Australia Vs India Day 2 match highlights:
- Australia ended Day 2 on 191-7 and trail India by 59 runs
- Ashwin was the star performer for India on the day, picking 3-50
- Head waged a lone battle for the hosts with his unbeaten 61
One of the most complete and comprehensive performances of India on foreign soil in 2018 saw them completely outclass the Australians on Day 2 of the series opener. Ravichandran Ashwin was the key to India’s fortunes on the day, providing the platform for the rest of the bowling line-up with his enigmatic spell of 3-50. Working in tandem with him were Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah to put Australia in a perilous position of 191-7 at the end of the day’s play.
Australia Vs India Day 2
India began Australia Vs India day 2 without adding a run to their overnight total of 250 with Hazlewood picking up Shami early on to wrap up the Indian innings. Knowing that they didn’t have the best of totals on board, Virat Kohli and company were fully aware that only an emphatic bowling performance would help them find their way back into the Adelaide test match.
Not letting us down, India’s versatile bowling attack showed why it was being so highly talked about before the test match. Lead by Ashwin and backed up superbly by Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, India were at their imperious best, winning all three sessions on the day to take the upper hand in the match.
India’s day began in dream fashion with Ishant Sharma’s delivery going through Finch’s defense in the first over itself. Smashing into his middle stump, it was a wonderful sight for the pacer, one that immediately injected a new vein of life into the visitors.
The match swung in India’s favour once Ashwin was introduced into the attack by skipper Kohli. India’s biggest asset on a spin-friendly wicket Ashwin, who have traditionally been insipid on Australian pitches spun the ball sharply to trouble Australia’s batters to no ends. He bowled a much better length, pitching all outside off to turn to back squarely inside and it paid off great dividends for the visitors with Ashwin picking up Australia’s entire top order.
Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh all fell prey to the wrist spinner’s delivery to leave them at 87-4. It was not just the wickets though that highlighted a fine spell of spin from Ashwin. Bowling 14 straight overs at a point, he put a tight leash on Australia’s batsmen, suffocating them to see Australia record one of their lowest totals on the day of cricket in test matches.
Working in tandem with Ashwin was Bumrah who was the rock star for India on the day. Despite bowling a mammoth 34 overs on a hot, sweaty day in Australia, Bumrah’s intensity never fail as he consistently hit the 140km/h mark, with his fastest bowl reaching 153km/h on Australia Vs India Day 2.
Bumrah was perfect throughout the day, pitching more than 50% of his deliveries in the good length region, bowling with the same discipline from both sides of the wicket. He along with Ishant picked up two each for India with Head the only saviour for Australia. His unbeaten innings of 61 have taken the hosts to within 59 runs of India’s total.