Hyderabad: India added another 106 runs without losing a wicket to end the second session of the second day's play at 160/1 in the second cricket Test match against Australia here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Sunday.
The hosts now trail Australia's first innings total of 237 by just 77 runs. Opener Murali Vijay (73 not out) and Cheteshwar Pujara (73 not out) not just consolidated the Indian innings but also upped the ante in the post-lunch session. Both batsmen have hit 10 boundaries each, excluding Vijay hitting a magnificent six over long-off.
Australian bowlers made India work hard for every run in the morning session as the hosts struggled to keep a run-rate of 1.5 runs per over. Resuming the day at 5/0, India added only 49 runs in 27 overs with the explosive Virender Sehwag (6) perishing early. Some agile fielding also helped Australia's cause of restricting India's scoring rate.
Pace spearhead Peter Siddle dismissed Sehwag in the fifth over of the day with one, a delivery that seamed away from the pitch, inducing a big edge on the way to wicket-keeper Matthew Wade. Siddle failed to notice the thick edge and celebrated only when the umpire raised his finger.
Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty, playing his first match of the series, was without any success in the 16 overs he has bowled till tea.