India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 2nd day

Tendulkar, Kohli even up match

The Report by Daniel Brettig

February 23, 2013

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India 182 for 3 (Tendulkar 71*, Kohli 50*, Pattinson 3-28) trail Australia 380 (Clarke 130, Henriques 68, Warner 50, Ashwin 7-103) by 198 runs
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Sachin Tendulkar drives down the ground, India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 2nd day, February 23, 2013
Sachin Tendulkar's innings was the most assured and ominous he has played at Test level in recent memory © BCCI
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In the space of his first two balls, Sachin Tendulkar changed the complexion of this match. Arriving at the wicket with India a forlorn 12 for 2 in reply to 380, he punched a rampant James Pattinson through the covers with so much certainty that a previously confident Australia were given pause, while a momentarily cowed India breathed anew.

By the end of the day Pattinson had burst through a third batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, but used only in a pair of micro-spells he was unable to get at Tendulkar, and the hosts reached a contented 182 for 3 with Virat Kohli offering typically wristy support. Tendulkar's innings was the most assured and ominous he has played at Test level in recent memory, though it could easily have ended in the final over before tea.

Nathan Lyon pushed most of his deliveries through, but second ball he looped an off break that Tendulkar padded away dismissively though it appeared bound for the stumps. Australia's appeal was prolonged, but the umpire Marais Erasmus was unmoved. The close call had a restorative effect on Tendulkar, allowing him to go on to only a second half-century in his past 14 Test innings, and a deflating one on Lyon, depriving him of the confidence an early wicket would have provided. He was seldom a threat from that moment.

India's innings had been delayed until after lunch by the obduracy of the Australian tail. Michael Clarke went on from his overnight 103 not out to 130, going past Greg Chappell on Australia's list of run aggregates along the way, and Peter Siddle dead-batted to a stodgy but valuable 19 from 94 balls. Pattinson and Lyon then managed to extend the session, each ball a little victory for the pair though they were both fortunate to survive lbw appeals. Lyon ultimately succumbed when his sweep was well held at leg slip.

R Ashwin again bowled teasingly, and Lyon's wicket gave him a new innings high-mark in first-class cricket. Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh struck earlier in the morning, the latter improving somewhat on his diffident performance on the first day of the series. Redolent of a desert, the pitch required constant vigilance by the batsmen, and does not look like improving.

M Vijay and Virender Sehwag walked out for the start of the afternoon session aware that Australia's most threatening bowlers would be employed immediately. Mitchell Starc took the first over and bowled tidily without extracting his pet inswing to the right-hand batsmen, relying on the occasional short ball for the element of surprise. He was later to spend too many overs around the wicket, negating his natural angle, and the creation of footmarks for Lyon.

At the other end Pattinson charged in for his first Test since a side strain removed him from Australia's attack in Adelaide last November. Clearly instructed to bowl at his fastest in short spells by his captain Clarke, Pattinson touched 150kmph during a three-over stint that exhilarated everyone but the Indian opening batsmen.

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  • Sachin Tendulkar's half-century is his seventh fifty-plus score in Chennai. In 15 innings at the venue, Tendulkar has scored 947 runs with five centuries and two fifties at an average of 94.7.
  • Tendulkar, during the course of his knock, also went past 7000 runs in home Tests. Only Ricky Ponting has more runs than Tendulkar in home Tests. Tendulkar is also 128 runs away from becoming the highest run-getter in Tests against Australia.
  • Since the start of the England series in 2011, India's opening partnership has averaged just 33.56 in 32 innings. Among top Test teams (excluding Bangladesh and Zimbabwe), only New Zealand and Sri Lanka have a lower average for the opening wicket.
  • For the first time since November 2009 (end of his 70th Test), Virender Sehwag's average fell below the 50 mark. Since the Edgbaston Test in 2011, Sehwag has managed just 867 runs in 28 innings at an average of 30.96 with one century.
  • R Ashwin's 7 for 103 is his best bowling performance in Tests surpassing his previous best of 6 for 31 against New Zealand last year. Overall, it is the tenth-best bowling performance in Chennai (seventh-best by a spinner).
  • Michael Clarke's 130 is the highest individual score by an Australian captain in Tests in India. He surpassed the record of Ricky Ponting, who made 123 in Bangalore in 2008.
  • For the 11th time overall and the first time since the Delhi Test in 2008, all wickets in the Australia innings fell to Indian spinners.

Entering the match with modest domestic form, Vijay was beaten for pace by a full ball that tailed back fractionally and plucked out leg stump via the inside edge. Sehwag never seemed at home, and a late defensive prod on a ball angled back into him resulted in a dismissal that looked bizarre but also felt inevitable.

It was reminiscent of Graham Gooch's famed handled the ball dismissal in an Ashes Test at Old Trafford in 1993, only this time the batsman allowed the ball to drop on the stumps rather than pushing it away with an illegal glove. Having worn his spectacles to the middle, Sehwag strolled off in search of a new optometrist.

Tendulkar marked his guard with few recent Test runs behind him, and a clear pattern in his recent dismissals - the stumps were bound to be attacked. But he confronted those first two balls with such assurance that the tone of the innings changed almost immediately, Australia's bowlers and fielders given pause by the poise of an ageing master, as he set his soundest foundation for quite some time.

Pujara lost little by comparison, technically compact but never missing a chance to score, and together with Tendulkar he pushed India out of the worst of the danger. Tendulkar's non-shot against Lyon will stick in the memory of the Australians should he go on to a century on day three, much as Clarke's escape from a bat-pad appeal gave India reason to feel wronged on the first afternoon.

Australia's bowlers found some reverse swing not long after tea, Moises Henriques and Siddle both bending the ball usefully. But it was Pattinson who found a way through Pujara, though with a delivery never intended to curve. Delivered across the seam, it skidded through low and beat Pujara's slightly lax defensive stroke, leaving India precariously placed at 105 for 3.

But the breach was not fully exploited. Pattinson again returned to outfield duty after only three overs, Lyon remained inconsistent, and the rest were lacking in danger if not effort. Clarke eventually brought himself on from over the wicket, and had the ball biting out of the rough. But he was unable to land there enough to maintain pressure, and the day petered out with Tendulkar looking every bit as assured as his first two balls had been.

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 24, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Agree with @Samychennai - @ nyc _missle, are you crazy to talking like this??? there is nothing wrong with CSK players...Who took wickets yesterday?? It is ashwin and jadeja who are them were criticized before the start and they have achieved it. Dhoni isn't senseless. If you blame Vijay then why you avoid Sewag? Both of them failed. So what? that is match and wait for second innings then criticize...

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 24, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

People here seems to be kidding including the reporter itself referring to the LBW shout, the LBW appeal of SRT was too doubtful to be given out.He was way forward and the ball struck outside the line of off-stump. In no way it was to be given out.

Posted by JimmyDean on (February 24, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

@Posted by hhillbumper on (February 23, 2013, 18:36 GMT), Here is what Lyon did this morning - Lyon to Tendulkar, OUT, oh Lyon, what a beauty. That's a lovely offspinner's dismissal. They dream of these, and when you do this to Tendulkar in a Test in Chennai, oh boy what a feeling. Tossed up outside off, exactly in that rough, Tendulkar drives away from the body, and it spins sharply through the gate. Hopefully a few more to come today good buddy...

Posted by Gazooligan on (February 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT)

Lyon bowls the little master with one that "spins sharply through the gate"... Not bad work for a seamer that can't spin the ball hey? I hope FFL was watching because he's been dying the see Lyon bowl a ball that turns. Would hate to think he missed seeing Lyon beat one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Still, a fine innings by Tendulkar!

Posted by whofriggincares on (February 24, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

Not a bad delivery by Lyon to dismiss the Little master! I do believe it turned a little bit. I wonder if certain observers on this site will have much to say. Summed up well by Ravi Shastri " the perfect off spinners wicket". His opinion is actually held in high regard in the cricket world unlike some. He never mentioned seam bowling at all , strange that. He probably hasn't had a lobotomy unlike some.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 24, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

I hope Tendulkar scores a century. That will guarantee his selection for South Africa. Only after Steyn and company completely humiliate him will he come to his senses and announce his retirement.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

@ FFL just thought id share this with you from the commentary, because we all know your blind as a bat "61.6 Lyon to Kohli, no run, sharp turn and bounce, Kohli takes the bottom hand off, is hit on the handle of the bat, but luckily for him it dies immediately and falls well short of short leg" looks like Lyon can turn the ball you just need some eyes that work to see it

Posted by spiritwithin on (February 24, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks..many factual mistakes in your statements-1)Umpire was Erasmus not Dharmasena when the appeal against sachin was made(which proves you are writing with your imagination here)..2)Sachin was not Plumb LBW because when ball hits the pad almost a foot outside the line of either off-stump or legstump is never called as plumb,add to that when the leg is stretched almost 2meter and ball spinning its far away from being called as PLUMB..3)Batsman never walks by themselves for LBW no matter how close the lbw all in all you are writing stuff's from your wild imagination..learn some cricket and dont just blame others

Posted by jasonmad on (February 24, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

Some great turn, bounce and rip from Lyon yesterday. Only a hop, skip and a jump to the world's best (Panesar) now. Go you good thing!

Posted by Samychennai on (February 24, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

@ nyc _missle, are you crazy to talking like this??? there is nothing wrong with CSK players...Who took wickets yesterday?? It is ashwin and jadeja who are them were criticized before the start and they have achieved it. Dhoni isn't senseless. His decision to include local boys for match is right and thus the way it is worked. If you blame Vijay then why you avoid Sewag? Both of them failed. So what? that is match and wait for second innings then criticize...

Posted by karthikeee on (February 24, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

Mr. nyc_missile mind your words to telling some comments.. speak with some respect. just only one innings is over just wait for 2nd innings he is not perform well dhoni will change the opening slot.. sehwag also out cheaply u know.. pls dnt put some kind of comments in future.. he is a captain of Team india..

Posted by karthikramnatarajan on (February 24, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

@Baseball-Sucks: Clarke's was a bat pad catch... Hence he knew that he had hit the ball and has to walk... Sachin's was an LBW and no one walks for a wrong lbw decision. You don't know the line of impact and if it was that plumb, umpires usually don't make mistakes....

Posted by jasonpete on (February 24, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 23, 2013, 19:04 GMT), relax.You seem to behave Everytime as you personllly got affected by dhoni or he harmed you in some conveniently you forgot about your capatin material sehwag performance in this match? What about sehwag 2 runs and drop catches in slip? Ofcourse dhoni never ceases to surprise us with stupid decision like playing sehwag who looks unfit and fat.Anyway keep ranting with choices of words,nothing amuses when it comes from you.Anyway I am happy that sachin got some runs after a long while and want to carry on this tomorrow as well.Kohli too played well.good luck to both teams,It looks an interesting test match.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (February 24, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

Interesting to note that there is hardly a word from any commentator in Australia about Dharmasena's blunder in giving Clarke not out when he had clearly nicked it. Reccently in the one dayers against WI, when an AUS player was given out perhaps incorrectly there was a lot of hue and cry and comments about the standards of umpiring. It was the same story when Ponting used to get the benefit of umpiring decisions.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

India need to sort out selection issues before they think of re-building the team.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

I still feel Australia will win this match. Anything close to 180 will be tough to chase in the fourth innings.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 2:15 GMT)

So there you are in the 6th over, your strike bowler is pumped with adrenaline, he has taken 2-wickets, the opposition is 2/12, a few balls later the strike bowler turns at the top of his run up to see, not an additional slip fielder but one less. Yes the captain, in his almighty wisdom, has decided to go from 2SL & a G down to 1SL & a G

At the end of the over the ball is taken from the strike bowler. He needs to be 'rested'. But time passes and opportunities are lost. The strike bowler does not return after 12, 14 or even 16 overs, it is now the 27th over and the score is now 2/94. He turns at the top of his run up he sees not one slip. Yes the captain does not give him one slip. He bowls 3-overs and takes a 3rd wicket.

Again we he is rested. It's 3/109. But he doesn't return for the rest of the day. Doesn't give the ball to him for a final spell saying "I don't care about runs, we need a wicket." The day ends 3/182. Your strike bowler has bowled 6-overs

Clarke's Captaincy...WOW!!

Posted by coloreal1 on (February 24, 2013, 2:10 GMT)

Here is the first of the series - The seven wonders of Indian cricket selections. M.Vijay - not a single 50 in the last 11 innings over 3 years; not a single 50 in the last 10+ innings in one days, and to think we dropped Gautam Gambhir for not having a hundred! I have nothing against M Vijay. he should be buying a Lotto every day. sure he' ll crack the jackpot given his luck. Or will he make me eat the humble pie with a decent score?

Posted by VAVAVA on (February 24, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

Wag has failed again. He fails every time for lack of preparation, poor application, and laziness. He should surely go. Good that Gambo is no longer there, and Wag should follow.

