India prosper despite Clarke and Wade
Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade offered nearly lone resistance as India dominated day one of the second Test at Hyderabad.
Clarke and Wade shared a 145-run stand that spanned the afternoon session, but three wickets each for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja pegged Australia back. Jadeja was the most frugal bowler, with 3-33 from 16 overs.
Soon after Clarke was ninth out for 91, he surprisingly declared to leave the hosts three overs to reply to a modest score of 237. They closed on five without loss.
India were unchanged following their eight-wicket win at Chennai, while the tourists brought in two spinners. Glenn Maxwell made his Test debut in place of Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty replaced Nathan Lyon.
Clarke perhaps regretted his decision to bat first when Bhuvneshwar struck twice in two overs to leave Australia 15 for two. David Warner played on and Ed Cowan was lbw despite replays showing the ball pitched outside leg stump.
Phil Hughes countered with several fours and Shane Watson began to do likewise until he missed an attempted pull and was trapped in front of off stump on 23 to give Bhuvneshwar his third wicket.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who had conceded just one run from his first five overs, had Hughes caught behind for 19 as Mahendra Singh Dhoni excellently held on at the second attempt.
With his side 63 for four, Clarke somewhat spoiled Ashwin’s figures by launching the spinner for a straight six but he and Wade then played safe until lunch.
In the second session, they mixed caution with measured aggression to score more than 100 runs and frustrate Dhoni’s team; both had passed 50 by tea.
Having survived a stumping chance the previous ball, Wade perished on 62 by cutting Harbhajan Singh aerially to Bhuvneshwar, who took a diving catch to his left.
Moises Henriques, the maker of twin half-centuries on debut in the opening Test, was cheaply bowled by Jadeja who beat an attempted to push to leg.
Jadeja then had Maxwell caught behind for 13 before Harbhajan trapped Peter Siddle in front for nought and, next over, Jadeja beat Clarke’s sweep to bowl the skipper. Later in the over, Dhoni dropped Doherty but, after the next set of six, Clarke made Test cricket’s first opening-day declaration since 1974.