Australia won the toss and elected to bat in the first test against the hosts in Bangalore today. Ponting batted with authority and scored 123 runs before falling lbw to Harbhajan.
Hayden went for duck, but Simon Katich (66) and skipper Ponting studied the Australian first innings. At close of play on the first day Australia were 254 for 4. Michael Hussey and Cameron White were at the crease with 46 and 0 respectively.
For India Zaheer Khan picked up 2 wickets, while Ishant Sharma and Harbhajan Singh took one wicket each.