Bumra was excellent throughout, bowling Aswin Smith for a duck and Siraj for speed and movement.
India 1 to 36 (Kil 28 *, Pujara 7 *) Path Australia 1959 (Lapusakne 48, Bumra 4-56, Aswin 3-35) by 159 runs
Faced within an hour of batting at the end of the day, and 36 all out is still fresh, you’ll see Mitchell Starc’s first over – starting an innings – ended with Mayank Agarwal as the LBW worked better to survive the first five balls.
Even with Just 27,615 spectators (a win for a variety of reasons) echoed the excitement of the stadium, but debutant Subman Gill and veteran Sadeshwar Pujara dropped out of the mini session – Gill dropped at 4 Marnus Lapusakne slip – as they scored in the three-and-a-half overs.
The ball continued in the early stages of the series following their 191st innings in Australia’s Adelaide overall, with the opening day of this Test coming on an MCG surface, which gave more impetus than was in recent memory. Those planning to attend on the fourth day will be touched.
Bumra excelled throughout, filling the shoes of Steven Smith (Smith’s first Test duck in four years) and Siraj, Mohammad Shami for the second time in the Aswin series, throwing pace and momentum, including his second spell reading 9- 4-16-2 with the classic work of fellow Test rookie Cameron Green .
Ashwin was the best, both with a scoring rate – he scored just 1.46 runs per over – and three of the first seven introduced by stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane in the 11th over were impressive one-day and fielding tactics. The expulsions of Smith, Lapusakne and Travis Head were all properly executed projects.
The opening wicket of the day was also a working over as Joe Burns struggled outside the stumps before getting a thin edge against Bumrah in the fifth over. When he was alone in the fight, if David Warner returned to the third Test, someone would have to step aside, which might require another display of confidence from the selectors.
In short, it seemed that Matthew Wade would put more pressure on the debate as Warner dominated the opening scores with his brilliant, confident driving, but he gave up the good work on the stroke of drinks when he tried to start Aswin. Foot side. However, the loss owed much to Ravindra Jadeja’s fielding prowess, he caught the catch over his shoulder despite colliding with Gill and was able to avoid trampling his teammate even after taking the ball.
Smith worked 29 balls for 1 wicket in the first innings in Adelaide, but this time when he saw his bats on a leg slip to Pujara, he could not get a score at that time. The hands he saw with such dramatic effects on the one-day series a few weeks ago have been missing for a while. Australia scored 38 for 3.
In 28 overs on both sides for lunch, Lapusacne and Hed did a solid repair job, although Lapusacne did not make LPVs worldwide. Head, in particular, had signs of early storm surge when he started to find the marks a little easier, but it proved to be an illusion.
Rahane chose not to bring back Bumrah when the strike was a crucial moment for the bowler, but it did not take long for him to do so, in an over involving two O-balls, he saw the outer edge of the head from one round to a sharp catch around the fourth ball of the left-handed batsman and captain. Ticket order taken.
Lapusakne has scored useful runs in this series, but his 2019-2020 summer has not been resolved and he will definitely have to work hard for them. With Aswin and Siraj capturing the score with 10 runs in eight overs, fellow debutant Gill India continued their excellent catch day before Lapusakne chipped Siraj towards the leg galley.
It was clear who Tim Payne was A boundary became 6 runs out He wanted to deliver more urgency when he was saved by a missing law, but it was a struggle for the Greens, he kept attacking the field, and he fell into a perfect setting. Siraj sent a series of outwinkers before bringing back one of the Green Bats. The control and accuracy of Siraj’s dismissal was a first day for him in Test cricket.
Australia’s counter-attacks were further attacked in the next over when Payne became the latest player to be caught behind the square, turning Ashwin into a leg slip. Without captaining them as they did in Adelaide, the last three wickets were expected to lift the total far, but Nathan Lyon’s 20 took them to the 200 edge.
The possibilities created by Starc’s early response have been closely dispelled a little, but India’s batting line-up will face their own tough test tomorrow. Their beliefs in the series depend on how they come to be.
Andrew McLaughlin is co-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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