BY | March 23, 2013

4th test match is turning out to be more interesting than anyone would have thought yesterday. After the Australian top ordered was bundled out quite cheaply, Indian team and their fans were expecting their side to complete the demotion within less than 200 runs, but the tailenders again came to the rescue of their side. They scored freely and with determination to take their team’s total to a respectable one as 262 looks a lot better than anything less than 200 in a test or even one day match.

The tailenders in the Australian side have shown more determination than their more recognized batting faces. Even new captain Shane Watson who was expected to make a statement of sorts against Clarke by a good batting display failed to score runs and was sent back to the pavilion by none other than Jadeja who has taken the important wickets of Australian captains throughout this tour. They seem to be the easiest catch for him.

On the other hand India side seems to have done reasonably well and the two openers Murali Vijay and Pujara both hitting fifties. Though Pujara was sent back to the pavilion after scoring 52 runs, Vijay is still at the crease and has scored 54 runs so far. Kohli in the meantime failed to come up with a good performance today and was sent back after scoring just a single run. Right now Vijay and Sachin Tendulkar are at the crease and India score is 135 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.

Australia 1st innings (Overnight 231/8)
Ed Cowan b Ashwin 38
David Warner c Kohli b Sharma 0
Phil Hughes b Sharma 45
Shane Watson st Dhoni b Jadeja 17
Steven Smith c Rahane b Ashwin 46
Mathew Wade c Vijay b Ashwin 2
Glenn Maxwell c Sharma b Jadeja 10
Mitchell Johnson b Ashwin 3
Peter Siddle b Ashwin 51
James Pattinson c Kohli b Ojha 30
Nathan Lyon not out 8
Extras (b 5, lb 7) 12
Total (all out in 112.1 overs) 262

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Warner, 1.4 overs), 2-71 (Hughes, 20.6), 3-106 (Cowan, 32.6), 4-115 (Watson, 38.5), 5-117 (Wade, 40.4), 6-129 (Maxwell, 46.2), 7-136 (Johnson, 53.6), 8-189 (Smith, 81.2), 9-243 (Siddle, 102.1), 10-262 (Pattinson, 112.1)
Bowling
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9-1-43-0
Ishant Sharma 14-3-35-2
Ravichandran Ashwin 34-18-57-5
Pragyan Ojha 26.1-6-75-1
Ravindra Jadeja 29-8-40-2
India 1st innings
M Vijay     not out     54
CA Pujara     b Lyon     52
Kohli     lbw b Lyon     1
SR Tendulkar     not out     12
Extras     (b 8, lb 8)     16
Total     (2 wickets; 38 overs)     135

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