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India storm back into contention as Head fights


India have stormed back into contention on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

The home side were restricted to 7/191 at stumps thanks to a disciplined bowling display from the Indian attack.

Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers ending with figures of 3/50 from a miserly 33 overs, claiming the scalps of Marcus Harris (26), Shaun Marsh (2) and Usman Khawaja (28).

Fast bowlers Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah were also on song throughout the day finishing with figures of 2/31 off 16 overs and 2/34 off 20 overs respectively.

When Peter Handscomb (34) and skipper Tim Paine (5) departed Australia had slumped to 6/127, but thanks to a gritty half-century from hometown boy Travis Head (61*), they were able to forge a mini-recovery.

Head and Mitchell Starc (8*) will resume tomorrow with Australia still 59 runs in arrears with three wickets in hand.


Australia held sway after the first session on Day 2 of the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval.

The tourists didn’t add to their overnight score of 9/250 as Josh Hazlewood had tailender Mohammed Shami caught down the leg side by Tim Paine to end the Indian innings.

In reply, Australia got off to the worst possible start when opener Aaron Finch was bowled for a third-ball duck off, edging paceman Ishant Sharma onto his off and middle stumps.

Debutant Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja steadied the ship by taking the score to 45 before Harris was caught at short-leg off the bowling of Ravi Ashwin for 26.

Shaun Marsh (1) and Khawaja (21) negated the final few overs to take Australia to lunch at 2/57 from 27 overs.


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