It is tea on Day Two of the opening Test match of the series between Australia and India. Virat Kohli and company will be relieved as dangerous Usman Khawaja has been sent back to the pavilion by Ravichandran Ashwin.
India started with a bang after the lunch break and picked up the wicket of left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh on the last ball of the 28th over. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a floated half-volley outside off, offered some width2 and that tempted Marsh who went for a real expansive drive.
All he could manage was an inside edge that trickled back onto the stumps.
Meanwhile, on the other hand, Khawaja was playing like Pujara did for Team India. He was taking everything from every bowler but did not play any rash shot. Something magical was needed to get him out. Then came Ashwin with one of the best balls of his spell till now.
Ashwin got the much-needed breakthrough and Khawaja was finally walking back to the pavilion. Ash slowed this down considerably and got the off break to kick up off the pitch. Khawaja wasn’t entirely forward to it and ended getting a faint bit of glove on it.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli took a DRS instantly and a tiny mark on HotSpot was enough for the third umpire. Khawaja scored 28 off 125 balls, hitting just one boundary during his knock.
After the loss of that important wicket, Peter Handscomb is showing exactly why he should be a permanent of the Test squad. Travis Head is giving him the much-needed support from the other side.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been the pick of the bowlers for India. Ashwin has taken 3 wickets till now in his 18 overs. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma has chipped in with 1 wicket.
As the end of the second session, the Australian team has put 117 runs on the board for the loss of 4 wickets with Peter Handscomb (33) and Travis Head (17) still at the crease.