Australia slightly ahead on a roller coaster day
Australia slightly ahead of India at the end of day 1 in the second Test at Perth Stadium in Perth as the hosts were 277/6 at the end of day’s play.
After a fascinating Test match in Adelaide Oval, Australia and India are gathered up for the next challenge in the historic Border-Gavaskar trophy in newly built Perth Stadium for the second Test.
Australian skipper Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat first in a dropped in track with much grass cover and has been trending in social media right before the match.
Both the opener Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis justified the decision of their skipper Tim Paine to bat first as the openers dominated the entire morning session and Indian bowlers went wicketless in that session.
The duo had a century stance for the opening wicket and both of them scored the fifties. Aaron Finch was the first one to go just after scoring his maiden fifty in home soil. Following the wicket of him, India came into the game with the back to back wickets of Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris.
Marcus Harris was trapped by the uneven bounce of Vihari’s ball after a well made 70. Peter Handscomb also had a short stay in the crease since Virat Kohli had a magnificent catch to dismiss the right-handed batsman.
After four wickets, Travis Head and Shaun Marsh had a firm partnership for the fifth wicket which took Australia ahead of the visitors after quick four wickets from them. They added 74 runs for the fifth wicket.
Hanuma Vihari once again provided the breakthrough for India after some tiring overs in the form of Shaun Marsh’s wicket on 45. Soon after Travis Head was trapped by Mohammed Shami with the second new ball on 58 runs.
Pat Cummins and Tim Paine managed to survive in the remaining overs with the second new ball and Australia were 277/6 at the stumps on day 1.
Marcus Stoinis 70, Travis Head 58
Ishant Sharma 2/35, Hanuma Vihari 2/35