New Delhi: Australia put up a fight led by Travis Head with an unbeaten 69 of 149 balls as they reached the score of 191/7 at the end of the second day against India at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.
The second day’s play belonged to Travis Head, who put up a gutsy performance to hold the fort for Australia as the Indian bowlers grabbed every opportunity they got to scalp an Australian wicket.
For India, Ishant Sharma struck early to dismiss opener Aaron Finch for a duck in the first over of the Australian innings.
Australia fought back after a poor start
However, the hosts frustrated the Indian bowlers with mini-partnerships throughout the day but failed to pose any major threat to the visitors. Travis Head, who scored his second Test fifty, scored the highest for Australia, with the next best being Peter Handscomb’s 34.
For the visitors, R Ashwin was the pick of the bowler, ending the day with figures of 3/50. Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Pujara stood tall
Opting to bat first, India looked down and out at one stage with Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon all amongst wickets, and that’s when Pujara raised his hand to push India to 250 for 9 before the stumps were drawn on the first day. The No. 3 batsman crafted a brilliant 123, studded with seven fours and two sixes, before being run out at the stroke of stumps on Day 1.
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