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Rain Interrupts Play but Not Aussies Performance; Australia Declare First Innings at at 517 Runs

December 11
10:22 2014

australia criNew Delhi, Thursday, December 11 – Not many expected before the first Test match between India and Australia started that the Aussies put their best foot forward. Three marveling centuries by the home team is a real tribute to Phillip Hughes, who breathed his last after being hit on the back of neck by a bouncer while playing in a domestic match.

It is never easy to beat Australia on their soil. The entire world knows what actually the Australian cricketers have been going through but outstanding performance from their end proves that sentiments are kept aside for sometime. David Warner was the first man to hit a ton and looked upward, dedicating his 145-run knock to 25-year-old Hughes. Karn Sharma cut short his innings. Mitchell Marsh failed to play Varun Aaron and fell short of 9 runs to pocket a half-century. His innings comprised 5 boundaries. Nathan Lyon succumbed to Mohammed Shami. The new batsman Brad Haddin couldn’t do much with the bat and threw his wicket to the same man without scoring any run.

Best knock was exhibited by Steven Smith. The right-handed batsman scored 162 runs of 231 balls, along with 21 x 4). The skipper Michael Clarke, who was retired hurt on the day 1 of the first Test match in the Adelaide Oval, came back on the crease and did exactly what the Australian cricket fans were expecting from him. He immaculately played an impressive 128-run knock of 163 balls, together with 18 boundaries. His innings came at a time when he was emotionally weak post losing one of his closest pals a few days back. It is never easy for a cricketer to play in a way that it should inspire others to do well no matter how difficult is the situation to overcome problems at various stages of life. Karn Sharma made him depart but job was done to a certain extent by Clarke.

His dismissal made Mitchell Johnson (0 runs of 4 balls) to arrive on 22 yards pitch and accompany Smith as long as possible. However, keeping the weather conditions in mind, the host declared their first innings on overnight score of 517 runs, which were put on the scoreboard by losing 7 wickets. Shami, Aaron and the young Karn, who turned most expensive as he closed his tally at 143 runs, got two wickets apiece while Ishant Sharma had to be satisfied with 1 wicket. Murali Vijay was impressive with ball as he bowled for 13 overs and gave 29 runs. 3 maiden overs by the part-time bowler must have spurred the thought that good outcome may be expected by him in the future contests.

The target set for India is not at all simple, especially at a time when weather conditions aren’t fine. Rain interrupted the play for several times on Wednesday. Sky was overcast yet huge runs were accumulated by the Aussies. The ‘men in blue’ started to chase the total with confidence. The opener Vijay style of hitting the shots and going for the biggies was spellbinding. Shikhar Dhawan on the other end did his best to speed up the pace of scoring runs. But before he could have done enough and gone for considerable score, Ryan Harris got him and gave the first jolt to the rivals.

Dhawan attained 25 runs of 24 balls, inclusive of 5 fours. Cheteshwar Pujara was now the man to face Australian bowling attack. He and the right-handed opening batsman began to give a tad stress to the opposition. Nevertheless, Mitchell Johnson sent Vijay back to the pavilion when the player was batting at 53 runs. Among India and Australia, the 30-year-old Chennai born boy was the only one who hit a couple of sixes with 3 boundaries. The departure led stand-in captain Virat Kohli to play with Pujara. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that they both prompted the spirit that probably things will be different in the overseas this time. Pujara is batting at 73, which comprise 9 fours, while on the other hand, with 4 x 6, Kohli is batting at 36 runs. Indian supporters wish to see a solid & healthy competition. Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha and the key bowlers Karn, Ishant, Shami and Aaron are to bat yet. For the loss of 2 wickets, India made 192 runs.

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