Ev­ery run is go­ing to be gold dust from here, says Ash­win

DNA (Delhi) - - PROPERTY - Ravichan­dran Ash­win,

Ade­laide: Far from get­ting ex­cited af­ter hav­ing Aus­tralia in a spot of bother, In­dia off-spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win said on Fri­day the first Test is “ex­tremely well poised” and ev­ery run in the re­main­ing days will be worth its weight in gold. “I thought we re­ally bot­tled them up, soaked them up and put on pres­sure from both ends,” said Ashiwn, the most suc­cess­ful In­dia bowler with fig­ures of 3/50. “We don’t iso­late it as a fast bowl­ing or spin bowl­ing pack. We iden­tify it as a bowl­ing unit to­gether be­cause one can­not ex­ist without the other. To­day was an­other per­fect at­tri­tion day for us,” he added at the post-match press con­fer­ence.

“I bowled an ex­tended 22over spell even be­fore and af­ter tea to make sure that we do not give away more runs.

“I see it as neck-and-neck in the game. Who­ever can get mo­men­tum from hereon has the edge in this Test. I think it is ex­tremely well poised. Ev­ery run is go­ing to be gold dust from here,” he added.

About the pitch, he said, “I thought there was a bit more stick­i­ness yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) and the speed has def­i­nitely come down. When we were bat­ting yes­ter­day I don’t think it was as slow as it was to­day.

“I think the wicket has slowed down con­sid­er­ably and I don’t ex­pect it to quicken up more ei­ther. I think it’s go­ing to slow down more,” the Tamil Nadu offie added.

Asked about bowl­ing to the Aus­tralian left-han­ders, in par­tic­u­lar Shaun Marsh whom he has dis­missed five times now, Ash­win said, “I have dis­missed quite a few other left-han­ders many more times. He is a fan­tas­tic player.

“There is a cer­tain pat­tern that we saw through his videos be­fore we got into the game. It was a sort of ini­tial set-up that we wanted to do.

“To­day the plan worked and not in the fash­ion that he dragged it on. But Shaun Marsh is one of the play­ers that has played spin well in that bat­ting or­der. So we thought it is a dif­fer­ent plan for him go­ing into this match.”

In­dia (1st inn o/n 250/9)

Ex­tras To­tal

Fall of wick­ets: Bowl­ing:

Aus­tralia 1st in­nings Ex­tras To­tal

Fall of wick­ets:

We don’t iso­late it as a fast bowl­ing or spin bowl­ing pack. We iden­tify it as a bowl­ing unit to­gether be­cause one can­not ex­ist without the other

In­dia off-spin­ner

Bowl­ing:

—AP

Aus­tralia opener Aaron Finch watches the stumps fly af­ter be­ing bowled by Ishant Sharma (not in pic­ture) dur­ing the sec­ond day of the first Test in Ade­laide on Fri­day Ses­sion 1IN­DIA RE­MOVE OPEN­ERS Re­sum­ing at 250/9, In­dia last just one ball on the sec­ond day. Finch doesn’t carry on for much longer, Ishant castling him in the third ball of the in­nings. His open­ing part­ner Harris shows some prom­ise on de­but, but Ash­win is quick to cut it off.At Lunch: Aus­tralia 57/2 in 27.0 overs (U Khawaja 21*, S Marsh 1*)Ses­sion 2 ASH­WIN TAKES CON­TROL Ash­win sends Marsh back soon af­ter the break, but Khawaja and Hand­scomb dig in to put sur­vival over runs. It doesn’t last for too long as Ash­win finds the edge of Khawaja to put Aus­tralia on the back foot. At Tea: Aus­tralia 117/4 in 55.0 overs (P Hand­scomb 33*, T Head 17*)Ses­sion 3HEAD, LONE RANGER Bum­rah breaks Hand­scom­bHead stand by re­mov­ing the for­mer. Cap­tain Paine falls soon too as hosts are re­duced to 127/6. Head finds an ally in Cum­mins to defy In­di­ans in the last hour, be­fore the new ball ac­counts for Cum­mins. Head fights on to keep Aus­tralia alive.At Stumps: Aus­tralia 191/7 in 88.0 overs (T Head 61*, M Starc 8*)

—AFP

Ishant Sharma ex­ults with team­mates af­ter Finch’s wicket No. of con­sec­u­tive sin­gle digit scores Shaun Marsh now has in Test cricket, the first Aus­tralian in the top five to have such a poor run since 1988

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