India v/s Australia 2nd Test Day 2: Play stopped due to bad light

Thursday, 18 December 2014: Play stopped due to bad light as Australia trail by 187 runs

12:36 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

51 overs- 218/4

Yadav bowled a maiden to bring some respite

Australia trails by 190 runs after Indian bowlers leak runs

12:20 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

47 overs- 208/4

Umesh Yadav gives India the breakthrough they were desperate for. Dismisses Shaun Marsh for 32 off 70 balls. R Ashwin takes a brilliant catch that is flying above his head. Ashwin made no mistake as his well-timed jump helped a frustrated Indian side get the much-needed wicket.

12:11 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

45 overs- 199/3

DROPPED CATCH! Are you serious? Ajinkya Rahane dropped Shaun Marsh and this will cost India dearly. A mistake which cannot be afforded at a time when India is struggling to get more wickets.

Well-deserved half-century for Steve Smith.

43 overs- 193/3. A controlled over with a much better line and length by Varun Aaron

11:48 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

40 overs- 179/3

Ashwin was handed a thrashing as runs flew all around the park. 16 costly runs of that over.

11:41 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

Conceding a boundary almost every over may cost India. Poor bowling effort.

39 overs- 165/3. India need a wicket to break the Smith-Marsh partnership as Aaron struggles.

11:27 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

35 overs- 148/3

Today on Day 2 India lost six wickets. This will cost India. A few more runs on the board would have helped pile up runs.

Ishant Sharma bowling a visibly much-controlled over.

A much-needed wicket would put India back in the game.

34 overs- 147/3. Ashwin bowled a good over to contain Smith, except the last ball which gave Australia a double.

11:13 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

32 overs- 142/3

Ashwin has more flight on the ball. Bowls a maiden over as Shaun Marsh struggled.

11:10 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014
31 overs- 142/3. Australia trail by 266 runs.

10:42 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014


Losing the third wicket at the stroke of tea means Australia will have two fresh batsmen on their return. Home side will be disappointed after Watson threw away his wicket. He was combining well with Rogers at a rapid pace and India ended both their runs. Australia trail by 287.

24.5 overs- 121/3

India had a fruitful session after the bowlers started off on a wrong foot.

OUT! Umesh Yadav bowls a scorcher of a delivery that forced Roger to play down the legside which was nicely collected by Dhoni. The ball got Rogers’ gloves. CJL Rogers c Dhoni b Yadav 55 off 79 balls

10:25 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

22 overs- 115/2.

Ashwin touted to be a game changer as he brings in turn and bounce on his deliveries.

Half-century comes up for Chris Rogers- 52 off 74 balls. His 5th test match fifty.

10:12 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

20 overs- 98/2

Australia’s new test captain Steve Smith comes in to bat.

OUT! Whatacatch! Watson comes down the track as he looked for the big hit over mid-on, but slams it low to the right of the fielder, and Dhawan pulls a blinder off Ashwin’s over. He scores 25 off 29 balls. Fans in a cricket-frenzy nation at the moment seem happy with the way Ashwin is bowling.

18 overs- 92/1

Ashwin was effective as he bowled a maiden over to test the patience of Rogers who hoped to make the most out of it while at the crease.

Aswhin has now been introduced into the attack. Let’s see if he can get something out of this.

17 overs- 19/1. India continue to bowl with a renewed hope of claiming a wicket.

What a shot by Rogersand it reaches the boundary ropes with much ease. It almost seemed effortless complemented by good timing.

India has set a tight slip cordon with the hope that pacers may force the batsmen to play in the slips. Bouncers and dangerous deliveries fly contiously.

Aaron brought into the attack.

9:49 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

It is the drinks break! It is already time to refresh in a soaking Gabba test. Rogers- 25 off 48 balls, Watson- 23 off 23 balls.

16 overs- 81/1

Captain Cool Dhoni is a restless man

9:44 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

15 overs- 75/1

Need a more systematic approach to the bowling as runs flow smoothly and with much ease for Oz batsmen.

Yadav lets off 9 runs and this will only make it difficult for the visitors.

9:38 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

14 overs- 66/1

Watson could have been in trouble out there! Ishant Sharma bowls a wonderful delivery that compels theAussie batsman to play to the slips.

Ishant Sharma was unlucky as his appeal for a LBW was turned down.

13 overs- 64/1

Yadav needs to start bowling a varied line and length as the Australians have started to read into his bowling.

9:28 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

12 overs- 57/0

Ishant Sharma has been a little expensive till now. 4 overs- 27/0

India need more wickets at regular intervals to remain in this game before Australian batsmen get set and take on the Indian bowling attack. India have scored 408.

9:18 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

10 overs- 51/1

Good bowling by Aaron to keep pressure on Watson. Bowling in good areas with fine pace.

Varun Aaron bowled a beautiful delivery to Wtson who had no idea and was befuddled. That goes for a four as he tries to somehow evade it. Ball hits the top edge and races to the boundary.

9:11 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

Shane Watson comes in to bat.

8.3 overs- 47/1

OUT! Great start for India as Umesh Yadav dismisses ‘dangerman’ David Warner. A big breakthrough for India. DA Warner c Ashwin b Yadav 29 off 28 balls

9:07 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

8 overs- 43/0. A costly over by Aaron (10 runs). Two boundaries scored.

