The second day of the ongoing first Test match between Australia and India was a mixed bag for both the sides. The Indians were able to rattle more than half of the Australian batting line-up as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled beautifully to take three wickets, while Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah grabbed two wickets each.
A persistent Indian bowling attack restricted Australia to 191 for the loss of seven wickets at the end of the second day.
Talking about the second day of the Adelaide Test match, spinner Ashwin said that the first Test is “extremely well poised” and every run in the remaining days will be worth its weight in gold.
Aswhin said, “I thought we really bottled them up, soaked them up and put on pressure from both ends. We do not isolate it as a fast bowling or spin bowling pack. We identify it as a bowling unit together because one cannot exist with the other. Today was another perfect attrition day for us.”
The Kangaroos are still trailing by 59 runs and have 3 wickets in hand. The 32-year-old cricketer said that Test match is going to be really interesting from here as both the teams have an equal chance to win the game.
“I bowled an extended 22-over-spell even before and after tea to make sure that we do not give away more runs. I see it as neck-and-neck in the game. Whoever can get momentum from here on has the edge in this Test. I think it is extremely well poised. Every run is going to be gold from here.”
He also shared that this Adelaide pitch is not like the earlier ones, it is much slower now. Expressing his views on the pitch, Ash explained, “I thought there was a bit more stickiness yesterday and the speed has definitely come down. When we were batting yesterday, I don’t think it was as slow as it was today. I think the wicket has slowed down considerably and I don’t expect it to quicken up more either. I think it is going to slow down more.”
Adding, “I do not know what is going to happen because it is a drop-in wicket. Because of the amount of grass, I don’t see the footmarks widening as much as they did the last time in 2014. If anything has to be done, you have to do it on the fourth or fifth day. We need to see how much it grips.”
This is Ravichandran’s third tour of Australia and he said the experience of 2011, when former skipper Michael Clarke kept on hitting through the covers, was a learning curve.
“First time, when I came here in 2011, Michael Clarke kept driving me through cover s a lot. I was a bit inexperienced and kept tossing the ball up. Obviously, that is where you learn from burning your fingers once. I did not expect them to come after me very hard, but if they did I will be very happy.”
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