Australia vs India Test day two overview
Adelaide Test Day Two between India and Australia watched adventures and excitement on the tricky pitch as it was mentioned in Day One’s match analysis as the Indian bowlers ran through the Australian batsmen on the second day.
15 wickets fell on the second day of this Day-Night Test as Australia, in reply to India’s 244 all-out, was bundled out at 191 thanks to a determined unbeaten 73 by Tim Paine off 99 balls and Marnus Labuschagne’s fighting 47 off 119 balls who turned out savior, rescuing Australia from the disaster.
On the other hand, it was the day Indian bowlers showed authority that forced the host to finish in the first innings by 55 runs behind. However, Australia also has bounced back in the second innings as Pat Cummins bowled opener Prithvi Shaw for only 4, finding the gap between the bat and off-stump. India having the first innings lead of 62 runs is 9 for 1 at stumps with Mayank Agrawal and night-watchman Jasprit Bumra is unbeaten at 5 and 0, respectively.
Adelaide Test Day two between India and Australia saw once again Indian pacers’ incisive bowling and R. Ashwin’s consistency on Friday. Bumrah who had a notable performance against the hosts in India's last tour to Australia in the 2018-19 series had broken the deadlock in Australia's innings on Friday morning. Otherwise, two Aussie openers Mathew Wade and Joe Burns looked settling on the crease, playing steadily for the first 14 overs although they were not being able to accelerate the scoreboard. The Australian selectors during that time might have little satisfaction to have pushed off-form Joe Burns to the top-order for his revival in the Test.
But within a space of two overs from Bumrah, the complexion of the day's game had changed. Both the opening batsmen were trapped Leg Before Wicket to the right-arm fast bowler for only 8 runs each even after having stayed on the crease for 61 and 79 minutes, respectively.
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne were trying to survive but they looked never comfortable against Ashwin. They managed to continue with a 16-run stand for the next 10 overs but always in a painful manner before Smith was caught by Rahane at slip bowled by Ashwin for only 1 run after having faced 29 deliveries. Labuschagne was trying to combat but he also sustained following two clear lives. First, he was dropped by Bumrah in the deep off the bowling of Shami who was unfortunate to become wicketless despite having impressed with only 41 runs from his 17 overs on the day. On the second occasion, Labuschagne got second life at 21 when Prithvi Shaw dropped a simple catch at square-leg off the bowling of Bumrah. It is to be noted that it was the first of the three catches that went down off Bumrah's bowling.
Despite the spills, India maintained dominance over the opposition as R. Ashwin took a soft catch to dismiss Travis Head off his bowling. Head was out for only 7 runs. Australia was truly struggling that time with 4 for 65 runs on board. Labuschagne finally got out in the 53rd over when he was locked in front by a skidder from Umesh Yadav in the final session. None of the Australian batsmen other than Paine and Labuschagne could be able to cross 15 in Australia’s first innings. Tim Paine, the captain remained unbeaten 73, staying on the crease for 143 minutes and playing 99 balls where he hit 10 fours to steer Australia to a respectable total.
Commenting about Indian bowlers, Alongside Bumrah and Yadav it was Ashwin who heads the top of the Indian bowling statistics on the second day with 4 wickets against 55 runs in 18 overs where he earned 3 maiden covers at a 3.06 economy rate. It has been Ashwin’s one of the most memorable overseas performances in recent times. Bumrah has scalped 2 wickets from 21 overs giving away 52 runs and 7 maiden overs and Umesh Yadav also finished the second-day outing with 3 wickets for 40 runs from 16.1 overs.
Adelaide Test Day two between India and Australia also watched a magnificent catch by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Cameron Green who was out for 11 unleashed a powerful drive off Ashwin. Kohli, standing at midwicket dived to his right and picked up a spectacular catch.