Now Ravi Ashwin has to be the main start in Day 2 last night. He picked up 4 wickets/55 runs for India from his off spin.
He first got the dangerman in Steve Smith thanks to Ajinkya Rahane at slip. Ravi turned the ball targeting the stumps. The batter only just edged it with no footwork.
The second came from Travis Head where he tried to hit downtown. But it went through the air & hitted early. No speed there so Ravi said thanks with the catch.
Then he competed a outstanding 2nd session before tea. This time at debutant Cameron Green. Ravi did a great job turning the ball between Wriddi Saha & the stumps. Cam did not whack it correctly. And Virat Kohli took a flying one hand catch at the mid wicket region.
Nothing much happened going into the final session after tea. You saw Tim Paine scoring safe shot runs. And blocks it. But he did take one of the tail men well in Nathan Lyon. Kept the turn straight before Lyon flicks straight to Kohli at silly mid-on.
There goes a wonderful Day 2 from Ravi Ashwin. He turns the ball well. And reads the opposition weakness. That helps them make the bad shots. And he profits their mistakes with the wickets on hand. Now it is India’s turn to extend their lead today.
I would originally go for Mitchell Starc for Australia. He clean bowled the India tail end quicksmart. But their batting quickly burned his chances of making this list.
So we would go for Umesh Yadav. He targeted those good areas. Especially within the stumps & straightened the speed. That helped him removed Marnus Labuschagne on 47 runs via the LBW.
He even repeated the same trick. But with that short ball bounce. Still aimed the stumps. And it made Pat Cummins edged his bat to Ajinkya Rahane at point.
And shortened the Australia 1st innings card (191) with 3 wickets on hand. The one he finished off was Josh Hazlewood. The length would be wide. But Josh edged it straight to Cheteshwar Pujara (2nd slip).
Jasprit Bumrah ripped off the Australian opening pair real quick. And Ravi Ashwin made up most of the work. But Umesh is still a team player for India with the ball.
He is age 33 right now who looks at the batsman’s stature. And throws on areas that the opposition can not execute. It reflected his 3 wickets last night. So high praises to Umesh on making up the workload. And clean up the tail order.
He presents the basics of what we should do in the middle. That is red ball cricket and it is something Australia failed earlier.
Tim makes up the safe pair of hands shots going down low. Even it is taking a couple of singles or 2s. That is fine as long as Tim does not get bowled or caught.
It is not just the basics that he hammered that carried on at state level. Tim can also read the bowler. And get rid of those bad balls away. That brings oozes of skills.
He scored 10 boundaries over the rope and none for six. Tim worked hard to bring this innings total closer if not past India. It is only done with himself. And not others.
Tim earned his well deserved half-Tom and he may not get to 100 on 73. Without getting out. But he was unable to bat with little support to keep building stands. And at least push Australia up to 300-350.
It will not happen unfortunately when Australia all out for 191. They were blown away by the spin off Ravi Ashwin. And they better help Tim out today. The fielding has to be important with little room for mistakes. So Australia better limit India to 150-200 lead otherwise they will lose.