Hyderabad: Put through another searching examination by India's bowling unit, pacers and spinners alike, Australia had very few answers on an action-packed opening day of the second Test on Saturday (March 2).
It was always expected that it wouldn't be just spin that would hold centrestage at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. A dry but abrasive surface with more than the odd crack suggested that the quicker bowlers too would have a say, and that is exactly how it panned out in front of 25,000-plus fans who braved a harsh sun to soak in the day's entertainment.
Michael Clarke won a second significant toss of the series and promptly chose to bat, but less than an hour and a half into the day, Mahendra Singh Dhoni must have felt it was a very good toss to lose as Australia stumbled to 63 for 4. The bulk of the damage was done by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who picked up 3 for 36 in an extended nine-over opening burst by making excellent use of the cracks that allowed the ball to jag around.