Third Test: Day One Slaughter

Australia dominates India on day one of the third Test

Robert Whiteby Robert White

In a dominant bowling and batting performance, Australia used the opening day of the third Test to place themselves in an easy position to claim the match and the four match series.

With four fast bowlers in the team, Captain Michael Clarke won the toss and sent India to the crease, a decision that paid off as Australia was able to bowl out the Indians for just 161.

Some beautiful bowling from Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle put the home side well in front as the duo combined to take seven wickets at the cost of just 85 runs. Ryan Harris and Mitchell Starc finished India off, collecting the other three wickets.

Virat Kohli was India’s best with the bat, making 44 runs off 81 bowls, but the rest of the side really struggled. Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar was good for just 15 runs before being caught leg before wicket from a Harris bowl.

What may have been more impressive than the bowling performance was Australia’s batting efforts. In the remaining 23 overs of day one Australia put 149 runs on the board behind an inspired performance from opener David Warner.

Warner reached the century mark off just 69 deliveries, the equal fourth fastest in Test history, and finished with a total of 104 not out. Fittingly he smashed a six over the boundary to notch the 100.

Warner was able to produce 13 threes and three sixes during the short period and Ed Cowan, Australia’s other opener, also collected 40 of his own.

Emotions seemed to get the better of the Indian players as the day went on. Warner and pace bowler Ishant Sharma had to be told to move on early in the innings as the two players exchanged words and were clearly unhappy with each other.

Australia will head into day two hoping to continue on from the route they produced the day before and take the series without any major scares.