Indian Cricket Team was in a spot of bother at 139-7 where all the star batters were back in the dugout. Nathan Lyon, the shrewd off-spinner took his 8th five-wicket haul against India and created havoc. Ravichandran Ashwin & Axar Patel got their eye in as the duo waited for loose deliveries.
In the evening session, the duo unleashed an attack on the opposition. Steven Smith & Matt Renshaw gave reprieves to Axar Patel & Ravichandran Ashwin. Axar Patel was getting into the groove as the left-handed batter was seen smashing spinners all around the park. The duo registered an invaluable 100 runs partnership which frustrated the bowlers.
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Pat Cummins Takes Huge Wicket Of Ravichandran Ashwin
At the end of 80 overs, India’s score was 252-7 and they were trailing by only 11 runs. Axar Patel’s score was 67 runs whereas Ashwin was on 37 runs. Skipper Pat Cummins took the new ball immediately and on the 2nd ball of the 81st over Matt Renshaw took a stunner at square leg. Ashwin & Axar were involved in a massive partnership of 114 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin was seen playing the second fiddle. India’s score after his dismissal was 253-8.
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Crucial Phase for Australia
The Aussies would be aware of Shami’s hitting ability as any sort of lead would change the complexion of the match. It looks unlikely that Cummins would bowl another over as we have seen that spinners are getting help with the new ball. It would be interesting to see how Axar Patel bats from now onwards.
Australia would be bothered as David Warner won’t bat in 2nd innings as he has been ruled out due to a concussion. The replacement Renshaw has a golden opportunity to stake a strong case for himself at the top of the order where Warner has received a lot of flak for his poor form.
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