Hyderabad: Upwards of 30,000 fans had gathered at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal on a blisteringly hot day in anticipation of an Indian run fest, with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar at the forefront. Only half their hopes were answered, but no one was complaining.
It wasn't the glorious past that warmed the cockles on a remarkably one-sided 90 overs of action, Sehwag falling cheaply and Tendulkar not even walking out to bat. Instead, the promising future put its hand up and asked to be counted. Murali Vijay, probably fighting for his Test spot, and Cheteshwar Pujara, determined to add to his growing reputation as one of the finest young batsmen in world cricket, drove India to the ascendancy on Day 2 of the second Test on Sunday (March 3), all but batting Australia out of the game.
Overnight five without loss in response to Australia's 237 for 9 declared, India weathered the early storm brilliantly as the two young batsmen made light of another failure for Sehwag. The first session was devoted to ensuring Australia made no futher inroads. Post lunch, it was time to cash in, and Vijay and Pujara did so in stunning style on their way to classy centuries that catapulted India to 311 for 1 at stumps, already ahead by 74 with plenty of batting and time at their disposal.