India leaves Australia in tatters as Steve Smith scores just one goal in a subpar first inning totaling 191. Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav combine for seven wickets
- India broke Australia’s first innings batting team on day two in Adelaide
- Australian star Steve Smith scored just one run out of the miserable 191 total
- Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav took seven gates between them
India tore into the Australian batting team to leave the field in the driver’s seat on day two of the first test in Adelaide.
Steve Smith’s coveted wicket for just one – captured by Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin – temporarily opened the floodgates and set the Indians on their way to play off the hosts for a below-average score of 191.
Without exception, England will need such a blueprint for success Down Under next winter in the Ashes series.
India broke Australia’s batting team and picked up Steve Smith’s wicket for just one run
Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets in the innings, including Smith’s prized scalp
You also need to avoid giving second chances – visitors here give Australian captain Tim Paine a respite on the 26th.
Paine went on to score an unbeaten 73 as the home team rebounded from 111 for seven.
The seven gates shared between Ashwin and Umesh Yadav could have been even larger. The hosts were encouraged before the end, however, when opening player Prithvi Shaw left as India hit nine for one and a 62 lead.
In South Africa, two players tested positive for Covid-19 for a fortnight after an outbreak resulted in England’s one-day streak being scrapped.
The tests were before the Boxing Day test against Sri Lanka.
Ashwin shared seven wickets with right-armed Paceman Umesh Yadav (center), who took three
Additional reporting from Richard Gibson