The Indian innings has crossed the halfway mark and the Australians would be pleased with the way they have controlled the Indian batsmen in the first 25 overs of the second innings. Making a debut in the series, right-arm pacer Billy Stanlake has been bowling at a fiery speed and giving a hard time to the batting line-up.
The opening pair of the Indian team, consisting of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, started with caution. The ball was moving a bit and the runs were not coming that easily. Rohit and Dhawan struggled to score run freely with Jhye Richardson and veteran Peter Siddle starting out with tight line & length.
Siddle, who had made his return to the Australian team after a huge gap of 9 years, drew the first blood and took the important wicket of Rohit Sharma in the sixth over of the match.
The ball was angling in and was pitching on a good length with the stumps. The delivery straightened slightly off the seam, Rohit tried to flick the ball on the up over square leg and got a leading edge that went straight Shaun Marsh at first slip. Marsh took a fantastic catch to complete the dismissal.
The man from Mumbai could only manage to score 9 runs for his team.
After Rohit’s fall, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his fellow teammate Shikhar Dhawan are taking the Men in Blue forward in their chase. The runs are still difficult to find but both the batsmen are rotating the strike frequently.
Kohli has been the more aggressive one as he struck Stanlake for two boundaries in the same over. On the other hand, Dhawan was slowly and steadily building a strong inning for the team.
Australia needed a wicket badly and the ball was tossed to Marcus Stoinis. He did not disappoint and picked up the wicket of Dhawan by taking a stupendous catch.
Some sharp reflexes from Stoinis to grab the return catch. Shikhar was through the drive early on the slower ball, but it was still hit firmly enough. Stoinis takes his hands out and completes the dismissal with one of the best returning catches.
Dhawan scored 23 runs off 46 balls. Surprisingly, there were no boundaries scored by the left-handed batsman during his knock.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli and former Indian captain MS Dhoni are currently at the crease and taking the team towards the winning target.
After 25 overs, the Men in Blue have managed to put 93 runs on the board for the loss of two wickets with Virat Kohli (36) and MS Dhoni (25) still at the crease.
India need 138 runs to win the match in the remaining 25 overs.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar