Adelaide: India's leg spinning great Anil Kumble had tweeted before the Test series that India's fate will depend on the way they bowled between the 20th and 80th over.
On the first day of the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India's bowling performance was modest but admirable during a 60-over period as they conceded 234 and picked up the important wicket of the rampaging David Warner. But in the overs leading up to that period, the bowlers were poor as Australia raced to score 92 in 20 overs.
At the heart of that failure was lack of consistency from Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron and Karn Sharma, who combined to only bowl three maidens in the day. The pitch was a belter, but part-time spinner Murali Vijay managed to bowl three maidens from his 12 overs.
In his first two spells Aaron dished out 12 half volleys. It was an ill-disciplined performance from a bowling team that has had over two weeks to practice bowling in the channel of uncertainty.
There were two crucial blunders by Australia. First David Warner played a shot he termed as 'ugly' on Channel Nine and then later at the press conference, went a step further by saying, “I felt like I should have got on with the job. It were the demons inside me that got me out. If I were still out there, we would be in a great position.”
Secondly, Australia made a bizarre decision to send out a night watchman with 27 minutes remaining and with the second new ball at India's disposal.
Not only did night watchman Nathan Lyon get out, but the man he was protecting — Brad Haddin — was also dismissed to give India a sniff of revival. Australia have offered the Indian bowlers a second chance for Day Two. Can India learn from their mistakes and capitalise?