Match Evenly Poised After Day 2 Of India Vs Australia 1st Test

India Vs Australia 1st Test - Day 2

Australia started the proceedings exactly the way they ended on day 1. They were over cautious and batting with a very slow run rate in the first session. After Watson fell victim to Harbhajan on 126, Paine anchored the Australian innings very well. He scored his career best 92 off 196 balls. He was a part of very important partnerships with Johnson (47) and Ben Hilfenhaus (20 unbeaten). Australia managed to score a respectable total of 428 off 151.4 overs, a run rate of 2.82 which we are not used to see when the Australians bat. 

Zaheer Khan clinched 5 wickets giving away 94 runs. Harbhajan claimed 3 and Ojha clinched one wicket. Ishant Sharma is a worry for the skipper Dhoni as he gave away 71 runs off 11.4 overs (economy rate over 6).

India got a good start before Gambhir fell to Johnson on 25. Sehwag went on to score a quick half ton before he was caught by Clarke off Johnson on 59. Sehwag equalled the record of scoring a half century or more in 11 consecutive Test matches. Viv Richards and Gautam Gambhir are the only other two batsmen to have achieved this record before Sehwag. Dravid is batting brilliantly on 21 (28 balls) with the night watchman Ishant Sharma. India have scored 110/2 in 21 overs. A very aggressive approach which they have owned since a few years now thanks to Sehwag. This approach has given them an edge over the other teams in test cricket.

Stay tuned for day 3 which will probably decide the fate of this test match. Will it be India who scores a mammoth total to put kangaroos under pressure or will it be the Australia who will quickly wrap up the things.. India Vs Australia Day 3 will tell it all!

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