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Plays of the day from the second day of the first Test between India and Australia in Chennai
February 23, 2013
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.
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 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 hereFeeds: Brydon Coverdale
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