Australia walked in to the 2nd day of the 1st test with lots of confidence behind them. The visitors had bowled out India on the 1st day for a paltry 109 runs on the board. At the end of the day Steve Smith and men were the happier lot after having taken a lead of 47. Australia ended day 1 at 156/4 with Peter Handscomb and Cameron Green.
The story so far –
India knew they had work cut out for them when the play began on the 2nd day. Jadeja and Siraj began the day as the Australians saw off the 1st hour without losing wickets. The ball wasn’t doing much off the surface or in the air as the Indian bowlers looked for a slice of luck.
Umesh Yadav makes the stumps walk –
Australian team had started to lose wickets in a bulk. Umesh Yadav came round the wicket sensing Starc is looking for quick runs. Yadav, got one ball to come in a bit and took off the off pole which went to the wicket keeper. Starc, was out for 1 as India were overjoyed with the sudden turn of events on day 2.
Ashwin starts the slide –
Ravichandran Ashwin was bought in by Rohit Sharma just after an hour of play. The wily off spinner bowled from round the wicket, had Handscomb caught by Bat Pad for 19 off 98 balls. Shreyas Iyer, was overjoyed as the Indians had finally managed to dislodge the overnight pair.
Yadav and Ashwin polish off the Australian innings –
Cameron Green was out LBW to Yadav after scoring 21 off 57 balls to make it 188/6, after the fall of Starc at 192, it was soon 196/8. Ashwin had got Alex Carey out LBW for 3, it was then the turn of Todd Murphy to lose his off stump to Yadav for a duck. Nathan Lyon was the last wicket as he went for a sweep and missed the ball by Ashwin to be out for 5.
Australia were all out for 197 after having lost their last 6 wickets for mere 11 runs. The Australians may have been touch unhappy considering a lead of above 150 was being discussed in some quarters. At Lunch, India were 13/0 from 4 overs with Rohit Sharma on 5 and Gill on 4. Indian fans will hope the two can take a leaf out of the visitors book and occupy the crease with over 3 days left in the game.
Umesh Yadav is so eager to bat again, you can see. 🔥— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) March 2, 2023
Umesh Yadav in Home Conditions: pic.twitter.com/w31PJ2uoID— Pulkit🇮🇳 (@pulkit5Dx) March 2, 2023
On wickets (low bounce), where a pace bowler has to zoom the ball on the stumps and find some old ball swing, Umesh Yadav takes his game to another level.— Bharath Ramaraj (@Fancricket12) March 2, 2023