Australia v India: first Test, day two – as it happened | Sport





End of day 2: Australia 191-7 (trail India by 59 runs)

A slow-moving but nonetheless engrossing day of Test cricket ends with India just about ahead in a tight, low-scoring affair.

After being bowled out for 250 on the opening delivery of the morning India’s attack set about endorsing the clichés about a score never being worth judging until both teams have had an opportunity to bat. All four men bowled with control and no little skill, taking wickets at regular intervals to keep Australia on the backfoot throughout another stiflingly hot Adelaide afternoon.

Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb all made starts but only Travis Head passed 30. He remains unbeaten on 61 with his side’s hopes of a first-innings lead on his shoulders. The South Australian batted superbly on his home deck, like Che Pujara yesterday, respecting anything dangerous and accumulating more freely when the old ball was offering less penetration.

The pitch remains much slower than expected, making runs hard to come by, and there are some footmarks appearing that will begin to impede the right-handed batsmen.

Join us back here tomorrow when Adam, Geoff and I will be back on deck to see if Australia can eke out a first-innings lead and we will establish if India’s top-order has learned the lessons of day one. Catch you then.

Travis Head played watchfully on day two of the first Test against India.

Travis Head played watchfully on day two of the first Test against India. Photograph: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

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WICKET! Cummins LBW Bumrah 10 (Australia 177-7)

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WICKET! Paine c Pant b Sharma 5 (Australia 127-6)

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WICKET! Handscomb c Pant b Bumrah 34 (Australia 120-5)

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Tea on day two – Australia 117 for 4, trailing by 133

























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