It is Tea on the first day of the opening Test match between Australia and India. The Indian team has tried to revive their innings in this session and did get some success in doing that.
After losing four wickets in the first session, the comeback man Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara stabled the Indian innings for some time. Rohit looked in great touch and started to hit show his master-class at Adelaide Oval. He took a particular liking towards pacer Pat Cummins as Rohit hit two towering sixes to Cummins.
When everyone thought that Rohit will play a big inning for Team India, he played a rash shot and threw his wicket away. He wanted to unsettle spinner Nathan Lyon with two consecutive sixes but Lyon had something different in his mind. Rohit used his feet and tried to slog sweep the delivery over deep square leg. He got the top edge and debutant Marcus Harris takes a great catch.
This shot was always a gamble as the ball was turning a lot. Lyon absolutely deserved this wicket because he has been hitting the deck hard in every over.
Rishabh Pant, another debutant in the Australian conditions, started his inning on a blistering note. He struck a towering six to pacer Mitchell Starc and absolutely the stunned fast bowler who has been crossing the 146km/h mark in both the sessions.
But Pant was outclassed by Lyon’s spin at the end. It was a lovely off-break from the off-spinner, the ball was slanted in from around the wicket and turned away from the batsman. Pant wanted to defend the ball, but the ball was too good for him. It takes faintest of edges and it was an easy catch for wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
On the other hand, Cheteshwar Pujara has stuck his foot deep on the pitch and seems like he doesn’t want to take them out. In 130 balls, Pujara has managed to score 40 runs at a strike rate of 29.03.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been really outstanding in this session as he did not give much room to Indian batsmen and picked up two crucial wickets.
This session belonged to India mostly but after taking the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant at crucial stages, the Kangaroos have surely been successful in dominating the Indian batting line-up on Day 1.
At the end of the second session, India has managed to put 143 runs on the scoreboard for the loss of 6 wickets with Pujara (46) and Ravichandran Ashwin (5) at the crease.
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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