Ind vs Aus 2nd Test: Australia bowled out for 263 on the first day

Ind vs Aus 2nd Test: Australia's Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb both hit half-centuries on the first day of the second Test against India in Delhi as the tourists were bowled out for 263. After choosing to bat,  opener Khawaja scored 81 and Handscomb remained unbeaten on 72, while Mohammad Shami claimed 4-60.

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Australia’s Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb both hit half-centuries on the first day of the second Test against India in Delhi as the tourists were bowled out for 263. After choosing to bat,  opener Khawaja scored 81 and Handscomb remained unbeaten on 72, while Mohammad Shami claimed 4-60.

India trailed by 242 at the end, as they scored 21-0, with skipper Rohit Sharma on 13 and KL Rahul on 4.

After an innings victory in Nagpur, the hosts currently lead the four-Test series 1-0.

Khawaja and David Warner (15) shared a partnership of 50 for the first wicket before Australia was reduced to 91-3 by the dismissals of Marnus Labuschagne for 18 and Steve Smith for a duck in a span of three deliveries by Ravichandran Ashwin (3-57).

Prior to Khawaja and Handscomb’s 59-run partnership for the fifth wicket, Travis Head, who was one of Australia’s two changes, fell for 12.

Rahul brilliantly caught Khawaja in the covers as he attempted a reverse sweep, and wicketkeeper Alex Carey (0) fell seven balls later.

In the 68th over, Todd Murphy and Captain Pat Cummins were both removed by Ravindra Jadeja (3-68) after Handscomb and Cummins put up 59 runs together.

Shami then returned to dismiss Nathan Lyon and debutant left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, as Australia was all out for 263 runs in 78.4 overs.

India then faced a challenging nine-over spell before the end of the innings, but Rohit and Rahul handled Cummins, Kuhnemann, and Lyon with ease.

Khawaja: “It was challenging to face Ashwin and Jadeja

Usman Khawaja playing the reverse sweep in Ind vs Aus 2nd Test
Usman Khawaja playing the reverse sweep

“It is always challenging and when you have quality bowlers like Ashwin and Jadeja it is always challenging. The gameplan was always the same, it has been pretty steady from the year and a half, I’m always looking to score runs, I like the conventional sweep too. If you hit one over mid-off it is always risky to hit one again. When the ball is spitting it is always dangerous to hit straight. The right-handers get all the good stuff, no rough outside the off-stump.”

“There is a reason India have produced a lot of great right-handers, left-handers need to be flamboyant to score runs. Peter has got a great defence, he batted beautifully today. I hope so, we got 260 and you don’t know what is a good score on this track until the other team bats. I have played only once here in Delhi, last time I was the 12th man and in 2012 it was a 200 v 200 sort of game. I think tomorrow will tell the tale where it is going.”

Full Scorecard 2nd Test: Ind vs Aus

Australia 1st Innings 

BATTING RB4s6sSR
David Warner c †Bharat b Mohammed Shami15443034.09
Usman Khawaja c Rahul b Jadeja8112512164.80
Marnus Labuschagne lbw b Ashwin18254072.00
Steven Smith c †Bharat b Ashwin02000.00
Travis Head c Rahul b Mohammed Shami12301140.00
Peter Handscomb not out721429050.70
Alex Carey †c Kohli b Ashwin05000.00
Pat Cummins (c)lbw b Jadeja33593255.93
Todd Murphy b Jadeja04000.00
Nathan Lyon b Mohammed Shami10262038.46
Matthew Kuhnemann b Mohammed Shami6120050.00
Extras(b 13, lb 1, nb 2)16
TOTAL78.4 Ov (RR: 3.34)263
Fall of wickets: 1-50 (David Warner, 15.2 ov), 2-91 (Marnus Labuschagne, 22.4 ov), 3-91 (Steven Smith, 22.6 ov), 4-108 (Travis Head, 31.2 ov), 5-167 (Usman Khawaja, 45.5 ov), 6-168 (Alex Carey, 46.6 ov), 7-227 (Pat Cummins, 67.2 ov), 8-227 (Todd Murphy, 67.6 ov), 9-246 (Nathan Lyon, 74.2 ov), 10-263 (Matthew Kuhnemann, 78.4 ov)
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB
Mohammed Shami14.446044.0901
Mohammed Siraj1023003.0000
Ravichandran Ashwin2145732.7100
Ravindra Jadeja2126833.2301
Axar Patel1223402.8300

India 1st Innings 

BATTING RB4s6sSR 
Rohit Sharma (c)not out13341038.23
KL Rahul not out4200020.00
Extras(b 4)4
TOTAL9 Ov (RR: 2.33)21
Yet to bat: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Srikar Bharat †, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami 
BOWLINGOMRWECONWDNB 
Pat Cummins31702.3300
Matthew Kuhnemann41601.5000
Nathan Lyon20402.0000

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