Test Cricket: 2018-19 Domain Test Series: 2nd Test of Australia v India at Perth Stadium, Day 2 Morning Session Review

It’s the second day of the 2nd Domain Test Series at Perth Stadium where Australia resume on 6-277.

India needs four more wickets to wrap up Australia’s 1st innings spell with the ball.

Regarding the home team, Tim Paine (16) & Pat Cummins (11) resume on strike.

Paine may have been ducking and diving.

But he used the bad balls effectively to add gentle runs on the board.

On the other hand, Cummins remained supportive of Paine when backing him up.

Plus Cummins can score off 1s & 2s when facing as the striker to the bowler.

Australia reached the 300 run mark having seen Paine & Cummins remain on 32* & 16* respectively.

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However, India found the first breakthrough of this morning as Cummins left on 19.

It’s a straight line yorker from Umesh Yadav where it clipped the top of the off stump.

Not long later, Jasprit Bumrah bowled the same attacking line as Yadav’s where Paine got trapped on 38.

Paine attempted to overturn the appeal to Not Out.

But it pitched in the middle, in-line hitting Paine’s front leg pad which tagged the stumps.

Hence, the Australian skipper was caught leg before wicket.

Ishant Sharma added his 2nd wicket when he pitched up short and full with some spice.

Mitchell Starc didn’t move with his foot and swung before he edged straight to Rishabh Pant on six.

A ball later, I. Sharma closed Australia’s 1st innings batting spell on Josh Hazlewood with another catch from Pant.

Final 1st Innings Score: Australia 326

Australia may have conceded a few extras such as:

  • One No-Ball
  • Four Leg Byes

Mitchell Starc provided the response he’s after with the straight-ish length yorker.

And the late swing Starc bowled targeted the attacking off stump which created a gap between bat and pad for Murali Vijay.

Having seen Vijay failed to defend his wicket, he left for a duck.

Lunch: India 1-6 & trails by 320 runs.

The bowlers of any kind whether it’s Australia or India have dominated this AM.

Australia’s tail batting run didn’t provide much of the time needed having been prone by a change of bounce & pace.

Though, they responded well with the one wicket to finish off this session so their bowlers can rest up and fire off after lunch.

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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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