The ongoing second Test between India and Australia started on a poor note for the visitors. Batting first on a pitch that was set to assist pacers, Australia were off to a great start. Both of their openers Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch scored fifties to give their team a good start.
In fact, India went wicketless in the first session. However, the visitors clawed their way back into the game with four wickets in the second session. Jasprit Bumrah ended the opening wicket stand by dismissing Aaron Finch with a beauty. Finch scored 50 and shared an 112-run stand with Harris. Umesh Yadav then sent back Usman Khawaja cheaply before Hanuma Vihari accounted for Harris as India reduced Australia to 134 for 3. 14 runs later, Ishant Sharma sent back Peter Handscomb to leave Australia reeling at 148 for 4. And the credit for the wicket should go to none other than Virat Kohli.
The India skipper took an absolute stunner to make Handscomb pay for a poor shot. Ishant bowled a short delivery which Handscomb tried to steer over the slips. However, Kohli leapt up and threw his right hand in the air and took it. It is definitely going to be one of the best catches of the season.
— Cricket Network (@CricketNetwork) December 14, 2018
India, meanwhile, are leading the four-match Border-Gavaskar series after winning the series-opener by 31 runs. It was the first time, India won the first game of a Test series in Australia. It was also India’s only sixth Test win in Australia and first since 2008. A win in the ongoing Test will see India take an unassailable lead as well as retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.