India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was able to get the better off Australia’s debutant Marcus Harris. Ashwin struck on the first ball of the 23rd over. However, it was an innocuous half-volley which lofted to silly point Murali Vijay after taking an inside edge. Meanwhile, Harris was looking promising in his maiden innings at the International circuit as the southpaw opener scored 26 runs.
Thus, India took two wickets in the first session of the second day. Meanwhile, Indian fast bowlers veered off the track after scalping the wicket of Australia’s opener Aaron Finch. Ishant Sharma provided India’s first breakthrough when he castled Finch’s stumps before he set him up with a fine inswinger.
However, India’s bowlers were too short in their length. Furthermore, they didn’t try to hit the stumps and bowled outside the off-stump, making the life of the Australian batsmen easier.
Moreover, Aussie batters didn’t commit the same mistakes that their counterparts had made in the opening session of the first day. Both Khawaja and Harris were happy to leave the ball alone and batted with patience in their innings.
Meanwhile, India could not add any run to their overnight score of 250 runs after Mohammed Shami was dismissed on the first ball by Josh Hazlewood. Josh was Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the Indian innings as he scalped three wickets.
On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara was the best Indian batsman as the right-hander scored his 16th century and amassed 123 runs. Pujara changed gears after scoring his 50 as he batted with the tail.
Watch Marcus Harris dismissal:
— Prem Chopra (@premchoprafan) December 7, 2018