After day one, it seemed that India were behind the game after losing six wickets but after day two, it seemed that India are way ahead of the game after knocking Australia for 191 in their first innings. Only Tim Paine was the dominant force for the visitors as he forged an unbeaten 73.
The day started as Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin resumed the innings at 233. But the remaining batsmen only managed to score 11 runs and the innings ended at 244. After the 1st innings, it seemed that Australians had done things pretty nicely but only for a short bit of time.
Slow start to the innings by Australia
In the battle of two top teams, patience and resilience get tested. Australia had dominated the opening burst of overs from Indian seamers. Blocking. Blocking. Plenty of balls left alone as Mathew Wade and Joe Burns fought hard. After 14 overs, the score was 16 with only one boundary. At the 14.1 over mark, the first wicket fell. Wade had trapped LBW by Jasprit Bumrah, the bowler who was the leading wicket-taker in the last Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Indian bowlers dominated the day
As soon as Wade was dismissed, the gate was opened and Indian bowlers were into it quickly. Australia managed to get to the score of 111 but at the cost of seven wickets. Indian bowlers have ripped through the hosts. After the dismissal of Wade, Burns was out a couple of overs later. R Ashwin had bowled a delightful piece of bowling to trap Steve Smith, the number one ranked Test batsman.
At this time, Marnus Labuschagne had stuck to the other end firmly and was the unfortunate guy because he had to see his partners coming and going out.
Cameron Green, who made his debut in the match, had to come at a pretty awkward situation, at 65-4. But he couldn’t turn his debut into a dream debut as he soon departed after registering 11 in his first innings at the Test level.
Pat Cummins was the seventh wicket fell at the score of 111 and it seemed that the hosts will be folded under 150. But Tim Paine, the captain stood firm and culminated 80 runs with his last three
batsmen bowlers. He remained not out at 73 and Australia skittled for 191.
The tight bowling from the Indian seamers paved the way for Ashwin who claimed four wickets including the crucial wicket of Steve Smith.
India got the massive and crucial lead of 53 runs.
India started their 2nd innings with 53 runs in front
Starting the innings with a lead is always encouraging as India snared another chance of starting the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a win, just like the previous time.
Prithvi Shaw, who was criticized heavily for his dismissal in the first innings, once again came out to bat with all the things (dismissal) in mind with his opening partner Mayank Agarwal.
Over no 2, ball no 6, DROPPED. A diving Tim Paine could gather the ball as Agarwal survives. Never mind the ball was going straight to the first slip. India getting a lifeline.
Now Shaw, and Shaw is bowled in the fourth over of the innings. Must be thinking another burst of criticism as Shaw started long walk back to the dressing room. A similar dismissal as the ball went past between bat and pad. Another round of contest will start in the Indian dressing room and that is, Prithvi Shaw vs Shubman Gill in the next match. That remains to be seen.
With a couple of overs or so left in the day, Jasprit Bumrah came out to play the role of nightwatchman in the absence of Ishant Sharma. Facing 11 balls of the remaining 17 balls, Bumrah survived as India ended the day at the score of 9-1 with a lead of 62 runs.