The first day of the second test hasn’t really gone into India’s favour, having conceded 277 runs at the end of the final session on Friday. Given the odd bounce and pace in the pitch, Australia are certainly on top with four wickets still in hand.
Considering the pace and bounce at Perth, India had gone with four seamers in the second test, however, the quicks weren’t able to gain fruits early in the innings as they were made to grind in the first session by the opening duo of Finch and Harris, both putting up a 100-run stand, thus, dominating the first hour of play.
Ishant and Bumrah started off the innings with not the best of spells as the duo along with Umesh and Shami went wicketless post the completion of session one. However, India pulled it back post-lunch session having taken four quick wickets in the space of only 36 runs.
Perhaps, amidst all the happenings, what caught out eyes was a stunning catch of Virat Kohli at second slips which, obviously, left the crowd in awe.
Australia at that time lost two quick wickets in the form of Khawaja and Harris when Ishant helped the team gain another one in the 54th over of the game. Peter Handscomb looked to cut the ball closer to his body, edging it to second slip which saw Virat jumping to perfection to take a stunning catch to dismiss Handscomb followed by a not-so-Kohli celebration in the end.
The video is certainly worth a look.
Australia are 277 for six at the end of first day’s play in the second test.