Paine and Johnson take Australia to 428 in first Test

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Tim Paine and Mitchell Johnson’s crucial partnership has given Australia the upper hand against India in the first Test in Mohali.

The pair took their first-innings total well beyond the 300 mark after the early loss of centurion Shane Watson.

Strike bowler Johnson then struck just as hard with the ball, removing both Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag in the final session of the day.

Paine’s galvanising 92 had earlier ensured that the tourists did not fold from their vulnerable overnight position as they were eventually dismissed for 428. Johnson’s 47 came from just 66 balls before Ben Hilfenhaus’ nagging 20.

Zaheer Khan then dismissed Paine to seal a five-wicket haul whilst Harbhajan Singh claimed the important scalp of Watson in his 3-114.

Sehwag began India’s reply in typically aggressive fashion, passing fifty as he and Gambhir raced to 81 for the first wicket.

After both openers fell, Rahul Dravid and night-watchman Ishant Sharma remained unbeaten at the close with India 110-2, 318 behind Australia.

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