India’s premier fast bowler Ishant Sharma gave an ideal start to the Indian team when he sent Aaron Finch’s stump cartwheeling. It was a perfect inswinger from the lanky fast bowler as Finch’s inside edge was chopped on the stumps. In fact, Ishant had also appealed for LBW as Finch had decided to leave on the prior ball. Therefore, it was a perfect start from the Indian team to get them going on Day 2.
Thus, the first four balls of Day 2 of the first Test match between Australia and India saw two wickets tumbling. First, it took Josh Hazlewood only one ball to get the better off India’s Mohammed Shami.
It was an innocuous delivery from Hazlewood as the ball was towards the leg-side. Consequently, Josh Hazlewood was the pick of the Australian bowlers as he scalped three wickets for 52 runs.
India could not add a single run to their overnight score of 250 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara was India’s hero on the opening day as he scored his 16th Test century. It was a fine effort from Pujara to keep India in the hunt.
In fact, India was staring at a low score on the board. However, Pujara showed true Test match resistance to come up good for the Indian team. On the other hand, other Indian batsmen didn’t show the right temperament.
There were too many loose shots. Thus, India had to pay the price for flirting with the outside off-stump deliveries, which could have been left alone. Furthermore, Australia’s fielding was top class as Usman Khawaja pulled off a miraculous catch whereas Pat Cummins affected a brilliant run-out.
Here is Aaron Finch dismissal:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018