Watch: Ishant Sharma Packs Off Finch on Third Ball of Aus Innings
India started Day 2 of the Adelaide Test on 250/9 but the scoreboard wasn't disturbed as Mohammad Shami lost his wicket to Josh Hazlewood on the first delivery of the day. Shami (6) showed no patience at all, and went after a short delivery only to be caught behind down leg side.
Mitchell Starc (2/63), Pat Cummins (2/49) and Nathan Lyon (2/83) finished with two wickets each. Hazlewood finished with 3/52.
Australia’s first innings too had a similar start with Aaron Finch losing his bails to Ishant Sharma on the third delivery of the first over. Ishant bowled the opener for a duck with a fuller, inswinging delivery.
Usman Khawaja then collaborated with debutant opener Marcus Harris (26) to steady the innings. The duo batted out 20.4 overs and put on 45 runs for the second wicket, higher than any partnership for the top-four Indian wickets.
At the break, Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 21 runs (off 86 balls), while Shaun Marsh was batting on 1.
Indian pacers bowled with fiery pace, with Jasprit Bumrah (0/24) even breaching the 150km/hr mark at one point. However, they bowled short of good length on most occasions and did not make the Australian batsmen play too many deliveries.
For their part, both Harris and Khawaja were content with leaving as many deliveries as possible, and struck only four boundaries between them.
Ravichandran Ashwin (1/15) was introduced into the attack in the 12th over of the innings, and immediately hit up an interesting duel with Harris. The cover drive came out against the spinner, expectedly as a few more runs started flowing. Mostly they came off Bumrah, who erred in line and length. Even Mohammed Shami (0/1) bowled a tad short of length as the batsmen contended him with ease.
Ashwin then struck before lunch. Harris played on to his pads and was caught at silly point in the 22nd over, as the spinner got dividends for blocking all scoring opportunities.
Australia's 50 came up in the 27th over thereafter.