Hyderabad, March 4: India failed to capitalise on a 370-run second-wicket stand and suffered a batting collapse in the second session only to be bowled out for 503 in the first innings at tea on the third day of the second cricket Test against Australia at the Rajiv Gandhi International, Uppal, here Monday.
After a bright first session that saw Cheteshwar Pujara scoring 204, his second double century, and Murali Vijay 167, India lost the last seven wickets for 110 runs in the second period of play. India took a 266-run first innings lead. Australia had declared their first innings at 237 for nine.
Off-spinner Glenn Maxwell (4-127) finally found some luck, after nearly four sessions of hard-work, as he wrecked the middle-order by removing Virat Kohli (34), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (44), Ravindra Jadeja (10) after dismissing Vijay in the morning. Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty (3-131) wrapped up the tail.
Sachin Tendulkar (7) fell in the second over after lunch as he tried to play James Pattinson (2-8) down the leg but found an edge to Matthew Wade. The Australians made a strong appeal for a caught behind and an unsure Marias Erasmus after consulting the third umpire raised his finger.
Dhoni and Kohli then joined forces to stabilise the middle-order but a fine piece of fielding by Ed Cowan at backward short-leg ended the 56-run stand. Kohli tried to charge Maxwell and found and inside edge to backward short leg, where Cowan took a ripper diving to his left.
Dhoni was the next to go as he tried to clear mid-off only to find Doherty, who juggled to take the catch. Jadeja followed soon, this time with Maxwell taking an excellent catch off his own bowling.
While Pujara and Vijay added 370-runs, third highest stand against Australia, the remaining batsmen could add only 130.
The 370-run second-wicket stand between Pujara and Vijay was broken by debutant spin all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. The off-spinner purchased some nice turn and bounce and Vijay fended a simple catch to backward short-leg.
The partnership is now the third highest partnership against Australia. The 382-run stand for the second wicket between England’s Len Hutton and Maurice Leyland at the The Oval 1938 remains on top while the 376-run stand for the fifth wicket between Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata 2000-01 is second.
Pujara got to his double century in style, charging down to Maxwell and flicked the ball through mid-on and mid-wicket for four. He punched the air and hugged Tendulkar as the stadium gave a standing ovation to the Rajkot boy.
But Pujara couldn’t carry on and in the next over his to hook James Pattinson found Xavier Doherty taking a brilliant diving catch at long leg.