Oz relatively safe on day 1 after Indian onslaught

2013-03-23 00:00

AUSTRALIA survived an all-out India onslaught in the afternoon to reach the relative safety of stumps on 231/8 on the first day of the final Test in Delhi yesterday.

When the players retired for the night, Peter Siddle was on a 125-ball 47 — his highest Test score — and James Pattinson had 11.

The pair’s unbeaten 42-run partnership came in 17 overs, and followed an equally dogged eighth-wicket stand of 53 (in 26 overs) between Siddle and Steven Smith, before the latter became Ravichandran Ashwin’s fourth victim, caught at short leg for 46.

The hosts took the second new ball in the 93rd over, but the two quicks, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma, could not make the breakthrough in the final 20 minutes of the day’s play.

Earlier, India fought back with five wickets in the afternoon as Australia wobbled on 153/7 at tea.

At the time Smith was unbeaten on 25, after 104 balls, and Siddle on five, as the visitors buckled under relentless pressure from India.

Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the destroyers-in-chief, as first Ashwin bamboozled Ed Cowan, tossing it up outside leg, only for Cowan to miss the sweep and being bowled around his legs for 38.

Jadeja struck soon after, fooling Shane Watson with a shorter delivery to which he charged down the track, but it turned sharply and he was left stranded when Mahendra Singh Dhoni whipped off the bails.

Matthew Wade was caught by Murali Vijay at silly point off Ashwin for two. Having dispatched Pragyan Ojha for a six and four off successive balls, Glenn Maxwell then holed out to Jadeja, presenting an easy catch at mid-off for 10.


Australia 231/8 (Siddle 47*, Smith 46, Hughes 45, Ashwin 4/40, Jadeja 2/34, Sharma 2/35).

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.