Posted by realfan on (February 24, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

why are fans too much into sachin's dismissle??? ok lets consider that he dint offer the shot, then even with DRS he would have been not out.... because he was way too forwars that was more than 2.5 meters from the wicket... so according to rule book the LBW wont come into picture if the ball stuck the batsmen 2.5 meters in front of stumps then its clearly not out.....ask billy bowden about that ( IAN BELL CASE IN WORLD CUP)

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (February 24, 2013, 1:59 GMT)

The greatest mystery is why Pattinson bowled just 3 overs and then was taken off for ages - especially since he took 2 wickets in those 3 overs. He came back for a couple more, taking another wicket, then was rested. Is he carrying an injury? What is going on? It is one of the oddest things I have seen in cricket. Normally when a bowler is dominating, such as Ashwin in India's bowling innings, that bowler bowls more than anyone else. So why not Pattinson?

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 24, 2013, 1:44 GMT)

Why some people are against Vijay after seeing his one failure. What about Rahane failure in recent ODIs. What about 2 years worst batting by Shewag & Gambhir. How about 8 test lose by the same team which had same players except Vijay. How about SRT who plays only for 100s and never for team win.

How about your support to Jaffer and why not to Badri. Where you want to position Rahane. He will not get his chances until Dhoni goes off from Test team. Why don't you notice Dinesh Karthik recent and last 1 year good batting.

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 24, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Please remove Vijay from team, but keep Shewag because he is very good asset to Indian team for next 10 years. Yes remove Vijay.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 1:15 GMT)

@Posted by Reddy Kumar on (February 23, 2013, 16:48 GMT) One thing I had observed from the last ten years is all non subcontinental teams like Australia, South Africa, England had improved a lot in playing spin, Where as Subcontinent teams like India, Srilanka, Pakistan Are still struggling to face fast bowling. True totaly true and the trend will continue, I think it has to do with the pitches Dohni demands all big turners. Every other country dose this but more and more international players are playing IPL and such getting experence on the flat turners then go home to bat on hard bouncy tracks they get the best of both worlds. The other problem is up and comming bowlers from India have no real reason or reward to bowl fast on these type of wickets there is nothing in it for them, so the local bats dont see good quicks, the local bowlers have no reason to bowl fast and Indian cricket suffers as a result

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 24, 2013, 1:08 GMT)

@Shan156, I think you are a bit premature to say Tendulkar will dominate the series. Also his days scoring big out of India are over. You can't bat like that off the front foot overseas, just coming forward and pushing the ball away, with the ball never getting up, not having to worry about movement off the surface or in the air (because the glassless pitch not only negates bounce and seam movement, it takes the shine off the ball straight away, so there is no swing.). Tendulkar is a walking slips catch batting like that elsewhere.

Posted by mixters on (February 24, 2013, 1:00 GMT)

@IndianSRTfan have you noticed the greatest cricketer of all time according to you anyway has been pushed down the all time OFFICAL rankings even further to number 27 thats right number 27 big number for the greatest cricketr, by none other than Michael Clarke, with the likes of Cook and Amla to soon go past him it wont be long before he is out of the top 30. The length of his carrer are a marvel his ODI record awsome but he is not even the best all time Indian bat let alone the greatest of all time

Posted by MEHATELK on (February 24, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

If SRT get few runs it should be a flat batsman friendly flat track, even though he came at 12/2 in second day of the test match. but when Clark bat it was a turning track even though in a very first day of the test ultimately pitches are rated according to the SRT PERFORMANCES as he is a so called flat track bully.BUT HE MIGHT BE THE ONLY BATSMAN PLAYED TEST MATCHES IN FLAT TRACKS ALL OVER THE WORLD SINCE 1990,For eg 68 &119 *v England Manchester in 1990, 148* vAustralia Sydney,114 v Australia perth in 1992, 111 v South Africa Johannesburg 1992, 47& 113 v New Zealand Wellington in 1988, 117 v West Indies Port of Spain in 2002, its boring to write every thing no, so you also see if hate SRT LOG INTO;template=results;type=allround;view=match

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (February 24, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

Match will be a draw...relax people...nothing to see here, two average teams fighting to see who can stay with the big 2 that is SA and Eng.

Posted by   on (February 24, 2013, 0:09 GMT)

The reason Aussie fans have so much to say about Lyon is that he gets an extended period in the team to prove himself and to this stage he has not. Others get one or two tests including batsmen and thye are out. The India series is important but everything for Aussie fans leads to the back to back Ashes series this year. Lyon will not help us win a single test and he will be embarassed by Swann's ability. Selectors had the chance to try others and now we are stuck. Ten Aussie wickets all to Indian spinners...three Indian wickets so far and NONE to our spinner(s).

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 23, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

Day 3 is set up, if Tendulkar can convert his lucky break as Clarke did then I think India can post a lead. Bot sure a small lead into Day 4 will leave India enough time to push for a win though. Patto's right that 2 quick wickets and Aust are right in the mix, and he's the bowler to do it, be surprised if he's not first up in the morning with a full head of steam, he is going to be devastating in England, their troupe of medium pacers simply don't compare. Now if only Lyon could take @Mitty's advice! He's getting good purchade, angle & drift away from a stump to stump release and keep turning them back Gazza!!

Posted by Tripswitch on (February 23, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

For very selfish reasons I hope SRT gets another ton - this will ensure he is in the team to tour SA and so we get to see him bat here!

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 23, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

Firstly, just quickly mention that LBW of Tendulkar on slow motion replay do I think it was out - well Yes. I cant believe so many people are saying he played a shot. However in real time you would have some doubt whether it was hitting the stumps so it is hard to give for an umpire. However, I cant see how an umpire in real time could give Wade or Henriques out either though. How many people would be bagging Lyon now if Tendulkar had been given. Then if Ashwin had missed out on those two LBWs and even the Watson one then they wouldnt be raving abour him either. Luck plays a big a part in cricket As for Tendulkar himself I personally believed after watching recent test cricket that he was finished a liability on the field and he seemed to be overweight. But what I have noticed from this test is he has seemed to do a lot of fitness work, lost some weight and wasnt such a liability in the field as the last couple of years. Congratulations to Tendulkar for bouncing back.

Posted by righthandbat on (February 23, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Tendulkar should make this his final series, even if he hits three triple-centuries. For the remainder of the series, Sehwag should be dropped along with Vijay. Give Jaffer a series at home to open with Pujara. Gambhir can slot in back at 6.

Top 7: Jaffer, Pujara, R Sharma, Tendulkar, Kohli, Gambhir, Dhoni.

I think that batting line-up is good enough to get through most games with at least a draw. For the bowling attack - I'd take four front-line spinners. I don't think the 'fast' bowling of India is worth taking over another spinner. Australia are not great players of spin other than their esteemed captain. Tendulkar can put down some overs of medium pace if needed.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 23, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

@Soumyas: everyone knows the limitations of Jadeja...

And who are those everyone? The Great Shane Warne: who said Jadeja is a rockstar of cricket, even today he praised his bowling and the pressure Jadeja exerted on Batsman. Sanjay, Ravi Shastri, Gavaskar, Laxman, Gangully Ian chappel all have praised Jadeja time and again. All fans supporting Jadeja even on this threads, The captain, The selectors, The team mates in Indian team all know Jadeja's worth but obviously according to you these guys are not part of everyone. For you its you and a few one eyed less informed fans constitute everyone. Keep your personal dislike for Jadeja growing. It will not matter much because Jadeja is here to stay.

Posted by Rooboy on (February 23, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

Lets be honest ... Tendulkar would be averaging in the high 40s if he'd played under neutral umpires. And Ponting would be averaging in the 60s if he never had to play under the officiating of guys like venkat etc

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (February 23, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

NOW the Test match really "starts" :). Everyone aware of the conditions and their implications. All set for an intriguing match :).

Posted by Temuzin on (February 23, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 23, 2013, 19:04 GMT) Where are you CSK / Dhoni fans? M Vijay is a mediocre club level cricketer pushed into opening and now see the results!

At least he CSK guy) scored 5 times more run than your Delhi guy as an opener.. ROFL. plus CSK has already taken 9 wickets against 1 from rest of India. lol...

Posted by Hash_Tag on (February 23, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Australia got more runs than they should have due to our boards nonsense regarding DRS. @Sudeep Das - do not blame the "bad umpiring here". If the Little Master had been given out LBW today we would certainly be saying different things about DRS. Meanwhile, Australia have nothing to truly trouble us. They have no spin bowler of any merit. Virat + SRT will pile agony onto Australia tomorrow mark my words.

Posted by Bonehead_maz on (February 23, 2013, 21:44 GMT)

I thought Pattinson was taken from the crease as punishment for not following bowling plans ? His wickets were nice but overall his length was not.

The plan was surely to break the new ball through the surface (will be interesting to see when pitch is not rolled) and then later restrict by cramping on a straight line. That would allow Lyon some time and some fields. Let him work into consistency.

Our fast bowlers did not follow the plan except for Henriques. Starc improved throughout the day and Siddles second effort was better than his first too. Our line and length control was so poor Starc HAD to bowl around the wicket in an attempt to tighten things.

Having grabbed the 2 early wickets, Pattinson just HAD to try and make SRT sweat. He didn't - bowled WAY to full to a great player who's been bowled a bit recently. Released all pressure - sent to outfield......... quite right !'

Posted by Rooboy on (February 23, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Damn, SRT always fires against Aus. He raises his game for the big challenges, which is a credit to the little master. It's probably also why he barely scored a run against england, that team has been a joke basically his whole career so I guess it's hard for him to take them seriously at this stage.

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 23, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

LOL Pattinson at the end of day's play"If we get 2 wkts we''ll be into the tail".Yup,James our tail starts from Dhoni you got that one right.And as if the out of form batsmen arent enough he picked a useless Jadeja who is neither here or there.Just to bury any chances of more deserving batsmen getting their foothold in the team.This devil Dhoni is more dangerous to Ind cricket than I ever thought.Not just tactics,lack of energy & enthusiasm for test cricket but very harmful to upcoming young talents.

Posted by BG4cricket on (February 23, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

The first session of day 3 will prove critical and if Sachin & Kohli get going it will most likely leave the Australians focussing more on putting victory out of India's reach rather than chasing the win hard. Personally I would start with Pattinson & Clarke in the morning to try & get an early breakthrough - Clarke is more dangerous than Lyon. We should follow up with Henriques & Siddle to clamp down the scoring if we don't get a wicket, bowl one side of the wicket with more defensive fields.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (February 23, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@Posted by Harmony111 on (February 23, 2013, 12:33 GMT): You are right on every count there sir. Apart from a brief period of Sehwag-Gambhir finding form, SRT along with Dravid has been virtually opening for India. He really has given it all he has. Some days ago, read an article about how Clarke has played with a back condition and the discipline he has shown in terms of managing that injury. What about our SRT? He had a serious back injury, finger injuries, Tennis-Elbow (death for cricketers), but every time he came back stronger, adapted his technique, and he has played for almost 24 years now!! That shows how much game matters to him. Yet people who fail to achieve anything of significance in all their lives, continue to criticize SRT. Doesn't matter to him though, he's above such nonsense. Even at the height of his success he was never boorish. Always humble, in success and failure. So, in short, nothing has changed, SRT is still the greatest, most humble cricketer ever.

Posted by IndianSRTfan on (February 23, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

@ Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 23, 2013, 8:26 GMT) : "C'mon Aus .... lets rip out Tendulkar now and set the cat among the birds.... love to see Moises get his man Tend ..continuing the tradition of being the debutant's bunny good fun .... Waiting for serious reverse @ 150 clicks likes of Patto and Starc ,a sight and some...if you are not among the sparse 'crowd' of Indian fans watching at the ground off course...-:"

Uh I think you ought to join ppl like Selfishker, Gravitas, Al_Bundy, Solid _Snake, who must now be sitting in a corner and wondering when their chance to bash SRT pointlessly will come again.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

Agree with @soumyas - Jadeja, is a limited bowler - he should stick to limited overs cricket - ODI and T20. A combination of Ashwin, Ojha and Rasool would have been deadly on this pitch. Jadeja and Bhaji were letting the pressure off from the other end.

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 23, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

I saw the replay for SRT's lbw shout and it wasn't as plumb as people are making it out to be. He had a big stride forward and there was some doubt whether or not he was offering a shot. If he had his bat completely away from his pad which is the traditional way of padding up, I think the umpire would have given him out. But in this case the benefit of doubt has gone to the batsman and it's not as bad a decision as some people think it is.

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (February 23, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

It is obvious that AUS fans are just trying to neutralize the "ruling out of Clarke's LBW decision" with that of "SRT's LBW's decision". One thing I didn't understand is how can an LBW be PLUMB when the ball is far away from the middle line?

Posted by nyc_missile on (February 23, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Where are you CSK / Dhoni fans? M Vijay is a mediocre club level cricketer pushed into opening and now see the results! Jaffer,Unmukt and Rahane will be banging their hands looking at the mayhem going on courtesy the idiotic Dhoni who never ceases to surprise us with stupid decisions.

