Ravichandran Ashwin was able to provide India with their third breakthrough right after the Lunch session. It was a wide ball which was chased by Shaun Marsh. The southpaw batsman went for the expensive drive on the off side as he played with hard hands. However, Marsh could only chop the ball back to the stumps as India continued to keep themselves in the game.
Meanwhile, India had scalped two wickets in the opening session of the second day morning. Ishant Sharma provided the first wicket as castled Aaron Finch’s stumps. Thus, it was an ideal start from the lanky fast bowler as he struck on the third ball of the Australian innings. Finch continued his dismal performance as he could not trouble the scorers.
Ravichandran Ashwin was able to get another wicket of left-hander when he sent back debutant Marcus Harris. The southpaw was looking good in his maiden appearance but could not carry in the same manner.
In fact, it was a juicy half-volley from Indian off-spinner which produced the inside edge of Marcus Harris on to his pad to Murali Vijay’s hands. Thus, Indian bowlers have breathed down the neck of the Australian batters.
The tourists could have been fuller in length as they landed 28% of their deliveries in the full-length region. However, Indian bowlers were able to keep a tight grip on the proceedings as they didn’t let the batsmen off the hook.
India has done a good job on the second day and would like to keep taking wickets at regular intervals. On the other hand, Australia would be reliant on Usman Khawaja, who is looking good.
Here is Shaun Marsh dismissal:
Ashwin with the breakthrough after lunch and SMarsh has to go.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2018