The second Test between Australia and India is progressing quickly after Day 2 saw India being completely out for 262. Australia, who had a one-run advantage, started batting in the final session to give India a goal for their fourth innings. Usman Khawaja and Travis Head, the Australian openers, came with the clear goal of scoring quickly and putting the Indian bowlers under strain.
Khawaja, who led Australia’s first inning in scoring, also used creative shots to prevent the Indian spinners from settling. Yet one of those shots also proved to be his undoing, as India made their first wicket in the second innings.
The southpaw paddled a Ravindra Jadeja delivery.directly to the leg gully where Shreyas Iyer was stationed. Iyer balanced himself and held the ball moving to his right while managing to make the difficult catch.
Interestingly, Iyer was also out during India’s first innings thanks to a superb close-in catch by Peter Handscomb at forward short leg. At 66/4 after his ejection, India was in serious trouble. When Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja realised their team was in peril, they contributed 59 important runs for the fifth wicket to stabilise the score.
Nevertheless, their alliance didn’t last long, and they were both bowled out within three overs. India lost Srikar Bharat as well, and at 139/7, they were still 124 runs short of Australia’s first-inning score. Axar Patel, an all-around player, once more won it.With his outstanding 74-ball performance, he took it upon himself to lead India to safety. He and Ravichandran Ashwin shared a 114-run partnership for the eighth wicket that brought India closer to Australia’s first innings total.
India was ultimately bowled out for 262, giving Australia the first-inning lead by one run. The Australian batsmen entered the game with the distinct intention of scoring runs on a pitch that is becoming more challenging with each passing hour. After 12 overs, Australia had a score of 61/1, with Travis Head at 39(40) and Marnus Labuschagne at 16. (19).