Australia fight on against India in first Test

Last updated 00:55 26/02/2013

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Debutant Moises Henriques has  played a brave hand of 75 not out in Australia's second innings of  9-232 to give the tourists an overall lead of 40 after day four of  the first Test against India.

Offspinner Ravi Ashwin claimed 5-90 after his seven-wicket haul  in Australia's first innings.

Henriques, who hit 68 in Australia's first dig, has added 57 for  the 10th wicket with Nathan Lyon who is eight not out.

While top-order batsman Phil Hughes (six and duck) will need to  lift to retain his spot throughout the four-Test series, it's  Australia's bowling attack which will come under most scrutiny  after conceding 572 including MS Dhoni's explosive knock of 224.

Trailing by 192 runs on the first innings, Australia had looked  headed for an innings defeat at 9-175 before Lyon and Henriques  fought back in a gritty display.

Shane Watson (17) was caught at slip off the bowling of Ashwin  on the last ball before lunch after being promoted back to opening  because of David Warner's gastro complaint.

Ed Cowan (32) was furious after being given out lbw to Ashwin at  2-64 and Hughes made a third-ball duck, caught at slip to a fizzing  delivery from left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

Warner (23) fell lbw to offspinner Harbhajan Singh and Matthew  Wade (eight) was bowled by Harbhajan after missing a slog-sweep  attempt.Skipper Michael Clarke - the hope of the side after his 130 in  the first innings - was lbw to Ashwin in the first over after tea  for 31.

Taildenders Peter Siddle (two), James Pattinson (11), Mitchell  Starc (eight) departed in quickly on a crumbling red-clay pitch.

India had resumed on Monday on 8-515 and Dhoni advanced his  score from 206 to 224 before becoming one of five victims for pace  bowler Pattinson (5-96).Offspinner Lyon's 3-215 from 47 overs was the equal-second  highest tally of runs conceded in an innings for an Australia  bowler in Test history.

The second Test is set to go ahead as planned in Hyderabad on  Saturday despite twin bomb blasts which killed 16 and injured 117  people last week.

Australia announced on Monday that reserve quick Jackson Bird  would be sent home because of a back injury.

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