India Vs Australia– First day test match: Before the tea break Suresh Raina fielded well and hit ted ball direct to the wickets and the Captain of Australian team Ricky Ponting was run out for 71 runs when he was heading towards his century at PCA stadium, Mohali. After dismissal while ponting was walking out of the ground Zaheer Khan snipped at him. Ricky Ponting was in good form when he was called for a quick single by Shane Watson as he rejected a ball of his toes but got prey of Suresh Raina at mid wicket. Ricky Ponting was walking out by the crowd of the Indian team he stopped and turned. Zaqheer Khan was glaring at him with a mouthful. Ponting pointed Zaheer using his bat. Indian captain MS Dhoni pulled him back. Watson blamed Zaheer and said that Zaheer Khan moved the things a lot than what had happened. He added that by seeing the footage everyone knew how exactly the Ricky is. It is something unfortunate happening on the field of cricket. Every one was able to see that how Zaheer got out of the crowd of the team and said something. Ponting is not going to fight unless other one steps out of line. Ricky knows the importance of his as a captain of the Australian team. Right before the stumps Harbhajan Singh and Watson stood facing each other, yapping away and eyeballing each other. It happened that they dinner plans were not made by them. Ponting was brilliant with his game batting well. He proved right his pre match claims of his skills. He deserved a century but failed. After the fall of the wicket of Simon Katich, Ponting was on the crease. In this hot season with 30-plus Celsius Ponting batted magnificently. To make dominant position of Australian team he played his level best. The Australian team was 224 for 5 at the end of the first day of the test with Shane Watson at 101 and Tim Paine at 1. Watson made a century every time he batted in India thrice on tour. Australian team was firing till 154 for 1 before Ponting was out but Mike Hussey for 17, Michael Clarke for 14 and Marcus North duck out were out very cheaply. Before tea at the ball of Harbhajan Singh, Clarke was caught hold by Rahul Dravid at 1st slip. Zaheer had Hussey LBW for 76 balls, North was ducked by Zaheer. Ponting said over the last couple of weeks that the series should be played in the right spirit is very important for the international game.
Match was interesting: In the international game when two equally good teams are playing the contest is expected to be the fierce one. We should give our best in this series for the people who want to watch the international game of cricket again and again. In last few weeks the cricket has lost its shine. The action of Zaheer was not noble. Ponting’s was the fourteenth run out in his test career. Having worn the national cap it is the most for a player like Ponting. Virender Sehwag dropped the catch of Watson balled by Zaheer. It was the 2nd ball of the by Zaheer. For which India had to pay a lot. Dhoni the wicketkeeper also lost the ball when Watson was 37. Ponting played his famous hook shots and pulls. As he was vowed to attack at all costs on the eve of the match. He played very intent shots. Katich was trapped LBW by Zaheer only for 6 runs. Earlier the Austraila was 13 for one wicket but Watson and Ponting rolled the ship to 141. Ishant Sharma nicknamed as Instant Karma left the field after the 4th ball of his 8th over and failed to return.
India: MS Dhoni(Capt.), Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, VVS Laxman, Pragyan Ohja, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan and Amit Mishra (Twelfth man).
Australia: Ricky Ponting (Capt.), Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Nthan Haurtiz, Doug Bollinger, Mike Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, Simon Katich, Mitchell Johnson, Tim Pine, Marcus North and Steven Smith (Twelfth man).