India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 2nd day February 23, 2013

Pattinson penetrates on turning pitch

Plays of the day from the second day of the first Test between India and Australia in Chennai

The ball
Spinners took all ten wickets during Australia's innings but it didn't take long once India walked out to bat for pace to make its presence felt. In the fourth over, James Pattinson sent a searing inswinging yorker to Murali Vijay, who was beaten by the 150kph pace of the delivery and managed only a little inside edge that rocketed back onto his leg stump. India's seamers had struggled to get close to the 140kph mark but Pattinson showed that even on a spin-friendly pitch, sheer pace has its place.

The obliviousness
A lack of reflexes cost Virender Sehwag on the first day when he dropped a catch at slip and again on the second day when he jammed a Pattinson delivery down into the ground. Unbeknownst to Sehwag, the ball bounced high in the crease, fell down and landed on top of the leg bail. By the time Sehwag realised what was happening, it was too late to do anything about it.

The start
The loss of both openers left India at 12 for 2. In walked Sachin Tendulkar, under pressure after another lean series against England, and immediately he cheered the Chennai fans. His first ball he punched through cover for four, his second went in a similar direction and again to the boundary, and from his fourth delivery and the last of Pattinson's successful over, he glanced yet another four off his pads. The cheer when Tendulkar walked to the crease was nothing compared to the roar that went around when he was 12 from four balls.

The bowled that wasn't
When Michael Clarke brought himself on to bowl late in the day, Tendulkar was on strike on 60. Clarke ran in and bowled, but just before he released the ball Tendulkar pulled away; he was not ready and had only just finished getting into position. Lo and behold, the delivery hit the stumps. Matthew Wade let out a mock appeal but everyone knew it was a dead ball, as was confirmed by the umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Jason on February 24, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Kapstif/Vindaliew - quality vs quantity, most captains would take Dale Steyn in small quantities if it was offered. Patto's no good to anyone injured, and a lot can happen in 18 deliveries. Hence the emergence of the T20 format.

  • Abhay on February 24, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Clarke is hiding Pattinson from Pujara, Tendulkar and possibly Kohli. You don't want your 'ace' to be ripped to shreds on the second day of the first test match. Most newer aussie bowlers are big on bravado and very good in talent, but give them a good thumping and they waste no time breaking down. 'Mental breakdowns', anyone? I bet Pattinson comes on as soon as India's tail shows up. With a few wicketes under his belt (even if they're all bowlers), he'll be set for the rest of the series. It takes heart to bowl on a dead pitch to better batters. Siddle has it. Lyon has it. Pattinson, not so much. Clarke knows it, Pattinson knows it and the aussie team managers know it very well.

  • Raj on February 24, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    I am surprise none of Aussies bowlers failed attack Indian batsman. We are very lucky in that aspect losing only openers cheaply.

    Rahane supporters, he is very good middle order. He is not up for opening, if we do we will lose badly from cricket. There are N number of players gone from sight because of this, very first Dinesh Karthik. Hope selectors give chances to Tiwary etc.

  • Dummy4 on February 24, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    Couldn't agree more with the featured comment. 6 out of 54 overs when he's the only wicket-taker. Surely an extra four or five overs wouldn't have killed him, but may have got Australia properly into the middle-order instead of leaving the game in the balance. Strange decision from a distance... @sportaroo

  • John on February 24, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    This has a draw written all over it. Once again Indian batsmen show how clueless they are to pace bowling. May god help them when they tour SA later this year. One more wicket and the tail is exposed. 10dulkar is just a timid prod outside off away from being back into the pavillion. Indian fans better pray monsoon arrives early.

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    well its time Lyon re addresses his bowling, for 6 months every one has known bowls to fast with out a thinking what to bowl, just torture spinning wicket and andhasnt looked like taking a wicket, and as for Siddle, sorry he shouldnt be in this side every tike he has bowled hasnt looked like getting on top of an opponent, as apparent leader of the pack isnt this his duty? Come on Pattinson take 3 wickets in 3 overs? Lets just hope he stays fit as he is the Pack Leader!!!

  • david on February 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    2 points why do they keep on selecting Sehwag on the chance that he will play one of his blistering innings which you need to think when that was. and why did Patterson only bowl 6 overs. when i saw that i assumed oh no not again another injury. not sure why i take its a precaution,or not another chocolate fireguard.

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Total 77 innings till date have been bowled where spinners took all 10 wickets... India took 35 out of them. Where Aussie took 8 times so as England and Lanka (Murali Period). Pakistan 11 whereas NZ and WI took twice, probable Alf Constantine era in early 50s. Interestingly South Africa also took twice, one of those was best averaged work 10/54. Remaining one was taken by Bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Just cant stop admiring Michael Clarke's batting. I remember his debut series in which it was obvious that he is gonna be one of the best.Good job Ashwin but I really hope Harbhajan does well in the 2nd innings. Sachin was great today. Hoping for a great end to this test match.

  • SATISH CHANDER on February 23, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    I think this test has AGAIN clearly shown that 2 of our players how have served indian cricket for a very long time need to be be given rest permanently - Sehwag and Harbhajan. Sehwag's reflexes have clearly slowed down and I find him just not able to pick any incutters. He has been gettling bowled to incutters too often.Ind- Pakistan one dayers exposed that and current test match is also showing that weakness. Please lets give a chance to Jaffer/Dhawan. About Harbhajan, there is nothing left to say. 1 wicket (that too a tail ender) when the other 2 spinners have taken 9 wickets between them, clearly show the gulf between Harbhajan and rest of our spinners. We will probably draw or lost this test only because of Bhajji's ineffectiveness - Ojha would have complimented Ashwin very well.