Test Cricket report with the first two days of the 2020-21 Australia v India Series, Day 2 of Test 2 in Melbourne

There may be lots of things happening with sports yesterday. But I only get to watch them on TV. And was unwell with a skin allergy after eating BBQ Sauce. Then realising it has 1% onion in the ingredients.

So I will look and summarise where we are at right now in this 2nd Test. Australia won the toss and chose to bat first. They would have thought to take advantage against a Kohli-less India. But it unfortunately backfired when the Opening pair left early. Thanks to the mixture of seam & spin shared by Jasprit Bumrah.

And Ravi Ashwin respectively who notably caught Steve Smith again on zero. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne halted their early start after lunch. Marnus did not put a foot wrong in the 40s while Travis began to bounce back. But Bumrah came back refreshed to nail down Travis on 38. Before Mohammed Siraj took his debut Test wicket on Marnus. Welcome to the Test arena from Siraj at age 26. The home side in limbo at 136-5 by tea break.

Cameron Green still proves that he can get the runs going. But not that long with another scalp from Siraj. Two brilliant braces on his first Test for India. Australia went on to suffer a mixture of average double & single digit scores. Nathan Lyon carried his as a tail end batter on 20. But lacked support as they are all out for 195.

Australia did not waste anytime with the ball before the end of Day 1. Mitchell Starc got the best start he needed on Mayank Agarwal. And they still have plenty to catch up with 36/1 despite having a 159 run lead. They would like to limit as low as possible. It is because India dominated with the ball. And not the bat Australia has produced without a registered big score.

Day 2

Fellow debutant Shubman Gill also fired off with the runs for India. He scored runs as quick as he can on 45. But Pat Cummins won this opening session with two scalps. One of the wickets include denying Gill his maiden Test 50. It is a much better choice though to have Gill in rather than Privthi Shaw. Pat still restricted India at 94/3 by lunch time.

Nathan Lyon captured Hanuma Vihari on 21 not long after lunch. Ajinkya Rahane may have stayed on having secured his half-ton. But it took a while for Mitch Starc to claim his 250th Test wicket. And stop Rishabh Pant on 29 who scored very quickly like Adam Gilchrist. India are 189/5 at tea & only trails by just 6 runs. The total that Australia unable to go on yesterday.

Ajinkya stayed on much longer playing the “safe pair” shots. That helped him earn his Test 100. I saw a tweet how his career in this format was on the rocks. But he since turned around ever since and proved everyone wrong. Ajinkya also blessed to have built another partnership in Ravi Jadeja. That other fella too played like him on 40 not out. We will wait and see if Jadeja can get his half-ton tomorrow. And release his sword heroics.

India finish Day 2 on 277/5 and leads by 82 runs. It might not be a big figure to catch up. But Australia unfortunately found nothing in this last session. Too many bad balls. And not enough of spice to give Ajinkya and Ravi a threat. There is three more days left now. So the job must be done before they bat. And respond with a reasonable total. The ball is on the Australian Top 6 court to deliver in return.

Author: Sports Benches

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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