Australia vs India 1st Test Day 2: Ashwin stars as India fight back

Ravichandran Ashwin three wickets Australia India 1st Test Day 2 Adelaide cricket
Ravichandran Ashwin ended the day with figures of 3-50 off 33 overs

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Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets as India fought back against Australia on the second day of the first Test in Adelaide. 

Starting off the day on 250/9, India failed to add any runs to their overnight score as Mohammed Shami was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood for six runs. 

Hazlewood was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon chipped in with two wickets apiece. 

Trailing by 250 runs, Australia were dealt a big blow on the third ball of their innings as opener Aaron Finch was clean bowled by Ishant Sharma for a duck. 

Debutant Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja made up for the loss of Finch with a 45-run partnership before Harris was caught by Murali Vijay at silly mid-off off the bowling of Ashwin for 26. 

Shaun Marsh only scored two runs before he was clean bowled by Ashwin, who also took out Khawaja for 28. 

Peter Handscomb made an encouraging start to his innings before he was caught behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for 34. 

Australia captain Tim Paine fell shortly after, but Travis Head and Cummins steadied things with a 50-run partnership before Cummins was trapped lbw off the bowling of Bumrah for 10. 

Head and Starc managed to forge an unbeaten 14-run stand before stumps was called. 

Head finished on 61, which came off 149 balls and included six boundaries, while Starc remained undefeated on eight, which came off 17 deliveries and included a boundary. 

Ashwin was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Bumrah and Ishant claimed two wickets each. 

Australia ended day two on 191/7 and will continue batting on Saturday at 
10:30 local time or 00:00 GMT.

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