There was very little to cheer about for Indian fans as the visitors struggled to pick a wicket in the afternoon session of the day’s play. Australia did lose Michael Clarke to injury, but the hosts are comfortably placed at the moment.
An absolute beauty of a pitch for batting, coupled with some very ordinary bowling, has allowed Australia batsmen to make merry in the middle.
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He was at ease in the middle. Using his feet well, finding the gaps with precision and dispatching the bad balls with disdain. Clarke did survive a close shout off Ishant Sharma’s bowling but that was the only, and minor, scare for the elegant right-hander.
The erratic and inconsistent lines by the Indian bowlers made life easy for Clarke, who was returning to cricket after an injury lay-off. While he looked untroubled during his stay, one Varun Aaron misdirected bouncer strained his back, and he was on the ground in a flash.
Batting at 60, Clarke lay flat, lifted his upper torso for some mild stretching but it didn’t help. The physios were called and skipper made a very disappointed and reluctant walk back to the hut.
In the afternoon session, Warner continued from where he left in the morning. The dasher smashed his hundred and followed it up with a very emotional celebration. He worked the ball for a single, completed it, punched in the air, peered at the sky and rushed to give his skipper a tight hug.
Emotions ran high at this moment as everyone present in the stadium was on their feet to applaud the knock and the celebration which followed. The way he’s batting at the moment, one thing is for sure that there can well be another celebration. A big one!