December 17, 2014
Tropical heat plays a massive part on the first day for many reasons. With temperatures soring in Brisbane, India’s captain M S Dhoni correctly won the toss and batted first on what looks like a belter of a wicket.
Australia’s stand in captain Steve Smith endured a tough start to his reign. He was made to juggle 8 bowlers in all because there attack went down to injuries and fatigue in the heat.
Mitch Marsh picked up a mild hamstring strain on his right leg, Mitchell Starc’s back was sore and he had some rib pain. Poor old Josh Hazelwood who is making his Test debut, picked up two wickets in the first session before he started to complain of cramp setting in all over his body.
In a game of chess between the two sides it seemed Murali Vijay and India was slowly taking the lead as the day wore on. He notched up a record breaking 144 before falling late in the day to a Nathan Lyon’s delivery.
During this knock he was dropped twice and rode his luck at times but this takes nothing away from how well he played to get these runs.
The biggest partnership of the day came from Vijay & Rahane who put on 124 for the fourth wicket. Rahane finished the day on an unbeaten score of 75* with his current partner Rohit Sharma who put together a quick 26*.
India defiantly in the driving seat going into Day 2, they will be hoping to keep the Aussies out there for at least two sessions while they pour the runs on.
Mitch Marsh will not be bowling anymore in this test match so it looks like a very slippery slope for the Australian’s now.
Surely they will be looking at a draw at best?
Tell the Scoop what you think….