India had a forgettable start to their innings after the Aussies posted a mammoth first innings total of 469. The Men in Blue lost both the openers cheaply and India’s score was 30-2. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara tried to build a partnership. Virat Kohli was quite keen on rotating the strike.
Cheteshwar Pujara misjudged Cameron Green’s inswinger delivery and his stumps were thrashed. Indian batters weren’t able to pick the lengths and were quite keen on scoring runs.
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Australia’s skipper Pat Cummins marshaled his troops smartly and the decision to not introduce the shrewd spinner Nathan Lyon did wonders as the likes of Scott Boland & Cameron Green bowled impeccable lines & lengths.
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At the end of 18 overs, India’s score was 71-3. Mitchell Starc was bowling the 19th over, on the 2nd delivery, the left-arm pacer got an awkward bounce off the surface and Virat got a faint top edge, and the slip fielder Smith took a sensational catch.
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Virat Kohli was dismissed on 14 runs in 31 balls and struck 2 fours. It won’t be wrong to say that Virat’s wicket would change the complexion of the match as India’s score at that time was 71-4 in 18.2 overs.
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The Men in Blue now would be aiming to avoid the follow-on. The role of Ajinkya Rahane would be pivotal as the batter will have to guide the likes of KS Bharat & Ravindra Jadeja in this precarious position.
The Aussies would sense that they have a strong chance of stamping their authority in the match. The skipper Pat Cummins would consider giving another over to Mitchell Starc as the pacer has shown good control over his line & length.