Ravichandran Ashwin asserts Australia will be pinned back by Peter Handscomb.

Ravichandran Ashwin asserts Australia will be pin back by Peter Handscomb. Australia lead by 88 runs after the end of the first innings.

India needed a solid start with the ball after being bowl out for 109 runs in the first innings of the current third Test in Indore, but Australia gave them no opportunity. The Steve Smith-led team conclude Day 1 with a 47-run advantage and were in control. Day 2, the Indian bowlers looked dominating, picking wickets one after the other.

When experienced spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got the better of him with a peach of a ball. Peter Handscomb, who was looking threatening in the middle, was steadily forming a relationship with Cameron Green. Ashwin produce a fuller delivery around the stumps that clipped the edge of Handscomb’s bat and caught by Shreyas Iyer at short fine leg.

With that, the 31-year-old was sent back to the pavilion for 19, and Australia’s batting order quickly disintegrated.

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Australia lead by 88 runs after first innings

Green was sent back to the pavilion shortly after Handscomb ejected. They finally lost six wickets for 11 runs as the Steve Smith-led team finished the first innings with 197 runs on the board. Umesh Yadav, 35, was exceptional in the opening session of the day, picking up three wickets while allowing only 12 runs in five overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin, in addition to Umesh, looked quite excellent on Day 2. Although Australia’s lower order was utterly perplex, the spin maestro scoop up three wickets.

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