India vs Australia Day 2 Highlights : India lead by 62 runs after bowling out Australia for 191. India were nine for one in their second innings when the stumps were drawn on the second day of the first Day/Night Test against Australia here on Friday. Overall 15 wickets fall on Day2, with India having little advantage over Australia who are unlikely to give up on the Day 3.
Starting their second innings 53 runs ahead after bowling out Australia for 191, the visitors extended their lead to 62 by the end of the day’s play at the Adelaide Oval.
At stumps, Mayank Agarwal and night-watchman Jasprit Bumrah were at the crease.
India’s first innings ended at 244 in the first session of the second day.
Ravichanran Ashwin (4/55) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/40) were the top wicket-takers for India.
India: 244 all out and 9/1 in six overs
Australia 1st innings: 191 all out in 72.1 overs (Marnus Labuchagne 47, Tim Paine 73 not out; R Ashwin 4/55, Bumrah 3/40).
Ashwin dominated during the 2nd session : If session before lunch was Bumrah’s show, session between Lunch and Tea was dominated by brilliant Ashwin. The most experienced Indian spinner took all 3 wickets during the session by sending Steve Smith(1), Travis Head(7) and Cameron Green(11) back to pavilion. Ashwin who is often criticized for his show outside the Indian sub-continent was in elements during the session as he took 3 wickets for just 27 runs.
Marnus Labuschagne was the only one to stand tall among the ruins.
Ind vs Aus 1st Test Day 2: Ashwin reduces Australia to 92/5 as India take control
Ravichandran Ashwin wreaked havoc with three quick wickets, including the prized scalp of Steve Smith, as India took control by reducing Australia to 92 for 5 at tea on the second day of the opening Day/Night Test here on Friday.
Courtesy Ashwin’s figures of 11-3-27-3, India successfully managed to neutralise a poor first innings score of 244 as Australia literally got into a shell during the 48 overs that they faced in the first two sessions.
After Jasprit Bumrah (14-7-21-2) removed the two openers in the first session, Ashwin did the star turn in the second session even as Marnus Labuschagne (46 batting, 103 balls) got multiple reprieves during his audacious knock.
Ashwin set up Smith with a few that were flighted with the angle and then bowled one that straightened and bounced a touch more. Smith, expecting turn, squared up and Ajinkya Rahane at first slip made no mistake.
Travis Head (7) wasn’t reading Ashwin well and the left-hander got a flighted one which took the leading edge of his bat, which ended in a chest-high return catch for the bowler.
Debutant Cameron Green (11) would curse himself as his was a long hop asking to be pulled but the extra bounce got the top edge and captain Virat Kohli pulled off a fabulous catch at mid-wicket diving full-stretch to his right.
However, Ashwin can give a lot of credit to Bumrah, who bowled a brilliant opening spell to send back the Australian opening pair of Joe Burns (8 off 41 balls) and Matthew Wade (8 off 51 balls) for identical scores.
The Australian openers were ready to stay put and wait but Bumrah angled a fuller one into Wade, which rapped him on the pads while he was trying to whip it to mid-wicket.
Burns, the man going through a bad patch, had changed his stance to a more open-chested one. He also did all the hard work but he was susceptible to being leg before.
Bumrah fired one fast and full into the block-hole and got the decision in his favour as ‘Umpires Call’ in the DRS went India’s way.
Labuschagne was insanely lucky when Bumrah dropped a dolly at fine leg after the batsman had mis-timed a pull shot off Shami.
Before that it was a diving Wriddhiman Saha, who missed a tough but gettable edge off Bumrah’s bowling.
After the dinner break, Labuschagne on 21, was dropped by Prithvi Shaw at square leg and that was also a mis-timed pull-shot.
At the start of the day, India’s tail-enders contributed precious little and the visitors’ the first innings folded in just 93.1 overs.
Mitchell Starc (4/53 in 21 overs) and Pat Cummins (3/48 in 21.1 overs) dismissed the last four batsmen for an addition of only 11 runs to the overnight score.
