Australia (348/2 in 90 overs, Warner 101, Rogers 95, Smith 82*) v India (Shami 1/58)
The Australian top order dominated throughout Day 1 in the Sydney Test, piling on a massive score of 348, for the loss of just two wickets. While Chris Rogers, Steve Smith and Shane Watson struck impressive half centuries, David Warner notched up yet another lightning fast ton in this series.
It was nothing short of a show of lop sided cricket on Day 1 in Sydney, which saw the Australians leave no room for the Indians to get any toehold on the game. Viewers must have, at some point during the day, found it hard to believe that this was indeed the first day’s play of a Test match and not a high scoring ODI!
Warner and Rogers start aggressively
Australia’s intentions of taking the attack to the Indians right from the very start, were clearly visible in the way the two openers went about scoring their runs in the morning. The duo reached the 50 run partnership in absolutely no time (read just 8 overs!) and found it blissfully easy to punish the Indian bowlers for their woefully wrong line and length.Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s comeback to the Test team apparently made no dent on the Australians, and Umesh Yadav’s ability to occasionally trouble the batsmen with the swinging ball found no takers as his control went haywire right from the very start. Ravichandran Ashwin could only produce a ‘band aid’ effect in this situation, trying to somehow stop the leakage of runs from the other end. By lunch, the Australians had romped to 123/0!
The Aussie show continues
Even though the post lunch session started with the usual show of dominance by the openers, India found a glimmer of hope later when they managed to dismiss both of them within a space of 6 balls. The opportunity, however, proved to be too difficult to be capitalized upon – Steve Smith and Shane Watson took charge and kept the batting momentum unchecked, even after the two quick wickets. The duo flayed the Indians for their inaccuracy and inconsistency. A few overs from Suresh Raina, too, failed to give the Indians any hope of pulling things back!
An occasional spell or two of tight bowling from the pacers had no visible impact on the Australian progress, which was helped in more ways than one by the SCG track, which proved to be batting paradise on Day 1.
Tough task for India ahead
Needless to say, the Indians have an uphill task ahead of themselves in the rest of the Test match, and the batsmen ought to be mentally prepared to face a gigantic Australian total in the 1st innings!