India and Australia are clashing against each other for the 2nd match of the four-match Test series at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Friday, February 17. The Men in Blue started the series with a convincing victory by an inning and 132 runs in the first Test in Nagpur.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in the ongoing Test match. But Indian bowlers dismissed the Kangaroos for 263 on the opening day.
Australian openers provided a decent start to the team as opener David Warner and Usman Khawaja stitched a beautiful 50-run partnership for the first wicket. Indian speedster Mohammed Shami provided the first breakthrough as he dismissed the out-of-form batter, Warner for 15.
The no.1 ranked Test batter of the world, Marnus Labuschagne came to bat at no.3 and looked confident but departed after scoring 18 runs. He was trapped by Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as he bowled a nice off-break delivery which drifted away and then spun back into his pads. Ashwin didn’t stop as one ball later, he dismissed another premium batter Steve Smith for a two-ball duck.
Brilliant bowling display by Mohammed Shami
After Lunch, Shami got Travis Head but, once again, a partnership between Peter Handscomb and Khawaja developed before the left-hander was brilliantly caught by KL Rahul to dismiss him for an 81-run knock. Australian wicketkeeper, Alex Carey did not last long but Handscomb found a partner in skipper Pat Cummins and the duo added 59 runs for the 7th wicket before Jadeja struck twice in one over as he dismissed Cummins and Todd Murphy in the same over.
Later, Handscomb and Nathan Lyon were dealing with the spinners very confidently but, once again, Shami came back and got the last two wickets after Jadeja was denied a wicket due to a no-ball when he got Handscomb. Shami took 4 wickets while Ashwin and Jadeja took 3 wickets each. India came to bat with 9 overs were still left in the day and the openers Rohit Shamra and Rahul successfully survived to end the day with 21 runs for no loss.
Here's how fans reacted:
Aussie Selectors after seeing a pacer have taken 4 wicket💀💀☠️☠️😑😐 pic.twitter.com/v5taryFerD— Tamjid Ahmed🇧🇩🇧🇩 (@Tamjidtam117) February 17, 2023
Lostralia— ✨🇦🇺 (@_RickAlton) February 17, 2023
Decent score— jonyRao (@jonyRao7) February 17, 2023
Captain Cool Rohit Sharma 🔥— ً (@Ro45Goat) February 17, 2023
Australian seeing Pacer picking up 4 wicket pic.twitter.com/amoWKMpnOO— Prasun Jha (@jprasun21) February 17, 2023
no.1 Test team aisi hoti hai kya?— Cricketbugs (@Cricketbugs0) February 17, 2023
Australia fielded One pacer, while Shami took 4 wickets!.🥲🥲 #INDvAUS— AKDhillon (@kauraverjit) February 17, 2023
We want shastri back pic.twitter.com/d3KZzcExey— Vaibhav Arora (@Savage_vaibhav) February 17, 2023
Good score by Aussies— Grilledbunny (@GrilledBunnyy) February 17, 2023