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India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 2 at Adelaide, Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 7, 2018, 5:00 PM IST

1st Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 06 - 10 December, 2019

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

India beat Australia by 31 runs

Man of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara



Australia's defensive tactics will certainly raise a lot of questions, they scored at 2.17 rpo throughout the day and that didn't help their cause. Indian bowlers were on the money as while throughout the day, except maybe Shami who was a bit patchy. 


India will be looking to pick three wickets rather quickly tomorrow and hopefully get a first innings lead, anywhere around 250-300 will be extremely difficult to chase on this pitch. It will only get more slow and low here


That's the end of the proceedings on Day 2, another intriguing day of Test cricket and the game still hangs in the balance. India probably just ahead considering Australia have to bat fourth here. Great effort by Ashwin and then the Indian pacers to rock the Australian batting but then Travis Head with a good hand to keep Australia in the hunt. He remains unbeaten on 61 here and still has Starc for support. Australia end day at 191/7. still trail by 59 runs


Shami concedes six runs from the over there as the Starc cuts hard to find the gap and get a boundary. Australia move to 190/7 and still trail by 60 runs at the moment.


Final few overs left today, India will look to give it their all and wrap-up the Australian innings today itself. They are in a strong position at the moment you feel and will back themselves to take a first innings lead


Ashwin gets the outside edge there from Starc, but it falls away from the fielder. Ashwin cannot believe it, Australia still trail by 66 runs at the moment. 


Ashwin continues to bowl from the other end, he concedes 3 runs. Gutsy innings from Travis Head here, he has been waging a lone battle here. Can Starc provide him some sort of support here


WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah strikes immediately with the new ball here, big in swinger here and Cummins shoulders his arms there only to see the ball come back in and wrap him on the pads. No shot offered there and it looked to be hitting the stumps. Cummins reviews it but to no avail, he departs for 10 and Australia are 177/7


50 partnership for 7th wicket between Head and Cummins

3rd instance of Head being involved in a 50+ stand and 1st time with Cummins.
5th time Cummins has been involved in a 50+ stand in Tests.
1st 50+ partnership for 7th wicket by Australia after 5 innings.
1st 50+ partnership for 7th wicket by Australia at home after 8 innings.


Another good over for Australia here as they pick six runs from that, Kohli seems to be saving his quicker bowlers for the new ball. You see India taking the new ball straight away when it becomes available after this over


Almost a wicket there as Cummins comes down with hard hands there, gets the edge but the ball falls just before short leg. The new ball will be due in 2 overs here.


Another ripper from Ashwin, nutmegs Cummins there! Through his legs there and the Aussie batsman didn't have much clue about that one. But this is proving to be a useful partnership here, already worth 43 runs!


50! Fine effort from Travis Head here, he has played a solid hand despite losing partners at the other end. The key has been that he has looked to score and be aggressive rather than just block his way. Still his job is not done and will be looking to take his team as close as possible to India's first innings total


An absolute ripper from Ashwin and he manages to deceive everyone, including the keeper. Pitches in the rough and turns back in to go between bat and pad. 


FOUR! Travis Head is really starting to deal in boundaries here, superb shot through the covers and the ball races away to the boundary. That was nothing more than a push but it was sweetly struck. Only 14 boundaries for Australia today!


Time for drinks now, the final one for the day as we enter the last hour of play. India firmly in control now but they can't afford to take their foot off the pedal. Lower order batsmen have generally troubled them and Kohli will surely be aware of that


Pant takes one well down the leg-side, and he has certainly done a good job in his first game in Australia. Usually, when there aren't many mentions of the wicket-keeper, that means he has done a good job. Pant also has three catches to his name here


Australia's strategy against Ashwin has been questionable to say the least, they have just looked to block him, except opener Harris who was a bit aggressive. They have even failed to put the loose balls away and that has only helped Ashwin grow in confidence


Cummins is certainly looking a bit more assured than some of the top order batsmen for Australia, dismissing lower order has proved to be an issue for India and that is something they will want to set right here


Ashwin comes back into the attack here, Head has looked comfortable against the spinners but has really struggled against the off-spinner. Can India get his wicket before the end of the day? Australia are currently 140/6 after 66 overs


FOUR! Fine shot, cut with style there by Travis Head and it goes into the gap for a boundary. He has a key role to play here if Australia are to get anywhere close to India's first innings total. They still trail by 118 here


WICKET! Another one bites the dust, Ishant Sharma strikes yet again. Beautiful delivery, it pitches and moves slightly to take the outside edge. Paine departs for 5 and Australia in all sorts of trouble, they are 127/6 here


Indian pacer certainly breathing fire at the moment, coach Bharat Arun will be really happy with the effort they have put in at the moment. Though the Australian bowlers have played a lot of deliveries, they haven't really looked settled !


STAT ATTACK: Peter Handscomb dismissed for 34 by Bumrah

7th consecutive innings without fifty for Handscomb.
6th consecutive dismissal by a right-arm pacer.
2nd caught behind dismissal for Handscomb and both came against India.
3rd consecutive innings without fifty for Handscomb vs India.


