2nd Test: India vs Australia, Day 1 Report
Perth, Dec 14 - Australia were 277/6 at stumps on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India here on Friday. Pat Cummins (11) and skipper Tim Paine (16) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day. SCORECARD
The hosts had enjoyed a steady start, dominating the opening session before the Indians started to claw their way back into the game after lunch.
All the six wickets fell in the post lunch session with pacer Ishant Sharma and part time spinner Hanuma Vihari claiming two each. Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav bagged one wicket each.
Despite having some grass cover, the newly-laid wicket at the Perth Stadium did not have too much bounce with the occasional delivery keeping low.
Openers Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch gave the hosts a steady start. Batting comfortably on a pitch which did not help the bowlers too much, they frustrated the all-pace Indian attack with a 112-run stand. It was the first opening stand against India to cross the 100-run mark in 46 innings.
Harris scored 70 runs off 141 deliveries with 10 hits to the fence. Finch stroked six boundaries on his way to 50 off 105 balls.
Australian captain Tim Paine saw his decision to bat first upon winning the toss being vindicated as the opening pair batted comfortably throughout the session.
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