WATCH : India vs Australia Highlights – Bumrah, Ashwin keep Australia at bay on day two

The offspinner was crucial in restricting Australia to a nominal score.

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Impressive bowling performances from Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin helped India to keep Australia at bay as the hosts finished the day with 191 runs for the loss of seven wickets and are still 59 runs behind the Indian first innings score.

The second day started with India continuing to bat from their overnight score of 250 runs at the expense of 9 wickets. It took Josh Hazlewood only delivery to dismiss Mohammed Shami and clean up the Indian innings.

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Openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris were deputised by the hosts to start their innings. However their innings came to the worst possible start when Ishant Sharma cleaned up Finch in the third delivery of the innings. Usman Khawaja and Harris started to construct a slow partnership as they looked to soak in all the pressure from the Indian bowlers.

The duo added 45 runs before Ashwin picked up the debutant Harris for 26 runs. Ashwin was again in the action after a while. This time he bowled Shaun Marsh with a beautiful delivery as the hosts were reduced to 59-3. Khawaja and Peter Handscomb spent a little time in the middle before Khawaja’s resistance ran out of steam. It was Ashwin, again, who spun the magic. He found the edge of Khawaja’s bat as the catch was easily taken by Rishabh Pant. Followin the departure of the southpaw, Handscomb and Travis Head were determined to bail out Australia from the difficult situation.

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But their 33 run stand was broken by Jasprit Bumrah as he dismissed Peter Handscomb to put the hosts in a spot of bother at 120-5. The situation worsened for Australia when Ishant Sharma sent captain Tim Paine back to the hut 5 overs later. India sensed an opportunity to take a healthy lead. But they were frustrated by Head and Pat Cummins. The lateer batted sensibly as he looked to give as much strike as possible to his partner.

Travis Head at other end, was completely focussed. He reached to his 2nd half century. Pat Cummins was adjudged LBW when he attempted to leave a ball. But the ball swung and hit his pads and bestowed Bumrah with his second wicket of the innings. Head and Mitchell Starc have shown determination at the crease as the day ended with the hosts scoring 191 runs for the loss of 7 seven wickets.

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Travis Head has been fantastic during his time at the crease. Virat Kohli would be expecting that his bowlers clean up the Australian innings without conceding much runs, thus taking a healthy lead.

Score Update:

India 1st Innings: 250-10(88 o.)
Cheteshwar Pujara: 123
Rohit Sharma: 37
Josh Hazlewood: 20-3-52-3.

Australia 1st Innings: 191-7(88 o.)
Travis Head: 61*
Peter Handscomb: 34
Ravichandran Ashwin: 33-9-50-3.

India vs Australia day two highlights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn84xP7iG9c

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