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Pattinson returns with a bang

UPDATED 24 February, 2013 8:22AM AEST | 1

Australian paceman James Pattinson was pleased with his performance on day two of the first Test against India on Saturday.

Pattinson bowled at blistering speeds in two fiery spells that saw him finish with figures of 3-25 from six overs.

The Victorian was the only wicket-taker for the tourists, as India reached 3-182 at stumps in response to Australia's first innings score of 380.

And Pattinson felt some good lengths and reverse swing were crucial on a pitch not exactly helpful for fast bowlers.

"I am lucky to have had some success today against India," Pattinson said after the day's play.

"I love the challenge while bowling to (Virender) Sehwag and (Sachin) Tendulkar. I love challenges and playing against some good players. 

"(I think) here it is about the lengths that you bowl. The best way to go about it on this pitch is that you put the batsmen in two minds, whether to come in front or go back. That is the best way.

"The ball was reversing quite early and never swinging conventionally. I tried some stuff like that ... it worked well."

Pattinson bowled both Murali Vijay and Sehwag as they both inside-edged onto their stumps before he produced one of the day's best deliveries to remove Cheteshwar Pujara for 44.

Pujara was beaten by an off-cutter that snuck between bat and pad and it was a deserved reward for a terrific spell of fast bowling.

Eyebrows were raised at why he only bowled six of a possible 52 overs though, with the likes of Mitchell Starc (0-37 off 14) and Nathan Lyon (0-55 off 14) bowling more than twice as many.

But Pattinson, who has just recovered from a side strain, was happy with his workload, while he also spoke of his admiration for Tendulkar, who hit him for three fours from his first four balls en route to an unbeaten 71.

"I am returning after an injury lay off. I think Mitchell (Starc) was bowling fantastic and (getting) good swing. Hopefully, I (have) saved a few things for tomorrow.

"My early plan to Sachin was to try and bounce (him) a little more. I changed that plan at the last minute ... it was a mistake. I think I should have gone with the first plan.

"Sachin is a fantastic player ... it is quite a daunting task bowling to him. He batted fantastically (but) hopefully we will be successful tomorrow. His wicket is always a prized scalp."

Tendulkar came to the wicket at 2-12 but a 93-run partnership with Pujara for the third wicket steadied the ship.

And when Pujara departed, Virat Kohli (50 not out) came to the crease and played well as India finished strongly.

Pujara was unhappy with his dismissal but hailed India's fightback after losing two early wickets.

"I was set and things were going smoothly for us but unfortunately I got out at the wrong time," Pujara said.

"Still, we are in a good position. I am happy about it and I have also contributed at the right time."

Pujara had the best seat in the house watching Tendulkar go about his business and he praised the veteran's efforts with the bat.

"Sachin hit three boundaries in the first over (he faced) so he was looking positive," he said.

"I have not seen him in such a kind of positive mindset. It was really a pleasure watching him."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 24 February, 2013 8:20AM AEST

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