MOHALI (India) (AFP) India rode on Virender Sehwags record-equalling half-century to reach 110-2 in their first innings in reply to Australias 428 in the opening Test on Saturday. The Indian opener scored a blazing 59 off 54 balls with 10 fours in the final session after Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine (92) had missed out on a maiden Test hundred. Sehwag equalled the record of scoring a 50 or more in 11 consecutive Tests. West Indies Viv Richards and Indian Gautam Gambhir are the other batsmen to have achieved the feat. With the pitch offering no help to bowlers, Australia struggled to contain runs as Sehwag went for his shots from the beginning and raced to his half-century off 38 balls. Australia introduced spin after 12 overs, but Nathan Hauritz was greeted with two fours by Sehwag, who was eventually caught by Michael Clarke in the covers off a leading edge to become paceman Mitchell Johnsons second victim. Wicketkeeper Paine, playing only his third Test, was earlier instrumental in boosting Australia with a solid knock which came off 196 balls with the help of 12 boundaries. Australia were indebted to Paine for adding 153 runs for their last four wickets as he was involved in crucial stands with Johnson (47) and tail-ender Ben Hilfenhaus (20 not out). Paine, who added 53 for the sixth wicket with opener Shane Watson (126), put on 82 for the seventh with Johnson and 54 for ninth with Hilfenhaus to shatter Indias hopes of restricting Australia to a modest total.