On the second day of the first test match, Australia seems to have snatched the initiative away from India. India having lost three crucial wickets early today, seem to have squandered the huge advantage over the visiting side.
As India began its inning today, many people thought that the hosts will do well and manage huge total. While there is still possibility of huge total in later part of the inning, the hosts are struggling under persistent attack by the Aussie bowlers.
India 1st innings
M Vijay c †Wade b Hazlewood 10
KL Rahul not out 46
CA Pujara c †Wade b Starc 6
V Kohli* c Handscomb b Starc 0
AM Rahane not out 3
Extras (nb 1) 1 Total (3 wickets; 21.3 overs) 66
Murali Vijay was first to go. He faced 19 deliveries and scored 10 runs. He was bowled by Hazlewood. Second to go was Pujara. he could score only 6 runs. He was taken by Starc. Indian captain Kohli couldnt score a single run as he was sent back by Starc after facing merely two deliveries.
Rahul is the only one to have scored some runs till now. He is playing at 39 after facing sixty deliveries. He has hit six fours and one massive six.
Indian batsmen seem have been done by a dry pitch. Shane Warne said it was so dry that resembled the surface of Mars. Ravi Shastri said he had seen in India, it was a fast bowler who came away with the richest haul. Umesh Yadav’s combination of pace and reverse swing fetched him four wickets as Australia managed 256 for 9 in Pune.
Yesterday, Australia suffered the same fate and its batsmen struggled the same way as Indian batsmen are struggled. Matt Renshaw was the best performer. The 20-year-old playing his first Test away from home made 68 off 156 balls either side of retiring ill with a stomach bug in the first session. Not many of his team-mates can match his composure or his patience. Both those attributes served him well in conditions where sharp spin and startling bounce were the norm instead of the exception.
From Indian bowlers, Umesh yadav was the most impressive. 4/32 Umesh Yadav’s figures at end of the first day are his second-best in Tests. His only other 4-for in India was 4 for 80 against West Indies in Kolkata in 2011-12.