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October 1, 2010
Ishant Sharma's participation in the remainder of the first Test in Mohali will be clear only on the morning of the second day, Mayank Parikh, a team official, has said. Ishant injured his knee on Friday afternoon and left the field - after a lacklustre spell of 7.4 overs in which he conceded 49 runs - for an MRI scan.
India clawed back on the first day of the series, limiting Australia to 224 for 5 with Zaheer Khan bagging three wickets, including two late in the day. Ishant, however, had a tough time, bowling eight no-balls - one of which resulted in Ricky Ponting nicking to the wicketkeeper.
India have gone in with two seamers and two specialist spinners and Ishant's injury, if it persists, could hurt their chances. Pragyan Ojha, however, was optimistic about Ishant's condition when speaking after the first day's play. "Right now, if Ishant was there, it would have been great," said Ojha, when asked about the lack of a second pace bowler once the ball started to reverse towards the end of the day. "We don't want to look at the negatives. The other three bowlers have done brilliantly, and we also expect Ishant to come back. Zaheer was amazing. He did the job."
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