India’s pace attack led by Ishant Sharma gave his side the ideal start as he cleaned up Aaron Finch in the third ball of the first over of Australia’s innings, putting pressure on the Aussies right from the start of Day2 on Friday. To everyone’s surprise the Australian players batted really slow through the innings, however, much of the credit should go to Indian bowlers, who were in no mood to give away easy runs to the Aussies.
Debutant batsman Marcus Harris showed character in his first innings of the match as he stitched a hard-fought 45-run partnership with Khawaja before getting out on 26 off Ashwin, followed by Marsh who also fell prey for Ashwin too while trying to play a wide delivery for a boundary only to get bowled in the end.
Set batsman Khawaja gave away his wicket just when it looked like as if we could see another Pujara’s inning on the second day.
At the time when each of their batsmen were struggling to capitalize the starts, Travis Head stuck to one end, who played a sensible inning, mixing caution with aggression. The left-handed batsman is unbeaten at 61.
Barring Head, not even a single batsman was able to reach half-century mark as all the Indian bowlers on day2 were in no mood to let the foot off the pedal, making it extremely hard for Aussies to score runs.
Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin finished the day with best bowling figures (3/50), while Ishant and Bumrah shared two wickets each as Australia are reeling at 191-7 at stumps on day 2.