The bowlers of the Indian team, while returning on the second day, had all out the Australian team for 469. But after that the batsmen disappointed a lot. On the score of 71 itself, the four top-order batsmen of Team India returned to the pavilion. Steve Smith and Travis Head shared a 285-run partnership for Australia on the same pitch. At the same time, the entire Indian team does not seem to reach the score of 285. Not only this, four players of the top order of the team made such an embarrassing record, which has happened for the first time in the 146-year history of Test cricket for India.
All these four players Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli could not cross the figure of 20. Never before in the history of Test cricket for India, it had happened that all the four top 4 batsmen reached double figures but could not touch the 20 mark. The innings was started by Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma in a fiery manner but after that suddenly there was a downfall of wickets. Rohit 15, Gill 13, Pujara 14 and Virat Kohli returned to the pavilion after scoring 14 runs. None of these batsmen could take their starts to big innings.
Jadeja and Rahane handled
At one time, looking at this condition, it seemed that Team India might score 150 or 200 only. Then Ravindra Jadeja along with Ajinkya Rahane added 71 runs for the fifth wicket. But in the last half hour of the day, Nathan Lyon dismissed Jadeja for 48, two runs before his half-century. By the end of the second day’s play, the team’s score was 151 runs for 5 wickets. Rahane was present on the crease after scoring 29 runs as the last hope, while he was accompanied by young KS Bharat. It has to be seen how far the Indian innings can go.
Talking about this match, on the first day Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first. After that Australia’s start was a bit shaky but thanks to the century innings of Head and Smith and the partnership of 285 runs, the team’s score reached 469. Four wickets for India were taken by Mohammed Siraj and 2-2 wickets by Shami and Shardul Thakur. Umesh Yadav disappointed with his bowling and could not take a single wicket. Ravindra Jadeja had a breakthrough and was run out by a direct hit by substitute Akshar Patel.