PICS: Australia vs India Second Test, Day 1

Images from Day 1 of the second Test between Australia and India, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, on Saturday. 

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Ravichandran Ashwin’s double strike helped India reduce Australia to 65 for 3 after the opening session of the Boxing Day second Test, in Melbourne, on Saturday.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane made some impressive captaincy moves which enabled India gain the upper hand on a track that offered turn and bounce in the first session.

Jasprit Bumrah (1-7 in 8 overs) struck for the visitors in the fifth over, removing Joe Burns for a duck, as the batsman nicked a delivery that moved a bit after hitting the seam to Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.

Introduced into the attack in the 11th over, Ashwin struck in his second over as Matthew Wade (30 off 39) went for a glory shot over square-leg, only to get a top-edge which  was caught by Ravindra Jadeja despite a collision with onrushing debutant Shubman Gill.

An over later, Ashwin (2-17 in 9 overs) was again on the money, this time accounting for Steve Smith (0), who got one that was tossed up. The former Australia skipper tried to glance to glanc, only to find new vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara pouch it at leg gully.

At the break, Marnus Labuschagne was batting on 28 in the company of Travis Head (4 not out).

Labuschagne did hit some good shots but also looked a bit edgy in between. He survived a leg before decision when Ashwin trapped him with flight but the Umpires’ review showed that the ball was missing the stumps.

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