Pune Test: Australia 153/4 at tea break

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 23, 2017

After whitewashing England, it is time for India to taken on the world's best team Australia which is a battle for the best of the best in the test cricket. Jacques Kallis was a high quality batsman who could bowl, and Kapil Dev was a high quality bowler who could bat, as was Richard Hadlee. Ashwin, going over the wicket, bowled a straight one with a round-arm action-to make it even more hard for Renshaw to leave.

There has been plenty of talk about the nature of the surface for the opening Test between India and Australia in Pune ever since pictures first emerged of the 22-yard strip on Wednesday. But it was only when the ball became a little old that Umesh Yadav was brought into the attack and he drew first blood.

India are now heavy favourites to win the Test and you wouldn't bet against them, considering Australia's last Test victory in India came in October 2004.

Umesh then took charge with another attractive spell as he struck on consecutive deliveries to send back Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon for ducks.

Minor miracles have followed Australia over the past 24 hours.

Coming in at number eight, Starc put on an unbeaten 51-run stand with Hazlewood to lift the visitors from a precarious 205 for nine.

Renshaw had to leave the field after Warner's dismissal because of illness. Umesh Yadav has struck in his first over as India's wait for the breakthrough comes to an end. The pitch had all the makings of a dream wicket for the spinners. Kohli looked keen on hurting the visitors early.

Offspinner Jayant Yadav returned to the hosts' XI for paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, the Australian openers came out with a clear plan and executed it perfectly.

Umesh dismissed Warner, who played away from the body and got the inside edge.

India's plan was not off the mark either.

Whoever won the toss was always going to bat on a Pune pitch that has been a talking point before the Test had got underway. Therefore, they would certainly be aiming to make it four in a row against the mighty Australians, and dominate their spot at the top of the ICC Test Rankings, as well as finish the ICC Calendar as the top Test playing nation, and claim the ICC Test maze. The left-handed openers were lucky enough and made good use of that luck to stay together for 27 overs.

With the sun beating down, India's body language too slowly dropped. Limited overs cricket gave rise to a new breed of cricketers, "bits-and-pieces cricketers" who neither were a specialist batsman nor a specialist bowler, and it is in this category Mitchell Marsh fits in.

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