Aus­tralia bowled out for 235, In­dia lead by 15 runs

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ADELAIDE, (Reuters) - Aus­tralia were bowled out for 235 be­fore lunch on day three of the se­ries-open­ing test last night, leav­ing In­dia with a 15-run first in­nings lead.

Aus­tralia re­sumed on 191 for seven and lost their last three wick­ets for the ad­di­tion of 44 runs.

In­dia seamer Mo­hammed Shami was on a hat-trick af­ter claim­ing the fi­nal two wick­ets of bats­man Travis Head (72) and num­ber 11 Josh Ha­zle­wood (0) in suc­ces­sive balls at the end of a rain-in­ter­rupted ses­sion.

Mitchell Starc was ear­lier caught be­hind off the bowl­ing of pace­man Jasprit Bum­rah, who fin­ished with his team’s best fig­ures of 3-47.

At the close of the sec­ond day, Aus­tralia were 191 for seven, with Head 61 not out and Starc on eight, still 59 runs short of In­dia’s mod­est to­tal of 250 at the close of an­other bak­ing hot day at Adelaide Oval.

While the South Aus­tralia cap­tain’s sec­ond fifty in his third test was a boost to home fans, it merely glossed over the fault-lines snaking through the bat­ting in Tim Paine’s team. Hav­ing wrapped up In­dia’s in­nings with the first ball of the day, the top or­der was al­most as quick to blow Aus­tralia’s ad­van­tage.

Aaron Finch was bowled for a duck third ball by pace­man Ishant Sharma and num­ber four Shaun Marsh’s dread­ful run of form con­tin­ued when he dragged spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win onto his stumps for two af­ter an ex­cru­ci­at­ing 19-ball in­nings.

Debu­tant opener Mar­cus Harris, one of three Ash­win vic­tims, was quick to blame a “tough” drop-in wicket and worked hard to put a spin on the bats­men’s tra­vails.

“It’s not as easy as the old Adelaide Oval wicket,” said Harris, who was caught in close for 26 af­ter nick­ing onto his pads.

“We’re def­i­nitely still 100 per­cent in the game.”

Wick­et­keeper-cap­tain Paine’s 20ball five was al­most as tor­tured as Marsh’s in­nings and he was caught be­hind prod­ding a leaden-footed drive at Ishant.

The bats­men who did get in could not go on with it, with Us­man Khawaja glov­ing a catch for 28 off Ash­win and re­called mid­dle or­der bats­man Peter Hand­scomb throw­ing away his wicket for 34 with a loose an­gled shot off Jasprit Bum­rah. rosy

Travis Head

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