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Australia 163/5 at tea on Day 2

Sun Online Desk     5th March, 2017 03:15:52 printer

Australia 163/5 at tea on Day 2

Australia cricket team are 163/5 at tea on Day 2 of the second Test at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in reply to India’s first innings total of 189.


Ishant Shrama dismisses Mitchell Marsh before Tea.


 Matt Renshaw scored his half century after Ravichandran Ashwin removed David Warner early, while Ravindra Jadeja got three wickets.


Earlier, India removed dangerous opener David Warner and in-form captain Steve Smith cheaply on the second morning as they kept a tight leash on the Australians who reached to 87 for 2 at lunch in an intense session of cricket in the second Test here today.


Warner (33) and Smith (8) fell to Ravichandran Ashwin (1/22) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/11) respectively as the Indian bowlers, especially the spinners, made it difficult for the Australians to score runs on a turning Chinnaswamy Stadium track which had a lot of cracks.


Warner’s 33 came from 67 balls and contained three fours.


Smith, who had scored a brilliant century in the first Test which Australia won by 333 runs, fell three overs before lunch after he consumed 52 deliveries for his eight runs which did not have any shot to the boundary.


Opener Matt Renshaw, who was dropped by Indian captain Virat Kohli at slips off Umesh Yadav’s bowling, was batting on 40 off 144 deliveries at the lunch break after starting the day on 15. Shaun Marsh was giving him company on 2 off 10 balls.


The Australian captain was not to play a long innings today as he succumbed to the intense Indian pressure in the 42nd over as his defensive shot off Jadeja hit the inside edge of his bat and the pad before wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha took a fine diving catch.


Brief Scores:


India 1st Innings: 189 all out


Australia 1st Innings: 163/5 in 80 overs (Matt Renshaw 60, Ravindra Jadeja 3/32).