The second day of the game resumed when Australia was 255/4, Cameron Green and Usman Khwaja were on the crease. They were looking to build a partnership, which they did successfully.
The wicket was looking very flat, which wasn’t giving any benefit to fast bowlers and spinners as well. Both of them successfully managed to play the first session without any losses. Australia scored 92 runs in the first session without losing any wickets.
After that barren morning session, Ashwin strikes back and removes Green where Srikar Bharat has taken a smart catch. Within the space of four balls, Ashwin strikes again and this time Alex Carey gets out.
Later on, Starc was also chased by Ashwin at just six runs. Then Axar Patel got his first wicket with Usman Khwaja. Australia was eight wickets down and it was the opportunity to finish the Australian side as quickly as possible.
However, both the off-spinners at the crease got some different plans. Todd Murphy scored 41 runs and Nathan Lyon scored 34 runs. They added a 70-run partnership, which was quite frustrating for the Indian side. But then Ashwin came and took two wickets quickly.
Ashwin managed to take five wickets on the second day and Ravichandran Ashwin became the most successful bowler by picking 6 wickets for 91 runs. Mohammad Shami took two wickets, and Jadeja and Axar got 1-1 wickets to bundle the Australian side.
Centuries from Khwaja and Green brought Australia into a commanding position. The score keeps them ahead of the hosts and will now look to take quick wickets from the Indian side.
Well, if we talk about Pitch conditions then it was very flat and didn’t support bowlers. Batsmen have the opportunity to score some crucial runs and fix their spot in the playing eleven. Unlike Ashwin and Jadeja, it is expected that Australian spinners will not get any support from the pitch.
If India needs to come back in this match, their top order needs to perform, and should have to think about taking an important lead. After the batting of the Australian side, India has also shown a positive approach.
India had to survive ten overs after Australia’s batting and Indian openers managed to score some crucial runs in that period. Rohit and Shubman Gill played some quick strokes and the Indian scored 36 runs without losing any wickets.
The bowling performance of Ashwin was appreciable because there was no help from the wicket. Some speed variations helped him to take wickets. That’s the only thing that bowlers can do on such types of wickets.
Now it is the time when Indians have to show a positive batting approach. The Indian side has a long batting line-up and it is expected that India will also reach the Australian score without more troubles. Let’s see with what approach the Australian side is coming and building pressure on the Indian strong batting side.