Hazzlewood takes five to bowl out India for 408
Brisbane: Debutant Josh Hazlewood grabbed a fifer on debut as India lost six wickets in the extended morning session to be bowled out for 408 in their first innings at lunch on the second day of the second cricket Test against Australia at the Gabba, here on Wednesday.
Hazzlewood returned with impressive figures of 5 for 68, picking up three of them this morning, as the visitors lost their last six wickets for just 97 runs to be bowled out in 109.4 overs.
Play started on time this morning despite seven overs not being bowled on day one, with Ajinkya Rahane (81 runs, 132 balls, 8 fours) and Rohit Sharma (32 runs, 55 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) looking to build on their 50-run partnership.
Except Mitchell Marsh (1/14), Australia had all their other bowlers back in the field and looked to improve their performance from the third and final session last evening.
And they succeeded, particularly Hazlewood as he bowled a nagging off-stump line and moved the second new ball enough to trouble the Indian batsmen.
The Indian batters especially found it difficult to tackle Hazzlewood’s outswingers as he picked up all three wickets this morning using that delivery.
First Hazzlewood accounted for Rahane, in only the third over of the day, with a beauty of an outswinger. Rahane was struck at the crease and only managed to edge it to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who registered his fifth catch of sixth dismissal of the innings.
Rahane’s dismissal brought skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (33 runs, 53 balls, 4 fours) at the crease but despite Rohit being set at the other end, runs dried up.
Shane Watson (1-39) then removed Rohit in the 92nd over.
The talented Mumbai batsman went for a drive to a wide delivery only to loft it in the air and young Australia captain Steve Smith held a beautiful catch at the second slip, diving low to his right.