Australia off to good start before losing Warner

Pune, Feb 23: India were made to toil hard by a confident Australia before the visitors suffered double blow just ahead of the lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test, here today.

Australia lost a well-set David Warner who was bowled by Umesh Yadav along with his opening partner Matt Renshaw (36), who retired hurt because of a stomch upset after the duo gave the visitors a splendid start in the first session of the

series opener.

 

Australia were cruising along nicely at 82 for no loss after choosing to bat first on a dry pitch that started to offer turn from early on, before the sudden departure of the two set openers.

Warner was looking good befor he was bowled for 38 by Umesh, and then tall Renshaw retired to the pavilion with an upset stomach close to lunch, which resulted in the arrival of two new batsmen in captain Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh at the crease.

Both Marsh and Smith were batting on one with Australia managing the score in 33 overs.

For India, the bulk of the bowling was done by their spin trump card Ravichandran Ashwin, who opened the attack along side Ishant Sharma.

Ashwin bowled 16 overs for 23 runs without a wicket to his name.

Umesh, brought into the attack after 27 overs, bowled two overs for one run and ended up with the wicket of Warner, who played away from his body and dragged the ball on to his stumps.

Opting to take first strike in the first-ever Test held in this city, Australia initially did struggle a bit against the turning ball.

They managed to score 40 runs in the first hour of play with Warner starting slowly and then attacking off-spinner Jayant Yadav.