India off to good start against Australia(Lunch Report)

October 17th, 2008 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Mohali (Punjab), Oct 17 (IANS) India were off to a good start against Australia scoring 104 for the loss of one wicket at lunch on the first day of the second cricket Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium here Friday.Gautam Gambhir was batting on a strokeful 53 and Rahul Dravid at 11 at lunch break after stand-in captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat. Virender Sehwag (35) was the only wicket to fall in the first session.

Skipper Anil Kumble had to sit out because of a shoulder injury and uncapped leg-spinner Amit Mishra was drafted in the team.

Openers Sehwag and Gambhir gave a blistering start on a wicket which was supposed to assist fast bowlers initially. The 50 came in just just nine overs.

Sehwag shaped up well right from the start and scored a quick-fire 35 runs from 36 balls, including six fours, before Mitchell Johnson removed him caught behind by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Sehwag and Gambhir added 70 runs for the first wicket.

Gambhir played a steady knock despite being hit on the helmet by debutant Peter Siddle’s bouncer. This was his first Test half-century 50 against Australia.

The Australian fast bowlers did not trouble the Indian openers who scored at will on both sides of the wicket.

Johnson was the only bowler to get a wicket while debutant Siddle, Bret Lee and Shane Watson went wicketless in the first session of play in bright early winter sunshine.

Spinner Michael Clarke bowled one over before lunch, giving away 10 runs with Gambhir charging down the track to hit him for two successive boundaries over mid-on.

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