Cool Head lifts Australia
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Travis Head hit a stubborn half-century to keep Australia in the hunt after their top order slumped under sustained pressure from India’s bowlers, leaving the first Test in Adelaide finely poised on Friday.
Batting on his home ground, Head kept his cool in the humid conditions to be 61 not out at stumps on day two, his efforts steering Australia to 191-7 in reply to India’s 250.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled beautifully to take three wickets, while Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah grabbed two each.
It was Head’s second 50 in his third Test, with the Adelaide-born 24-yearold playing the sort of gutsy innings that his more experienced teammates couldn’t match.
All of Australia’s top four were back in the pavilion without passing 30, with Aaron Finch (0) and Shaun Marsh (2) notable failures.