Indian captain Virat Kohli tried to make life more difficult for Australian captain Tim Paine during the latter’s short stay at the crease. But Paine already baffled by Bumrah’s terrific bowling downplayed Kohli’s comments and avoided a confrontation with the Indian captain.
It is impossible to keep Indian captain Virat Kohli away from the action. When he is batting, his genius stroke-play makes him the center of attention but when he is fielding his intense energy means he is always making his presence felt.
Indian bowlers bowled well and kept Australia under pressure throughout the innings. Ashwin removed three top-order left-handers which meant Aussie captain Tim Paine walked at the crease with only 120 runs on the board.
He was welcomed to the crease by Jasprit Bumrah who troubled him consistently with his awkward angles.
Seeing Paine in trouble, the Indian captain decided to capitalize. He kept on makes comments to distract the wicket-keeper batsman but Paine preferred to keep quiet and focus on his batting.
Bumrah had a couple of close shaves against Paine. Once he beat Paine’s outside edge and on one occasion made the batsman play close to his pads.
And Kohli, standing in the slip cordon ensured that Paine didn’t get any reprieve with his constant comments.
The Aussie captain never looked settled and was finally dismissed by Ishant Sharma. He lasted for only 20 balls and scored just four runs.
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Ishant got the ball to move a bit which was too much to handle for Paine and he ended up edging the ball. His departure increased Australia’s headache as the team slipped to 127 for six wickets down.
However courtesy of Travis Head’s gritty half-century, Australia have finished the second day on 191 runs for seven wickets.