India and Australia got down to business once again. This time the venue was the Arun Jaitley Stadium at New Delhi. The first test at Nagpur saw the Indian team romp home to a win by an innings and 132 runs to take 1-0 lead in the series. The Australians were looking for a quick turn around as the pitch at Delhi was expected to be another strip for the Indian team’s liking.
The story so far –
Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. Pat Cummins made two changes to his side. Matthew Kuhnemann was given a debut in place of Scott Boland, while Travis Head replaced Matt Renshaw. The Indian side got Shreyas Iyer back into the team in place of Surya Kumar Yadav as KL Rahul kept his place in the team.
Ashwin vs Labuschagne Part II –
Ravi Ashwin and Marnus Labuschagne are two entertaining character and fierce competitors. In the 1st test the duo had managed to involve themselves in mute theatrics.
During the early part of the 2nd day, Ashwin while bowling to Khawaja did not deliver the ball. Ashwin turned back without saying a word giving a quiet warning to Labuschagne not to back up too far. Labuschagne for his part got the warning and stood far behind the crease.
Australia make a good start –
David Warner and Usman Khawaja made a good start to the 2nd test by adding 50 for the 1st wicket. While Warner looked patchy, Khawaja looked confident and went for runs. The left handed opening batter put pressure on the Indian bowlers right from the start.
Warner goes after being unsettled by pace –
David Warner was twice hit by Mohammad Siraj. Once on his arm and then on his helmet. The Indian bowlers employed short ball tactics to rush the Australian batters. David Warner was caught behind by Bharat off Shami for 15 as India got their 1st wicket.
Twitter reacts –
The gamesmanship between Ashwin and Labuschagne had the fans speaking and you can read all the tweets below.
Always interesting to see subtle changes in Ashwin's action. It's evolved and changed so much over the years but today, its the vintage Ashwin. Couldn't tell the one from today and 10 years ago apart if I wanted to, nostalgic to see in a sense. #INDvsAUS #INDvAUS— Anurag Hegde (@imAnuragHegde) February 17, 2023