Earlier before lunch, Australian openers had scummbed to super show by Jasprit Bumrah. After India was shot out for 244 in the morning, Australian lost both their openers Joe Burns (8) and Matthew Wade (8). At Lunch Australia were 35/2 at Lunch
Ind vs Aus, 1st Test: Despite battling collapse, Indian Bowling shines
After the domination by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins in the opening session of day-two which helped them to bundle India for 244, Jasprit Bumrah bagged two early wickets to put visitors on top against Australia in the ongoing pink-ball Test here at Adelaide Oval.
Bumrah gave India an upper hand in the game after two early wickets before the Dinner break on day two. The speedster sent both the openers– Matthew Wade (8) and Joe Burns (8) — back to the pavilion. Australia could be three wickets down but Bumrah dropped Marnus Labuschange (16) at the boundary. That was a sitter but Bumrah failed to judge the boundary padding behind him. Labuschagne and Steve Smith are unbeaten on 16 and 1 respectively and Australia’s score read 35/2 in 19 overs.
Earlier, India just added 11 runs to their total after resuming the second day on 233/6, overnight batters Wriddhiman Saha (9) and Ravichandran Ashwin (15) failed to add a single run to their personal scores and were sent back to the pavilion in the early overs of the opening session.
Pat Cummins struck on the second ball of the day as he dismissed Ashwin and broke the 27-run partnership for the seventh wicket. Mitchell Starc from the other end bagged Saha and reduced the visiting team at 235/8 in 90.3 overs.
Starc and Cummins then easily removed tailenders — Umesh Yadav (6) and Mohammed Shami (0) — and bundled out India for 244. Jasprit Bumrah remained unbeaten on four runs.
For Australia, Starc clinched four wickets and returned with the best figures of 4-53 while Cummins grabbed three scalps.
After the end of the opening day, the sessions card at the end of the day’s action might read 2-1 in favour of Australia, but it was a day of top quality Test cricket as fortunes swung with each passing hour.
In the end, it was a story of what could have been as India slowly handed away the advantage they had gained back to Australia. At stumps, the score read 233/6 with Saha (9) and Ashwin (15) at the crease and the Australian bowlers looking to go for the kill.
For the hosts, Starc looked a completely different character with the second new ball in hand and finished with the best figures of the day – 2/49.
With skipper Kohli leading from the front and hitting a gritty 74, it finally took a silly misunderstanding between him and deputy Ajinkya Rahane for a brilliant 88-run partnership come to an end in the form of a run-out.
Having done all the hard work from when the openers were dismissed cheaply in the opening session to playing out the tricky twilight phase, Kohli looked set to bring up his fourth hundred in one of his favourite grounds in Australia. But just when it looked like the Australian bowlers had given up and were waiting for the visitors to make a mistake, the visitors obliged.
Hitting a Nathan Lyon delivery straight to Josh Hazlewood at wide mid-off, Rahane called for a single and then sold his skipper a dummy. By the time Kohli turned back, the bails had already been dislodged. Rahane had both his arms up in the air as a show of apology, but skipper Kohli silently walked back hoping for his deputy to make amends with a daddy hundred. But it wasn’t to be as the burden of running his skipper out suddenly turned him into a pale shadow of the batsman who was hooking and pulling with elan.
In the end, his stay ended a little later as Starc caught him plumb in front for 42. It was strange to see Hanuma Vihari convince him to take a review when the ball was aimed to go only one way – stumps. Vihari too managed just 16 before he played beside the line of a straight delivery from Hazlewood and was trapped plumb in front.
India got off to the worst possible start as Starc cleaned up Shaw (0) off the second delivery of the match. Cheteshwar Pujara then joined Mayank Agarwal in the middle and the duo tried to stitch a partnership for the visitors as both batters saw off the early spells of Starc and Hazlewood.
However, with half-an-hour to go in the first session, Pat Cummins provided the second breakthrough as he bowled Agarwal (17), reducing India to 32/2. Kohli then came to the crease and along with Pujara fearlessly faced the Australian fast bowlers in conditions conducive to pace bowling.
The second session saw some strokeplay from both the batsmen after weathering the storm in the opening session. But just when it looked like the duo would give India the upper hand and walk away with the honours of winning the session, Lyon spoiled the party. Just after reaching the team total of 100, India lost Pujara.
A thick edge off the pad found Marnus Labuschange. A review confirmed the contact of bat and ball after which the on-field umpire overturned his decision and Pujara walked back to the pavilion. He scored 43 runs off 160 balls including two fours.