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Cricket: Head holds on to give Australia hope in Adelaide

ADELAIDE (Reuters) – Travis Head scored an unbeaten half-century on his dwelling debut to give Australia hope of reeling in India’s first innings lead regardless of a string of batting failures on day two of the primary take a look at on Friday.

Australia’s batsman Travis Head (C) performs a shot on day two of the primary take a look at match between Australia and India on the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, December 7, 2018. AAP/David Mariuz/by way of REUTERS

Australia have been 191 for seven, with Head 61 not out and tailender Mitchell Starc on eight, nonetheless 59 runs wanting India’s modest whole of 250 on the shut of one other baking sizzling day at Adelaide Oval.

While the South Australia captain’s second fifty in his third take a look at was a lift to dwelling followers, it merely glossed over the fault-lines snaking via the batting in Tim Paine’s workforce.

Having wrapped up India’s innings with the primary ball of the day, the highest order was nearly as fast to blow Australia’s benefit.

Aaron Finch was bowled for a duck third ball by paceman Ishant Sharma and quantity 4 Shaun Marsh’s dreadful run of type continued when he dragged spinner Ravichandran Ashwin onto his stumps for 2 after an excruciating 19-ball innings.

Debutant opener Marcus Harris, certainly one of three Ashwin victims, was fast to blame a “tough” drop-in wicket and labored exhausting to put a rosy spin on the batsmen’s travails.

“It’s not as easy as the old Adelaide Oval wicket,” mentioned Harris, who was caught in shut for 26 after nicking onto his pads.

“We’re definitely still 100 percent in the game.”

Wicketkeeper-captain Paine’s 20-ball 5 was nearly as tortured as Marsh’s innings and he was caught behind prodding a leaden-footed drive at Ishant.

The batsmen who did get in couldn’t go on with it, with Usman Khawaja gloving a catch for 28 off Ashwin and recalled center order batsman Peter Handscomb throwing away his wicket for 34 with a unfastened angled shot off Jasprit Bumrah.

Paine’s dismissal lowered Australia to 127 for six, however Head discovered uncommon defiance in a batting associate from tailender Pat Cummins.

The pair carved out Australia’s first 50-run partnership, with Head slicing a Murali Vijay supply via the covers for a single to carry up his fifty and set off a roar from the sun-baked terraces.

“It’s nice to do a good job for the team,” mentioned Head.

“We’re hanging in there, India bowled exceptionally nicely and put us underneath stress.

“Fantastic little fight-back on the finish there and units up a extremely vital first hour in the morning. If we will get shut it’s sport on.”

He and Cummins’ stand was damaged as quickly because the second new ball was taken, nevertheless, when Cummins declined to play a searing Bumrah supply and was out lbw.

Despite a slew of false pictures and overwhelmed bats, Starc and Head in some way survived the ultimate overs to give Australia hope of mustering a complete on day three.

Having misplaced 9 wickets on day one, lots of them cheaply, India have been rightfully pleased with their bowlers’ work on day two.

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“I see it as neck and neck as far as the game goes right now,” mentioned Ashwin, who conceded solely 50 runs in a heavy 33-over load.

“Whoever leads initially will get the momentum from right here and clearly has an edge in this take a look at match.

“I really feel it’s extraordinarily well-poised and each run goes to be gold mud right here.”

Editing by Nick Mulvenney/Amlan Chakraborty

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