The Gabba curator suggested another tough test of India through pace and bounce at Brisbane. Dhoni, continued the aggression that India adopted under Kohli in the first test, and decided to challenge the curator. At Stumps on Day 1, his batsmen made the Australian bowlers sweat as they scored 311/4 as Vijay continued his run towards being next VVS Laxman of India for Australia scoring his 5th test century, 4th against Australia and Rahane scored his second half-century of the series.
Day 1 Statistics
- 5th Test Century for Murali Vijay
4th Test century for Vijay vs Australia. Only Tendulkar (11), Gavaskar (8) and Laxman (6) have scored more centuries than him against Australia.
7th Indian opener (Vijay) to score a test century in Australia.
6th Test century for Ajinkya Rahane, 2nd consecutive of the series.
124 run 4th wicket partnership between Murali Vijay & Ajinkya Rahane.
2002 test runs for Vijay after his 144 in the first innings today.
Electing to bat first, the Indian openers added 56 runs in 13 overs when Dhawan (24 runs in 39 balls) failed for third consecutive innings caught behind on the bowling of Mitch Marsh. Pujara (18 runs in 64 balls) was unlucky to be given caught behind on the bowling of Hazlewood as the ball touched his helmet not the bat. Indian score read 100/2 then in 34th over.
Hero of first test, ex-captain Virat Kohli scored 19 runs when he was out caught behind on the bowling of Hazlewood. This time umpire’s decision was on spot. 137/3 showed some worry. But Murali Vijay (143 runs) in the company of Rahane (unbeaten 75) added 124 runs for the 4th wicket. He fell to Lyon stumped by Haddin but not before giving India a strong start. Rohit (unbeaten 26) has added another 50 runs for the 5th wicket as India finished Day 1 on 311/4 after facing 83 overs that included the second new ball spell too.
Johnson (64/0 in 15 overs), Starc (56/0 in 14) and Lyon (87/1 in 20) were ineffective. Hazlewood (44/2 in 15.2 overs) and Shane Watson (29/0 in 10.4 overs) were ffective. But the pick of Australian bowlers was Mitch Marsh with 14/1 in 6 overs. Australia might have been in a better position if he had not got injured. Warner (9/0 in 1) and Smith (4/0 in 1) also bowled.
India and Australia both made three changes to the team. The captains changed for both as Smith became the 45th test captain of Australia and Dhoni recovered from injury. Saha made way for Dhoni, Ashwin and Umesh Yadav replaced ineffective Karn Sharma and Shami from 1st test.
Austrlia also made three changes.
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav
Australia: CJL Rogers, DA Warner, SR Watson, SPD Smith*, SE Marsh, MR Marsh, BJ Haddin†, MG Johnson, MA Starc, NM Lyon, JR Hazlewood