Mohammed Siraj dismissed Will Pucovski (10) to give India an early breakthrough in their second innings. Australis started their second innings with a lead of 94 and having added just 16 runs into their second innings Siraj struck for India. Australia started with Warner and Pucovski on the front food and wanted to put the pressure back on the Indians. However, Siraj striking early helped India’s case.
Mohammed Siraj beautifully set up the right-hander as he bowled in-swingers before he bowled a perfect outswinger which just left the right-hander. Pucovski was committed to playing the shot and knicked the ball just outside off-stump before Wriddhiman Saha, who is out in place of injured Rishabh Pant grabbed a beautiful diving catch.
Mohammed Siraj gets the better of Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski who was fresh from a half-century in the first innings scored only 10 runs in the second innings. Australia were dealt with another blow as Ravichandran Ashwin soon struck David Warner for a paltry score of 13 to put the host under pressure. The southpaw didn’t had a great return to Test cricket and will hope to make amends in the next match.
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Earlier in the day, a compelling performance from the Australian bowlers saw India being bowled out for 244. India started the day on 96 and lost five wickets for just 21 runs before a late flourish from Ravindra Jadeja (28) got India to that score. During his knock, he was hit on his left thumb which is why he is not on the field in the second innings.
Keeping his good form on Pat Cummins took four wickets with the ball in the first innings. Mitchell Starc took a wicket and Josh Hazlewood took two. The Indian inning also saw as many as three run-outs which was another highlight of their batting innings.