Highlights of a day 3 – 1st Test Match between India – Australia at Adelaide.
1. Australia declare at the start of the day, batting for 2 days and leaving India to bat for 3 days to survive with a huge first inning score of 517.
2. S.Dhawan got going Warner style putting 25 runs in 24 balls while M.Vijay was having a cautious traditional start at the other end.
3. 81 runs partnership between M.Vijay and C.Pujara verified the good surface to bat on claim.
4. Lyon was the best bowler of the test match (so far), asking the right questions throughout the day with 30 overs and brilliant control – perfect line and length with accurate pace. He was assisted with the foot mark created by Indian pace bowlers strategy of going round the wicket.
5. Johnson was wayward in the beginning but came back well with some awesome bouncers. Ryan was reliable and Siddle was a struggle.
6. Pujara and Rahane got dismissed due to the defensive approach towards Lyon while Kohli kept his aggressiveness and eagerness to score. Rahane though got the ball from Lyon which was unplayable.
7. Australia used 7 bowlers, including M.Marsh, S.Watson and S.Smith. That is the big difference between two sides. Australia has almost 9 bowlers out of 11 with Clarke and Warner with test wickets in their telly and yet they prefer 2 all-rounders in their line up while India has hardly anyone from their batting line up which can create impact with the ball and yet went in with 6 batsman and a wicket keeper.
8. M.Johnson welcome V.Kohli with a first ball bouncer which hit him on the center of the forehead. That moment gave a scary scene for a minute. However, that did not affected Kohli’s batting and concentration. Although Kohli struggled initially against Lyon, he kept looking for runs, kept himself aggressive and eventually scored his second century at Adelaide.
9. Almost everyone from Indian batting unit got the start and that is a very positive start for India, considering they did not had enough tour games. Not only yesterday’s performance helped them to get the confidence back, it also ensured that they are out of trouble for now and draw is a likely result unless someone comes up with amazing bowling performance – most likely in spin department.
10. Day belongs to two heartfelt performances. Lyon’s performance got much needed respect from Indians and was Lion Like. However Kohli roared with hundred on first test as Captain – a memorable performance.
Note: Virat Kohli became 4th Indian captain to have scored century on debut after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar.
A Bit of History Recap:
Not Often India scores over 350 runs in a day and very few occassions when India has put more than 350 runs in a day overseas. Last one I can recall is in Wellington, New Zealand, when India scored 375 runs in a day’s play (3rd April 2008).
In Adelaide, 2008 when Tendulkar scored 153, India’s total at the end of the day 1 was 309. It shows 369 is a huge score to put up in a single day.