India lost the toss in the 2nd test after a demoralizing defeat in the first game and it was expected that a good batting surface was on cards which is traditionally the case in the Melbourne Cricket Ground but the wicket had excellent carry and fast bowlers enjoyed bowling on it but Ravichandran Ashwin came out of syllabus and picked 2 crucial wickets which included a catching masterclass by Ravindra Jadeja.
India had two forced changes as Virat Kohli and Mohammad Shami were replaced by Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Siraj. India decided to give some breathing space to the youngster in Prithvi Shaw who has been struggling to buy runs since IPL and injected Shubman Gill into the test side for the first time.
In the absence of the experienced veteran Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah had to take the role of spearhead and he delivered by giving the first breakthrough of the morning by dismissing Joe Burns.
Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-in captain introduced Ravichandran Ashwin, the hero of the 1st innings with the ball for India in Adelaide in the 11th over of the game and it turned out to be a masterstroke as Matthew Wade couldn’t control his instincts and hit one up in the air which Ravindra Jadeja grabbed. It almost resulted in a collision as the debutant Shubman Gill was chasing the ball along with Ravindra Jadeja and it would have been a dangerous incident.
The #3 batsman in the world Marnus Labuschagne has been a rock in the Australian batting line up in the last year and a half and he proves why he is class apart.
He stood there firmly when wickets were tumbling around him and ensured that Australia go into the lunch without any further loss of wickets along with Travis Head. These 2 batters added 86 runs for the 4th wicket and shifted the momentum completely in the favor of their team.