AUS vs IND -2nd Test
Location: Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane
Toss: India (Elected to bat)
Run Rate: 4.25
Run Rate: 3.73
Status: Australia trail by 187 runs
Last 5 Ovs: 13/0
RR: 2.6 4s: 1 6s: 0
AUS 1 Inn: 221/4
IND 1 Inn: 408/10
Australia 221/4 (52 ov)
Smith will be the key for Australia. Can he endorse his succession into Clarke's shoes and put the hosts back on track? Do come back and join us tomorrow to find out. Until then, take care and cheerio!
The day began with the Aussie bowlers chipping away at the wickets and in the process, Hazlewood took a 5-fer on Test debut. The positive 57-run stand between Ashwin and Dhoni helped India past the psychological 400-mark.
Rogers, who is under a bit of pressure with Cowan recently scoring twin tons in the Sheffield Shield, proceeded to score his first fifty in eight innings. However, he endured a tame dismissal soon after, getting strangled down leg at the stroke of tea. The new man - Mitch Marsh has not looked all that comfortable in the middle either. As it stands, India are ahead in the Test and Australia still trail by 187 runs.
The umpires call off play for the day. That is that - stumps on day 2. The two bowlers, who were ignored for the Adelaide Test, made a statement of sorts, sharing four wickets between them. Early on Ishant Sharma came in for punishment from the flailing blade of David Warner, before the opener was out for 29.
Ashwin has got turn and bounce to vindicate his inclusion in the XI at the expense of Karn. Steve Smith has stood up to be counted, adding another fifty to his growing treasure chest. Though Umesh's lines have not been accurate, he has steamed in to hustle the opposition.
The light is fading. Dhoni, the umpires and the batsmen, have a chat. Play has been suspended for the moment because of bad light. The Indians huddle up before they disperse off the field. Kohli and Dhawan have a chat with smiles on their faces. As usual, Dhoni is stoic.
51.6 Ashwin to M Marsh, no run, slower through the air on middle, defended back to Ashwin