IND-AUS First Test

The Hitavada - - SPORTS -

IN­DIA had the slight edge in a se­dately-paced bat­tle of at­tri­tion af­ter se­nior off­spin­ner R Ash­win cleaned up the Aus­tralian top-or­der and a metic­u­lous pace ef­fort kept the home team’s scor­ing in check on the sec­ond day of the open­ing Test here.

Travis Head (61 bat­ting) and Pat Cum­mins (10) kept Aus­tralia in the game with a 50-run part­ner­ship in the last ses­sion but In­dia walked away with the ad­van­tage af­ter the lat­ter fell to­wards the end of day’s play.

At stumps, Aus­tralia were 191/7 in 88 overs with Ash­win be­ing their pri­mary tor­men­tor, se­cur­ing fig­ures of 3/50 in 33 overs. He was aided well by the pace duo of Jasprit Bum­rah (2/34) and Ishant Sharma (2/31).

Mitchell Starc (8 bat­ting) was giv­ing Head com­pany at close of play with Aus­tralia trail­ing by 59 runs against In­dia’s first in­nings ef­fort of 250 all out, the high­light of which was Chetesh­war Pu­jara’s fight­ing hun­dred.

Post tea, the hosts lost two wick­ets for 10 runs in a pas­sage of play span­ning eight overs. It was credit to In­dian bowl­ing that it kept the runs in check and reg­u­lar in­roads into the Aus­tralian line-up meant that they were never re­ally out of pres­sure.

Peter Hand­scomb (34) had been liv­ing dan­ger­ously and he was the first to fall. He tried to play the late cut against Bum­rah but only man­aged to edge be­hind.

Shortly af­ter, Ishant came up with an un­playable length de­liv­ery and Aus­tralian cap­tain Tim Paine (5) had no choice but to

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