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India vs Australia 1st Test Day 2 in Adelaide Highlights: AUS trail by 59 runs at stumps

India vs Australia 1st Test in Adelaide Highlights: Catch all the highlights of the second day of the first Test of the four-match series between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval through our blog.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 07, 2018 13:42 IST

Highlights: Australia were 191 for 7 at close of play in their first innings on the second day of the opening Test against India on Friday. Travis Head and Mitchell Starc were batting on 61 and 8 respectively on the draw of stumps. Australia still trail by 59 runs with 3 first innings wickets in hand. Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the India bowlers as he ended with figures of 3/50. Earlier, India were dismissed for 250 in their first innings after Mohammad Shami was dismissed on the first ball of the day. Cheteshwar Pujara (123) was the top-scorer as he slammed a majestic century on the opening day of the encounter in Adelaide. ((Full Scorecard)). 

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12:50 hrs IST

Stumps on Day 2

It’s stumps in Adelaide and Australia are 191 for the loss of seven wickets. India kept getting wickets in regular intervals but Travis Head was able to steady the innings with a much-needed half century. The hosts are 59 runs behind with three wickets in hand.

12:37 hrs IST

Australia look to finish strong

Travis Head is still going strong and although the new ball is getting a decent amount of bounce, the Indian pacers are struggling to get the breakthrough and it seems that Australia will finish the day with three wickets in hand.

12:28 hrs IST

Important Partnership

50 partnership for 7th wicket between Head and Cummins

3rd instance of Head being involved in a 50+ stand and 1st time with Cummins.

5th time Cummins has been involved in a 50+ stand in Tests.

1st 50+ partnership for 7th wicket by Australia after 5 innings.

1st 50+ partnership for 7th wicket by Australia at home after 8 innings.

12:21 hrs IST

Cummins departs

The new ball has done the trick for India as Jasprit Bumrah traps Pat Cummins LBW for 10, AUS 177/7. The ball came back sharply and crashed into Cummins’ pads who could not save himself even with the help of DRS.

12:19 hrs IST

Cricket Australia’s request

With the turnout in the opening Test not quite up to their expectation, Cricket Australia have urged India to reconsider their opposition to day-night Tests and play under lights in Adelaide in their next tour Down Under.

Officials in Australia said they were worried after a modest 23,802 turned out for the opening day of the Test series in Adelaide on Thursday, the lowest day-one attendance since the venue was redeveloped in 2013.

12:13 hrs IST

India desperate for wickets

55 off 120 balls - Travis Head is slowly taking the game away from India. The lead is down to 74 runs and the partnership is worth 49 off 96 balls. This is exactly what Australia needed after the constant loss of wickets and India are in a bit of a fix right now. AUS 176/6

12:07 hrs IST

Ishant’s personal milestone

Ishant Sharma is the third Indian pacer after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to pick up 50 wickets against the Aussies. His spell against Ricky Ponting in the 2008-09 tour remains a highlight of his career. Ishant though completed 50 wickets in his 23rd Test and his average against the Aussies, currently, is just a shade under 45.

12:00 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Travis Head

50 for Travis Head

· 2nd Test fifty for Head and 1st against India.

· 3rd Australian batsman at #6 to score fifty vs India at Adelaide after Simon Katich in 2003 and Ricky Ponting in 1999.

· Joe Burns was the last #6 Australian to score 50+ vs India at home at Sydney in 2015.

11:55 hrs IST

Fifty for Head

A solid innings by Travis Head as he brings up his half century, Australia 167/6. India are going for a gamble with Murali Vijay acting as the second spinner and the batsmen are taking full advantage.

11:47 hrs IST

Travis Head steady

100 runs between the two teams and Australia have four wickets to go. Travis Head is the one to watch out for in this situation as a lot will depend on his performance and he has taken himself to 44 with another boundary. India need a wicket fast! AUS 156/6

11:37 hrs IST

Milestone for Ishant

Ishant Sharma sends Paine packing for 5 runs

· His lowest against India in Tests

· 5th single digit score for him in last 6 innings

· Ishant Sharma completes 50 wickets against Australia in Tests

· He becomes the third Indian pacer to do so

11:30 hrs IST

Head leads fight back

Travis Head is constantly targeting the cover region with as many as three boundaries coming through that area. However, skipper Virat Kohli has opted to keep that area open and with 35 runs, Head will be looking to play a big innings. AUS 145/6

11:22 hrs IST

Head on the attack as tail is exposed

Travis Head has decided that the time has come to go for his shots. With Australia 6 down, the tail has now been exposed, although Pat Cummins is a good enough bat at number 8. The left hander has hit Ishant Sharma for two crisp boundaries through the covers to reduce Australia’s deficit somewhat.

