India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was to hit a team high 57 not out, won the toss and elected to bat on a hot, sunny morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
It was, perhaps, a good toss to lose as Pattinson, Siddle and Hilfenhaus reprised their Melbourne barrage of pacey, good length deliveries on a pitch with a slight green tinge to it.
"Great effort by the boys," Siddle said in a pitchside interview. "It's basic cricket but we're sticking to it well."
Embattled opener Gambhir will be disappointed with the jab at a Pattinson delivery that had him caught in the slips for a duck but he was not alone.
Image: Australia cricket James Pattinson, right, celebrates taking the wicket of India's Gautam Gambhir, center, in the first over of the second test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.