Ind vs Aus Live Streaming 1st Test Day 3, Ind vs Aus Live Score
Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohliresumed the Indian first innings against Australia on the third day of the first Test at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.
On Day 2, it seemed like runs and Tendulkar were like two estranged lovers meeting after a long time on a Saturday afternoon. The poetry was back, so was the grace and elegance.
After Australia folded up for 380 at the stroke of lunch, India were reduced to 11/2 in no time.James Pattinson was breathing fire, removing Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay, and another wicket at that stage would have made life extremely difficult for India.
But Tendulkar did what he has done for over two decades. The first ball he faced off a rampaging Pattinson was caressed through cover for a boundary. He opened the face just a little bit for the second ball and the result was the same.
A ruffled Pattinson drifted onto the pads and a delicate leg-glance followed. The Australian skipper Michael Clarke removed Pattinson straight away and the pressure came down by a few notches.
India built on that counter-attack and by the end of Day 2, had reached 182/3, with Tendulkar and Kohli holding fort.
The genius of Tendulkar was central to India's fightback on a crumbling pitch with variable bounce, against a quality pace bowling attack. Tendulkar seemed to have decided that he won't close the face of his bat against these pacers and looked to play everything as close to his body as possible.
As he looked completely under control at one end, Cheteshwar Pujara too played his part and waited for the ball to come to him and looked to find the gaps. Even as Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle looked to attack, there wasn't a dry period when the runs were choked.
The Pujara-Tendulkar partnership was broken after tea when Pattinson was brought back for his second spell. The ball came back just a little bit and Pujara (44) played down the wrong line, to be bowled through the gate.
Kohli, who came in at Pujara's dismissal, seemed determined to buckle in and grind. But the natural aggressive streak in him forced the Delhi boy to go for his shots when the opportunity arose and he took the pressure off Tendulkar.