Warner 25 off 25, Rogers 16 off 25

Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke are the leading run scorers in test matches at Brisbane. Both of them have a good average too

9:02 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014
7 overs- 33/0. Trail by 370 now.

Umesh Yadav gave away 4 runs. He needs to combine well with other bowlers- Ishant, Varun Aaron and R Ashwin

Indian bowlers need to bowl a tighter line to restrict Australian batsmen.

David Warner might prove to be dangerous as seen in the first and second innings both in the 1st test slamming centuries.

8:38 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

2 overs- 6/0. Australia trail by 402

8:36 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014
1 over- 5/0

Australia batsmen David Warner and Chris Rogers come on to the field and for India Ishant Sharma will open the bowling.

7:58 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

LUNCH! India- 408 in 109.4 overs

India has batted well but now they need to back it up with some good bowling.

India have only lost three test matches when they’ve gone past 400- won 18, drawn-42.

OUT! Nathan Lyon picks up one more. Umesh Yadav tries to slam one for a six over a long boundary rope but gets caught by Rogers. UT Yadav c Rogers b Lyon 9 off 21 balls.

7:45 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

Ishant Sharma walks in to bat.

OUT! India lose ninth wicket as Varun Aaron takes a long walk back to the pavillion. Scores 4 off 11 before he was dismissed by Nathan Lyon. 407/9 in 108 overs.

7:36 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

107 overs- 403/8

Indian fans speculate, while some turn pundits others are disappointed with India’s batting in this session.

While others appreciate young Hazlewood for wonderful bowling and wreaking havoc in the Indian batting camp

Hazlewood 33rd Australian to pick up 5-wkts on Test debut. Third after Brett Lee and Jason Krejza to do so against India.

WICKET! MS Dhoni tries to leave that one but is unlucky enough to clip an inside edge as Haddin calmy collects it in Hazlewood’s over.

104.2 overs- 392/7

7:21 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

103 overs- 385/7

WICKET! Ashwin’s fine run is halted as he is caught by Watson off Hazlewood’s delivery, scores 35 off 41 balls. Finally the Australians are bowling good length.

7:14 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

102 overs- 383/6. Dhoni 24 off 45, Ashwin 33 of 38

And the fans pour their heart out and express love for Ashwin like true fans. He has now had a partnership of 55 from 58 balls.

6:58 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

99 overs- 373/6. There’s a little more spice in the way Mitchell Starc is bowling this morning.

6:44 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

96 overs- 350/6

Dhoni-17 off 27, Ashwin- 9 off 20

6:31 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

93 overs- 336/1

As the commentators say “Everytime R Ashwin walks in you think a batsman has come in.” Twitterati know it all!

92 overs- 328/6

OUT! Rohit Sharma is the second casualty on Day 2 in the first session. Sharma nicks one in the slips to be caught by Smith off a Watson delivery. The right-hander scored 32 off 55 balls. Australia have had a successful session as they got two early wickets of Rahane and Sharma.

90 overs- 324/5. Josh Hazlewood has been Australia’s best bowler on Day 1 and a better bowler on Day 2. Bowling 19 overs, the right-handed fast bowler gave away 51 runs to scalp a successful 3 wickets.

6:00 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014
88 overs- 321/5

5:52 IST Thursday, 18 December 2014

The excitement that follows after the arrival of India captain MS Dhoni

Haddin has now been involved in five dismissals.

86 overs- 321/5.

WICKET! Rahane is gone as he tries an unplayable delivery by Hazlewood, which he eventually edges a simple catch to glovesman Haddin. AM Rahane c Haddin b Hazlewood 81 off 132b.

Welcome to Day 2 of the 2nd Test between India and Australia at Brisbane. The day will begin at 5:30 am IST.

India dominated proceedings on Day 1, scoring 311/4 on a bouncy Brisbane wicket. Mitchell Johnson was not at his best with the ball, and Mitchell Starc also failed to live up to expectations. Only Josh Hazlewood took two wickets conceding just 44 runs. Crucially, Nathan Lyon took just one wicket, that of Murali Vijay. However, this was not before Vijay had scored 144.

Apart from Vijay’s heroics, Ajinkya Rahane has scored an unbeaten 75 so far. But it is Rohit Sharma’s apparent good touch that will be most heartening to India. At stumps, he was not out on a fluent 26. Here’s the match report of Day 1.

India will enter Day 2 looking to reach a score of 500 or more. This may not be so easy however if they lose a wicket early. Dhoni is coming back from injury, lacks match practice and is not known to be a fan of pacy tracks. Nevertheless, anything over 400 should put India in an advantageous position when they come out to bowl.

The only good news for Australia comes from off the pitch – Michael Clarke has undergone successful surgery for his hamstring injury and his career may not be over yet. But since Clarke cannot bat or bowl for Australia either in this Test or possibly even in the rest of the series, the news is mere consolation for a bad first day at the Gabba. If India manage to score another 150 runs and take a few Australian wickets by the end of Day 2, Australia’s iron hold over the Gabba may be in serious jeopardy.

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