11:15 hrs IST

Ishant gets Paine

Six wickets down! Ishant Sharma dismisses Tim Paine for 5 as Australia are 127/6. Late movement for the fast bowler and this is getting better for the visitors! With Australia still trailing by 123 runs, India will certainly be looking to take a lead in excess of 50 runs.

11:13 hrs IST

Bounce off the pitch

The pitch has gotten slower with the passage of play but the odd ball is still getting a bit of bounce. As a result, it can be difficult for the batsmen to correctly guess the trajectory of the deliveries. With India going for an all-out pace attack, that can play a crucial role in their approach. AUS 127/5

11:05 hrs IST

Head, Paine eye fight back

Tim Paine and Travis Head are the last established batsmen in this Australia side with the tail-enders to follow. It has been a decent showing by both the batsmen till now but the onus will be on this duo to guide Australia to a respectable total. AUS 125/5

10:58 hrs IST

Recap: India innings

India finished the opening day at 250-9, on the back of a battling 123 from Cheteshwar Pujara, and they did not add to the total on Friday.

When they resumed, tailender Mohammed Shami was out for six on the first delivery of the day, caught behind by Tim Paine off Josh Hazlewood, leaving Jasprit Bumrah unbeaten on 0.

Hazlewood finished with 3-52. Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon all took two wickets each.

10:53 hrs IST

Stat Attack: Handscomb departs

Peter Handscomb dismissed for 34 by Bumrah

7th consecutive innings without fifty for Handscomb.

6th consecutive dismissal by a right-arm pacer.

2nd caught behind dismissal for Handscomb and both came against India.

3rd consecutive innings without fifty for Handscomb vs India.

10:48 hrs IST

Bumrah strikes

Jasprit Bumrah strikes as Peter Handscomb is caught behind for 34, AUS 120/5. A lazy shot by the set batsman and this is exactly what India needed at this point. With half of the batting line-up back in the pavilion, can India wrap it up on Day 2?

10:44 hrs IST

IND eye wickets

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah have started proceedings for India after tea and they will be looking to strike early. With Handscomb and Head looking quite comfortable, this one hour will be crucial for the visitors who will be trying their level best to not concede a first innings lead. AUS 120/4

10:28 hrs IST

Shaun Marsh’s record

Shaun Marsh ended up dragging it onto the stumps as he was dismissed for just two. This was his sixth successive single digit score and he became the first Australian since 1888 to do so. Read full story here.

10:19 hrs IST

Second session ends, Tea taken!

India will be very happy with the way the second session went as they managed to pick wickets at regular intervals to leave Australia in a difficult position at 117/4. R Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he ended with figures of 3/38. Australia trail India by 133 runs.

10:13 hrs IST

India lose their review

India lose their review after skipper Virat Kohli opted to use it following a Shami’s delivery to Head. The ball seemed to touch something down the leg side on it’s way into the hands of the keeper. Replays showed that the ball had touched the batsman’s thigh and so India lost their review.

10:07 hrs IST

Wicket-less but economical Shami

Mohammed Shami is hitting the deck hard but he hasn’t been rewarded for it yet. In eight overs that he has bowled so far, he has gives away 22 runs, including four maidens. But he is yet to open his account as far as wicket column is concerned.

10:00 hrs IST

Another wicket would expose the tail

If a wicket falls here, skipper Tim Paine will have to come out at the crease and the tail will be exposed afterwards. So India will look to break this budding partnership between Handscomb and Head as they are looking increasingly settled with every passing over.

09:53 hrs IST

Tidy over from Ishant

Ishant Sharma concedes just 2 runs from his over and he has been very economical right through the innings thus far. Handscomb and Head have put together 19 runs off 69 deliveries and India would want to break this partnership soon.

