In the second Test match of India tour of Australia, the Aussies won the toss and chose to bat. After 72.3 overs, Third Session, First Innings Australia 195/10, Marnus Labuschagne (48), Jasprit Bumrah 4/56. Second Innings, India 36/1, Shubhman Gill (28), Cheteshwar Pujara (7), Mitchell Starc 1/14. India trail Australia by 159 runs.
Tim Paine and Cameron Green were at the crease with the bat while Mohammed Siraj and Ashwin started the proceedings with the ball for the Indian team in the third session. The two batsmen looked comfortable against the off-spinner but were troubled by the pacer’s line and length. Siraj finally got the breakthrough when he struck Green on his pad in front of the stumps in the 62nd over. The Aussie captain was also sent back to the pavilion in the following over when Paine edged the balls towards the backward short leg, Hanuma Vihari in the fielding position stayed low to take a spectacular catch. Mitchell Starc fell prey to Bumrah’s bouncer when he was caught at the fine leg boundary by Siraj. After smashing a six and four in consecutive deliveries to Bumrah, Nathan Lyon was hit on his pad in front of the stumps which was an easy decision for the umpire. Pat Cummins went for the big slog sweep against the spin on Ravindra Jadeja’s bowling and was caught at the long-on boundary. The Aussies were all out for 195 in 72.3 overs.
Mayank Agarwal walked in to bat with his new opening partner Shubhman Gill, who made his Test debut today. After dodging the first five balls, Starc finally hit Agarwal’s front pad with a sharp inswinger, the umpire’s finger went straight up in the air as soon as the Aussie players started appealing. Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara survived the new ball against Starc and Cummins.