Vastavam web: Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin removed Australia’s openers to leave the home side vulnerable at 57 for two at lunch on day two of the first test on Friday after India were bowled out for 250. Spinner Ashwin had debutant opener Marcus Harris caught for 26, breaking a 45-run partnership with Usman Khawaja, after paceman Ishant bowled Aaron Finch for a duck with the third delivery of the innings. Virat Kohli’s team were unable to add to their overnight total of 250, with tail-ender Mohammed Shami giving up the last wicket for six, caught behind after gloving a wayward leg-side delivery to Tim Paine.
Having survived a big appeal for lbw after declining to play a shot with the second ball, he drove with force at the third delivery which nipped back and sent two of his stumps flying. Victoria batsman Harris and Khawaja saw off India’s seamers with judicious shot-making in the first hour but the former ran into trouble when Ashwin was introduced after the drinks break. Harris collected himself, smashing a lofted drive over the spinner’s head two balls later and taking another four off him with a stylish cover drive.