Indis vs Australia 1st Test Day 2 – Indian bowlers had a night to remember, dominating the second day from the start. But the credit to this brilliant performance by India goes to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Indian cricket board made a special demand to the Adelaide Oval ahead of Day 2, which proved to be a masterstroke for Indians.
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According to a report by Fox Sports Australia, the Indian cricket board had asked the ground staff not to make any changes to the wicket in any way. It means the pitch was not rolled or swept last night or this morning.
Teams are normally given the option of using a heavy or light roller ahead of a days play but it is unusual to issue so strict directions around the sweeping of debris from the surface.
According to ICC rules teams are allowed to request the pitch not be touched up until 10 minutes before the resumption of play.
Ind vs Aus 1st Test Day 2: How did it help India?
India’s bowling was in control from the very first bowl of the innings. Jasprit Bumrah chipped two wickets early before lunch in Mathew Wade and Joe Burns. But it was after lunch that the visitors had actually shifted into attacking gear, courtesy Ravinchandran Ashwin.
Ashwin has done exactly what Nathan Lyon did for Australia on Day 1. He had an attacking approach from the starting. Due to this mindset, he chipped four wickets including an important wicket of Steve Smith.
Furthermore, Jasprit Bumrah, and Umesh Yadav took two wickets each. Mohammad Shami although did not get any to his credit, he certainly played a crucial role in ramping up pressure on the Australian batting.