Australia v India: first Test, day three


India had the slight edge in a sedately-paced battle of attrition after senior off-spinner R Ashwin cleaned up the Australian top-order and a meticulous pace effort kept the home team's scoring in check on the second day of the opening Test here.

However, Kohli did not fare too well in the ongoing Adelaide Test as he was dismissed for only 3 runs in the first innings by Pat Cummins. But pointing the finger at the batsman alone does a disservice to how well the spinner Ashwin bowled (3/50 from 33 overs) to heap pressure onto the locals. Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah resume the action for India on day two.

He is 61 not out, and will be desperately hoping for a bit of support from the unbeaten Mitchell Starc (8) if Australia is to post any sort of lead.

"We've bowled a fuller length and some bouncers to get them back in the is really encouraging that they are swinging the ball". Peter Handscomb and Travis Head not able to rotate the strike as of now.

Virat Kohli and Tim Paine.

Nathan Lyon shapes as the key man for Australia.

It was a day akin to the second day in Bangalore in 2017, when Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Ashwin choked Australia's batting.

"But they also bowled well in the first two sessions".

Australian bowling coach David Saker confirmed it had been a premeditated plan for the quicks to pitch it up and lure India's batsmen into false shots.

First up, Shaun Marsh (2) gifted his wicket immediately after the break.

Usman Khawaja (28) and Handscomb then added 28 runs for the fourth wicket.

Finch's home Test debut got off to a horror start.

Gavaskar also reckons that Ashwin has managed to correct the mistake of bowling a middle-leg line to right-handed batters that made him ineffective on overseas soil. The left-hander had been tied down and was content eating up deliveries. Meanwhile, Ravi Ashwin is continuing from one end.

Conditioned into seeing foreign bowlers bleed runs at the rate of knots Down Under, what surprised many was Australia's diffidence to take the bowling on.

Australia's bowlers will pay the price for their batsmen's sins after being boldly sent into an Adelaide heat wave without a safety net against India. For Australia, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathon Lyon picked two wickets apiece. Australian pacers were on target on day one. Marsh's eagerness to feel bat on ball has brought him a dire run of scores at precisely the moment Australia needed him most - he is most certainly yearning for success so badly that he is finding it impossible to relax in the manner that he does on his best days, playing the ball under the eyes and striking it with certainty.

On their part, both Harris and Khawaja were content leaving as many deliveries as possible, and struck only four boundaries between them.

With Cummins dismissing Kohli twice with the four deliveries he has bowled to the Indian star, there is real reason to believe that abysmal average could sink even lower before the end of this series.