Boxing day brings two test matches

Boxing day brings us another treat of cricket with India beginning its face off down under against Australia and Sri Lanka taking on South Africa for the 2nd test match. India is on a tour to Australia with realistic dreams of upstaging Australia for the first time in a test series down under. Meanwhile Sri Lanka has already lost the 1st test and thrives on a hope of leveling the series in this one.

Beginning of these two test matches have been almost similar. In Melbourne, Australia batted first and got a good desired start. Cowan and Warner looked pretty set when on the score of 46 Warner was caught by skipper Dhoni off the bowling of youngster Yadav. He was impressive and took 3 wickets but was a bit more expensive compared to other Indian bowlers. Marsh went on a duck again off the bowling of Yadav. Then came in Ponting and shared a good partnership of 113 runs with Cowan before Ponting departed again a victim of Yadav.

After a small partnership of 46 runs, Clarke dragged one onto his stumps from Zaheer Khan followed by Hussey caught by Dhoni on the very next Zaheer's delivery. The only other wicket of the day was of Cowan who scored an impressive 68 runs from 177 balls. Australia ended day 1 at a score of 277 for 6. Overall the day belonged to both the sides. It completely depends on day 2 when either of the teams will capitalise and hold the upper hand.

Let us now travel to Kingsmead, Durban where Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first. Not a very good start for Sri Lanka when 2 wickets fell for 47 bringing back Paranavitana and Sangakarra to pavilion. Dilshan scored 47 and fell at a score of 84. Morkel bowled Jayawardene leaving Sri Lanka in trouble at 117 for 4. A little resistance from Matthews and Samaraweera took Lanka to 162 when Matthews left at 30.

The tumbling wickets were followed by a good solid partnership between Samaraweera and Chandimal (58). Sri Lanka ended day 1 with a score of 289 for 7 with Samaraweera approaching a ton as he is unbeaten on 86 from 218 balls. M de Lange was impressive with a figure of 4 wickets for 60 runs. Morkel took 2 wickets.

On one hand both the sub continent teams are on high hopes of a series win in countries which are too hard to be conquered in test cricket. On the other hand the home teams are in a bit of revival phase struggling to regain the lost form.

(Time to gear up for another India Australia series. Catch India vs Australia live streaming 2013 online)

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