Chennai: Virender Sehwag's brilliant knock of 155 put India in control on the second day of the second cricket Test against Australia at the M A Chidambaram Stadium today. Sehwag accounted for more than half the runs scored by the Indians on a bouncy track as the hosts closed the day at 291 for six in their first innings. Sehwag's knock put India in a comfortable position with a lead of 56 runs. Kaif, Patel hold fort Mohammad Kaif (34) and Parthiv Patel (27) were at the crease at stumps and the home team's quest for a series levelling victory could hinge on the contribution of the late order batsmen. After losing four middle order wickets for 55 runs, Kaif and Patel stemmed the slide by batting cautiously and putting on an unfinished 58-run seventh wicket partnership. Kaif gave a good account of himself on Test recall after three years while Patel once again proved to be a thorn in the opposition's skin with his cheeky innings. However, no one personified the fighting spirit of the team more than Sehwag who was solid in defence and destructive in attack. His knock came off 221 balls during 356-minute stay at the wicket and included 21 fours. Poor fielding display With a cloud cover adding to the humidity, the Aussies had a tough day at office although they did manage to peg back India to some extent. After being bundled out for 235, Australia bounced back into the game after a fine bowling spell by Michael Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie. The visitors were on the defensive for most part but it was their catching, which was the biggest let down. However, Michael Kasprowicz struck after lunch, bowling Dravid for 26. Jason Gillespie then had skipper Sourav Ganguly caught behind by Adam Gilchrist for nine. Gillespie was back in action as he took the wicket of VVS Laxman in his next over for 4 as the Aussie bowlers threatened to expose the Indian tailenders. Skipper Sourav Ganguly got two 'lives' when he was caught off a no ball by Kasprowicz and then Gilchrist dropped a low catch off the same bowler but he failed to make most of those. Warnie's record Earlier, resuming at 28 for one, India made a sedate but determined start with Sehwag and Irfan Pathan keen to see off the opening spell of McGrath and Jason Gillespie. The first half hour saw only six runs being added to the total before the batsmen went after Shane Warne. Earlier, Warne became the highest wicket taker in test cricket when he dismissed overnight batsman Irfan Pathan this morning. Pathan, Warne's 533rd Test victim, was caught by Matthew Hayden for 14. Warne had equalled Sri Lankan off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan's record on Thursday when he sent back Yuvraj Singh after the Aussies were bowled out for 235.
Topics : Cricket