India returns favor to make quick work of Australian openers
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah removed Australia's openers early after the home team made quick work of the India tail-enders on Friday and bowled out the tourists for 244 on the second day of the first cricket test at Adelaide Oval.
Bumrah trapped Matthew Wade and Joe Burns leg before wicket in successive overs before the dinner break to leave Australia at 35-2. Both openers struggled to score runs each against a tidy three-pronged Indian pace attack led by Bumrah.
Australia could have run into more trouble but Bumrah jumped unnecessarily at the fine leg boundary and dropped a regulation catch off Marnus Labuschange (16 not out) in the penultimate over before the break.
Labuschagne also survived a close caught behind when he edged Bumrah to third man boundary as the ball went underneath the gloves of diving wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha
India’s new-ball bowlers Bumrah and Umesh Yadav bowled four maiden overs in a row up front to Burns and Wade before the latter drove Yadav off the backfoot though to the covers for Australia’s first runs in the fifth over.
Earlier, Australia took last four Indian wickets for just 11 runs after visitors resumed on 233-6. Australia captain Tim Paine’s side needed just 22 minutes and 4.1 overs to wrap up India’s first innings.
Pat Cummins removed Ravichandran Ashwin with the third ball of the day Friday, when a regulation edge resulted in a catch for Paine. Starc struck with his third delivery of the day, dismissing Saha after the keeper’s loose stroke resulted in another catch for Paine.
Starc also fired out Umesh Yadav to finish with figures of 4-53 from 21 overs as he enhanced his reputation as the world’s best pink-ball bowler.
“We all know how good a bowler he is, then you throw a pink ball into his hands and he grows an extra pair of legs,” Australian bowler Nathan Lyon said of Starc during the innings break.
Meanwhile, a new COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney has resulted in some broadcasters and media at the Adelaide match taking precautions to ensure the safety of staff.
Fox Cricket’s Brett Lee, a former Australian fast bowler, flew home to Sydney on Friday while both Fox and the Nine Network have sent a number of staff to undergo COVID-19 testing.
Lee, who lives on Sydney’s northern beaches where a new cluster of 28 cases has emerged, does not have any symptoms and has not been to any listed hot spots.
It followed a memo from Cricket Australia urging the media covering the game who have been to the northern beaches over the past three weeks to contact them as soon as possible.
Fox Sports’ executive director Steve Crawley said Lee was comfortable with the decision to fly home to Sydney.
“We had a good talk last night. He went back this morning. Of course everyone is being responsible and he totally understood that,” Crawley said.
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