09:46 hrs IST

Another good over from Ashwin

Ashwin has now bowled 19 overs and his figures read 3/35 including four maidens. He has been bowling continuously since lunch and he is the sole reason why India are in a good position currently.

09:38 hrs IST

Aus cross 100-run mark

Australia have finally managed to get past the three-figure mark and they have done it in the 49th overs of the innings. Ashwin has been bowling relentlessly from one end and he has been the reason why Australia is in such position.

09:29 hrs IST

Wicket still evades Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah has bowled his heart out since this morning but he has failed to pick up a wicket so far. He has now bowled 12 overs and given away 27 runs including 6 maidens. While he has been successful in keeping things tight, he hasn’t managed to open his account yet.

09:22 hrs IST

First boundary for Travis Head

Travis Head picks his first boundary of the innings after cutting an Ashwin delivery past the point fielder for a four. Ashwin has now bowled 17 consecutive overs and he seem to be a bit tired. But he is taking wickets and creating pressure as well so Kohli will be reluctant to take him off the attack.

09:13 hrs IST

Stat attack

Usman Khawaja dismissed for 28 (125) by Ashwin, strike-rate of 22.40 — 2nd lowest for Khawaja with at least 50 balls faced after 7 (78) vs NZ at Hobart in 2011. Consecutive caught behind dismissal for Khawaja. Consecutive innings of 3 or more wickets for Ashwin in Australia. 1st instance of Australia losing first 4 wickets for below 100 score vs India at Adelaide since 1999.

09:04 hrs IST

Ashwin removes Khawaja

Usman Khawaja’s hard-fought innings comes to an end as he becomes R Ashwin’s third scalp of the day. The ball takes an edge off the glove of the southpaw and keeper Pant takes a good catch. Umpire had called it as not out at first but India opted to use the DRS and replays showed that the ball did brush the glouve. India have picked up their fourth of the day.

08:55 hrs IST

Handscomb taking the attack to Shami

Handscomb has now hit four boundaries off the bowling of Shami. After hitting a boundary through the point region in Shami’s last over, Handscomb hits three boundaries in the pacer’s sixth over of the innings. Australia are now scoring runs at a good pace following Handscomb’s introduction at the crease.

08:47 hrs IST

AUS trying to rebuild innings

Khawaja and Handscomb are putting on a good partnership following the dismissal of Marsh. The duo have so far put together 14 runs of 49 deliveries and are playing risk-free cricket.

08:40 hrs IST

Shami back on the field

Good news for India as Mohammed Shami is back on the field and he has been introduced into the attack by skipper Virat Kohli. Shami had to go off the field after feeling some kind of shoulder discomfort in the first session of the day.

08:33 hrs IST

Stat attack

Consecutive times Shaun Marsh dismissed bowled in Tests. 1st single digit-score at Adelaide for Shaun Marsh since 2015. 6th consecutive single-digit score in Tests for Shaun Marsh. 5th time Shaun Marsh has been dismissed by Ashwin — joint-2nd most along with Philander. 3rd consecutive single-digit score vs India.

08:27 hrs IST

Ashwin on fire

Spinner R Ashwin is asking all the right questions of the Aussie batsmen and he almost picked his third wicket of the day. Ashwin produced an edge off the bat of Khawaja but the ball went a bit wide of Ajinkya Rahane, who was placed at first slip.

08:22 hrs IST

Hosts need a partnership

Peter Handscomb has joined Usman Khawaja in the middle now. Australia have been losing wickets at regular intervals and they need a partnership going. At the moment, Indian bowlers are on top over the hosts.

08:15 hrs IST

Perfect start for India in second session

R Ashwin has gotten rid of Shaun Marsh in the first over of the second session as the southpaw drags the ball onto his stumps. India get their third wicket of the day as Australia are in a spot of bother.

07:55 hrs IST

India need wickets early in second session

Ricky Ponting predicted that Usman Khawaja will pip Virat Kohli as the leading run-getter after the completion of the four-match series. Khawaja has been in sublime form recently and India will need to dismiss him soon in the second session to keep the Aussie score under check. Shaun Marsh is the other batsman who could trouble India.

