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Openers get India off to a solid start

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have played some handsome shots and keep pressure on the Aussie attack.See ball-by-ball commentarySee graphics

india Updated: Oct 11, 2008 01:03 IST

The second day of the first day could very well set the tone of the series as both the teams continue to outdo each other. After the first day's play the honours were shared by both the teams. India making strong statements in the beginning and the end of the days play. While, Australia dominated the middle sessions with Ricky Ponting setting the record straight.

With the new ball swinging Ishant Sharma made full use of the conditions as came in with his full flow. Coming in with fiery pace he swung the ball into the batsman and was bending his back to get the extra bounce. His efforts were well rewarded as he dismissed Shane Watson, who was too late to get behind the ball and lost his off-stump. Australia lost their fifth wicket.

On the other hand Michael Hussey, continued to march on and reached his 50 to take the Australian innings forward. He was joined by Brad Haddin.

Even though India got the early breakthrough, the presence of Mike Hussey halted their progress as he along with Brad Haddin took Australia past the 300 mark. Hussey, well settled in the middle was playing some handsome shots and punishing bad delieveries.

The Australians continued to march along as Mike Hussey completed his ninth test hundred. Hussey who has played a well balanced innings has been well complimented by Brad Haddin, who is also looking very dangerous.

Ishant Sharma got India the all important break through as he dismissed Brad Haddin. Sharma decieved Haddin by fabulous slower ball that tricked the batsman and Haddin gave a soft catch to Laxman at short cover. Australia were 350/6. He then tricked Cameron White with the same slower delievery as Australia lost their seventh wicket.

The Australian pair of Michael Hussey and Brett Lee again started to build an effective partnership that led the Aussies past the 400 mark. Hussey continued to add to his 100 as Lee complimented him with effective runs. They were 416/7 at tea.

After tea, Zaheer Khan showed some great piece of swing bowling as he removed both Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson in quick succession. He rattled the stumps of both the batsmen to make Australia 430/9.

Khan continued to impress with his swing bowling as he dismissed centurion Michael Hussey, who got an inside edge onto his stumps. India will be coming out to bat and it will be very important for the opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir not to give away their wicket.

The Indian pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir got the team off to a solid start as they started to build a partnership for the opening pair and give India a solid platform. India were 38/0.

Rains shortened the days proceedings by 9 overs and the umpires called it stumps on day two. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir gave the team a solid base and a good platform for the middle order batsmen to build on it. Sehwag was on 43 and Gambhir on 20. India ended day two at 68/0.