Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, 1st Test (D/N): Here are the records that were scripted on Day 2
First Published Dec 18, 2020, 5:54 PM IST
India are taking on Australia in their first-ever day-night Test match Down Under. India are the defending champions of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, from their last visit, in 2018-19. As of now, India lead by 62 runs in the opening Test, in Adelaide.
Hosts India have proved that why they are one of the top contenders in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship, as they have earned a much-needed 62-run lead on Day 2 of the first day-night Test, at the Adelaide Oval, on Friday. As India look to successfully defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, from their last visit in 2018-19, we take a look at some of the exciting records that were scripted during the day.
Australia take really long to get off the mark: In an interesting observation, it took Australia 28 deliveries to score their opening run during their innings. Consequently, it was the first time in this century that they took so long to get off the mark.
Ravichandran Ashwin produces one of the best outside Asia: Off-spinner Ashwin just nailed it with figures of 4/55, and that too on Day 2 when the pitch was not expected to turn. Nonetheless, it happened to be his fourth-best innings figures outside Asia. His best happens to be 7/83 against the Windies, in North Sound, in 2016.
Australia script yet another unwanted for the first time: Australia failed to take the lead, as they fell behind by 53 runs. It happened to be the first time in their eight day-night Tests that they have been unable to do so in the first innings. Kudos, India.
A rare outing by captains in the first innings: The first innings saw the captains from both the sides playing the best knocks, scoring 50-plus scores (Virat Kohli 74 and Tim Paine 73). In an unusual observation, it was the third instance of only the captains doing the same in the first innings. The other two cases happen to be K Rutherford (63) and M Azharuddin (63) in 1994, and L Hassett (52) and F Brown (62) in 1950.
Match summary: Winning the toss, India had elected to bat first, as they were bundled out for 244, with Kohli (74) being the top scorer, while Mitchell Starc claimed 4/53. As for Australia, they were outplayed by Ashwin, who claimed 4/55, supported by Indian pacers, as the hosts were rattled for 191. While India earned a 53-run lead, they have extended it to 62 at stumps on Day 2.
Brief scores: India 244 & 9/1 (Myanak 5*; Cummins 1/6) lead Australia 191 (Paine 73; Ashwin 4/55, Umesh 3/40) by 62 runs.
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