Australian Test captain Tim Paine stood out with his half-century as the Baggy Greens were able to reduce the deficit to an extent against India on the second of the first Test in Adelaide. Australia, who found themselves slightly ahead at the close of the first day, stood behind by conceding a 53-run lead that increased to 62 eventually. Tim Paine admitted that it does get time to get used to with the pink ball.
Tim Paine scored a gutsy knock of 73* as wickets kept falling around him. The keeper-batsman, who does not have a burgeoning reputation with the bat, helped the hosts reduce the deficit to a considerable extent. However, not many batsmen could stand up to India’s relentless bowling display. Marnus Labuschagne, who managed 47 runs, was the only other significant scorer.
The Tasmanian collected seven boundaries in his unbeaten innings as he stood up to the tourists’ miserly and threatening bowling attack. Nevertheless, Tim Paine might find himself being slightly in the game after Australia picked the scalp of Prithvi Shaw in the fourth over of India’s second innings. But Paine will miss rue the dropped catch off his gloves that could have also dismissed Mayank Agarwal.
I am happy to contribute and get us up close to the Indian score: Tim Paine
Tim Paine commented that he felt glad to contribute to the score that enabled Australia to get close to India’s 244. When asked why there was a significant reduction in the pace of run-scoring, the 36-year credited the quality of the fast bowling attack and it takes time to adapt to the pink ball. Paine added that while it might be fun to look at the television, it is challenging for the players.
“I am happy to contribute and get us up close to the Indian score in a game that is important to us. Definitely the quality of the fast bowling. Pink ball, that is probably another factor. It is hard in this game where there are five or six very high-quality fast bowlers, who do not miss much. It also takes a bit of time to adapt to the pink ball, and it is not as easy to pick up. I know it looks great on the telly (TV) but it is harder for the players,” Paine said in the post-match press conference.