Sydney: India took a 62-run lead in the second innings after bowling out Australia for 191 on the second day of the first Test in Adelaide.
Virat Kohli, after leading India by example with the bat on the opening day, pulled off a sensational catch at short mid-wicket to dismiss debutant Cameron Green.
Kohli’s athleticism proved how a brilliant piece of fielding can turn an ordinary delivery into a wicket-taking ball. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a half-tracker to the Australian all-rounder and his eyes opened up sensing an easy boundary option.
Green was the last wicket to fall for the hosts in the middle session as Australia crawled to 92 for five. Ashwin accounted for all three wickets in the session, helping India dominate the session.
Ashwin first got rid of Steve Smith, World’s no. 1 Test batsman, getting him caught at first slip by Ajinkya Rahane. Smith, who was averaging 62 in the longest format prior to this game, had a rare failure as he fell for just one run.
Travis Head was the second wicket to fall in the session as he handed a simple catch back to Ashwin off his own bowling. Green, in his first-ever Test inning, showed some resilience but was undone by Kohli’s brilliance in the field. Australian skipper Tim Paine was unbeaten on nine, alongside Labuschagne who was four short of his ninth Test half-century.
After a splendid second day, India will now try to extend their 62 run lead against Australia at Adelaide Oval. It will be a crucial day for both the teams as it would set the tone for the match. Mayank Agarwal and Jasprit Bumrah will open the innings after Prithvi Shaw failed to make an impact once again.
In due course, they lost opener Prithvi Shaw (4) minutes ahead of the end of day’s play. The visitors were nine for one in their second innings when the stumps were drawn. Australia were bowled out for 191 after Ashwin jolted the hosts with a four-wicket haul. Besides the off-spinner, Umesh Yadav (16.1-5-40-3) and Jasprit Bumrah (21-7-52-2) were among wickets. Marnus Labuschagne (47) and skipper Tim Paine (73 not out) were the top scorers for the hosts in the first innings. Earlier, India were all out for 244 in the first session of play.
Brief scores from Day 2:
India 1st innings: 244 all out in 93.1 overs (Virat Kohli 74; Mitchell Starc 4/53, Pat Cummins 3/48)
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).