Australia vs India 2nd Test Day 2: Smith and Hazlewood help Australia fight back

Smith raises his bat after scoring his half-century

Smith raises his bat after scoring his half-century

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Australia stand-in captain Steven Smith scored an unbeaten 65 and debutant Josh Hazlewood picked up a five-wicket haul to help the Baggy Greens fight back against India on the second day of the second Test in Brisbane.

Smith and Hazlewood were well supported by opening batsman Chris Rogers, who made 55.

Starting out the day on 311/4, India’s batting duo of Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma only added 10 runs to their 50-run partnership before Rahane was caught behind off the bowling of Hazlewood.

Rahane’s excellent knock of 81 came off 132 balls and included eight boundaries.

Sharma ended up making 32 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Smith at second slip off the bowling of Shane Watson.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin stabilised the innings with a 57-run partnership before Ashwin was caught by Watson at first slip off the bowling of Hazlewood for 35.

Dhoni went on to score 33 runs before he was caught behind to give Hazlewood his maiden five-wicket haul.

Varun Aaron made four runs before he was the victim of a sensational catch by Marnus Labuschagne, who was the substitute fielder, at short leg off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

India were bowled out for 408 when Umesh Yadav was caught by Rogers at deep midwicket off the bowling of Lyon.

Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Lyon snapped up three and Watson and Mitchell Marsh chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Hazlewood finished with figures of 5-68 off 23.2 overs

Hazlewood finished with figures of 5-68 off 23.2 overs

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Trailing by 408, Australia got off to a solid start before David Warner was caught by Ashwin at first slip off the bowling of Yadav for 29.

Rogers and Watson steadied the innings with a 51-run partnership before Shikhar Dhawan took an absolute stunner at mid-on to dismiss Watson for 25.

Rogers ended up making 55 off 79 balls, which included 10 boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Yadav.

Rogers hit 10 boundaries during his knock of 55

Rogers hit 10 boundaries during his knock of 55

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Smith and Shaun Marsh steered the innings back in the right direction with an 87-run partnership, during which Smith registered his half-century, before Marsh was caught by Ashwin at first slip off the bowling of Yadav for 32.

Smith and Mitchell Marsh amassed an unbeaten 13-run partnership before stumps was called.

Smith finished on 65 off 88 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, while Marsh remained undefeated on seven off 22 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Yadav was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Ashwin claimed one.

Australia ended day two on 221/4 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:00 local time or 00:00 GMT.

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