Match Highlights: India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 2

Ricky Ponting Unhappy With Poor Umpiring During Adelaide Test

The incident took place in the 58th over of Australia's innings on the second day. Ravichandran Ashwin hit pink form with the kookaburra, picking three crucial top-order wickets to give India's bowling an edge, as the seamers kept chipping at wickets from the other end, none more conspicuous as Tim Paine's dismissal to Ishant Sharma.

"But they also bowled well in the first two sessions". The batting great also stressed the importance of a patient approach in Test cricket, especially when the ball is swinging around for at least the first couple of hours. "I see it as neck and neck as far as the game goes right now", said Ashwin, who conceded only 50 runs in a heavy 33-over load. "We really bottled them up, soaked up the pressure and got the wickets. I think it is extremely well poised and every run is going to be gold dust from here on", he signed off.

India bowled with accuracy and stifled the scoring on the two-paced pitch.

If Aaron Finch was guilty of inattention to the seaming new ball in the hands of Ishant Sharma, resulting in some of the more spectacular images of splayed stumps yet captured, it was understandable given his status as anything but a specialist opening batsman.

I emphasise slowly. The 2.17 run rate that they crawled along at yesterday has drawn plenty of attention; no Australian team has batted at a slower clip in the first innings of a Test in this country since 1990. Marcus Harris, making his test debut, fell just before lunch when he prodded a full Ashwin delivery to Murali Vijay at silly point. Harris, Marsh and Khawaja were all deceived for length by Ashwin's flight and drift, getting trapped into a guessing game as to how much the ball would spin and bounce.

Ashwin then doubled the joy for the Indian camp with the wicket of the in-form Usman Khawaja (28), who got a faint bit of glove to be caught behind by stumper Rishabh Pant, only for the third umpire to certify it using the DRS.

Paine said his message to the team was to keep their cool but also play to their strengths.

Ashwin had earlier dismissed Shaun Marsh, who is under enormous pressure having scored just 90 runs in his last 11 test innings. Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah resume the action for India on day two. He received treatment on his left shoulder just before lunch and briefly left the field.

The hosts' star-studded pace attack exceeded expectations by restricting India to 250, completing the innings when Josh Hazlewood struck with Friday's first ball.

India later fought back, mainly through a tenacious half-century by Cheteshwar Pujara, to reach 7-191 after 74 overs.

The duo batted out 20.4 overs and put on 45 runs for the second wicket, already higher than any partnership for the top-four Indian wickets.



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