half century completed with six
Matthew Kuhneman brought the 75th over for India. Took the full delivery on the fifth ball on his radar and with the turn blasted it over deep midwicket for a six. Akshar Patel’s fifty, which came in 94 balls, saw 6 fours and 2 sixes. A brilliant 114-run partnership off 177 balls with Ashwin came when India needed it most.
Amazing by coming at number eight
Akshar Patel didn’t just play big shots but played with the turn on the side. Hit the drive to the Pacers. Pulled out great cut shots. You may be batting in the lower order, but the ability with which you were batting was top class. Coming at number eight, this type of batting becomes icing on the cake for any team, because the batsman coming in this order is purely a bowler.
Team India was in deep trouble
Nathan Lyon took five wickets to dominate Australia’s match. Till the T-session, India’s score was 179 for seven in 62 overs. Lyon took five wickets for the 22nd time in Test cricket. Virat Kohli (44 off 84 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 74 balls) added 59 runs for the fifth wicket in the post-lunch session to stabilize the Indian innings, but both were dismissed in quick succession. Wicketkeeper Bharat once again disappointed with the bat. Earlier in the day’s opening session, Lokesh Rahul (17) continued his poor form while Cheteshwar Pujara (0) could not make his first innings memorable in his 100th Test. Only skipper Rohit Sharma (32) looked in good touch in the Indian top order. Returning from injury, Shreyas Iyer (four) looked comfortable at the crease but his backfoot flick was caught by Peter Handscomb at shotleg.
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