It was a challenging day for Australia on the field, as India dominated with their batting. After restricting Australia to 177 runs on day one, India continued to impress on day two with a sensational century from Rohit Sharma and a solid performance from Ravi Jadeja, who scored an unbeaten 66. India finished day two with a significant lead of 144 runs.
Axar Patel, batting at number nine, added to Australia’s frustration by scoring a solid 52 not out. In contrast, none of the Australian batters were able to score a fifty.
Suryakumar Yadav’s debut innings came to an unfortunate end when he played a loose drive against Nathan Lyon, allowing the ball to spin and hit the off stump, resulting in India’s score being 168 for 5.
Despite the one-sided performance, there was a positive for Australia in the debut of Todd Murphy, who took five wickets in the innings and impressed with his tight bowling. He delivered 36 overs with an impressive economy rate of 2.28.
Unfortunately, it was a difficult day for Steve Smith who spilled two chances, one earlier in the day and another in the final over.
It will be a tough task for Australia to bounce back and win this Test match, but if they have any chance of doing so, they will need to take the remaining three wickets early tomorrow and maintain their momentum until lunch. With both openers failing in the first innings, this may be a challenging feat.
Australia is now experiencing what West Indies and South Africa felt during their tours this summer.
Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Renshaw, Peter Handscomb, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj