Sydney, Feb 23: Half centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli rescued India on day two of the Chennai Test after they were reduced to 105/3 in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 380.
Returning pace ace James Pattinson has stormed back with a triple strike to give Australia a match-winning spearhead in a compelling first Test against India, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Playing his first Test in three months since a side-strain against South Africa, Pattinson (3-25 from six overs) dispelled any concerns about his still-developing frame by routing India’s top-order at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
The feisty 22-year-old took three wickets in 28 balls, blasting through the defences of Murali Vijay (10), Virender Sehwag (2) and Cheteshwar Pujara (44) with thunderbolts that reached 150km/h.
At stumps on day two, the home side were 3-182, with the masterful Tendulkar (71) and Kohli (50) looking ominous in reply to Australia’s 380 headlined by Michael Clarke’s sparkling 130.
Entering this series under pressure after lean returns against England and New Zealand, The Little Master was brilliant from ball one, hitting Pattinson for three boundaries from the first four balls he faced, the paper said.
Test cricket’s leading run scorer brought up his half-century from 80 balls and cruised through the final session to move within striking distance of his 52nd Test ton.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers, snaring seven Australian wickets. (ANI)