Michael Clarke, the Australian skipper, elected to bet on Day One. This was certainly a good move for Australia, and even though India managed to take two early wickets from Shane Watson and Chris Rogers, Australia had a good day.
David Warner made a century – his 10th Test century, and he dedicated it to the recently deceased Phillip Hughes who died from his injuries sustained while playing cricket. Warner explained that the first time he scored his first hundred, Hughes was batting at the other end.
Although Ishant Sharma did give the Australian team a hard time, the other bowlers did not bother Australia’s good day. Although Karn Sharma did not bowl spectacularly in his debut, he did manage to get David Warner away from the bat. There was much criticism of Virat Kohli’s captaincy of the Indian team on Day One. Kohli had replaced M.S. Dhoni who was unable to captain due to an injury. It is likely that Kohli would have elected to bat first had he won the toss. The first day ended with Australia batting 354 – 6.
The second day of the first Test was an important day for both teams. The day began with a short 10-minute delay because of rain. Later, there was an early lunch taken because of the rain. While it was expected that play would resume after lunch, the post lunch session was delayed because of the constant drizzle.
Day Two ended with Australia showing 517/7 on the score board. It still remains to be seen whether India will be able to pick up some rhythm for some better bowling on Day Three.