The much-awaited test between Australia and India began today at Pune. Australia choose to bat after winning the toss hoping to deliver a grand score. Smith’s is right to do it so far, as his batsmen did not seem to flicker away until the lunch break. The pitch in Pune is turning but India’s spinners did not have a luck in the first session with wickets although they capped the flow of runs.
Australia, however, had an early slog with Matt Renshaw retiring ill and David Warner being taken on 38 by Umesh Yadav. The first wicket for India came up with Kohli’s decision to change the bowling for a while bringing in the fast bowler. Matt Renshaw scored 36 earlier along following Warner in the next ball. Australia needs some action as almost half the day is over. 33 overs passed and Australia scored at the rate of 2.54 runs per over reaching 84 by lunch.
So far, Ashwin is being taken seriously by the batsmen who refrained from touching his deliveries. He bowled 16 overs at an economy of 1.43. Seamer Jayant Yadav gave out four boundaries in five overs turning as the most expensive India bowler until now. It was Umesh Yadav, who came up with his pace deliveries to take on the attack from the spinners route, claiming the wicket.
India had a bowling review in the tenth overs to strike down Matt Renshaw, but it went unapproved. The Aussie team reach 50 in 18.5 overs. Renshaw came with a good strike knocking 4 fours and a six. Also, Warner smashed six fours. By the lunch break, captain Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh were on the pitch playing at single runs. The openers partnered for 82 runs playing cautiously through the spin attacks.
As the pitch seem to support spin so that the batsmen had to play with optimal caution, lack of spin options is going to be a complexity for Australia. The team has always produced strong fast bowlers, but to play with India visiting the country with slow pitches required strong spin options. India’s victory march of winning six test series in a row has ample contribution from spinners like Ashwin and Jadeja, which Australia lacks in several verticals.
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