Tendulkar, Kohli build solid Indian reply

Tendulkar, Kohli build solid Indian reply

Tendulkar, Kohli build solid Indian reply

Updated 24 February 2013, 2:26 AEDT

Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli helped India from 2 for 12 to 3 for 182 against Australia by stumps on day two.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli helped India improve from the loss of early wickets to a defensible position against Australia at stumps on day two of the first Test in Chennai.

After dismissing Australia for 380, things looked hairy for India early on as James Pattinson reduced the hosts to 2 for 12 inside six overs.

Tendulkar (71 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (44) got the hosts back on track with an 83-run partnership on a quickly deteriorating Chennai pitch.

Pattinson removed Pujara with a stunning delivery to knock back the stumps, after earlier removing openers Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag, all out bowled.

Vijay edged a superb yorker onto his pegs for 10, before Sehwag suffered a similar but slightly more strange fate before departing for 2.

The veteran right-hander chopped the ball down into the pitch, inside his crease, and it popped up and hung in the air before falling right onto the top of leg stump and dislodging the bail.

But Kohli (50 not out) arrived after Pujara's dismissal to form another crucial 77-run partnership with Tendulkar, who reached his 67th Test half-ton off 80 balls.

Earlier Michael Clarke and Australia's tail-enders held firm against an uninspired Indian attack in the first session, but the skipper's brilliant resistance ended when he fell for 130.

The Australian captain top-edged to Bhuvneshwar Kumar off Ravindra Jadeja's bowling (2 for 71), before Peter Siddle succumbed soon after for 19 when he edged Harbhajan Singh (1 for 87) to slip.

Clarke and Siddle started the day with a defensive mindset, but were helped by India captain MS Dhoni's unambitious fields, with none of the host's bowlers looking overly threatening.

While neither batsmen chose to hit out, the pair accumulated runs at a moderate rate, with Clarke eventually surpassing Greg Chappell's Test career runs (7,110) after yesterday overtaking Don Bradman's aggregate.

Clark and Siddle's resistance was even more impressive given the pitch's rate of deterioration, which should give the spinners ample assistance as the Test wears on.

Both batsmen rode their luck, with Siddle edging a ball that fell just short of first slip, before Clarke played straight to silly mid-off only for fielder Chuteshwar Pujara to put it down at catchable height.

Clarke eventually opened his shoulders with a few well struck boundaries before trying his luck one too many times, skying Jadeja to long off.

After Siddle departed, James Pattinson (15 not out) and Lyon survived a succession of lbw appeals to add to India's frustrations and managed hang about long enough to extend the first session.

Lyon eventually fell to Ravichandran Ashwin for 3 after sweeping straight to leg slip.

Ashwin finished with career best figures of 7 for 103.