2nd Test Australia vs India Perth: Jasprit Bumrah finally produced the first breakthrough for India after Australia put on a 100-run opening partnership on the opening day of the 2nd Test at the newly-built Perth Stadium in Perth. Bumrah trapped Finch leg before wicket just after the batsmen completes his second half-century in Test cricket. Along with Marcus Harris, Finch knitted a crucial 112-run stand to provide a sold start to the home side.
It is a much-needed boost for the visitors because this partnership was looking ominous. The seeds of doubt were already created in the batsman’s mind. If the last ball was shorter, this was full and it seamed in sharply. Finch’s head was falling away as he tried to play it across the line. Gets pinned low on the pad and in front of the pad. Dead duck and doesn’t bother to waste the review. It was crashing the middle of the middle.
Earlier in the day, DRS saved Finch when he was wrapped on the pads, just above the knee roll by Shami. The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first in the second Test in Perth after India captain Virat Kohli called wrong. Australia have fielded an unchanged XI into the match, while India were forced into two changes following injuries to ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and hard-hitting batter Rohit Sharma. Rohit jarred his back in the field during the first Test, while Ashwin suffered a left-side abdominal strain.
They were replaced in the line-up by spin-bowling all-rounder Hanuma Vihari, who only narrowly missed selection in Adelaide, and Umesh Yadav, who is the fastest bowler in the India touring party, meaning India boast four front-line quicks and only a part-time spinner in their XI.