07:38 hrs IST

First session ends

Australia have reached 57/2 after the completion of the first session of the day’s play. Khawaja is batting on 21 while Marsh is at 1. As for India, Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin scalped one wicket each. Australia trail India by 193 runs at lunch.

07:33 hrs IST

Australia cross 50

It has takes Australia 26.2 overs to cross the 50-run mark. Khawaja and Marsh will look to consolidate Australia’s position in the match by putting on a good partnership here. As for India, they need to dismiss of these two batsmen as soon as possible.

07:28 hrs IST

Maiden over from Bumrah

With lunch not too far away now, Australian batsmen seem to be content with just defending the deliveries from Ashwin and Bumrah. The pacer now bowls a maiden over to Khawaja who has now scored 18 off 83.

07:22 hrs IST

Dangerous Marsh at the crease now

Shaun Marsh has joined Usman Khawaja in the middle now and these two have the capability to bat for long. India need to get rid of this partnership as soon as possible to have any chance of bundling the hosts out for a par score.

07:14 hrs IST

Breakthrough for Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin has finally managed to break this partnership as he gets rid of Marcus Harris for 26. Soft dismissal for Australia as the ball takes an inside edge, hits the batsman’s pads and Murali Vijay takes an easy catch at forward short leg.

07:07 hrs IST

Harris on the charge against Ashwin

Southpaw Harris is taking the attack to Ashwin as he hits him for second boundary in as many overs. After hitting him straight down the ground in the previous over, Harris now drives the ball through the covers for his third four of the innings.

06:58 hrs IST

Classy shot from Harris

Debutant Harris comes dancing down the track and he hits R Ashwin for a boundary straight down the ground. Second four of the innings for Harris as Australia have moved into the 40s now. Jasprit Bumrah returns into the attack now as India’s search for second wicket continues.

06:51 hrs IST

Maiden over from Shami

Harris and Khawaja are negating the effect of Indian bowlers well at the moment. They know they don’t need to take any unnecessary risks and are playing according to the merit of the delviery.

06:44 hrs IST

Good first over from Ashwin

Ashwin concedes just two runs from his first over but India need wickets at this point in time. Khawaja and Harris have put together 33 runs already and they are motoring along nicely at the moment. A wicket here for India could change the proceedings drastically.

06:38 hrs IST

Drinks break

Two wickets have fallen in the first hour of today’s play. Mohammed Shami was became the last Indian batsman to fall while Aaron Finch was the first Australian players to be dismissed. R Ashwin is now being introduced into the attack as India look to break this partnership between Khawaja and Harris.

06:31 hrs IST

Bowling change

Mohammed Shami is being introduced into the attack and he replaces Ishant Sharma. Khawaja and Harris are slowly and steadily getting into their stride now as they are putting on a good partnership for the second wicket.

06:25 hrs IST

Good pressure from Ishant

Ishant Sharma is constantly troubling the batsmen by changing his length. Debutant Marcus Harris is particular is not able to read Ishant’s bowling and he has been beaten outside the off stump on a few occasion already.

06:19 hrs IST

Edge but boundary

Marcus Harris seems to be playing with fire at the moment as he almost hit the ball into the hands of the gully fielder. Bumrah bowled short and Harris hit it last moment and it went for a boundary towards third man. The debutant is looking increasingly settled with every passing over.

06:12 hrs IST

Another good over from Ishant

Ishant Sharma has now bowled four overs this morning and he has conceded just 3 runs. More importantly, he has bowled three maidens and he is constantly asking the right questions off the batsmen.

06:05 hrs IST

Aussie southpaws looking steady

Since the wicket of Finch, southpaws Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja have looked solid in the middle. The duo have negotiated Ishant and Bumrah well and have put on 11 runs off 27 deliveries.

05: 57 hrs IST

Stat attack

Aaron Finch dismissed for 0 by Ishant Sharma and this was his first duck in the longest format of the game. Also, this was Finch’s first bowled dismissal in Tests.

05:52 hrs IST

Good first over from Bumrah

Unsurprisingly, Jasprit Bumrah shows in his first over that he means business. He hit the deck hard in the second over of the innings and gave away just two runs off it. Indian pacers have made a good start in the innings.

