Australian opener Aaron Finch was fortunate to survive two close leg-before-wicket appeals against Mohammed Shami. The Indian seamer Shami was able to trap Finch in front of the wickets. However, the standing umpire Nigel Llong gave the decision in favour of the batter. India’s captain Virat Kohli decided to go for the review. However, the ball was just missing the stumps by a whisker. Thus, India lost its first review of the first innings.
In fact, Shami was once again able to trap Finch in front of the wickets. Nigel Llong was once again unmoved and Kohli decided not to go for the review on this occasion. However, it would have stayed umpire’s call as the ball was just clipping the leg-stump.
Meanwhile, Indian bowlers could not hit the corridor of uncertainty. The tourist’s bowlers were short in their length and didn’t hit the stumps on many occasions. The Indian bowlers didn’t pitch the ball up to the batsmen and could not reap fruits in the first session.
On the other hand, Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris batted with determination. Finch showed a solid technique in his defence as he pressed forward with his bat and pad in close proximity.
Furthermore, Harris was cautious in his approach in the initial stages. The southpaw batsman was able to get his confidence when he drove Ishant Sharma down the wicket to two consecutive boundaries.
Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma didn’t look at his best as the lanky pacer could not extract the speed he is known for. Ishant bowled in the high 120s and looked toothless in the first session. Thus, India kept seeking their first breakthrough of the second Test but Finch and Harris were brilliant in their batting approach.
Here is Mohammed Shami two LBW shouts.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 14, 2018