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February 18, 2006
Australia 8 for 230 (Sthalekar 72, Rolton 63) v India
India will be well pleased with their efforts on the opening day of the only Test at Adelaide. By the close they had reduced Australia to 8 for 230 with Jhulan Goswami and Neetu David doing the damage to knock over the top order. Goswami ended with an impressive 3 for 39 from 23 stingy overs of pace bowling. David grabbed 2 for 46 from her 15 overs of spin.
Australia can take some comfort from the day, though. Karen Rolton's first innings at the helm since taking over from the retired Belinda Clark proved a successful one - she made 63, and passed Clark as Australia's leading runscorer in Tests at the same time, but will be kicking herself for not going on from there.
So will Lisa Sthalekar, who made 72: together they shared the highest partnership of the day, with 56 for the third wicket. But Rolton's dismissal, lbw to Goswami, triggered a collapse as Australia lurched from 2 for 110 to 7 for 169.
Sthalekar and Jodie Purves - one of three debutantes - added some respectability late in the day, with an eighth-wicket stand of 44, before Sthalekar became Amita Sharma's first victim. Purves strode on to an unbeaten 32 by the close.
This may have been the first time that identical twins have played a Test for Australia on home soil, but the occasion wasn't marked in fine style for Kate and Alex Blackwell. Both got ducks. Alex fell very early on indeed: the hosts had just 2 on the board when Goswami struck. Her sister fell to the same bowler later on.
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