The first Test between India and Australia got off to a sedate start in Chennai. Australia won the toss and chose to bat at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.
At the end of the morning session, India had bowled 34 overs and Australia were well-placed at 126/2. R Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers who accounted for both the wickets to fall.
Ed Cowan and David Warner began the innings on a fiery note. Both played attacking shots and scored briskly. At one point in time, they were scoring at more than four runs per over.
However, as Cowan tried to make some more quick runs, he was stumped by Dhoni for 29 off the bowling of Ashwin.
Philip Hughes then joined Warner. However, he was clean bowled while trying to play a cut shot away from the body. Australia suddenly slipped to 72/2. Then Shane Watson came to the crease and things settled down for the visitors.
Until the lunch break, Warner and Watson put on 54 runs for the third wicket in 15.3 overs.