh Yadav was bowling too short and went for plenty. His 12 overs have gone for 87 runs for no wicket.

Zaheer Khan (1/52 off 18 overs) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/81 off 26 overs) were the successful bowlers.

Ishant Sharma, having taken only four wickets so far in the series, threatened for a brief spell with the second new ball but had nothing to show in the wickets column.

India, after toiling hard in the field, took the second new ball after 85.1 overs but a wicket remained elusive.


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