It is lunch on Day Two of the opening game of the four-match Test series between Australia and India. Both the teams will be mighty pleased with the way things have turned out for them in the first session.
The day started with the fall of a wicket. Pacer Josh Hazlewood took the wicket of Mohammed Shami on the very first ball of the morning and India were bowled out for 250 in the first innings.
It was a gentle loosener from Hazlewood. The ball was pitched short and was angling down the leg-side, Shami was looking to help it on its way with the pull. Got a bit of glove and Paine did the rest – dived to his left and took a stunning catch.
The Australians dealt with a major blow on the third ball of the first over as Ishant Sharma produced a beauty to send Aaron Finch back into the dressing room. The ball was pitched up and nipped back into the right-hander, Finch got a good stride forward on the drive, doesn’t cover the line, got an inside edge and the off & middle-stump are flying were flying all over the ground.
Debutant Marcus Harris and experienced Usman Khawaja stabled the innings for the Aussies. Both the batsmen were strong in their forward defenses and left the balls which were too far away from their bodies. Harris impressed everyone with his shot selection and played some really amazing shots to score some important runs for his team.
On the other hand, Khawaja was doing what he does best – rotating the strike.
After building a strong 45-run stand for the second wicket, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took the important wicket of Harris in the 22nd over.
It was a drifter from Ashwin, very full and Harris was probably late on this one. Pushed at it and got a flat inside edge onto the pads, lobbed straight to the silly point where Murali Vijay took an easy catch. Harries got dismissed after scoring 26 runs for his team, hitting three boundaries during his knock.
Meanwhile, Khawaja is looking solid out there and not letting Indian bowlers mount too much pressure on him. Experienced Shaun Marsh has now joined him at the crease.
As it turns out, the Kangaroos have put 57 runs on the scoreboard for the loss of two wickets with Usman Khawaja (21) and Shaun Marsh (1) still at the crease.