Pink ball means the strength of fast bowlers swing scares the batsmen. Ravichandran Ashwin showed that spinners can also be nervous by this. Cricket analysts were hoping that the Adelaide pitch would be helpful in batting on the second day as well. Indian bowlers proved themselves throughout the day.
India lost 6 wickets for 233 runs on Thursday. Couldn’t go much further from there on Friday. Pat Cummins returned Ashwin (15 runs off 20 balls) in the first over. Wriddhiman Saha (9 runs off 26 balls) was dismissed in the next over. The tail enders could not fight against Australian passers for long. Everyone goes back one by one. 244 runs seemed too short on the scoreboard. But the Indian bowlers said that was enough for the fight.
Australia could not bat all day. Their slow batting surprised everyone. Australia was all out for just 191 runs. Most of the team’s batsmen could not cross 20 runs. India could get a big lead. Captain Tim Paine and Marnus Labuschagne (48 runs off 119 balls) defended the team. He had played an unbeaten 83-runs in 99 balls, Australia would have suffered even more embarrassment at home. Two openers Joe Burns and Matthew Wade returned after scoring 6 runs. Steve Smith also failed (1 run from 29 balls).
Aussie could not handle the Indian bowlers’ attack. Jashpreet Bumrah started Umesh Yadav finished. And Ashwin ruled in the middle over. He is the most successful bowler with 4 wickets. Umesh took 3 wickets. Jashpreet Bumrah took 2 wickets. Although Mohammed Shami did not get a wicket, India got a lead of 53 runs.
Batting in the second innings, however, the opening opener Prithvi Shaw was bowled again like the first innings. Experienced Cummins used the gap between the earth’s legs and the bat. India sent Bumrah to bat in 3rd position. At the end of the day, India lost 1 wicket for 9 runs in the second innings. Bumrah will play with Mayank Agarwal on Saturday. Indian cricket fans will be watching how big India can lead on the third day.