India vs Australia 2023

‘Toota Delhi ka ghamand loading’ -India put up a lacklustre performance as Australia end Day 2 with 62-run lead

Australia ended Day 2 with a 62-run lead.
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India and Australia battled it out on the second day after India ended Day 1 of the Delhi Test at the Arun Jaitley Stadium at 21-0. After Australia were dismissed for 263 in their innings, India did not have the best of starts as Nathan Lyon showed his craft and fell all over the Indian batting lineup. He picked up the wickets of Kl Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara and Shreyas Iyer in short intervals.

This reduced India to 66-4 at Lunch. India then made their way to 125-4, courtesy of a partnership between Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja in the second session who did the rebuilding act for India. Then Australia came back into the game with Mathew Kuhemann, who picked up the prized wicket of Kohli albeit in a controversial fashion and Todd Murphy, who scalped Jadeja. Lyon completed a five-wicket haul when he picked up the wicket of KS Bharat.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel had a 114 run partnership for the eighth wicket

This derailed India to 139-7 and when all looked lost they found two heroes in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, who bailed India out of a tricky situation. They added 114 runs for the eighth wicket. Ashwin scored 37 off 71 balls with five fours and Axar Patel scored 74 off 1115 balls with nine fours and three sixes.

All these contributions helped India get to 262, which was one run short of Australia’s target of 263. India will be ruing their batting performance as they batted well but also batted very badly in patches. Lyon picked 5-67 in his 29-over spell. Murphy and Kuhemann picked up 2-53 in their 18 overs spell and 2-72 in his 13-over spell, respectively for the Kangaroos.

In the second innings, Australia lost Usman Khawaja at the score 23 in what was the only bright spot for India. Travis Head batted extremely well as he scored an unbeaten 39 off 40 balls with five fours and one six.

Marnus Labuschagne made an unbeaten 16 off 19 balls with three fours. Australia ended the day at 61-1 with a 62-run lead in their kitty heading into Day 3. Let us take a look at the reactions on Twitter:


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