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

Pattinson penetrates on turning pitch

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

Brydon Coverdale

February 23, 2013

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James Pattinson removed India's openers, India v Australia, 1st Test, Chennai, 2nd day, February 23, 2013
James Pattinson stung India thrice in his six overs after India's spinners took all 10 Australian wickets © BCCI
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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.

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Posted by jasonmad 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.

Posted by IlMagnifico 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.

Posted by Raj12345 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by Lmaotsetung 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.

Posted by   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!!!

Posted by bumsonseats 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by satchander 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.

Posted by pratapvinay on (February 23, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

in cricket you are only as good as your last performance......

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

The days of Sehwag & Harhbajan seem to be over. How sad! But, true! Rahane or Dhawan can not be worse than THIS Sehwag! Rasool can not be worse than THIS Harbhjan. If the pitches are going to be like this we need just one (or Zero!) pacers. In any case Ojha should be in.

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

Kapstif - we have too many bowlers with half the class of Panesar or Swan. That's the problem. Right now, I'd settle for 1 slow bowler who is better than all other slow bowlers in Australia, then he can have the spot to work himself into. Right now opinions from the pub to the selection table are far to divided as to who is our best slow bowler, so none of them get a chance to settle. Even rubbish like Ashley Giles showed the benefit of playing with some security.

Posted by Kapstif on (February 23, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

More muddy thinking from the Australian brains trust! Your opening bowler only bowls 6 overs out of 52 when he has taken 3 wickets? All well an good bowling 150kmph+ but you must be able to sustain it for slightly longer than 6 overs (spilt into two spells).

What the Aussies would give for a bowler with half the class of Panesar or Swann!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 23, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

How humiliating for Nathan Lyon. Utterly ineffective and didn't turn a ball all day on a spinner's paradise of a pitch. Didn't bowl a single maiden either, no turn, and surely now the Australian management can see why he needs to replaced, just like Matthew 'Waste'.

Posted by Bruisers on (February 23, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

Sublime batting from Tendulkar. People who say he crumbles under pressure need to watch this game to know exactly how wrong they are. Pattinson was superb with the ball. Sehwag is too slow to react to the ball, both as a fielder and as a batsman. He and Harbhajan are the journeymen of an otherwise strong looking Test unit.

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