Dec 19 (TruthDive) : Australia bounced back on day 2 of the second test against India at Gabba, as they knocked over the last 6 Indian wickets for an addition of only 97 runs. They then went about erasing the deficit ending the day at 221/4, 187 runs behind 408, India had scored.
The morning belonged to Hazlewood who on the first day had got his first 2 test wickets and was appreciated for keeping a tight line and length, troubling the batsmen more than the others.
India started the day on 311/4 with Rahane on 72 and Rohit Sharma on 33 in the middle. It was expected off these two to stick around and take the total towards 500, but Hazzlewood had other plans. He made Rahane play outside off and nick behind for 81 while Rohit Sharma too played away from his body and sent the ball towards second slip where Smith held on to a superb catch diving to his right.
Dhoni and Ashwin joined together and added 57 valuable runs for the 7th wicket. Ashwin played a cameo as he scored 35 off just 41 deliveries before falling to the day’s hero, Hazlewood. Dhoniafter getting set and scoring 33, edged behind to give Hazlewood his 5th wicket on debut and also the 6th catch of Haddin.
Lyon later came into the act as he got the last two wickets in quick succession to bundle India out for 408. For India, the top scorer was Murali Vijay who scored a wonderful 144 on the first day battling the heat and the top 8 scored double figures.
Australia was off to a quick start , thanks to David Warner who scored of Aaron and Ishant Sharma at will . He scored 6 boundaries in his 28 balls stay, scoring 29 before top edging Yadav to be caught by Ashwin. Watson then joined with Rogers and just when he was looking set for a big score, as always, tried to be aggressive against Ashwin to be brilliantly caught by Dhawan for 25.
Rogers , in the meantime, scored his 50 off 73 balls with the help of 10 boundaries. The Indian bowlers worked him with bouncers and then with a leg slip in place, offered a ball down the leg and had him edge behind to the keeper . Australia were 3 down with 121 just before tea.
Post tea, Smith and Shaun Marsh added 87 runs for the 4th wicket in just 22 overs as they worked all the bowlers around the park with ease. Smith, who is yet to be dismissed in the series, scored his 3rd fifty plus score and remained not out on 65 at the end of the day while his partner Marsh was not so lucky as he was out caught by Ashwin off the bowling of Yadav.
Australia ended the day at 221/4, 187 runs adrift, but with the kind of form Smith is on and the reputation of the Australian tail, India would be looking to get quick wickets in the first session and get at least a 100 run lead and ensure they start their innings by lunch.
India Vs Australia – 2nd Test – Gabba – Scorecard
Stumps – Day 2
|India 1st innings||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|M Vijay||c †Haddin b Lyon||144||332||213||22||0||67.60|
|S Dhawan||c †Haddin b MR Marsh||24||70||39||0||0||61.53|
|CA Pujara||c †Haddin b Hazlewood||18||86||64||1||0||28.12|
|V Kohli||c †Haddin b Hazlewood||19||50||27||1||0||70.37|
|AM Rahane||c †Haddin b Hazlewood||81||189||132||8||0||61.36|
|RG Sharma||c Smith b Watson||32||94||55||3||1||58.18|
|MS Dhoni*†||c †Haddin b Hazlewood||33||96||53||4||0||62.26|
|R Ashwin||c Watson b Hazlewood||35||57||41||6||0||85.36|
|UT Yadav||c Rogers b Lyon||9||30||21||2||0||42.85|
|VR Aaron||c sub (M Labuschagne) b Lyon||4||14||11||0||0||36.36|
|I Sharma||not out||1||7||3||0||0||33.33|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 1, w 2, nb 1)||8|
|Total||(all out; 109.4 overs)||408||(3.72 runs per over)|
|Australia 1st innings||R||B||4s||6s||SR|
|CJL Rogers||c †Dhoni b Yadav||55||79||10||0||69.62|
|DA Warner||c Ashwin b Yadav||29||28||6||0||103.57|
|SR Watson||c Dhawan b Ashwin||25||29||4||0||86.20|
|SPD Smith*||not out||65||88||6||2||73.86|
|SE Marsh||c Ashwin b Yadav||32||70||5||0||45.71|
|MR Marsh||not out||7||22||1||0||31.81|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 3, nb 4)||8|
|Total||(4 wickets; 52 overs)||221||(4.25 runs per over)|
|I Sharma||9||0||47||0||5.22||41||9||0||(3nb, 1w)|
Scorecard Courtesy : espncricinfo.com