The second Test match between India and Australia began at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi on 17 February 2023. Australian captain Pat Cummins won the toss for the second successive time and decided to bat first. David Warner survived the LBW shout given out by the umpire but on review, it was overturned as there was an inside edge.
Usman Khawaja looked impressive Ravichandran Ashwin kept the scoreboard ticking while David Warner struggled with his batting. Mohammed Shami produced a beauty to dismiss Warner. Warner and Khawaja put on 50 runs for the opening wicket.
Marnus Labuschagne showed intent along with Usman Khawaja keeping the scoreboard ticking. Ravichandran Ashwin struck twice in one over getting rid of Labuschagne and Steve Smith. Labuschagne was given not out by the umpire but on review, it was overturned to out. Labuschagne and Khawaja added 41 runs for 2nd wicket.
The veteran off-spinner struck getting rid of Smith with a good low catch by KS Bharat. Khawaja was given out by the umpire but on review, it was overturned to not out as it was pitching outside leg. Khawaja completed half-century off 71 deliveries as Australia ended the first session at 94 for 3.
KL Rahul takes a stunner:
KL Rahul 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/1V8UVBM0go
— Abhishek Sandikar (@Elonmast23) February 17, 2023
After the lunch session, Mohammed Shami got an early wicket dismissing Travis Head with a sharp catch by KL Rahul. Usman Khawaja and Peter Handscomb steadied the ship against all Indian spinners keeping the scoreboard ticking. Things looked at ease for both Australian batters before KL Rahul produced a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss well-set, Usman Khawaja.
The incident took place in the 46th over as Khawaja tried to reverse sweep but KL Rahul took a stunning one-handed catch at square leg to surprise the batter. Khawaja was dismissed for a well-made 81. Khawaja and Handscomb added 59 runs for the 5th wicket. Soon after, R Ashwin produced a lovely delivery to get rid of Alex Carey with a simple catch to Kohli at slips.
Khawaja was impressive with his shots against Ashwin, Jadeja, and Axar Patel. Ravindra Jadeja was the bowler to dismiss Khawaja which ended a decent partnership. Australia went into tea break at 199 for 6.
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