Posted by Shan156 on (February 23, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

I predicted before the series that Tendulkar would dominate. Even yesterday, I posted a message that the little master would get a big one and shut his critics. The series has started that way and the way he batted yesterday, especially at the start of his innings, you could sense that he is back to his dominant self after a brief loss of form. Whoever were asking for his retirement should now realize that India needs Tendulkar now more than ever. Imagine what would happen when India tour SA later this year and Tendulkar's name is not in the XI. Without Tendulkar, India would not be even half the side they are. You don't judge champions just by a poor series or two. Hopefully, Tendulkar gets a big double and put the game out of Australia's reach. He needs support from the other end. Hopefully, Kohli, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, and Harbhajan provide that much needed support.

Posted by soumyas on (February 23, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

some are complaining tendulkar playing in these low bouncy pitches...but it is 100 times better than who have failed on same pitch... abt his LBW, they wern't even close, point of impact was clearly OUTSIDE OFF...But BCCI shud go for DRS because it's absence has hurt us real bad.

Posted by Nampally on (February 23, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

Thanks to Pujara, Tendulkar & Kohli that India came back from 12 for 2 to finish the day hopeful of a competitive total. It is Junaid Khan all over again except the top 4 bats were different this time. Pujara despite being benched by Dhoni in last 3 ODI's + receiving uncalled for tongue lashing from MSD, fortunately kept his cool & produced for this Captain. He along with SRT saved Kohli from facing Pattinson early in the innings. This helped Kohli to contribute @#5. On Day3, Kohli & SRT have to overcome Pattinson in the opening overs. Fortunately for India, Pattinson is very prone to injuries. This is the reason why Clarke has used him in short bursts of 3 overs. Also SRT showed his class with 3 boundaries in first 4 balls off Pattinson which put a damper on him. Like Ashwin for India, Pattinson has been a one man show for the Aussies so far. Unless Kohli & Sachin carry India to at least 300, it will be tough for India to take the first innings lead-MSD has no footwork to cope Pace!

Posted by tests_the_best on (February 23, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Good to see youngsters performing for India. So far Ashwin, Pujara, Kohli have had a good start to the series. SRT showing his class even at this age. Looks like the transition phase is stabilizing for the middle order and also in the spin department. Ind now only needs to sort out the openers and the pace dept (which is frankly plentiful but unfortunately most like Umesh are injured) and the Test side should again be a formidable outfit.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (February 23, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

This is turning into a really fascinating contest. All to play for on the third day. India need a big score from someone. Australia need someone to back up Pattinson. If India were to get ahead on first innings they could put some real pressure on, but that is still a long way away and needs some determined batting tomorrow.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:37 GMT)

Ishant has been given too many chances. I think its high time when he should be dropped to rediscover his wrist position and pace. As for Dhoni Captaincy, its pretty ordinary to say the least. For all those who say he is as good as the team, well, he has significant influence over the selection of the team. Dropping Ojha, picking Ishant over and over again. Kumar's speed was as good as Ishant. Murali Vijay is picked without any domestic cricket form. Let Shami make a debut. As for Sehwag, I guess time to blood Rahane as test opener with Gambhir at the other end. Sehwag relies on hand eye cordination and with problem in his eyes his hands are no use. Gambhir I am sure will make a grand come back.

I am no expert in Cricket and I dont mean any offence. Hope India wins the series to keep the Test cricket alive else its all down the drain from here.

Posted by hhillbumper on (February 23, 2013, 18:36 GMT)

nathan Lyon is almost the anti spinner. It almost seems that Australia pick him because someone has to. The ghost of Warne gets bigger with each passing test match. What happened with Hauritz?

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 23, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Intrestingly Sunil Gavaskar said the second and third day would be the easiest days to bat on. So I suppose we could expect more runs for India.--------------------------------------- Most viewers seemed not to have realised what happened with the Tendulkar dissmissal. It was plumb. Sachin was going to play a shot but decided against it in a split-second. As soon as he realised he was rapped on the pads he went on with the shot. All this happened in a moment & the commentators realised this only by watching in slow-motion(they did say on air that it was plumb too). How do you expect an umpire to decide what happened in a second? It was one of those decisions and fans from both sides should accept it just as they should accept that the Clarke decision as being a part & parcel of the game. In my opinion both umpires have done well enough.

Posted by Beertjie on (February 23, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Agree @Strikeforce2007 on (February 23, 2013, 11:58 GMT). Cannot agree with Clarke's handling of Pattinson, @landl47 on (February 23, 2013, 14:44 GMT). Quite an odd take for you. Spot on @T-800 on (February 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT) Patto needs to bowl 15 overs a day or not play at all! Given 66% his 'allowance' was 10 overs min. Something is being concealed or Clarke has made a big captaincy mistake. A second one concerns Starc bowling around the wicket? Are they that scared of Ashwin or what? @Biggus on (February 23, 2013, 8:02 GMT) sadly that is the Indian-way and neutral umpires perhaps unconsciously, sometimes respond much like Dharmasena did yesterday. Serves them right! Precisely about the poisonous atmosphere around umpiring @alarky on (February 23, 2013, 14:28 GMT) @28041991 on (February 23, 2013, 11:30 GMT) there's also a second new ball and Pattinson to take another 2 wickets! Game is not even at the 50% stage - too early to make any calls.

Posted by RamRamSatyaRam on (February 23, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

wow... the minute India start batting, all these complaints about the pitch come out of the woodwork. None of you all were complaining when Clarke was extracting so much bounce from the pitch.

Posted by MakersName on (February 23, 2013, 18:09 GMT)

Management of Pattinson seems mystifying. I can understand the plan to use a bowler in short spells, giving them licence and recuperation time to bowl at their fastest. However, if a player is fully fit to begin a Test match, I wonder why Pattinson was not used in the time just before and immediately after the Tea break, or in the closing overs of the day? After a prolonged absence due to a side strain, there could be no chance that he carried a niggle into this match. Nor could I believe the sports science behind the management of his bowling saying that six overs is his daily maximum workload. But then, why else would he be used so sparingly. Clarke's captaincy is once again turning heads, although mine is rather spinning at the moment! A well poised match and Day 3 is set up to be a classic.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Kumar Dharmsena is still miles away from being a good umpire...Some of his decisions are so shocking that even a young children knowing cricket will explain it to him...BCCI / ICC please do not force him for Indian teams matches....God Bless him

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Those who are calling the pitch flat makes me laugh Bcoz if the pitch is flat then how come our spiners took all wickets....

Posted by andrew27994 on (February 23, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

@Arrow011 : I'd also like to remind you that it's not the end of cricket after Sachin retires. He was the best batsmen of his era, without question. Now its time we bring new blood into the side. Some of the youngsters like Kohli and Pujara are showing promise. If Jadeja is provided more opportunities I'm sure he would be a real find for India in this format of the game especially.

Posted by MakersName on (February 23, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

The debate over Tendulkar appears to be clouding peoples judgement. Some seem to have attributed his score today to the pitch and not the player. Imagine, if you will, never having seen Tendulkar play before, or any Test cricket for that matter, and that you were a spectator today. For if you saw any of his play you would have been instantly convinced of not only his good form, but also of his class and presence. It wasn't just his runs and partnership formations which benefitted India today; as the report rightly highlights, "[Australia] was given pause by the poise [of Tendulkar]". It's been a while since I have seen a game change purely based on how a player plays their innings, rather than their innings tally. Hats off to you SRT.

Posted by andrew27994 on (February 23, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

@Arrow011 : Firstly, I'm a Sachin fan. But I support the country's interests than the interests of one individual. Just because he is one of the best batsmen and role models for many youngsters doesn't mean you worship him like a God. He is human and will make mistakes just anyone else. He is too old to handle the game. Also I wouldn't include him in the team specially because of his ordinary fielding. The fielding standards have certainly improved in the last half decade so its important that all the players in the team are generally good fielders. I'm in agreement about the criticism of the fielding of our Indian bowlers as well.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Well played India, big improvement on the England series, I'm happy to see the great Tendulkar back in the runs. But my word there's a lot of Lyon-bashing from various fans on this site! And I'm an England fan sticking up for an Aussie! True, he may not be a Swann or an Ajmal or an Ojha but his record isn't poor a la Doherty, and being a finger-spinner with limited first-class experience in today's batsman-friendly times isn't easy you know (I would guess this because my "quick" bowling is probably slower than a professional's "slow" bowling).

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (February 23, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Well Well Well.. I don't see all those Indian fans who complained about Clarke's howler. They called it as a "SHAMELESS" act that he didn't walk. Today Sachin's LBW was a plumb. So can anybody explain why he didn't walk ? Its amazing how Mr. Kumar Dharmasena went from the worst umpire to the best in the world within 24 hrs .lol

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 23, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Whether Sachin score a century or not he is and will remain the best batsman cricket has seen

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (February 23, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Everyone lives in their own world. For Non Asians asian pitches are suitable for spinners only and hence they are flat and not interesting. You have a choice of not watching so called non-interesting cricket instead of complaining here. By the way if Clarke was given out then this match would have been very interesting (in your perspective). Also discussing about DRS makes sense only when it is required but not for such PLUMB decisions. Not just one but many PLUMBS.

Posted by topeleven on (February 23, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

The test match is nicely poised Clarke's field placement when India were 12 for 2 was baffling as was his using pattinson who could have bowled another two overs to the genius. If clarke's mission is to stop the boundaries then he should have had a third man. Midon and Midoff didnt come into play much as Aussie were bowling back of length. Also when Lyon started bowling the field was not attacking to much singles were allowed in the leg slip area. My point is if u have one spinner as ur premier bowler u should give him an attacking field and make him feel that his job is to take wickets not to contain...To all who follow this series please dont criticise the umpiring decisions. Its over. If BCCI is adamant and against technology they will learn from that soon after India lose this series

Posted by knan on (February 23, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

The match is interestingly poised and the first session tomorrow will tell us which way it will go. But having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if the wicket becomes a slow turner making wicket taking a difficult task. I do not see the Indian team putting up a big score in the first innings which means it is heading for a second inning shoot-out. On the whole an interesting match , evenly balanced at the end of the second day

Posted by warneneverchuck on (February 23, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

@crifan007. If this pitch is flat then all AUS pitches r even flatter. The only reason both teams might score 400 in first innings is lack of quality spinner. This wicket may not be good for fast bowlers but if u r a quality spinner then this is a heaven for u. If u play a bowler like lion or ishan sharma then on any surface batsman will score more than 500

Posted by AayKay007 on (February 23, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

@CrickFans007 : Aus managed 300+ total only because India picked Harbhajan instead of Ojha. I Sharma instead of injured Umesh Yadav. Also if you read Pattinson's interview today, he said there was reverse swing right from the beginning of the innings.. The pitch cannot be blamed for the lack of quality in bowling.. Let's wait for the 2nd innings before we judge if it will be a draw or not.. The match will definitely go till the last over if India do not goof up tomorrow morning!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

@CrickFans007, Always look at the total?, really,? in the mean time how much south africa on the first day of the test match against pakistan, and how much SA got in their First innings?, please have a look at that and come back for a debate regarding flat pitch

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

all ausie fans "" if any reply was shown many times over certain appeal doesnt mean that it is out "" please learn the basics before commenting

same goes for sachin's case here...

Posted by 90sCricketFan on (February 23, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

Let's wait to see what happens on the 3rd day. Hopefully, we will see a great test match that will end with result. I atleast don't want to see a test match that is getting over in the 3rd day (or early morning in 4th day). Seems like it is going to be a good competitive match.

Posted by soumyas on (February 23, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

@cricketsunami, u r mixing it up jadeja issue with fast bowlers. u said other bowlers r not taking wickets. so i had to say we never had fast bowlers like steyn,akram,waqar... and i never said it's jadeja's fault, i always said selectors fault to play Jadeja... i always said raina is better choice than Jadeja and Ojha shud play for Bhajji, so that the 5th bowler requirement will reduce and raina's bowling will be enough.. Or even yuvraj is better than jadeja. Jadeja's bowling didn't make any significant effects on aussies batting today... since it was turning pitch and ashwin was bowling great they just played carefully to Jadeja thats how he was economical...also his 2 wickets came almost at the end... whatever u say doesn't matter, everyone knows the limitations of Jadeja...

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

@Mr_Ronan watson and mosies were HUGE wickets??????may be but they were out.... even with DRS they would have been umpires call and i.e out.......

and ausies will get on and win the match???? how taking wickets on 5th day of the match with lyon as the clueless spinner and pattinson only fast bowler who look threatning......first they nned to think of restricting INDIA for low score in this inning...but i like the optimistic character in you........and why should tendulkar walk??? no batsmen in the entire world would have walked by themselves for LBW that was not given ( even though sachin's was clearly notout).... and clarke's dismissal was typical test spinner dissmissal.....

