India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day March 3, 2013

Nervous Doherty makes return

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the second day in Hyderabad

Warm-up of the day
Xavier Doherty was entitled to be a little bit nervous as he prepared to bowl his first ball in Test cricket in more than two years, his last appearance in the baggy green having come when he took 1 for 158 against England at Adelaide in December 2010. As he warmed up for his first over in this game he sent down a few practice deliveries to Peter Siddle, who was fielding at mid-off. One of them evaded Siddle and ran away towards the boundary, which could have been viewed as a discouraging omen for Doherty. But despite that, and starting his first spell with two low full tosses, he was generally tight in his return to Test cricket.

Non-DRS review of the day
On the first day of this Test, the third umpire was asked to check whether a catch was clean and in doing so discovered there was no bat involved, giving Moises Henriques a reprieve. On the second day, the on-field officials again asked for assistance to adjudicate on a catch, this time to see whether it was a bump ball. M Vijay drove Doherty to short cover where Phillip Hughes took the ball cleanly and while the initial reaction from batsman and umpire was one of disinterest, Doherty and Hughes felt it may have been a catch. Kumar Dharmasena asked for the third umpire to inspect the replay and found that it was indeed a bump ball.

Wicket of the day
That there was only one says everything about this day. Virender Sehwag's lean run continued when Siddle banged the ball in and got it to move away from Sehwag, who edged behind to Matthew Wade for 6. It was an encouraging start for the Australians. Then came the small matter of Cheteshwar Pujara and Vijay and a 294-run partnership. Back in the dressing rooms, Sehwag must have been kicking himself to miss out on the feast.

Poignant moment of the day
The morning began with both squads and the match officials lining up on the field as if they were waiting for the national anthems. But what followed was a minute's silence for the victims of the bombings in Hyderabad last month. 16 people were killed and over 100 people injured as the result of twin blasts in the Dilsukhnagar region of the city.

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

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