Not too bad, but…..
Considering the pre-match hype about the Perth pitch and the ravings about how the four-pronged Australian pace attack was going to rip through the Indian batting line-up, carrying a few body-parts in its wake, you would have to be satisfied about a score of 297/6 at the end of Day1. The clouds in the silver lining though is the manners in which Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman got out. Ganguly seemed overeager to step on the accelerator (although the catch was brilliant as well – with some other team it would have been a boundary), but Dravid and Laxman both had late day brain-freezes. I would have been a bit more confident with this score with a stronger bowling line-up. But shorn of Zaheer ans Sreesanth, I am not sure if RP Singh, Sharma and Pathan can make use of the bounce. The hope is that when Australia bat tomorrow afternoon, the Freo Doctor does its tricks, and Indian bowlers can make use of the swing.