Australia’s batting became very much desired after being dismissed for 191, for India to play their first innings of 53 runs on Day 2 of the first Test in Adelaide. Jasprit Bumrah gave India the first breakthrough, and then sent another wicket back to Australia openers Matthew Wade and Joe Burns, with the score 29/2, but from there he went into the hands of off-spinner R Ashwin.
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Ashwin scored 4/55 and on this day an Indian bowler gave the best figures. Ashwin handled the wickets of dangerous Steve Smith, Travis Head, debutant Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon later in the innings. This is Ashwin’s best Test return for an innings in Australia and was well received by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting.
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He said, the batsmen look very aggressive against Ashwin. I think he underestimated Ashwin and how good he is. “He tried to get his runs out of them, and that’s his undo position,” Ponting said.
Ashwin was in the middle of a great bowling spell. He kept calm for the majority of his innings before knocking Smith out in the first innings. He then softened the head, which was caught out by Ashwin and bowled. Tried to take the wicket of Green, who tried to pull Ashwin but Virat Kohli gave a great performance on the mid-wicket.
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Australia were reduced to 7 for 117 before captain Tim Paine’s rear-guard effort, which could have been a big first-innings lead. Pine remained unbeaten on 73 and shared some crucial runs with Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood scoring 33 runs between them. Apart from Ashwin, Umesh (3/40) and Bumrah (2/52) together took five wickets.
In his second innings, India were 9/1 at the stumps with Cummins, Bumrah dismissing Prithvi Shaw before he came on as a nightwatchman and, along with Mayank Agarwal, ensured that his team finished the day before the end. Did not strike another blow.
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