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Aus­tralia were strug­gling at 127-6, when things turned their way thanks to the eighth-wicket part­ner­ship be­tween Head and Cum­mins.

Head started to play more shots as soon as the tail-en­der came to the crease, and in do­ing so, reached his sec­ond Test half-cen­tury off 103 balls.

It was the only pas­sage of play where In­dia’s bowl­ing lost a lit­tle colour, but it was partly due to the fact that Mu­rali Vi­jay (0-10) bowled four overs be­fore the sec­ond new ball was taken. it, only to edge to the

Cum­mins faced 44 balls un­til then but it didn’t mat­ter as Bum­rah trapped him LBW. How­ever, the In­dian pac­ers were un­able to make fur­ther in­roads into the Aus­tralian lower-or­der as Head and Starc bat­ted out the re­main­ing overs be­fore stumps.

Ear­lier, Ash­win bowled with control as Aus­tralia were re­stricted to 117-4 at tea. The se­nior off­spin­ner bowled an in­ci­sive spell that tied down Aus’s bats­men.

First up, Shaun Marsh (2) gifted his wicket im­me­di­ately af­ter the break. In the very first over, he went for a wild slash against Ash­win, but ended up play­ing on.

Ishant Sharma of In­dia (L) cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter dis­miss­ing Aus­tralia’s dur­ing Day Two of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval. (AFP)

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