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Different approaches, different results and different mindsets heading into Hyderabad would probably best summarise Australia’s tour of India so far. The hosts wiped the dust bowl at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium clean with their trump card, spin, as Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh shared all 20 Australian wickets among themselves.
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Australia, meanwhile, decided to stick to their guns and went with their strength, playing four pace bowlers and just the one specialist spinner in Nathan Lyon. James Pattinson bent his back on a pace-less pitch to justify the strategy as he went on to take a five-wicket haul in the first innings; at the end of the game, he captured six of the 12 wickets that India lost. However, Lyon could manage just four and leaked 200-plus runs in India’s first-innings total of 572.
In the end, a lead of 192 was too much for the Australians to overcome and set a good enough target for India to chase in the fourth innings. To their credit — rather, to debutant Moises Henriques’s credit — Australia did well to make India bat again and take the match into a fifth day after being at 137 for seven a few minutes after Tea on Day Four.
The pitch at Hyderabad isn’t expected to spit as many cobras as the one at Chennai. Local cricketing hero and recently-turned commentator, VVS Laxman, described it as “hard, firm and crumbling”. You wouldn’t think the Australians would be too ecstatic on hearing this, given Chennai behaved almost the same way. But indications are that Hyderabad would probably not turn right away from Day One, which would make the toss a lottery for whoever wins it.