India finally managed to see the back of stubborn Travis Head in the ongoing first Test against Australia in Adelaide to leave the series-opener finely poised.
While India were striking at regular intervals to keep the Aussies under check, Head was holding firm from one end. The southpaw, very much familiar with the conditions of his home ground, compiled his maiden Test fifty to ensure the hosts do not fall back too much behind in the game. However, his hopes of helping Australia go past India’s first-innings total of 250 ended in a heartbreak as Mohammed Shami made him join his teammates in the pavilion.
Australia were on 235 for 8 when Head edged a Shami delivery behind the stumps where Rishabh Pant made no mistake in taking his fifth catch of the innings. Shami bowled one which was short of length and angled across Head. The southpaw failed to play according to the line and length of the ball and ended up edging the ball. The dismissal ended the threatening stand between Head and Lyon as the two threatened to wipe off the deficit.
Here is a snippet showing Shami dismissing Travis Head:
Meanwhile, Shami sent back Josh Hazlewood on the very following delivery to help India bowl out the hosts for 235, thus taking a handy 15-run lead. Australia resumed the day on 191 for 7 with Mitchell Starc and Travis Head starting the proceedings with the bat. The duo added 13 more to the overnight score before Jasprit Bumrah struck to remove Starc. Travis Head and Lyon then added 31 runs for the ninth wicket before Shami took two in two to fold up the innings. Head top-scored for Australia with 72.