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Team India’s all-round performance outshines Steve Smith’s century on Day 2

January 8, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Team India ended Day 2 on a good note as they followed up an outstanding bowling performance and a solid batting effort. Despite Team India losing their openers in quick succession, the Men in Blue would be happy heading into Day 3.

The Kangaroos will also find some relief after picking up two wickets in the final session. Australia failed to make the most of their promising position at the start of the day. The side lost eight wickets for 172 runs. Steve Smith's bounce-back was the most significant positive, as Smith scored an impressive hundred.

In contrast to Day one, the Team India didn't let rain affect their energy in an extended morning session. The two Aussie batsmen Smith and Marnus saw off the Indian attack in the first hour. Marnus Labuschagne was the first to go as he missed out on a 100 when Ravindra Jadeja dismissed him. Matthew Wade also threw away his wicket a few overs later. 

Steve Smith's century destroyed by Jadeja's masterclass

Regardless wickets falling around him, Smith kept playing and became the first Australian to score a century in the on-going series. Smith also becomes the second-fastest to reach 27 Test centuries after Don Bradman.

But Smith was the only one who made the most of a flat wicket. Tim Paine was dismissed by a Jasprit Bumrah. On the hand end, Jadeja sent both Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon back to the pavilion.

Steve Smith's hundred was the highlight of the entire day. But Jadeja's effort to dismiss the Aussie batsmen was exceptional. The all-rounder also executed his throw perfectly to catch Steve Smith in order to end Australia's innings.

The Indian side looked solid despite losing Rohit and Gill

Rohit and Gill traded a tricky opening partnership with ease. The visitors managed to drive home their dominance in the final session. Both the openers brought up their 50-run stand in 20 overs. The opening duo also became the first to last more than 20 overs in an overseas Test. 

Gill also reached his maiden Test fifty, but the youngster went back to the pavilion after giving away his wicket to Pat Cummins. The men in blue will be the happier of the two sides and will look to build an advantage on Day 3. However, the hosts will try to dismiss the Indian batting line-up before they get a chance to put up a big total.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth