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6.55pm native time/1.25pm IST: Australia on high after first day

Smith tells the broadcasters he was trying to be “optimistic, would not say aggressive” in opposition to Ashwin after the spinner obtained the higher of him earlier within the collection. With that session, that noticed just one wicket, we have come to the tip of the primary day that noticed solely 55 overs, which implies early begin for the remainder of the times, beginning 10am native time (4.30am IST). The hosts are wanting set for an enormous rating right here on this flat pitch and India’s inexperienced assault should do much more to tilt the sport of their favour. To not neglect, they will have to carry on to the catches too after the 2 drops as we speak. That is a wrap from me, catch you all tomorrow for the reside motion and this Dwell Report once more. The tip of day report will probably be up quickly.

6.30pm native time/1pm IST: Labuschagne chugs lengthy

Australia are lastly wanting set to cross 200 for the primary time this collection, and as we speak it is largely due to Marnus Labuschagne. Whereas many of the focus has been on the 2 debutants and Smith, Labuschagne is now ticking together with a strike fee of almost 50 to maintain Australia on high. His persistence laid the muse early with Pucovski for a century stand, he negated R Ashwin’s menace early on, and he even set the platform for Smith to get again among the many runs on this batting-friendly observe. He has blunted Ashwin rigorously on the leg facet by closing the face of the bat on the proper time and taking part in with gentle fingers; he was the primary one to punish the spinner when he pitched too broad or brief within the second session. And Labuschagne has additionally been on the prowl for the free deliveries from the short; they pitch too brief, he cuts, and if they’re too full, like Siraj was few overs in the past, he’ll drive and drive you for extra boundaries. He is batting properly on 65, his ninth Check half-century.

In the meantime, Jadeja into the assault for the final eight overs of the day.


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