Aus vs Ind 1st Test

It’s a shame that on a day of high quality cricket test, a run-out and what followed in the next half hour there will be more talk of persistent bowling in what were less than ideal conditions for the home team. and the batting expert to counter them for nearly 80 overs.

The run-out, of course, could still have a say in the Test, but this was a day when the Indian batting engine room rolled up its sleeve, got dirty and made sure the team didn’t throw away. the advantage of winning the toss, let alone the three wickets lost for 45 runs to the stumps.

In the first part of the Test, it was clear that it would be hard work for the Australian bowlers to take the wickets. A real advantage with the new ball did not lead to the slip. Nobody would do it all day. However, it was also soon clear that stitch streaks would be hard work, especially when direct overpitch deliveries were made straight to midwicket or mid-on. It was a slow shot with a steep rebound where the margin for error was perhaps more for the bowlers than the batters, but then again the edges wouldn’t just hold up.

India likes to score fast, Australia likes to hit the batters. Neither was happening. So Australia moved their attack straighter and relied on Nathan Lyon more than they wanted on day one. In Lyon’s sights was his nemesis, the glittering Cheteshwar Pujara, who had reduced the champion of the tad to utter a plea for mercy of “aren’t you bored yet?” on the last tour.