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

@CrickFans007 wow man i like the way you have hope in australia that they can bat through 4th and 5th day??????? too optimistic arent you......?????? and you are just frustrated.....simple as that...... and SACHIN was plumb????? really which match were you watching????

Posted by Akshita29 on (February 23, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

I have been a Sachin basher for a long time . But this has been a good innings from Sachin so far . He needs to go on and get a big one .

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

Nothing is impossible is a BIG MYTH. Can any1 remove Dhoni from test captaincy

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

@alarky dear Mr(s) its not about what ganguly or other guys tell about umpiring in any other series..... you raised a point of ""SACHIN was PLUMB but not given and thats why india wont accept DRS( because it resuces more INDIAN batsmen )""

hence i gave you explanation on wat is meant by PLUMB LBW..... i think you dint understand my comment.....its useless for you to bring in the coments of other series in this match..... i hope you get my comment now

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:52 GMT)

"Entering the match with modest domestic form, Vijay was beaten for pace by a full ball that tailed back fractionally and plucked out leg stump via the inside edge." Ist it modest form or poor form? 17 average in the last 8 Ranji Trophy?

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Overseas average is more than home avg of Tendulkar. Check out his stats, before commenting he is Flat track, dead track hero. SRT is the 2nd highest run scorer against Aus in the world. his maximum number of runs comes against Oz,eng,SL, SA all are top teams. he is just behind of ponting scoring more runs in home. 2nd highest century and 1st highest half century hitter against Aus. Go and check Cricinfo records Vs Australia before giving any poor comment. Because records are FACT.

Posted by supacricfan on (February 23, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

greatest batsmen ever..period!!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

One thing I had observed from the last ten years is all non subcontinental teams like Australia, South Africa, England had improved a lot in playing spin, Where as Subcontinent teams like India, Srilanka, Pakistan Are still struggling to face fast bowling.

Posted by Thefakebook on (February 23, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Its looking like a good contest india can't win on this wicket batting 4th so they might as well try to bat for day and 1/2 and hope to bundle OZ out with the remaining time but its unlikely.I can only see an indian collapse an Oz bat them out of the match and win on 5th day.Lyon is not cutting it so might give X ago then drop en\m both and bring SO'K or Zampa or any one but these two.

Posted by cricket-spoiled-me on (February 23, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Some interesting stats for you guys.........about FEB 24th and SACHIN: 1.) 25 years ago (when sachin was not in team, playing for his school) he made patnership of 664 runs with vinod kambli playing on Feb 23-25. 2.) In 2010 he made 200* in Gwalior,first man in the world to do so...on FEB 24th . . Now, I'm eagerly waiting for tommorrow's match though I've an exam on Monday :P

Posted by AayKay007 on (February 23, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

I agree with Bob here.. It is ok for the fans to worship their idols... but the media and the commentators should go about their job professionally. Even if they wish to praise somebody they should not do that like a 12 year old WWE fan talking about 'The Undertaker'!

Posted by CrickFans007 on (February 23, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

@AayKay007:Always look the total, I have no doubt IND will cross 360+ So, both team are scoring 400 in each inning and you still think its not a Flat track(u define flat track when team scores 700+ in each inning!) NO bounce no swing its a completely dead wicket not even 100% good for spinners. IND should make balance track in test and ODIs. Just b/c of giving a chance to Sachin IND using this dead wicket strategy. Thats why IND has never produced a single quality fast bowler. We really want to see good and balance pitch.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

@CrickFans007: Hey dude, are u ok??? you made hilarious statements...let me listout.... 1. Claiming current chennai track to be a flat n dead.. I recommend you to open ur eyes 2. Sachin need not prove to u that he is the best.. He already proved the world. I recommend you to read stats before posting 3. Sachin LBW was plumb (ROFL). I Recommend you to learn cricket basics 1st.. Haahahah didnt u see shameless Clarke making century, after been denied our appeal..

Posted by Mr_Ronan on (February 23, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

WELL WELL!! Yesterday almost EVERY comment on here was about how Clarke was out and India had been robbed. Yet today Tendulkar was plumb LBW (@ Souyas...he didn't play a shot) and would have been given out on the DRS yet most people are quiet on that. Based on all your criticisms of Clarke yesterday, surely Tendulkar was wrong for not walking?? LOL. Australia also lost two huge wickets - Watson and Henriques who were both batting brilliantly - to LBWs which the replays show would have been overturned on DRS. But we don't have DRS so the Aussies will just get on with the match and win anyway, not whinge non stop like the Indian fans did yesterday.

Posted by SachBro on (February 23, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

@CrickFans007 Your name says a lot about the creativity/sensibility you have to pick favorites and good ones. Just because SRT got going, it's flat track all of a sudden? A track where Clark (a part timer) was getting the ball to bounce unexpectedly with this spin, a track where top order failed from Aus and India both. Give me a break dude, if SRT hadn't scored, you would have said he should get out coz he can't even score on flat tracks. So in your eyes, he is a loser even before the game began. If some new-comer/Kohli scores a 100 on this wicket, they should be our future superstar but for SRT, it's an excuse to prolong his career. Goes on to show what a hypocrite Sachin haters really are. By the way, he was way better than these miserable new comers in the tour to Eng and Aus, check out the stats again.

Posted by tony122 on (February 23, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

@ Tendulkar is criticized for doing well in a 'flat' wicket and he is often criticized for doing well in matches India looses! Incredible.

Posted by kc69 on (February 23, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

When Tendulkar fails to score people call him old and not good enough to play cricket and now when he does people call it a flat track.What an disgrace.Hoping that Sachin scores a centrury to answer all his critics.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

@ Ganga789 on (February 23, 2013, 15:45 GMT) If you want a spin support to Oz then drop lyon from the International team. This will prove full, complete, total support to Oz team. SA sets an example to the whole world Believe in your strength, don't always think what you don't have. They won all over the world, being a no.1 test team without a spinner. Oz team & fans infected by the virus called SPIN. except we don't have spinners of international level. but our pace bowler is good enough at international level.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Posted by Batesta on (February 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT) " it is the way that the Indian fans talk him up as almost a god....." I agree with you in that statement... except for the word "almost"... because they worship the ground he walks on..Did you not hear the commentators today ? ... The way they were talking him up was positively boringly nauseating... I agree, you can't deny his achievements, but they are all totally irrelevant in the context of this match and that's what they should be talking about.. not what he has done in the past.. That's history.

Posted by Venkat_Gowrishankar on (February 23, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

@CrickFans007 : Flat pitch!!!!. The real concern for test cricket is not IPL, but ignorant fans like yours who do not know have a cricketing sense to understand test cricket, putches etc.

Posted by AayKay007 on (February 23, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

@CrickFans007 : Can you explain your definition of a flat wicket? Aus were 150/5 on this wicket on Day 1 and India were 12/2 on day 2. There is no way any team would survive Day 5 here if the opposition bowls well... And you call it a flat track just because Tendulkar made runs?

Posted by Ganga789 on (February 23, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

I am a bit surprised Australia didnt have 2 spinners. Agreed Australia isnt England - yet England's recent success in India would have showed up that India are not the experts at playing spin that they used to be. Pup I wont call a regular spinner. A bit more spin support to Lyon - just might have given them something - in this wicket..

Posted by USIndianFan on (February 23, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

1. Sehwag should play an attacking game. That is what he does.. 2. Hmmm. What about all the naysayers about Tendulkar? Hope he gets a double.. 3. Harbhajan seemed to be better and should be given a longer bowl. 4. Vijay got unlucky, lets see how he fares next innings. 5. Go Kohli!!

BTW Cricinfo, post my comments for a change :-).

Posted by Batesta on (February 23, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

I would rather see India win the test then a Tendulkar century. It is not that I have anything against Tendulkar, he is one of the better batsman the world has seen in the last 20 years, but it is the way that the Indian fans talk him up as almost a god...... the reality is that he should have retired a year ago with Laxman and Dravid.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

"Entering the match with modest domestic form, Vijay was beaten for pace by a full ball that tailed back fractionally and plucked out leg stump via the inside edge." modest domestic form? or poor domestic form? Murali Vijay's average is 17 in 8 innings in Ranji Trophy... where as Wasim Jaffer averaged 75 in 11 innnings..

Posted by CrickFans007 on (February 23, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

What a day for test cricket what a match! Tendulker back as usual on dead and flat wicket! Old tech tics which Inzimam from Pak used during his captaincy prepared flat wicket and make runs and save ur match(draw I mean). Dhoni knows he cant win against Aus and Tendulker wants to add some more runs so Flat wickets is the best idea. This match is going to Draw Clever idea of Dhni and Sachin. Thats why Some people dont rate Sachin as bold player b/c he wants runs but he also need flat& dead wickets. A good player make runs on fast/swing wickets. 4-0 in Eng 4-0 in Austrailia(shame) sachin failed on all good tracks. 3rd day IND will play all day and 4 &5th day Aus result Draw(Doni happy and Sachin happy). Sachin Plumed LBW not give out (OH now we understand why He is against DRS!)

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (February 23, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

India 182/3 is a very similar score they got at the end of Lords test and Melbourne test in 2011/12 , losses in 1st innings of 1st tests , then Indian batting just fell off in the rest of the series , hope the same does not happen again here ,morning session is very crucial . Tendulkar and Kohli if they get through that then India may well dominate the series .

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

Brief recovery, but watch out tomorrow morning and the dew factor at 0930 hours and India could be all out by lunch for less than 250. Be careful of the morning first few overs. Sachin again stand out and Vinod looking good.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

continuation... I think, the selectors are doing correct thing looking for future, axing gambhir itself suggests, selectors are in the mood of perform or perish, our test team in transition, and give some time for the youngsters to get into the test env, Dhawan, Vijay, Rahane, Tiwary, Rayudu, Kohli, B kumar, Jadeja, Pujara, Ashwin, Ojha, I pandey, Rasool, were all potential players yand future of test cricket, but we need to rope them for god's sake, give some time for them to perform, and people should first stop this Ipl team comments on indian team, if some player people like is not selected, the next thing people will start bashing selectors that they biased, regional politics, etc etc

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

except of pattinson no one looks good. MJ is the first choice before Starc because MJ's experience against india. starc look clueless in dead pitch.@ Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT) unwanted publicity, these type of comment provides unfair, false publicity to the World's Greatest Spin bowler in the HISTORY. comparing Lyon to swann, monty, ajmal, ashwin, ojha, herath, mendis will demoralise these bowlers. you can't comapare school campus spinner to international spinners. Recently Herath told that whether its lie or mind game by herath " Lyon likely threat on final day- at Hobart" he bowled 32 ovrs gone for 57 runs and as usual 0 wicket.

Posted by Viky_Robin on (February 23, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Today, I watched the match live from Chepauk, the first two boundaries from Sachin is awesome. We were really entertained by his innings. Clarke, while he was in field he really interacted with the crowd. The Interactive Board in the ground made the match more interesting.

Posted by phunny_game on (February 23, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Amazing day of cricket... Clarke has a potent weapon in Pattinson... Its good for India that he doesnt seem fit enough, as a 5-6 over spell from him could've been too hot to handle. SRT was at his best, but don't know what happened to Pujara after playing so well. He looked set for a big one. In murali vijay n sehwag, we have one of the most over confident and lazy opening pair in test cricket.Tomorrow is going to be one awesome sunday of cricket... Hope SRT and SRT-in-making Kohli can get to three figures!!!!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

We indians should stop complaining for all first, some people here asking for raina/yuvraj in test team, what a joke? both are greatest odi/t20 players of all time, there are not made for test, so inclusion of sir jaddu is ok, he is better bowler, and people complaining about rahane should know, he is not a opener or 7 th batsman, he is backup/future player for the 3,4,5 slot, and for people who are asking for jaffer, selecting jaffer is like going back to ages, he is already 35, if jaffer is included, then what about badrinath, he is the most eligible batsman with great technique with test match temperament for 6...cont

Posted by tony122 on (February 23, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

@Mitty- Indians and sub continent players in general are superb players of fast bowling bowled at their pads or stumps. Not so outside the off stump. That is the reason guys like Pattinson will do better against us.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

victory awaits for team india.

Posted by soumyas on (February 23, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

@alarky, as everyone pointed u out abt LBW rule and abt today's LBW appeal for Tendulkar, both the times the impacts were outside the line of off stumps. so they aren't LBWs... your theory abt benefiting tendulkar is just a conspiracy theory... In fact if you watch some of the past australian or england tours in which how tendulkar was given out, you will change ur views, most of the times he was given out LBW wrongly, at that times DRS wasn't there. Even in this test no DRS has hurt india badly becuze of clark's not out decision. So india are at the receiving end for not going DRS. So it is high time for BCCI to go for DRS...

Posted by Temuzin on (February 23, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

@Soumyas: And abt fast bowlers, india never had great fast bowlers of the caliber Mcgrath,akram,waqar or steyn....we just had to play with whatever medium pacers we had.

