India recoverd after losing the big wickets of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid to finish Day 2 at 128 for 2 in 34.2 overs. Sachin Tendulkar is holding the fort for India with an unbeaten 44 (from 88 balls with 6 fours) in the company of opener Murali Vijay (42* from 83 balls with 4 fours and a six). India trail behind Australia’s first innings total of 478 by 350 runs.
The second day’s play saw overnight batsman Marcus North notch up his 5th Test hundred to help Australia towards an impressive total. North made 128 (from 240 balls with 17 fours and a six) besides putting up a massive stand of 149 runs for the sixth wicket with Wicket Keeper Tim Paine, who scored 59 (from 133 balls with 8 fours). India bowled out the Aussies in 141 overs and made sure that the visitors did not pile up a huge total around 550 on what is a slow pitch.
Harbhajan Singh picked up four wickets and Pragyan Ojha got three wickets for India. The hosts began well with Sehwag (30 from 28 balls with 4 fours and a six) getting off to a flier before he pulled Hilfenhaus into the hands of deep backward squareleg. Rahul Dravid fell cheaply for 1 edging an ambitious drive off Johnson to third slip as India slipped to 38 for 2 in 10 overs. Tendulkar saw the rest of the day’s play with some positive strokeplay alongside Murali Vijay to put up 90 runs for the unbroken 3rd wicket stand. Tendulkar crossed the milestone of 14,000 Test runs during this knock.