05:45 hrs IST

Perfect start for India

Just the start that the visitors were looking for in the day as Ishant Sharma makes a mess of Aaron Finch’s stumps. Australia lose their first wicket in the first over of the innings as Usman Khawaja makes his way into the middle.

05:40 hrs IST

Time for India pacers to shine

India have posted a very ordinary score of 250 runs on the board and by no means it is a competitive score on this wicket. Indian bowlers will now have to scalp early wickets in order to give the team a fighting chance in the match.

05:33 hrs IST

Shami falls first ball

Josh Hazlewood picks a wicket on the first ball of the day as Mohammad Shami departs. India have been all-out for 250. Time for Indian bowlers to come to the fore now.

05:30 hrs IST

Second day begins

The players and officials are making their way into the middle now and we are about to get underway in the first session of the second day. Bumrah and Shami will look to add crucial runs to India’s total.

05:15 hrs IST

Players warming up

Both sets of players are out in the middle and they are warming up now ahead of the second day’s play.

05:00 hrs IST

Pujara or Steve? Warne knows!

Shane Warne tweeted: “Terrific innings from Pujara or “Steve” as the Yorkshire men called him as they couldn’t pronounce his first name Cheteshwar ! Congrats on a great 100”. Pujara has had two stints as an overseas player for county side Yorkshire, in 2015 and again during the recent English summer. He has also appeared for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

04:45 hrs IST

Master Blaster feels the game is still wide open

Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: “The game is wide open at this stage. The way the new ball is used in Australia in the first 15-20 overs is extremely crucial and could very well have an impact on which way this Test could go.” The Indian bowlers have been brilliant in the recent past and have gained rave reviews for their performances in South Africa and England and will hold the key if India are to make a comeback in this Test match.

04:30 hrs IST

Pitch report

The pitch seemed to have not changed much from the opening day and it remains a good wicket to bat on. Bumrah and Shami will look to add crucial runs to the total and get them as close as possible to the 300-run mark.

04:15 hrs IST

Pujara’s unwanted record

Pujara has now been dismissed run out 4 times in 2018, which is the most for any batsman this year. This is also the most number of times an Indian batsman has been run out in a year and the joint-most overall along with former Australian captain Bill Lawry, who had set this unwanted record in the year 1964.

04:00 hrs IST

Starc on Australia’s Day 1 exploits

“I thought we bowled really well for four hours, probably pretty well for another hour and probably got it a bit wrong at the end there. Cheteshwar Pujara batted a lot of time. He’s someone who likes to absorb pressure and bat a long time, and credit to him he scored a fantastic hundred. I think if you asked us at the start of the day if we’d take losing the toss and India being 9 for 250 at stumps I think we’d bite your arm off.”

03:45 hrs IST

Adelaide Oval ready for the second day

03:30 hrs IST

Milestone for Lyon

The 31-year old was back among wickets during Day 1 of the first Test in Adelaide as he dismissed Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant to take his tally against India to 66 wickets. That is currently the highest number of wickets he has taken against any opposition in Tests as he surpassed his tally of 65 wickets against England. Lyon has dismissed 15 batsmen five or more times in Tests and five of them are from India. Three of them are India’s biggest hope and they are Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli.

03:00 hrs IST

Pujara saved the day for India

The 30-year-old compiled a patient 123 in hot and difficult conditions at Adelaide Oval to help India stay in the opening Test against Australia with 250-9 at stumps. “It was one of my top innings in Test cricket, I could say top five. I can’t rate whether it was one of the best but the teammates who were appreciating said that this is one of the best,” he said.“I was a bit disappointed but I had to take that single because only the last two balls were left and I thought I should be on strike, so I took the chance but he fielded brilliantly.”

02:30 hrs IST

Hello and welcome

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the second day of the first Test between India and Australia at the Adelaide Oval. Aussie pacers put the hosts firmly on top on Day 1 and they will look to bundle out India as soon as possible. As for the visitors, their bowlers need to come to the fore in order for them to stage a comeback in this match.

02:00 hrs IST

How much will India end with

India finished day 1 on 250, Mohammad Shami will be joined by Jasprit Bumrah. Australia will look to end the innings as soon as possible and then the focus will shift on the batting. Indian bowlers, who have been brilliant in the recent past in South Africa and England, will hold the key as they should look to use the new ball to the best of their abilities.