So is it Jadeja's fault you dont have steyn? And if you dont have a wicket taking fast bowler is it necessary to carry them in the team? And you are Ok to carry two of them? but have problem with Jadeja who is a great fielder, very good bowler and only triple centurion in Ranji. He is playing his only second test is your second highest wicket taking bowler has best economy in this match and was unlucky not to get a few more due to bad umpiring.

But yeah drop him and fill the team with Sharmas who can bowl cant take wicket and cant bat. Bravo you are hell of a biased person against Jadeja.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Chasing 150 is a daunting task in 4th innings

Posted by tony122 on (February 23, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

@Jayzuz - do not care what the ICC says about the guidelines. I will say prepare any type of pitch you want. My subjective opinion is let there not be more than one third drawn matches. Anything goes.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 23, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

@ Soumyas: Raina and Yuvraj has been proven failures in tests. Jadeja is playing his only second test. Bowled at economy of 1.97 and bowled more than your specialist bowlers. But as they say, talking to a biased person is like talking to a deaf person and you are certainly biased against Jadeja. Did you hear Manjeraker, Shane Warne and other experts who were praising Jadeja? but it seems you are better expert in spin bowling than Shane Warne. So please carry on your anti Jadeja campaign.

Posted by ravi_hari on (February 23, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

The most important thing is the second day has ended with only 13 wkts falling. India is still half way through. I think this is a big achievement for Aussies. With the inexperienced batting line-up and 3 spinners with India few would have imagined this would happen. First Clarke and then Pattinson ensured that Aussies enter Day 3 on an even keel and have to battle One more day and the test could be in safety. If Aussies get a small 40-50 run lead, it will give them confidence and can extend the play into day 5 and put pressure on India. If India does get some lead, it means they will have to bat beyond day 3 and that will help Aussies as they need to play just over a day or say 100 overs to ensure they dont lose the test. The wkt is flattening yet keeping low. So a target of 250 in 50 overs on day 5 would be tricky and unless there is a batting collapse on day 3 or 4 we can see this match going into the last session on day 5. Clarke and Ashwin will again have big roles to play.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

Why Indian management can't understand importance of match practice. We 've seen improvement in Tendulkars batting after playing domestic matches. When Test series against Aus was starting 22 Feb why most successful batsman against England Pujara not given chance to play either in ODI or in Ranji Semi-final/Finals.

Posted by landl47 on (February 23, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

A good struggle between two sides with completely opposite strengths. Pretty even at the moment, due to Clarke's usual imaginative planning- using Pattinson in short bursts to bowl as fast as he possibly can. The other bowlers have been economical, leaving Patto to take the wickets. Great plan, although it would help if Lyon could chip in with a few later scalps.

This is as much a mental game as physical- that's why test cricket is the most fascinating sport there is.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

@Jayzuz ..stop crying over the lack of grass on the pitch,host has the luxury of preparing wet pitch or dry pitch whatever they want,boring and annoying to see ur whinging all over the place and get on with the game

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 23, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

@gsingh7 on (February 23, 2013, 13:44 GMT), and you have such a history of making accurate predictions.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 23, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Very odd handling of Pattinson. I have to wonder whether Clarke is completely convinced of his fitness. It's a perfectly legitimate ploy to have him bowl flat out in short spells but I can't see why Clarke wouldn't have wanted to end the day with a third spell for him under the circumstances.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

@Mitty2 . At least today, the Lyon could not roar! Yes, tomorrow is another day, as James Bond might say!!

Posted by alarky on (February 23, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

Mr(s) 28041991, During the England-India series, I heard Sourav Ganguly on TV saying that the umpire "was brave" when he sent out Tendulkar LBW, even though he was completely beaten by a ball from Monty Panesar that was crashing into his middle stump. It is this kind of intimidation that umpires have to face, when they are officiating in matches in india, when Tendulkar is batting! That's why he does not want the fairness that the DRS presents.

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 23, 2013, 14:28 GMT)

@gsingh7, "india to win series 4-0". Thanks for that even-minded, scientific perspective. I'll be adding your comment to my growing list, to be replayed at the end of the series. The truth my friend is that this test is evenly balanced, even despite the outrageous pitch that has been laid out. That should tell you something. Perhaps there is a water shortage in India, so that is why they decided to kill ALL the grass on the pitch. I'd actually be interested to know how the curator does this. It's certainly something that the paying public and ICC should know about. Did the pitch EVER have any grass on it? Or did they just flatten out some mud and not bother with grass? I would have thought that there must be guidelines about what a pitch consists of, laid down by the ICC. Surely part of the requirement is to lay grass on the playing surface. There's grass all over the playing field. I'm sure some could have been spared some for the wicket, given the BCCI's huge cash surplus.

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

@gsingh7 Lyon is a good bowler if match is in 4 th or 5th day after lunch he is capable to trouble ojha, sharma, kumar, anderson, monty, finn, onion, steyn, morkel, roach, rampaul, eranga, KTGD Prasad, rankin, nannes, mpofu, gul, boult, dernbach. mushwange, rubel hossain, enamul haq, etc

Posted by CrICkeeet on (February 23, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

I dont know what Pup xcually wanna do wid Pattinson.........

Posted by yoohoo on (February 23, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

@ soumyas - Jadeja is a much better bowler than either raina or yuvraj, as he has repeatedly shown. That is why he is in the team. Neither Raina nor yuvraj deserve to be in the team.

Posted by bhrangi on (February 23, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

I expected the same comments "dead pitch" he will fail in overseas about Sachin and it were here.I don't think this guys might have seen the matches before last summer Aussie and Eng series. Does anyone find flaw in Sachin's foot work or in his technique in today match ??. For god sake leave him alone and concentrate on Others performance. ., Have u seen the crowd today in ground and 50 % of them came for Sachin. So if he retired i would prefer to check the score in espncricinfo rather than watching it in Star cricket.

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 23, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

well done sachin!! a 100 from you is like a raining finishing an ugly drought in cricket.It is that much precious .Cz you are the master.....29 runs ...we are waiting.......

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

@Arrow011 you cant say whether rahane will be successful or not.... he hasnt got as many chances as vijay, raina got... rahane was better to be selected ahead of vijay in this match...i hope he gets selected and i hope he will be good batsmen....

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

@Mitty2..sachin was not plumb bcoz the ball hit his pad way outside the line of stumps and sachin's feet almost 2 meter stretched,cant give a batsman out on those appeals,and the only doubt was whether sachin was offering shot or not but its no way PLUMB

Posted by Dhanvanth on (February 23, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

I think odi retirement has put some pressure off for sachin! These pitches are too bad, having very uneven bounce and turn. Aussies should restrict India to atleast 300 else they ll lose. 3rd innings bat s tough. The heat is oly gonna increase. Regarding pitches i would say Hyderabad and New Delhi have pretty slow and low tracks. So Australia should have an extra spinner for sure. Lyon is poor. Doherty should get a look in

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 23, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Continuing, our fast bowling depth is really something to behold, and for pattinson to get three wickets off six overs with a track offering nothing, and a ball that's not suited to pacers, is a tremendous effort. Siddle should always be in the best XI, but it's something about him and india that doesn't mix well. The performance of starc shouldn't be read into that much, as it was probably a pre-established tactic for tendulkar, and as it failed because it's not natural or beneficial to starc to bowl around as he loses swing and pace. At his best, he bowls 145+ and swings it both ways and would get any batsmen out, but he just didn't hit his rhythm today (and he couldn't because he was bowling around). Hopefully this notion is chucked out immediately.

Regardless of result, I'm still glad we picked the three pacers, as pace is our definitive strength and Doherty is a liabilty in the field and with the bat, and would be akin to a non effective jadeja in whom bowls with just undercut.

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

@alarky i would recomend you to go through the rule book of cricketing again and again..... it is clear that if the batsmen is offering shot and if the impact is outside off then its clearly not out.... and if there is doubt whether a batsmen offer shot or not then decision will favor batsmen.... and also DRS wwont be able to tell whether batsmen offers shot or not........

and for your kind info indians are the one who are more lost due to non use of DRS.... 1st clarke and 2nd was nathan lyon( who was plumb out in ashwin over ) ..... and no wrong decision was against aussie......

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 23, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

@ jaysus-- only after india cross aus total then lead starts hope that will clarify ur doubts,, how easy sachin showed batting is on this flat track when ur aus batsmen struggled to get away ashwin, ur only spinner is worse than bhajji and that says a lot. india to win series 4-0

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (February 23, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Vijay, Sehwag, Bhajji and Ishant Sharma need to be shown the door. They are not test class players. We have better players in Jaffer, Dhawan, Rasool and Sandeep Sharma/Shami Ahmed. Tendulkar scoring runs in this dead as a dodo pitch is not a good sign. Now he will continue in our team for another 2 years and promptly fail overseas. He doesn't like DRS because he obviously benefits from no DRS umpiring. He is holding Indian cricket hostage to his whims.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (February 23, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

This is the part I found very interesting

Nathan Lyon pushed most of his deliveries through, but second ball he looped an off break that Tendulkar padded away dismissively though it appeared bound for the stumps. Australia's appeal was prolonged and justified, but the umpire Marais Erasmus was unmoved. The reprieve had a restorative effect on Tendulkar, allowing him to go on to only a second half-century in his past 14 Test innings

Cmon now Daniel, lets not be playing the "we were very unlucky" card yet. Now im no rocket scientist or neurosurgeon, but i seem to remember Michael Clarke having a large slice of luckypie on day 1.

Posted by soumyas on (February 23, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

@cricketsunami, i don't have problem with Jadeja. i have problem with selectors. Raina or Yuvraj are much better batsmen than Jadeja and equally good bowlers compared to Jadeja. but still Jadeja is favoured. And abt his 2 wickets from this match, they weren't significant ones which turned the match or something like that. abt other bowlers i never said they were good. i always said OJHA shud have been playing in place of Bhajji. And abt fast bowlers, india never had great fast bowlers of the caliber Mcgrath,akram,waqar or steyn....we just had to play with whatever medium pacers we had.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 23, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Overall, very even, but with the lessons learned on their first day of bowling from our bowlers I'd say we are slightly ahead and have a very good chance tomorrow to knock them all out for 350. I really think this has been a very commendable performance from australia; with england having three tour matches with their full XI and five other tests in the sub continent in 2012 , they still got pummeled in the first test, whilst we had two tour matches with only a full XI in the last game and we have only played a three test series in sri Lanka as sub continent practice, and that was in 2011.. And now, on day two on an absolute shocker of a pitch, we are slightly ahead. That is major adapting and this aus team with only three test losses out of 22 since the ashes, compared to england's seven, looks to be going somewhere big with Clarke at the helm.

Really impressed with tendulkar, absolutely brilliant comeback, all though that Lyon delivery looked plum, he played like he did in his peak.

Posted by pull_shot on (February 23, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

Really happy to c master among runs cant wait for Sunday play to begin and he score a century and i dont know how always murali vijay comes in to indian team with only 1 hundred against mumbai in the absence of zaheer,agarkar he wasted another chance and what rahane have to do get a chance who averages more than 65 in fc is serious talent why they r not giving chance infact when he is getting chance in odis and t20's he is trying too many things in order to secure his place please give him enough run in the 2 series and then decide.THIS INDIAN SELECTION AND DHONI HAS NO FUTURE PLANS

Posted by Arrow011 on (February 23, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

@ andrew27994 - Sachin not justifying his place in the test team? Just because of his age? He is not eating anybody's food, why be jealous? Haters, get a life for the sake of heavens. Bravo! Sachin India needs you for 5 more years atleast.

Posted by xrocks on (February 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

I watched the match in the ground and have to admit that it was a flawless innings from Sachin...His foot movement was good and he looked confident in his shots...Hope Sachin n Kohli continues well tomorrow and takes India to a good position in the match...

Posted by king78787 on (February 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

worst case for aussies: Sachin gets century, kholi and dhoni get 80+( they are both in good form) and the tail plus jadeja add around 70 runs (possible with ashwin and harbajhan)

Posted by Arrow011 on (February 23, 2013, 13:32 GMT)

Congrats, Sachin you are back among runs, it was fans like me who have always backed you right through, a person can call himself a fan only if he sticks in think & thin times of the player. Fair weather fans are a plenty even for low players who strike form.

I wonder why people are against Ravinder Jadeja, he is way better than Rahane, Jaffer & Vijay put together. Ravinder is the only player to have hit 2 first class triple tons, without technique you will never get so many runs. People are begging for Rahane's inclusion as if he is going to become a Rahul Dravid, if he was so good why he always throws his wicket away in ODIs after 40 runs?

It is best to play 4 spinners, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Ojha & allrounder Ravinder Jadeja. Our strength is spin, why include pacemen who hardly make an impression? Just 1 pacemen for name sake can be played in the form of Bhuvaneshwar who also can score a bit with the bat.

