Australia 195 all out vs India on 1st day of 2nd test
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Australia speaks harshly after suffering a humiliating eyelash breakdown on its cricket summer marquee day. It crashed to 195 in total in Saturday's Boxing Day test match against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The home team led the cricket streak 1-0 in four Tests and chose to beat first in sunny conditions. Skipper Tim Paine's men only had 72.3 overs.
India scored 36-1 in response.
In a place on the first day that surprisingly provided support to the sailors, swing bowlers and slow bowlers, off-spinner Ravi Ashwin took 3-35 and spearhead Jasprit Bumrah won 4-56 when Australia lost 7-71.
India showed on Saturday that it was determined to make strong recovery from a catastrophic loss of eight wickets in the first Test in Adelaide, where India was challenged for its lowest Test score of 36.
After a shaky start on Saturday that included the loss of three wickets for 38 runs, Australia's hopes rested for a competitive first innings result of at least 300 at Travis Head (38) and Marnus Labuschagne (48). They added 86 for the fourth wicket before they both left in the second session.
Previously, Bumrah removed opener Joe Burns, who was left behind because of a duck.
Ashwin made two key breakthroughs before lunch, sacking Matthew Wade, who played a savage slog and got caught 30 in the middle, and Steve Smith, who was caught for a slip in the leg.
Importantly, India has continued its dominance over Test Cricket's top batsman Smith, who scored 1, 1 and 0 points in the series.
Bumrah made his first break after lunch when Head was caught in the gutter.
Labuschagne followed 10 runs later at 134-5 after offering a catch for the backward place when debutant Mohammed Siraj snapped his first test wicket.
Siraj (2-40) caught Cameron Green LBW after tea for 12. Paine became Ashwin's third victim the following year.
In an exciting opening for India's innings, opener Mayank Agarwal was at Starc for a duck in the LBW.
India's debutant 21-year-old Shubman Gill, dropped from Pat Cummins' bowling on Labushagne's third slip to four, scored an unbeaten 28 with five limits.
In another blow to Australia, Wade hobbled away late in the day and held his ankle after a mishap.
Unable to provide an update on Wade's fitness, Labuschagne refused to admit Australia was in trouble after failing to score 200 points.
'' We're in the game. We definitely showed the last game (by leaving India out for 36), ”he said.
'' It doesn't matter how many (runs) you have, we're in the game. Both teams have very good bowling lineups. ''
The touring side wasn't entirely happy with the controversial decision not to exclude Paine after calling for a run-out with the batsman on six in the 55th. It was an extremely close call, with some repetition suggesting that the bat was on the line.
"It is unfortunate that the referees are not allowed to travel (because of COVID-19)," said Bumrah. '' When a decision doesn't go our way, we have to move forward. ''
Bumrah praised India's bowling attack, which included debutant Siraj's two-wicket move and spinner Ashwin's 3-35 out of 24 overs.
Ashwin was brought in as a first-change bowler after just 10 overs.
Bumrah said Ashwin was able to pull the turn off the field in the opening session.
It was the damp, said Bumrah. `` Ash did a great bowling. That was our main goal today to help each other. ''
India included spinner Ravindra Jadeja, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and debutants Gill and Siraj who replaced injured pace bowler Mohammed Shami.
Captain Virat Kohli has returned home to give birth to their first child with his wife. Ajinkya Rahane will be India's replacement skipper for the remainder of the series.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, up to 30,000 spectators, which is only a third of the stadium's capacity, were allowed to attend in one day. The number of visitors on Saturday was 27,615.
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