Australia resumed play on Day 2 at 166/2 as Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne stepped out to bat. The duo added a century-plus stand for the third wicket before Marnus departed after scoring 91 (11 fours).
While he was en route to scoring a hundred, India’s stand-in captain Rahane set the trap and it worked quite perfectly as Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Labuschagne at the right time.
However, Steve Smith went about his business and scored a brilliant Test hundred. He ended up scoring 131 (16 fours) before he was run out by India’s greatest fielder Ravindra Jadeja.
After the fall of Marnus’ wicket, Australia lost momentum in their batting as they lost wickets frequently. There wasn’t any partnership building between the players as the hosts were skittled out for 338.
In reply, India provided a great start to the game in the form of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in the first innings. For the first time in 14 innings, India registered a 50-run opening stand.
Marnus tries to distract Gill
When both the openers looked calm and composed at the crease, Marnus Labuschagne who was fielding at the short leg tried to distract the Indian openers. However, Marnus distracted Gill a bit more by asking questions during the game.
Gill looked rock-solid ever since he came out to bat and was scoring boundaries at ease. During the overs, Marnus asked Gill: “Favourite player? Who is your favourite player?”. To which, the Indian youngster replied: “I’ll tell you after.” Marnus said: “After the ball. Sachin? Do you reckon Virat? And that’s how the conversation went on between the two.
When Rohit Sharma was on strike, Marnus tried his best to distract him too. He asked Rohit: “What did you do in your quarantine?” To which Rohit Sharma didn’t say a word as he continued to bat.
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Australia dismiss Indian openers
After India stitched a 70-run stand for the opening wicket, Josh Hazlewood provided a much-needed breakthrough by getting rid of Rohit Sharma on 26 runs (3 fours and 1 six). The fast bowler kept the opener in check by bowling too many dot balls. While Rohit tried to play a straight shot, he ended up giving it to Hazlewood as he was caught and bowled by the pacer.
It was Rohit’s first Test as an opener in an overseas Test and he failed to make an impact during the game. However, he became the first batsman to hit 100 sixes against Australia in international cricket.
On the other hand, Shubman Gill scored a magnificent Test fifty with the help of 8 fours. Soon after scoring a half-century, he was outsmarted by Aussie pacer Pat Cummins. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are batting on 9 and 5 as India ended Day 2 with 96 for the loss of 2 wickets.