Clarke captaincy is really bad, Pattinson was allowed just 6 overs, crazy?

Posted by baskar_guha on (February 23, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Clarke played three innings in one after a couple of let-offs by the blind umpires. Moises played two innings in one himself. Aus would have been done for 250 if these howlers were given. Now for some of you to whine about Sachin's so-called LBW is just so lame. Get over it, mates!

Posted by maf17 on (February 23, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Can only think that Clarke is so confident in Pattinson's ability to pick up wickets that he only needs to bowl him when India are threatening to build a big partnership. And so far he's been right. And I wouldnt get too carried away by Tendulkar yet. He was in a similar position a couple of times last summer in Australia, but always fell short.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 23, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

One more wicket falls and India will be in trouble. Kohli has already scored more runs than expected. Australia will definitely get 100 runs lead in first innings. Go Aussies.

Posted by FiGhtCluB_99 on (February 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

I've started to become a big fan of Virat Kohli. The young chap oozes class and confidence in his batting. Ravi Jadeja is turning out to be quite the allrounder. Wonder why the Indian fans have a strong disliking for him.

Posted by oze13 on (February 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Not only is Michael Clarke Australia's best batsmen. He's their best (some might say only) spin bowler too. The slide continues!

Posted by vinodzz on (February 23, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

Pujara admitted that he lost concentration on conversation with Gautham Birmani during post match show.... might be carried away a bit by Sachin's innings, easing the pressure on him after 2 early wickets

Posted by jay_vkjay on (February 23, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Sachin back to the best... Very happy to see Kohli as well...Go on Masters....we need 600+ Spectacles won't help Sehwag either. Bhajji once again hapless...James Pattinson was Fast and Furious....waiting for day 3

Posted by Sakthiivel on (February 23, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Sehwag will be finding it difficult to play even in Indian condition. Only man in the world who can change BCCI stand on DRS is umpire Dharmasena.

Posted by usernames on (February 23, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Interesting day's play. Pretty even as of now. If Tendulkar and Kohli can add about 100 runs tomorrow, I'm fairly sure India will get a lead of 60-70. I don't know about Jadeja, but Ashwin can bat alright. So, there's Sachin, Kohli, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadeja to get out and then you have Bhuvneshwar who, too, has a FC century. Though that won't count for much, if he can hang around, I think we should be able to get a lead. This lead, if we do get it, will be extremely crucial since fourth innings here would be an absolute nightmare. I'd be interested to see how Kohli plays this; this series will be a deciding point in his career. I loved the maturity he showed against England in Nagpur, and if he can continue this here in this series, I can only imagine the heights he'd scale.

Posted by bobmartin on (February 23, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Is Tendulkar the only man in that team... The commentators never stopped eulogising him from the moment he walked onto the field..For goodness sakes... he's just one man in eleven.. Give us a break for goodness don't know how boring it is. The world didn't stop turning when he only averaged just over 18 against England and it won't make the world a better place if he scores a double century. Get real..

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 13:02 GMT)

Puhara, kohli and the master played beautifully, and it was going to be a tight contest and high scoring chases in 2 nd innings, as always chennai pitch will offer, if I am not wrong last test in chennai was won by india chasing 300+, and the same will happen this match too, sachin played a classy innings, and regarding Vijay's dismissal, poor guy got the fastest of all deliveries, unlucky he got a good ball, and he might have blocked it rather than going for it, but wait match is not over yet, at any cost there will be a 2 nd innings for india, if he fails there, then we guys can shout for his head, in between dont jump to conclusions, he has the potential to be a test opener, even kohli is still avg only 38 in tests, Vijay needs to learn from sachin, I am sure he will come big in 2 nd innings

Posted by Pisshead on (February 23, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

It is a fashion these days to criticize Sachin Tendulkar... Hopefully this innings will shut few mouths.... I am so over the moon knowing I'll be seeing Sachin for some more time...

TBH... he should not have retired from one-day cricket.. it was sheer media pressure...

Posted by VijaySh on (February 23, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Tendulkar padding lyon's ball and being given not out cannot be compared to clarke's let-off. Tendulkar's bat was adjacent to the pad, the ball hit the pad 8 inches outside the off stump and 2.5 metres in front of the stumps on a prodigiously turning pitch. Clarke was clearly out. Is that bias or inability to compare two different things? Or both?

Posted by class9ryan on (February 23, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Kohli was excellent today .. the way he batted was majestic.. What we see from here is a Aussie defeat but they would be better playing up North in India

Posted by champion11111 on (February 23, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

I fail to understand why thr is alwys a hue nd cry of India's low and slow turning tracks...even the England pitches were overly suited for the pacers...if tht is so thn why Australians were struggling at 155/5 when India are at 182/3...england won against India becoz they bowled well nd scored more...plzz dont cry over our pitches ......tht is wht they will always get.....let them score runs and let them take wickets

Posted by andrew27994 on (February 23, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Very pleasing to see a good performance from Sachin though it doesn't justify his position in the team because we require youngsters who could take over after his retirement. Hope that forms a very good partnership with Kohli which would set things up for skipper MSD to do what he does best with the bat. India should make the most of this start because batting won't get any easier as the match progresses.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

@soumyas ohh come on dude when did you say he is suitable for t20 only..??i have read your comment you had a problem with jadeja that he leaked runs and my answer to that was he was india's most economical bowler with 2 wickets and that as a bowling all rounder when none of the fast bowler took even a single wicket.If he is taking wickets then its batsman faults if he isn't then it is his fault,he is leaking run ohh wait he isn't...stop being so biased and as Cricketsunami said thank god you are not a selector

Posted by lukecannon on (February 23, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Well played Statchin and congrats on the life given to him by Erasmus. I still say an imminent whitewash for the Aussies. India is such an overhyped team. If they wanted all the decisions to go their way then why deny DRS?

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 23, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

@gsingh7, perhaps before India declare 200 ahead they should make up the 200 runs they are currently behind. Just a thought.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (February 23, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

I only saw the last hour and although the Aussies bowled well and tight I think their bowling plan needs a rethink. Starc get over the wicket and use your angle, Siddle @ Henriques good reverse but you are allowed to bowl an offstump line and take the ball away from the batsman with the odd inswinger - currently the Indian batsman know the plan is to reverse into the stumps. Lyon much better length the last 3 overs, if you bowl a tad shorter with the spin they will work to square leg all the time. Now bowl fuller and Clarke get the fielders on the off side. I didnt get to see Pattinson bowl but I would imagine dont change anything.

Posted by on (February 23, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

@Alarky ICC rules state that if the leg of the batsman if outside the line of offstump and if the batsman is offering a shot then umpire can't rule him out and there was a definite doubt whether Sachin was offering a shot or he was and because he brought the bat down so it could be safely concluded that he was trying to offer a shot and hence the umpire ruled him not out ! Hope u won't unleash those mindless comments again mate !

Posted by gsingh7 on (February 23, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

after 2 walking wickets gone for 12 , india did well to score 182, well done master blaster, u r true son of INDIA. no cricketer has ever come close to u in humility and love of game, thank u from all cricket fans for bringing joy in this world. pujara is class act so is kohli, sehwag disappointed as usual, even nohit sharma is better than him these days. pattison bowled with fury but got lucky on 2 occasions,other bowlers are are listless as wet cotton. one sehwag slow reaction and pujara indecision cost them their wickets, lyon is in for long haul, he is no monty.sir jadeja cud score his maiden ton tommorrow, bhajji can vent his frustration on hapless siddle and lyon, hope inida declare with lead of 200 to win with an innings

Posted by supacricfan on (February 23, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

little master is on song,watch out! 52nd test century is on its way..go SRT!!

Posted by Mary_786 on (February 23, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Sachin is looking very dangerous, if he goes on to survive the first hour tomorow it could be a long day for our bowlers. Pattinson looked great today

Posted by Temuzin on (February 23, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

@ Soumyas:

yeh allright. Jadeja as an allrounder was most economical bowler with 2 wickets and you have problem with that. And two of your specialist bolwlers did not get any and you are fine with that. Your thiord specialist bowler got just one wicket and gave so many runs you are fine with that. Only Ashwin justified his place as a bowler and Jadeja as a bowling allrounder. Thank God you are not a selector.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 23, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

What has changed in the last 20 years, I ask myself.

This Sachin fella came to bat at 6/2 in Chennai 99. Today he came to bat at 12/2. Statsguru does not have a feature where one can see the avg score a player has come in to bat. I reckon Sachin must be in the top 5 or 3 of that list for lowest avg scores to start the innings. He could even be #1 there. What has changed? We had poor openers in 90s, we had poor openers in 95, we had poor openers in 99, we have poor openers even today. Same goes for our bowlers. Poor through and through. Yet we somehow expect Sachin to do it all. He nearly did it all. What has he not done? But we are not satisfied. We want more. And Sachin tries more, he tries all he can. He chooses to play for India even after his father's demise. He plays with a fractured finger, he takes us to the finals, he scores most runs ever made in WC, what do our bowlers give to him? 359. And we blame him for failing in IMP matches. Same story in 2013 too.

What has changed?

Posted by Jayzuz on (February 23, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

After watching Pattinson bowl the top three, you could imagine the absolute chaos if there was even a tiny amount of grass or bounce in the track. I can't see how serving up this surface does anything for Indian cricket except stroke the egos of aging players and perpetuate the denial that lies at the heart of the team culture (and media and some fans - although the penny has dropped for many). Anyway, India has to bat last on this stuff. You makes your bed, and now you has to lie in it. Or die in it. Good luck. But the way I see it, even immediate success here is not solving any of the key issues for the team. Quite the opposite.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

@ alarky If DRS was there today.Clark would have taken early exit.It has given chances to both teams. Sachin been Umpires Favorited bunny since i have been following cricket. Stop crying against his back man is a MASTER and always will be.

Posted by mar2000 on (February 23, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Sachin the Master still rolling along with his MAGNIFICENT stroke play . This look like a big score in sight , so hope the pitch holds out with a great test match in the making .

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 23, 2013, 12:28 GMT)

All this incredible hype over Pattinson, and he's only bowled 6 overs! The biggest question will be not how many wickets he takes, but how many more overs he can bowl before breaking down and getting stretchered off the pitch. England should have no fear at all; unlike India, their openers will see through the opening spells and that will be that for the likes of Pattinson. Same goes for Cummins as well.

Posted by soumyas on (February 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

In an after match interview Pattison said "another 2 wickets, we wud have been into the TAILENDERS"... ironically true... we have only 3 GENUINE TEST batsmen in our team now. they are Tendulkar,Kohli and Pujara......truth is bitter.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Pattison's quick but not as quick as Finn, as any Australian fan will remember all too the whitewash of last year. The world waited with baited breath to see if Lyon would turn his first ball and I for one felt very let down: How long can Aus put this guy up as a 'spinner' when he can't turn it, and can't even swing it seam up? The funny thing is no one's bothering to make a contrast between Lyon and Swann or Lyon and Ashwin, the gulf is just too vast to waste one's breath. Tendulkar and Kohli both look set and ready to add another 100 each tomorrow.

Posted by Temuzin on (February 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

Sehwag is a gone case and must be thanked profusely for his past contribution and should be said good by now. That guy is a pure waste. His fielding lets side down and now his batting makes him a burden and moral sapper. Bring in Dhawan or Unmukt Chand in his place.

Posted by wallyofsydney on (February 23, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Time for Sehwag and Bhajji to become IPL players only!

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (February 23, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

The key will be if there is any reverse swing. Both Siddle and Henriques are good reverse swingers. There is absolutely no seam movement off the wicket, slow, low, and deader than Julius Ceasar. Perfect for an aging Indian batsman who has lost his reflexes: lunge onto the front foot and nothing above waist height to worry about. I'm surprised at people criticising the Australian fastbowlers or calling them ordinary. This is a very good line-up, but the pitch is an absurd caricature of a strip of martian topsoil. It may pay to keep this following fact in mind. This is the third game Australia have played on tour and NOT ONE INDIAN PACER HAS TAKEN A WICKET IN ANY GAME SO FAR. This is a sad reflection of the extremely unbalanced playing conditions that Indian officials are serving up. Sadly, it will only make things worse for India in the long run, as all the problems with batting and bowling are just being swept under the carpet, hidden behind pitches devoid of all grass and moisture.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Waiting for Super Sunday with Century my GOD.

Posted by VEXXZ on (February 23, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

The great SACHIN still bring joy to cricket lovers with his stroke play . Oh what a joy to watch .WI now have Young BRAVO who remind us of LARA , so i do hope that there is someone in India that will look like Sachin .

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 12:18 GMT) do you think they wont come off???? well no batsmen were troubled by any bowler except pattinson.... and the trio of pujara, sachin, virat were not even troubled just for once.....and what do you think will there be any trouble tomorrow??? actually day 2 and 3 are the best days to bat on chepauk i.e this chennai stadium.....but never the less i accept that any thing can happen in this game... i just said my point of view..... i hope it wont go against my prediction.....

