Courageous half centuries by Usman Khwaja and Peter Handscomb bring Australia into reputed position after the end of first day on the second Test but again India’s professional bowlers were hard to face on Delhi’s turning wicket.
Khawaja(81) Handscomb (72 not out) has registered their highest scores of this series till date and bringing the total to 263 by the end of 1st innings in Arun Jaitley Stadium.
Indian pacer Mohammad Shami was the main blow up for the Australian Team by taking 4-60 from 14.4 overs, whereas Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja contributed in the innings by taking three wickets each.
Indian team was 0-21 runs at the end of the day with trail of 242 runs.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, with two changes to the playing X1 from the series opener. Queensland spinner Matthew Kuhnemann was in for this series and been made 466th men’s Test Cricketer and Travis head also recalled into the team after he missed first test, whereas Scott Boland and Mathew renshaw dropped out of this test match.
Warner survived by early lbw appeal in the first over on which the umpire declared him out but this decision overturned after the use of DRS shown an inside edge. The pitch offered with plenty of bounce and pace and taking Warner and Mohammad Siraj shows healthy competition in first session. In the eighth over Warner got hit in his elbow the bouncer of Mohammad Siraj, then medical team also came to ground which made in delay in match. Later after couple of overs Siraj bowl hits Warners helmet.
Warner and Khawaja moved towards their 50 runs partnership before the Warner got out in 16th over- Shami bowls to Warner that he edged behind to the wicketkeeper Srikr Bharat for 15, which is his highest score of this series.
Marnus Labuschagne become Ashwins first wicket after quick 18 runs, his bowl struck him in his pad and Umpire Menon first gave him not out but after DRS view shows that Labuschagne was out.
Ravindra jadeja first bowl of the match hits Khawaja on the pads which umpire told not out but lost their very crucial review on this as bowl was sliding down leg. Then Ashwin created the sensation after taking Steve Smiths wicket by giving a slide catch to the wicketkeeper bharat. By this Ashwin becomes the first bowler to dismiss Steve Smith and Labuschagne in same over in Tests which brings Australia to 3-91.
Handscomb and Cummins had contributed for 59 runs partnership for the seventh wwicket before Jadeja took 2 quick wickets in 68th over. Cummins got stuck on pad for 33 runs before Todd Murphy got bowled for duck.
Shami has called back to the bowling action and he dismisses Nathan Lyon for 10 and after that Handscomb also loses his patience on 67 runs by hitting a big shot and got catched by Jadeja on the covers. But soon handscomb has called back as soon as they knew that Jadeja overstepped the boundary line and after coming back he directly hits a boundary.
Whereas the Australian Team couldn’t took much advantage of this life as Shami wrapped up the series dismissing Kuhnemann for 6 in the next over.
When India came to bat in the evening then Warner was not there on field as Australia spokesperson told that he was not feeling well after being hit several times on his body.
If Warner has sustained the injury then he can be replaced by Matthew Renshaw in the 2nd innings. Lyon dismissed Indian captain following an appeal of caught at short leg and umpire gave him OUT but he got saved by the DRS.
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