IND vs AUS: 3 Biggest Positives For Team India On Day 2 Of Delhi Test

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Day 2 of the Delhi Test of the IND vs AUS Test series ended with Australia on 61/1 in 12 overs in their second innings. They lead by 62 runs after bowling out India for 262 in their first innings after being dismissed for 263 on day 1 of the second Test.

A total of 11 wickets fell on day 2 with India resuming the day on 21 for no loss. Nathan Lyon took 5/67 as Matthew Kuhnemann and Todd Murphy took two each. In the process, Lyon got to 100 Test wickets against India. Earlier in the Test match, Ravichandran Ashwin also got to 100 Test wickets against India. In the process. he became the first Australian boaler to take 100 Test wickets against India.

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The Test match is beautifully poised with the Aussies leading by 62 at the moment and looking to add more to that on day 3. With the kind of turn, the wicket is generating, India will be wary of the fact that they need to bat last on this wicket.

Meanwhile, David Warner is ruled out of the Test match due to a concussion. Matt Renshaw will replace Warner in the playing 11 as a concussion substitute, according to reports. Warner got hit on the head while trying to pull a delivery from Mohammed Siraj on day one. In this article, we take a look at three positives for Team India in day 2 of the Delhi Test match.

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IND vs AUS: 3 Biggest Positives For Team India On Day 2 Of Delhi Test

1) Lower-Order Contributions

India’s lower order has got the team out of trouble once again in the second Test. Australian spinner Nathan Lyon took the first four Indian wickets to fall on day 2. It was then that the lower order came up with key contributions. Ravindra Jadeja (26) first added 59 runs with Virat Kohli (44). Then it was Axar Patel (74) and Ravichandran Ashwin adding 114 runs for the 8th wicket-taking India close to the Australian total. After Ashwin was dismissed, Australia cleaned up the Indian tailenders soon with Mohammed Shami the last wicket to fall.

2) Virat Kohli’s Stylish 44

With questions on Virat Kohli’s form in Test matches. he looked comfortable batting against Nathan Lyon and co on day 2 of the Delhi Test. He looked set to get a big score and looked in no trouble whatsoever. However, he was out to a controversial decision from on-field umpire Nitin Menon which was upheld by the third-umpire Richard Illingworth. Matthew Kuhnemann trapped him before the wicket and he was ultimately ruled out after a long deliberation by the third umpire. The former Indian skipper played a lofted shot to hit one of his four boundaries in his innings.

3) Axar Patel’s batting approach

Axar Patel scored 84 in the only innings India batted in Nagpur and the left-hander scored another impressive 74 in the first innings of the Delhi Test. With his batting contributions, he is making his presence felt in the Indian side and is also ruling out the participation of Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner in the Indian Test team. The all-rounder has already scored 158 runs in the series so far.

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