India‘s Wobbly and Rustic Day end at stumps with 6/233

Adelaide: India didn’t have best of the starts, after having won the toss and choosing to bat first. Australia’s tight bowling lengths didn’t give any room of vulnerability to India that held them to 6/233, after having lost a string of wickets in the middle.

India had a wobbly start at the start of the first over where the rookie turned specialist batsmen lost his wicket in the second over of the match to a precision bowler like Starc were the in swinger delivery led to hit his stumps, that brought Pujara to the crease. 

Australians were aware of the price they paid in the last test they played India, where Pujara batted then out taking India to a dominant position. Pujara was mentally prepared and knew the deliveries that had to be left or played. The wide half folly was usually the deliveries that were being avoided due to the pitch offering bounce. 

Josh Hazelwood made good use of the conditions and kept bowling wide or full-length deliveries slightly outside the off-stump that either bounced or would tempt the batsmen to nick to slips. Pujara got a life earlier on when India did not even touch the 10 run mark.

Pat Cummins augmented the bowling attack with a good in swinging delivery to knock off the bails of Mayank Agarwal, putting India at the position of concern with 2/33. As with Virat playing the last match of the year before he heads home to attend the birth of his first child, started in a controlled mode. 

Aussies had a different approach towards India, as with pacers wanting to test the batsmen and wear them off before they tirelessly attempt a silly shot. However, Virat’s resilience and patience did not let him transition his focus and kept his eye on every ball, with boundaries coming at seldom, and set a good partnership with Pujara, who lost his wicket to Nathan Lyon, who was caught by a Labuschagne at leg gully. India was reeling at 3/100, with a long way to go in the innings.

With vice-captain Rahane, Virat could complete his half-century in ease and went to take this partnership to 50 plus. Rahane seemed comfortable to settle down at ease with a beautiful four-hit down by the covers. With the pressure laid off by Rahane, Virat Kohli could swing his bat at the oddballs, that enhanced the partnership half way through before Virat was run out by Hazelwood at 74.

From there on, Australia got their tear and took two more wickets in the form of Rahane and Hanuma Vihari getting trapped before leg off the ball of Starc and Hazelwood respectively. India lost three wickets at quick succession in just 17 runs, putting India at a critical position of 6 for 205. 

Australia, just as they were going to take all over India, with one recognized batsmen to get rid of, Saha and Ashwin counter attacked every bowler and looked to take runs at a quicker pace. A 28 – run partnership between Ashwin and Wridhiman Saha may have not taken India to a driver‘s seat, but yet out India in a safer situation to push the innings through to the following day, with a score of 6/233 on Day 2.