WTC Closing: Australia in commanding place after Day 2, India path by 318 in 1st innings

Picture Supply : PTI Virat Kohli scored solely 14 runs

Australia are in a commanding place on the finish of Day 2 within the WTC Closing towards India. They posted a mammoth whole of 469 runs within the first innings after which the bowlers efficiency exceptionally nicely on a flat pitch to select 5 wickets with the ball. India did make an excellent comeback with the ball choosing up 7/108 after breaking the partnership between Travis Head and Steve Smith. However their batters weren’t up for the duty.

Rohit Sharma was caught plumb off Pat Cummins to be dismissed first for 15 whereas Shubman Gill misjudged a supply from Scott Boland. The Orange Cap winner of IPL left the ball that jagged again in significantly to thud into his stumps. Cheteshwar Pujara additionally did the identical mistake to see his furnishings disturbed. Virat Kohli appeared good earlier than Mitchell Starc received some additional bounce and he gloved one to the slips the place Steve Smith took a superb catch.

At 71/4, issues appeared ominous for India. That is when Ravindra Jadeja got here out and performed some photographs whereas Ajinkya Rahane, making a comeback to the Check group, oozed class. The duo combined warning with aggression beautifully to sew a 71-run partnership. Jadeja appeared set to attain a half-century however Nathan Lyon struck in his second over to nail maybe the ultimate nail within the coffin in India’s hopes.

Rahane and KS Bharat batted out the remaining overs of the day as India completed on 151/5 of their first innings trailing by a large 318 runs. India are an excessive amount of behind in the mean time and for now, they are going to be trying to scale back the deficit on the third morning.

Earlier within the day, Steve Smith was gifted his thirty first Check century with Mohammed Siraj delivering half-volleys to begin the day. Runs got here at fast tempo earlier than the short-ball barrage received to Head who gloved one to the wicketkeeper for 163. India then made comeback after breaking the 285-run partnership with wickets of Cameron Inexperienced, Smith and Mitchell Starc quickly.

The tail wagged for a bit permitting Alex Carey to muster 48 useful runs as Australia posted 469 runs on the board earlier than getting bowled. Mohammed Siraj was essentially the most profitable bowler for India with 4 wickets whereas Umesh Yadav remained wicketless after bowling poorly all through.

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