Day 2: India vs Australia Live Streaming 2013 4th Test Ind vs Aus
India's quest for an historic clean sweep started on a good note as the host spinners continued their dominance over Australia to steal the show on the opening day of the fourth and final cricket Test in New Delhi,
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Australia, sans their injured skipper Michael Clarke, managed a respectable 231 for eight at stumps on the first day after opting to bat on a dodgy Feroze Shah Kotla strip.
The visitors' total was given a semblance of respectability by the 53-run eight-wicket partnership between Steven Smith and Peter Siddle followed by an unbroken 43-run ninth-wicket stand between Siddle and James Pattinson.
Phillip Hughes, with a quick fire 45 in the top-order, and Steven Smith, with a patient 46 in the middle-order, were the two major contributors, the gutsy Siddle (47 not out) also fought hard, adding some crucial runs with Pattinson. Ravichandran Ashwin (4/40) was the wrecker-in-chief and was ably complemented by
Ravindra Jadeja (2/34) and Ishant Sharma (2/35).
If the first day's pitch was any indication, the match is unlikely to go into the fifth day as the considerable wear and tear made life difficult for the Aussie batsmen, majority of whom didn't seem to have the answers superb bowling of the Jadeja-Ashwin duo.
Ishant Sharma provided the initial breakthrough claiming the wicket of opener David Warner in the second over of the game. Ashwin and Jadeja ripped through the middle-order in the post-lunch session, helped by some foolish shot selection on part of the opposition batsmen.
From a relatively secure 94-2 at lunch, the visitors suddenly looked in a hurry and paid dearly for their indiscretion losing wickets in a heap.
Credit should also be given to Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for rotating his bowlers successfully. Dhoni made quick changes in the bowling allowing no time for the Australian batsmen to settle down.
Now, India must quickly get the last two wickets in the opening session of the game on Day 2, following it up with a good batting performance on this unpredictable wicket will give the Indians the edge.