India vs Australia Mohali Test LIVE SCORE Day 2
AUSTRALIA Overs: 44 II Score: 130/0 (Cowan 53*, Warner 65*)
Fifty for Cowan
The ‘homework’ and PPTs seem to have worked. For Warner and Cowan in any case. The two have continued firmly post-lunch and the Indians are being made to toil on the first, I mean second, day’s play in Mohali. Cowan has stood strong, starting quietly but steadily growing in confidence, and he’s gotten a mini reward as he raises his bat ater reaching a much-needed 50.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 36 II Score: 109/0 (Cowan 43*, Warner 54*)
Australia take the first session
LUNCH: Kohli has been a little slow yet again as Jadeja gets Warner’s outside edge this time and the ball wafts past the slip-fielder’s right hand and saunters away to the boundary. A couple of half-chances that haven’t been taken could prove to be crucial misses or India.
But some firm batting by the Aussies means they take the first session and it’ll be the Indian think-tank that’ll have to do some serious thinking at lunch-time. A Power-Point presentation on ‘how the break this partnership’ anyone?
AUSTRALIA Overs: 35.4 II Score: 105/0 (Cowan 43*, Warner 50*)
Warner reaches his 50
David Warner has scored his second fifty of the series and this time he’ll be hoping to really make this start count. He’s dug deep, playing uncharacteristically slow after getting off to a strong start and he’s setting himself up for a big one. India, meanwhile, will be hoping they get a couple fo quick wickets to peg back the Aussies who have dominated the match so far.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 34 II Score: 100/0 (Cowan 42*, Warner 46*)
Century for the opening partnership
The two have played themselves in and are really making it count now. With a more-or-less even share of the scoring, the two have now taken Australia past 100. While Ojha did get Cowan’s edge which fizzed past Kohli’s hand, too fast for the slip fielder, the batsmen have, otherwise, remained steady and strong.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 27 II Score: 80/0 (Cowan 31*, Warner 37*)
Spin from both ends now
Ojha is now into the attack as well and it’s spin from both ends. But Australia are negotiating the bowling very expertly at the moment, constantly gaining in confidence. Cowan’s been excellent post the drinks break.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 20 II Score: 61/0 (Cowan 18*, Warner 36*)
50-run opening partnership
The 50-run partnership is up for the Aussie openers. But that’s just a start and they’ll be looking to really put together a big stand. They’re playing Ashwin a lot better too!
AUSTRALIA Overs: 17 II Score: 48/0 (Cowan 13*, Warner 32*)
Slow and steady…
Ashwin is into the attack with the despondent Ishant Sharma and, in his first over, Ashwin troubled the batsmen early on. But Warner and Cowan have held their own and played out an important period of play without losing any wickets. They’re building a good innings here, learning from their previous failures. Good batting by the two.
Meanwhile, even though Ojha hasn’t bowled yet and Dhawan hasn’t really had anything to do either, check out this short piece on India’s team changes while the players have drinks. No, not the alcoholic sort. Just some glucose water or whatever it is they have.
Ojha finally recalled, Dhawan makes his debut»
AUSTRALIA Overs: 8 II Score: 27/0 (Cowan 5*, Warner 20*)
A steady start
Australia have started firmly here. Cowan and Warner are looking to play themselves in and negotiate any early movement that the pitch might offer. It should be a grand track for batting after that. Warner has slotted two more boundaries, but Cowan is nudging around, grabbing singles here and there.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 1 II Score: 9/0 (Cowan 1*, Warner 8*)
An eventful first over
An interesting first over here. The first ball swings back in towards Cowan and the bowler puts in an early appeal, just to clear his voice. Next ball, a single on the offside – first runs on the board. Warner’s first ball sees a strong and valid appeal but the umpire doesn’t raise his finger. Replays show the ball pitched marginally outside leg-stump so that’s probably the right decision. That’s followed up by two offside boundaries to wrap up an eventful first over. Ishant Sharma will steam in from the other end.
AUSTRALIA Overs: 0 II Score: 0/0 (Cowan 0*, Warner 0*)
Here we go…
Ed Cowan is taking guard as Warner stands firmly at the other end. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball in his hand and will be hoping he can start off the way he did in the previous Test match where he grabbed three early wickets. First ball coming up…
Toss: Australia have won the toss and elected to bat first.
India: S Dhawan, M Vijay, C Pujara, S Tendulkar, V Kohli, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni (cap/wk), R Ashwin, P Ojha, B Kumar, I Sharma.
Australia: D Warner, E Cowan, P Hughes, M Clarke (cap), S Smith, B Haddin (wk), M Henriques, X Doherty, M Starc, P Siddle, N Lyon.
Previously: After a completely washed out day 1, the cricketers in Mohali wake up to a sunny Friday morning. An early start is expected as the two teams will be raring to take the field. While Australia announced their playing eleven yesterday – not much of a surprise given the fact that they barely had 12 men available for selection after PPT-gate – India announced their line-up today and apart from Dhawan replacing Sehwag, Ojha has also come back in place of Bhajji, who will miss out on playing on his home turf.