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Sachin, Kohli stand firm for India



Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli steered India to 182 for three at stumps on the second day of the first test against Australia in Chennai on Saturday, trailing by 198 runs.

Tendulkar (71 not out) and Kohli (50 not out) will continue to build on their hard-fought 77-run partnership in the morning.

At the start of the their innings, the hosts found themselves in a spot of bother on 12 for two, when James Pattinson deceived both Murali Vijay (10) and Virender Sehwag (two) with his pace.

He first rattled Vijay's stumps before Sehwag defended but was too slow to react and keep the ball from landing on his stumps.

The only joy for the visitors in the final session was the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara for 44, when a Pattinson delivery stayed low and clattered into the stumps, after Pujara and Tendulkar settled the early nerves with a 93-run partnership.

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Earlier, India's Ravichandran Aswin wrapped up the Australian innings for 380 15 minutes after the scheduled time for the lunch break.

Resuming the day on 316 for seven, Michael Clarke and Peter Siddle doggedly defended and resisted everything the hosts threw at them.

The pair cautiously added 45 runs in 25 overs, before Clarke fell victim to Ravindra Jadeja as he skipped down the track, but did not get to the pitch of the ball and holed out to Buvneshwar Kumar on the boundary for 130.

His sojourn lasted 246 deliveries and included 12 fours and one six.

Siddle followed soon after, having set an example to many of the top-order batsmen on how to survive, as he faced 94 balls for his 19 runs. Harbhajan Singh finally snared a wicket in his 100th test when he induced Siddle to guide a delivery to the slips where Sehwag completed the catch.

India have let themselves down in the field on the second day as well, with a dropped catch and two more edges that were not taken. Apart from that, they have also been denied three plumb leg-before appeals.

Ashwin finished with 7-103, his best figures in test cricket.


Report Day 1


INDIA: V Sehwag, M Vijay, CA Pujara, SR Tendulkar, V Kohli, RA Jadeja, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, B Kumar, I Sharma

AUSTRALIA: DA Warner, EJM Cowan, PJ Hughes, SR Watson, MJ Clarke (capt), MS Wade (wk), MC Henriques, PM Siddle, MA Starc, JL Pattinson, NM Lyon

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