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Ashwin's strikes dent Australia to 117/4 at tea

IANS  |  Adelaide 

off-spinner struck twice in the second session to restrict to 117/4 at tea on Day 2 of the opening Test at the Oval here on Friday.

At the break, (33 not out) and (17 not out) remained undefeated after Ashwin, the lone spinner in the side bowled his heart out to return 3/38 from his overs.

Ashwin has extracted enough turn and bounce from the pitch to create doubts in the Australian camp, and thanks to poor shot selection by some of the home batsmen that the session yielded just 60 runs at around 2 runs per over.

Already with his tails up after dismissing debutant opener (26) in the morning session, the Chennai tweaker started the second session by packing back (2) in the very first over after lunch.

Marsh had himself to blame for trying to play an expansive drive which only resulted in a thick inside edge that trickled back onto the stumps.

Ashwin then doubled the joy for the Indian camp with the wicket of the in-form (28), who got a faint bit of glove to be caught behind by stumper Rishabh Pant, only for the third umpire to certify it using the DRS.

Khawaja was Ashwin's 179th left-handed victim, as the Indian became only the second after Sri Lankan maestro Muttiah Muralitharan (191) to claim more southpaws in Test

Next up and Handscomb joined forces and survived a few early scares from the tweaker before heading for the breather undefeated.

Earlier, Ishant Sharma and Ashwin struck in the morning session to reduce the hosts to 57/2 at lunch after took just one ball to wrap up the visitors' innings for the overnight score of 250.

Pacer got the last man (6) caught behind on the very first ball to deny the visitors any addition to the overnight score.

For the hosts, Hazlewood shone with three wickets, while fellow quicks and took two scalps each. The spinner also bagged a couple of wickets.

Brief Scores: 250 (Cheteshwar Pujara 123, 37; 3/52, 2/49) vs 117/4 (33 bating, 28; 3/38, Ishant Sharma 1/17).

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 12:50 IST
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