Fine tight bowling from Shami, Ashwin might have picked the wickets here but pacers have bowled really well. They have been on the money and not given away any loose balls. Australia are currently 120/5


Bumrah has been continuously bowling at 146-148 kph, exceptional speed from the pacer and he has continuously maintained that. Tim Paine has come out to join Travis Head here and the Aussie skipper certainly has a job in his hands here


WICKET! This was always on the cards, Handscomb hadn't been using his feet against the pacers. Again looking to play off the backfoot and guide the ball towards third man, gets a thick outside edge and an easy catch for Rishabh Pant. Handscomb departs for 34, Australia are now 120/5


India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 2 at Adelaide, Highlights: As It Happened

India's Virat Kohli, left, celebrates with his teammate after the dismissal of Australia's Peter Handscomb during the first cricket test between Australia and India in Adelaide, Australia,Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/James Elsby)

Latest Updates India vs Australia Live Score, 1st Test: That's the end of the proceedings on Day 2, another intriguing day of Test cricket and the game still hangs in the balance. India probably just ahead considering Australia have to bat fourth here. Great effort by Ashwin and then the Indian pacers to rock the Australian batting but then Travis Head with a good hand to keep Australia in the hunt. He remains unbeaten on 61 here and still has Starc for support. Australia end day at 191/7. still trail by 59 runs

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Day 1 Report: "Australia's fifth bowler has been India's shot selection," said Mark Butcher on commentary, and the former English Test batsman wasn't wrong. Australian bowlers came with a simple and straightforward plan of bowling full and outside off which proved to be enough to cause mayhem in India's top-order on Day 1 of the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. Things could have been worse for the touring party if not for Cheteshwar Pujara's doughty century.

Opting to bat, India looked down and out at one stage with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon all amongst wickets, and that's when Pujara raised his hand to push India to 250 for 9 before the stumps were drawn on the first day. The No. 3 batsman crafted a brilliant 123, studded with seven fours and two sixes, before being run out at the stroke of stumps on Day 1.

KL Rahul (2) couldn't have asked for a better surface for his game style and with his stocks waning with every match, this was his opportunity to spend some time in the middle and get back to form. Rahul, however, looked itchy from the word and go and ended up playing an unnecessary drive off Hazlewood's full-length delivery only to manage a thick outside edge that went straight into the hands of the third slip.

India needed a good start to get the ball rolling but all they could get were three runs from Rahul and Murali Vijay who now averages 10.40 in away Tests as an opening pair. Prithvi Shaw's injury meant India had to look back to Vijay but the 34-year-old too failed to cash in. Hazlewood and Starc kept teasing Vijay and Pujara by bowling full outside off and soon reaped rewards for the consistency. Vijay went for a drive in one of those deliveries, didn't get behind the line of the ball and all he managed was a tickle to the wicket-keeper.

Vijay's departure for 11 brought Indian skipper Virat Kohli to the crease who by now has got accustomed to facing the new ball in foreign conditions. The onus was once again on the batting maestro to dig India out of trouble alongside along with Pujara who was looking in his characteristic mode. However, before the dust had settled, Kohli too fell to Cummins in a similar fashion for 3. The ball was slightly short of a good length and Kohli poked at it as the edge flew to the left of Usman Khawaja at the gully region. Khawaja timed his dive to perfection and pulled off a one-handed screamer to leave everyone in disbelief. Cummins has now dismissed Kohli twice in four balls in Test cricket.

Ajinkya Rahane commenced his innings with a defensive approach before finally breaking the shackles by smacking Lyon for a maximum over deep mid-wicket. Just when it looked like the storm was starting to calm down, Rahane too threw his wicket away. The story was no different - (drive-edge-caught-slip) - as the visiting side lost their four wickets with just 41 runs on the board.

Amidst all the chaos, Pujara looked solid at the other end and was willing to grit it out. He, however, needed some support from the other end and the situation was perfect for someone like Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant to make a statement. Rohit was selected in the XI because of his ability against short deliveries. The limited-overs southpaw announced his arrival with an eye-pleasing cover drive before slapping Cummins' pacy bouncer for a six. He then followed it up with a lofted front foot drive over deep cover for a yet another six and it looked like India were slowly getting back on track.

While Pujara was more sedate with this approach, Rohit kept playing his shots. In order to unsettle Lyon, Rohit slog-swept him for a six as the off-spinner became the first bowler to concede over 200 sixes in this format. Lyon, however, snared revenge in the very next delivery as Rohit threw away his start by playing an outrageous shot. Lyon gave the delivery an ample time to turn and Rohit ended up mistiming it straight into the hands of debutant Marcus Harris at deep square leg for 37. Pant too came out all guns blazing and took the attack to Starc, but never looked in good shape. After playing a couple of attacking shots and surviving close call, Pant too perished, caught right in front of stumps for 25.

Stumbling at 127 for 6, Pujara finally found an ally in R Ashwin who was looking to spend time in the middle rather than going for needless shots. The two focused more on strike rotation and kept the scoreboard ticking. In the process, Pujara brought up his half-century and kept pushing India towards a respectable first-innings score. The two added 62 runs for the seventh wicket before Ashwin got a peach of a delivery from Cummins that he nicked to Peter Handscomb at second slip. Ashwin chipped in with 25 runs but was able to play out 76 deliveries.

That's when Pujara took over and started playing more positively. The 30-year-old kept most of the strike but there was still no recklessness from the Saurashtra batsman. Pujara scored most of his runs behind the stumps considering the bouncy nature of the surface. Someone like Ishant Sharma was always going to find it tough against Starc but Pujara remained firm. The first signs of aggression came in the 84th over when he tonked Hazlewood's bouncers for a six and four in consecutive deliveries. He brought up his 16th Test century with a flick towards the mid-wicket region but there was no fancy celebration as such as Pujara's focus was solely on accumulating as many runs as possible.

Having completed his century, Pujara started to open up and took the attack to Australian bowlers. He got his last 30 runs in no time and it was only because of Cummins' sensational run out on the brink of Day 1 Pujara had to walk back to the dressing room without a star mark on the top-right of his score.

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1 India 5007 116
2 New Zealand 3570 108
3 South Africa 4397 105
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
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