Posted by on (February 23, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

India will be happy at the end of the day with a more confident & omnious tendulkar still at crease. The pitch has variable bounce & as aussie quicks showed they can get something out of this as well. It will be a difficult wicket to bat on 4th & 5th day. With india batting in 4th innings they should be looking 1st to get closer to the australian score & then get some decent lead. What might hurt the indians is the lack of a specialist batsman at no 6. I guess MSD has missed a trick here. If any of these two overnight batsman are dismissed early tomorrow then it will open the lower middle order of jadega & dhoni. Aussies on the other hand will be hoping lyon comes to the party as he hardly looked threatning today. India are in a decent position to have a grip on the test but all depends on how they tackle the first session tomorrow. Hoping to see tendulkar score a ton. **fingers crossed**

Posted by soumyas on (February 23, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

@www.cricketforever.. have u seen how RAINA batted in last 1 year ? he has matured a lot and bats with real responsibility. he is much better batsman and slightly less bowler than Jadeja. had Ojha played on this pitch there was no need of a 5th bowler...... @Vaibhav Yadav.. How many wickets did Jadeja take and in what manner? just 2 wickets that too after Aussies scored 350 plus isn't it ? getting a wicket for batsman's mistake is not considered as bowlers ability, and in TEST cricket taking wicket is what needed not economy. thats why i said Jadeja shud be limited to T20's if you see my old comment..... @tony122.. sehwag was like a DEF LEOPARD before, now he has become DEAF LEOPARD. he cudn't even stop the ball rolling onto stumps.... @Jose Puliampatta..thanx.....

Posted by alarky on (February 23, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

I have told the world already that what happened in that straight forward appeal Tendulkar today, by Lyon and Australia is the exact reason why India does not want to adopt the DRS system. India know that their team would suffer sometimes by umpiring mistakes which could be clarified by the DRS; but the purpose of their cricket is to prolong Tendulkar's career; and they are of the belief that Tendulkar is so highly respected by umpires around the world that he would always get the benefit of the doubt in the DRS appeals against him. Hence, they prefer Tendulkar to benefit rather than the team, which is their usual position in cricket. However, today's so called umpire mistake is ludicrous and stretching this nonsense of affair too far! However, if he gets a 100, everybody is going to applaud and create the usual exaggerated hype about it - even though his average has been in the 20s for nearly 3 years now. What is really going on?

Posted by shripadk on (February 23, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

The old horse still fighting. Tendulkar's innings today was really good to watch. There is definitely some more cricket left in him. At least until India finds a settled opening pair and one more good solid middle and lower middle order batsman to complement Pujara and Kohli. I was actually baffled yesterday about India's choice of openers. I can understand Sehwag as even with his bad form, he carries huge reputation. But why leave out Dhawan when he is on much longer performance streak in domestic cricket than M Vijay. I do not think M Vijay is test level batsman even after his recent century against Mumbai. Sometimes you just know who are good enough and who are not. Like say Pujara. On paper his record in tests is not great, but all know he can be legend of the sport. I dont see that in Vijay. Dhawan should have been picked over him. He has had very good season. Much better than Vijay. For all the good Dhoni has done for India, sometimes I see personal bias in his team selection.

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

Haven't seen any attack going out of breath as quickly as australia did.Worse, the wicket taker can't ball more than 3 overs in a row. Sorry to young indian bowlers for earlier critical comments. After seeing Aussie bowling, they did alright!

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

contuned .or open with Jaffer and Rahane, than Pujara, Tendulkar, Kohli, Rayudu/Rohit/Tiwary, CMGautam (he is the best domestic wk-batmen in the country, as Dhoni not looks interested to play tests), Ashwin, Zaheer (When Fit) till than Sreesanth as he is the second best bowler India have for tests, Umesh (When Fit) till than we can have B.Kumar as he is young prospect and will be pretty useful in Eng, SA, Aus and NZ, Ojha in Sub-continent & Aaron outside subontinent with back up of Awana and Ishant (use him only as back-up and that too in foreign conditions). its time to say good bye to Sehwag, Bhajji, Vijay and Jadeja as we said to Yuvi, Raina and Gambhir. I personally think after the Disastrous tour of Aus last year we should not have pressurised to retired Wall and Lax but it should have been Sehwag and Gambhir. Dravid still might have retired after Playing home England series and lax may have played for another year and half and it would have certainly help our team in rebuilding.

Posted by sundersingh on (February 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

match is very much in balance..... As a cricket Fan we know 3rd day of a test match will clearly indicates the direction it is going on...............

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

now after day 3 the grasses will out and will Pace bowlers. warner misses 2 direct hits whih makes his athleticism in vein. IMO Warner must be used by clarke from over the wicket he will get furious spin.

Posted by on (February 23, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

28041991 u are 2 optimistic mate but lets hope that your predictions materialize.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

I believe this is a comeback by Sachin not because he scored 70 not out in this innings but its because he looks in good rhythm right from the beginning of the series. Unlike Harbhajan who was not able to perform up-to the mark in Domestic Cricket ( because he never took it seriously)and Sehwag purposely getting injured during irani troph. Sachin Earned his place by getting back to back good score in Ranji trophy and Irani Trophy. Who said he is getting old he can still see the ball better than anyone else in the team and today it never looked that he has lost his reflexes as he was striking the ball perfectly. Indian cricket and dhoni needs time to get it right and i believe this is a perfect opportunity.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 23, 2013, 11:57 GMT)

As day end in balance, well played Sachin, Pujara and Clarke. but after this wikect our tail will start that means they are not reliable may be except Ashwin. As we know Dhoni plays here or there one good innings in test and jadeja dont have a technique to play tests. I am hoping Bhajji will not play next match after his poor show in this match. I hoping India should recall Ojha in Next match in Place of Bhajji and there is no need of 3 spinners. If both Ashwin and Ojha are doing good why to have another spinner and break there momentum, it is good for soinner to bowl more overs and he gains more confidence from it, so Jadeja should make way for Rahane that man needs to get chance any how, other wise it will be too late. About opening combination time to go back for Jaffer as he is in good form and atleast contribute for next 3 years as we doesnt have good openers and still the next opener is unearthed. to be continued............

Posted by baskar_guha on (February 23, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Vijay's lack of footwork that led to his dismissal was due to being intimidated by the pace of Pattinson. Not a good sign for an opener. Sehwag seems overwhelmed and not his free self (for some time now). Pujara played a loose shot with bad footwork and got done in by the in movement off the pitch. Kohli has played positively and seems ready for a big innings. Tendulkar looks determined but tense at times - the weight of his lean form must be the cause. On this track, India should get to 450 if they play sound cricket and make things interesting.

Posted by ultrasnow on (February 23, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

The way Australia batted in the morning was for me the defining point of this test match or may be even the series. You would never see that approach with all conquering Aussie teams of the recent past. So Unaustralian. Now the ball's in the court of the ultra defensive Indian captain Mr.Dhoni. We might well end up with a situation where both captains are trying to save the test match!!!!

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

@Mervo and you are the one to judge whether a player will be successful overseas or not....give hi some overseas tour man.... he proved he is a proper test player in england series.... of-course he will be tested in the alien conditions, but i think he will be successful there also.....

Posted by AKS286 on (February 23, 2013, 11:43 GMT)

OMG what a pitch. it looks like farmer plough a land. and guess what I really miss M.BEER with accurate bowling with good pace and variation definately cause a serious damage. World's Best Spinner in the History of Cricket(lyon) forget to pick up the wicket he is not even able to trouble any batsman now what kind of pitch he want. spin bowler paradise pitch. mathew waste wicket keeping & batting all are POOR. If Oz have Haddin, Paine, then why they select Mathew waste. Handscomb is also very promising. Good fight back by indians.

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

@soumyas give some credit to jadeja... he has the lowest economy rate in australian inning.... i think he bowled well within his limits.... i agree with the fact that he doesnt pick wickets often... but he maintains pressure on the batsmen by not allowing them to settle down , thats a good ascpect for the holding job at the other end... and i am sure he is no mug with the bat.....

Posted by tony122 on (February 23, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

@soumyas- Sehwag is not one in a 100 match player. He is very consistent. In spite of consistently performing badly in the last 2 years he still averages 50 in Test cricket. A couple of 300 and 2-3 200's will not give you such a high average. And we all know the way he scores that demoralizes opposition teams and opens up the game for a definite result. But he has been performing so badly for so long now it is becoming clear it is less a loss of form and more a decline in ability. Not every player is destined to last as long as Tendulkar or even Dravid,Ganguly did. Some may have to call it a day(made to) much earlier.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

@soumyas. Fully agree with you. In support, I am reproducing the entire 2nd para of yours.

"When will indian selectors learn ? Easily they shud have selected Shikhar dhavan,Rahane,Raina and Ojha in order replacing Vijay,Sehwag,Jadeja and Bhajji... also BCCI shud go for DRS before it is too late....Technology is always better than human eye.."

The only concession I will make is to keep Sir Jadeja in. He, in any case is far better than Bhajji. Not as good as Ojha though, as a spinner.

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

300+ runs for india tomorrow and this game is on for INDIA with non spinning spinner nathan lyon bowling 4th inning it will be fairly easy for india to chase the target..... but this ongoing partnership will be the key tomorrow.... if they can play for 1st session ......

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

A guy gets 3 for 25 in 6 overs. No one else gets wickets as 52 overs are bowled. The other seamers bowl more. The part-timer (Moises) bowls many too. Very strange that James Pattinson did not even bowl another big 3 over burst at the end of the day. Too much cotton-wooling of fast bowlers is going on. If he gets injured, there is Mitch & Bird.

Posted by T-800 on (February 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

James Pattinson gets a grand total of 6 overs and picks 3 wickets whereas almost every other main bowler except Siddle gets 14 overs? Informed Player Management or Inefficient Player Management?

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

time for indian selectors to look beyond sehwag, vijay, ishant.....sehwag has done his part in the past, but that shouldnt allow him to have right to take others positions, same goes for vijay, he neither did justince for his role in past nor doing it now..... more over having two nofoot work, no patience guys opening in a test match is rediculous......

and like i said this series may be the series of PUJARA, SACHIN,VIRAT..... they played their role.... i woud like to see sachin,s hundred in test after long time, and virat's maiden 200..... lets hope for that....

Posted by tony122 on (February 23, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

@Mervo- Pujara is actually a very classy back foot player. His pulls are only decent but his drives off the back foot are exquisite and reminds me of the young Tendulkar and Ponting. Of course these are early days and we will have to see how he executes them on the bouncier pitches.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Daniel, I am Bretting; Coverdale (who is supposed to be writing the end-of-the-day report) will not be able to unCover the mystery of under-bowling Pattinson. I can't peep into Clarke's books either. He is as closed-book as the Clerk in the Accounts Dept in my office. Any one with an inside story? Has Cricinfo, planted anyone in the OZ dressing room? A fly on the wall, if not a microphone? Unlikely!

Posted by Essex_Man on (February 23, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

Nice to see the Little Master still oozing absolute class and getting runs at the grand old age of 39, albeit against an extremely weak bowling "attack".

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

@somyas get your stats right mate...Jadeja a easy bowler to score runs??? He was the most economical bowler in the 1st innings with an economy of 1.97 and second highest wicket taker.Did u see highlight of some other match??

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

@Muralita rightly said man.... add vijay and ishant to that list.....

Posted by on (February 23, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

This Soumyas , Are u crazy ? U want that Raina back ? LOL he doesn't have any technique what so ever... I agree Rahane should be there and Ojha should be included instead of Harbhajan unless the turbonator does something very unusual in the 2nd innings ... If so then Jadeja should be replaced by Ojha ... or we should rather wait to see how Sir Ravindra Jadeja bats ... Whatever Rahane and Ojha should be there !

Posted by LillianThomson on (February 23, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

India's 2 quick bowlers took 0 wickets in 30 overs. Siddle, Starc and Henriques have taken 0 wickets in 29 overs.

Pattinson is quicker and carries a threat. But what on earth is the point of fielding Siddle and Starc and Henriques too?

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Raina got 17 tests to prove himself, Ishant got 45, Sehwag is not looking good since last 15 tests, same with dhoni & Gambhir. rohit got 90 ODIs to secure his place in India's ODI team. BUT WHAT ABOUT RAHANE, HE WAS DROPPED AFTER 3 ODI failures. This is the reason why we Indians don't believe in our country's justice.

Posted by Mervo on (February 23, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Pujara will not be successful overseas where there are grass wickets. He is too much on the front foot for the slow wickets in India. He needs to develop the other half of the game, back foot play. In India where fast bowlers are neutered, that will not happen.

Posted by Muralita on (February 23, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Go India Go: Sehwag,must Go; Bajji,must Go; Ghambir, must Go; Yuvraj, must Go. for India to get going....

