Australia survive on day 2 with Head’s fifty

Australia managed to survive on day 2 after losing wickets in the middle of the day and Australia were 191/7 at the conclusion of day 2.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli elected to bat first on day 1 after winning the toss. At the end of day 1, India were 250/9 with the help of the 16th Test ton of Cheteshwar Pujara after a severe batting collapse in the top and middle order.

Indian fast bowlers Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah started the proceedings of day 2 for India. But the Indian innings came to an end very shortly as Mohammad Shami was dismissed in the very first ball of the morning and India bowled out for only 250 in the first innings.

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After bowling out the opponents, the hosts also had a terrible start to their first innings as Aaron Finch was dismissed in the third ball of the first over bowled by Ishant Sharma on a duck.

After an early blow, Usman Khawaja and the debutant opener Marcus Harris slowly built the Australian innings but didn’t convert it into a big one as the debutant was trapped by Ravichandran Ashwin. Soon after him Shaun Marsh also continued his poor form in the year.

With the back to back blows from Ashwin Australia were 59/3 at that stage. Peter Handscomb joined with Usman Khawaja and had a little partnership before the wicket of Usman Khawaja on 28.

Indian bowlers kept the batsmen under control and took the wickets of Peter Handscomb and the skipper Tim Paine in a very short period of time. On the other Travis Head managed to stay in the crease without losing the wicket.

Travis Head had a fifty partnership between Pat Cummins and that partnership took Australia to recovery from 127/6 to 177/7. In the meantime, Head scored a much needed fifty for Australia.

At the end of the day, Travis Head and Mitchell Starc managed to survive with 61 runs and 10 runs respectively as Australia finishes the day at 191/7 trailing India by 59 runs.

Brief Scores:

India: 250-all out
Cheteshwar Pujara 123, Rohit Sharma 37
Pat Cummins 2/49, Josh Hazlewood 3/52

Australia: 191/7
Travis Head 61*, Peter Handscomb 34
Ravichandran Ashwin 3/50, Ishant Sharma 2/31


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