Captain, Michael Clarke (47no.) and precursor Ricky Ponting (44no.) have added an unbeaten 79 for the fourth wicket, guiding Australia from a precarious 3-37 to be 3-116 overnight. And fast bowler James Pattinson, who took 4-43 including the prize scalps of Virender Sehwag (30), VVS Laxman (2) and Sachin Tendulkar (41) in India’s innings, is hoping Clarke and Ponting can carry on with their form on day two.
“Every time we go out we want to try and get them out for as low a score as possible,” Pattinson said. “191 just show how well we did basin. We’re in a great spot at the moment, the bowling attack, and hopefully tomorrow the batsmen can dig in and get a morsel of a lead on them.”
Ponting will also be enthusiastic to make the most of his good start to push on and reach a Test century for the first time in nearly two years. The 37-year-old has history on his side, having scored 1390 runs at the venue in 16 Tests at 66.19 with five hundreds.
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