Posted by Biggus on (February 23, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

Well, Pujara's just fallen, terrible lack of footwork there. That's nice but Tendulkar is looking ominous and apart from Pattinson our bowlers are not looking all that threatening. Lyon continues to perplex, sometimes he bowls so well but at others he seems to become mechanical, just going through the motions. I'd like to see him slow up a bit, not only his pace through the air, but also in preparing to bowl, to gather his thoughts and consider his plans a little more.

Posted by soumyas on (February 23, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

How opposition look at Indian Team selection....surely they will laugh at our team. When Vijay plays:- opposition gets one easy wicket.......... When Sehwag play:- One in 100 match player and lazy fielder who drops important catches...... When Jadeja plays:- one easy bowler to score and mediocre batsman to get him out..... When Bhajji plays:- One easy medium pace bowler to face......

when will indian selectors learn ? easily they shud have selected Shikhar dhavan,Rahane,Raina and Ojha in order replacing Vijay,Sehwag,Jadeja and Bhajji... also BCCI shud go for DRS before it is too late....Technology is always better than human eye.

Posted by dariuscorny on (February 23, 2013, 9:35 GMT)

@electric_loco_WAP4 as u already brought Pak in here,just watch out ur team doesnt gets bowled out for the 1/5 or 1/6th of the South African score....i can see jitters in pak camp already

Posted by Gazooligan on (February 23, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

@pat_one_back - I want to believe you about about Lyon spinning the ball, and I even heard Warne say it while I was watching the match too, but it can't be true because Fart_Face_Lurgy keeps telling us otherwise and he knows all right? As I type Patto just totalled the stumps for his third. What a fine young bowler!!

Posted by Nish_US on (February 23, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

definitely lapse of concentration from Pujara....nothing special with that delivery

Posted by disco_bob on (February 23, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

@Harmony111 I don't think we did have an official agreement between captains. I can't see how we could when Ponting only even suggested we take the fielder's word that was rejected. It would have to be officially announced at a press conference. Unless it were done that way, it's worthless. No point pointing to situations where it wasn't in place.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 23, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

C'mon Aus .... now to send back Sachin and set the jitters in the Ind camp ...Waiting for Patto and Starc to make the reversing ball talk and skittle them out...... victory is only yours... Aus ...go for it!! Also for SA v Pak .... hope Pak finish off SA quick and put up a score for magician Ajmal to finish off SA and deliver the win for Pak .. All the best Pak !!

Posted by dariuscorny on (February 23, 2013, 9:03 GMT)

great to see Pattinson cranking it up,raw pace was on display,no matter how dead the pitch is,ball travelling through the air at 150k is something exciting to watch.This makes Aussie bowlers standout when compared with others,wher in the English bowlers were struggling to bowl at decent pace in these conditions....and yes selecting Vijay over Dhawan or Rahane was total joke as Vijay does not hv the technique to face even military medium pace how can u expect him to face genuine quick deliveries.this is not CSK it is Team India......Sehwag rather needs telescopic glasses to watch the ball dropping to his took a while to disturb the stumps and it seemed Sehwag was unable to see it

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 23, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Wow, Sachin was very lucky to survive Lyon's last over before tea, could prove a turning point in this Innings. I hope Lyon can settle into some rhythm, he's turning the ball well, I think you're absolutely on the mark though @Mitty, tweet it to Warnie to share in the break! He's certainly proving unequivocally how Front-Foot-Lunge is talking complete, rubbish, full of it, turning as sharply as any of the Indian spinners.. What next, that Pattinson's slow medium?

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

man this pattison got serious pace..... i hope he doesnt know how to reverse swing the ball, if he does at that pace, i think their will be problems for india......

and he just showed ishant how to bowl in indian pitches.... as a seamer you need to be full and fast , as fast as you can..... no wrth bowling at 135kph on good length......

Posted by realfan on (February 23, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

just as i said vijay finished his quota of good batting in IRANI tropy..... and why cant we give chance to RAHANE......

two guys who dont have foot work whatsoever are openeing for india is pathetic in first place..... and in a match where in ist inning no wicket fell for seam bowlers, these guys have been bowled for a seam great opening or india...

but good to see VINTAGE SACHIN back.... i think this will be his series..... key are pujara, sachin, kohli and ashwin......

and we clearly missed ojah and yadhav in bowling department.....

Posted by heathrf1974 on (February 23, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

@Mitty Very good point. Most good balls are wicket to wicket for either spin or pace.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 23, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Australia should never have taken Lyon the seamer to India. Not having got a single ball to spin on a spinners' paradise of a pitch is surely the most humiliating expereince for any person tasked with the job of spinner. He going to have to try to get some reverse swing to mix it up a bit.

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 23, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

@disco_bob: Really? Would it work out? Did we not have a similar arrangement in 2008 too? What happened then? We saw the captain of Aus himself claiming catches that were clearly grounded, we saw the captain himself not walking when he had edged the ball down the leg side to the keeper, we saw the vice captain not walking when his bat had given the ball a huge kiss to the keeper, we saw the vice captain claiming he had taken the catch when he had clearly grassed it. And here you are, after 5 years again talking of that same agreement. What did Aus ppl do with RT and MS after those claims? Did anyone treat them as pariahs?

Posted by Mervo on (February 23, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

I think we need curator school for some of the Indian groundsmen. Rolled mud is not a test wicket. India will be totally unprepared for South Africa. This was their chance to prepare.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 23, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

And as the world waits, watching to see if Lyon will spin his first ever ball, everyone is left dissappointed by the complete lack of spin, even on a spinners paradise of a track like this one. Clarke then takes him out of the attack after only two overs. Is there really no one else in the whole of Australia who could fill this role?

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 23, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

C'mon Aus .... lets rip out Tendulkar now and set the cat among the birds.... love to see Moises get his man Tend ..continuing the tradition of being the debutant's bunny good fun .... Waiting for serious reverse @ 150 clicks likes of Patto and Starc ,a sight and some...if you are not among the sparse 'crowd' of Indian fans watching at the ground off course...-:)

Posted by quittthewhinging on (February 23, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

I mentioned lower down in this blog that it amazes me India still pick Sehwag. What's his contribution so far? Another dropped catch in the slips costing about 60 runs and 2! He's FAT so unable to bend down in the slips; some boundary chasing would do him good.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 23, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Scratch everything I just said. Nathan, again, is bowling way too wide on the crease, making it that much easier to play. I think it was hobart where he bowled a few magnificent spells (all though not shown in the wickets) where he was bamboozling batsmen with his away drift, and then spinning it back in. When he bowls this wide the spin is just so much easier to play and read.

On a positive note though, really well bowled pattinson. Bowling at 150 km/h on a dead pitch with no assistance, and still taking two early wickets. I can't even begin to imagine how well he's going to bowl in England and Australia. With him, bird and Harris in the same attack, watch out England.

Posted by Proteas-13thman on (February 23, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

MAN I love cricket....ESPECIALLY good cricket~! I got my laptop showing the india verus ozzies games ...Hope india can win this... AND soon to watch the Proteas play the ever improving Pakastani team~!!

I dont like cricket... I love it~!!

Come on Sachin~!!!

Posted by Akshita29 on (February 23, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

Wow Sachin looks in the mood . And what pace from Pattinson just wow. When can India get some pace bowlers like him ? Plz get rid of Harbhajan even if he gets few wickets in the 2nd innings .

Posted by Biggus on (February 23, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

India don't like DRS and they don't like umpires. The rest of us can only be pleased that they can't self-umpire the game since they appear to have no idea of the LBW rule. Whilst they certainly were on the end of some poor decisions constantly appealing for LBW when the batsman has played a shot and the ball has made contact with the pad a good foot outside the line of the stumps is patently ridiculous. This is not some new phenomenon either, brought on by frustration with a poor decision, it has been going on for some time, so the question must be asked, "Do they not understand the rule, or is this constant silly appealing part of a concerted plan to pressure umpires into giving favourable decisions?"

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 23, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

@Sudeep Das, no mention because luck was pretty even I'd suggest, some marginal calls each way but nothing worth writing about.

Posted by Nish_US on (February 23, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

This is the kind of situation tailor made for Dravid, where he would wear the pacemen down, later

to capitulate on the tired bowlers.... hope pujara steps up and proves that he is the ready to

fill in those shoes..

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

India 2 for 29, & I am predicting both Puajara & Tendulkar will get centuries!

Posted by ashqarmahi on (February 23, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

tendulkar tendulkar tendulkar tendulkar tendulkar tendulkar.....!!!! come on.....i wnat to see 300 hundred from you.....this is the only thing you dont have in ur stats....come on!!!!

Posted by Nish_US on (February 23, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

It does not look like the same bowling attack.... when Pujara and Tendulkar are playing.....How quickly things changed from when Vijay and Sehwag were batting.... Hope things continue this way for a little more while

Posted by disco_bob on (February 23, 2013, 7:14 GMT)

Since we have seen so many recent 3rd Umpire howlers and DRS howlers and plenty of errors everybody seems to have forgotten the one logical solution and it's time someone suggested it to trial, and the rest of this series would be a good plaee to start because there is already no DRS. That is what Ponting suggested all that time ago, but extened not just to catches. Namely the captains should agree that batsman will walk and we will take the fielders word for a catch. The worst that can happen is no worse that it is now. If this was agreed to publicly and up front it would be impossible for someone to cheat because as everyone will see the evidence, they would become an international pariah. Worth a try.

Posted by Mitty2 on (February 23, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Watching the Indian spinners.. The ball only really ripped when it was bowled with loop and with lots of overspin, the occasional sidespinner would really turn (albeit slowly), but for the majority, it just skidded on. Ashwin's success and turn came from him bowling overspin, jadeja looked redundant and innocuous bowling darts but improved later on when he started to decrease his pace and stopped with the sidespin.

This is why I'm harboring real hope for Lyon in this innings, his major attributes is bounce from his overspin, and his record in the sub continent and the akin pitches (Sri Lanka and west indies) is very good. I'm predicting he really will surprise a few, if he's bowling close to the stumps, giving it more flight, and really following through, the pitch will more than aid him. As he's the only spinner and will bowl a lot of overs, and especially if there's no reverse for the pacers; if the pacers remain economical, I'm predicting a fiver for Nathan.

Posted by subashcric on (February 23, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

The match seems evenly poised. If india can get to a total of 400 it should be a close contest. Good bowling by Ashwin and Jadeja and a good chance for the batsman to prove themselves

Posted by Temuzin on (February 23, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

Hunh... CSK bowlers got 9 wickets vs India bowlers 1 and people still criticize Dhoni for favoring CSK players.

Posted by harsh.kataruka on (February 23, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

No comments on the brilliant umpiring by the "Umpire of the Year".. maybe Sehwag should lend his prescription glasses!!!

Posted by GRVJPR on (February 23, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Very poor cricket by australia this morning. Just about 50 odd runs in almost 40 overs of play. Indian, in fact looked more keen to bowl more overs despite being back in the game. This is huge difference between australian side of past and present. Also aussie batsmen must improve their technique. Thought, they were too lucky this innings, thank's to no UDRS

Posted by Harmony111 on (February 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

380 is def a challenging total. Who knows it could even be too big for India. I don't really see India getting too big a lead IF ANY after Aus have scored 380. If Ind bat very well then they might get to 450 or so but that is unlikely. What is more likely is that India will score something like 340--360 and that would set up the match interestingly. If Aus get a good total in the 3rd innings then Ind would be under huge pressure to chase anything like 240-250. Aus would also know that if they get bowled out cheaply then the chase for Ind would be tiny and Ind would do it. BUT, 3rd and 4th innings are still some time in coming. It is also likely that Ind will get a.o. for 220-240 in their 1st innings giving Aus a huge lead of 150+ runs. That would be def the end of India in this match if that happens. India batting is very shaky at the moment and I am not expecting them to get 400+. Let's hope Ind get 340-350 and keep the match even. Ind's tail vs Aussie tail would be interesting too.

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

I think the Aussies will be very happy with 380. It really means that India is going to have to score 420 or so to gain any advantage, that´s a lot of runs for the Aussies to bowl with. I´m expecting all the Aussies to bowl pretty well here, I just hope Patto is up to full fitness and that Clarke can bowl the odd over here and there. Hopefully big Mitch can start ripping the pitch up a bit for Lyon to bowl into too!

Posted by   on (February 23, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

Why no mention of those lucky escapes for the Aussies due to bad umpiring?

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (February 23, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

lets see can we get to 181, the follow-on mark. Only hope is Pujara and Ashwin the batsman, in fact our second best batsman in recent time after Pujara. And what about umpiring? I think Dharmsena is hell bent in changing BCCI stance on DRS.

Posted by rajesh_prk on (February 23, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Will it be the last time we have seen Bhajji bowl?! He can have the satisfaction of having played in 100 tests and focus on IPL more. Selectors can meanwhile look at the fresh crop for successor.

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