ADELAIDE: Australia were all out for 235 in their first innings Saturday on the third day of the opening Test against India, to trail the visitors by 15 runs.
Travis Head top scored with 72 – matching his best-ever Test score – before nicking a Mohammed Shami delivery to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after adding 11 to his overnight 61.
Australia started at 191-7 on a rain-affected morning and Mitchell Starc was the first to go for 15, caught by Pant off a thin edge from Jasprit Bumrah. Josh Hazlewood was out first ball, again to the Shami-Pant combination, leaving Nathan Lyon unbeaten on 24.
For India, Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 3-57 and Jasprit Bumrah had 3-47. The rain that impacted morning play returned after the final wicket fell and the covers were again put on the wicket, meaning more delays.
Cricket: India all out for 283, trail Australia by 43 runs
PERTH: Australia held a 43-run first innings lead after bowling India out for 283 on the third day of the 2nd test here today.
In reply to Australia’s 326, the Indians lost their last five wickets for 35 runs after captain Virat Kohli made his 25th Test century to provide the backbone of their reply.
Nathan Lyon was the best of the Australian bowlers, taking 5-67. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood both grabbed two wickets each.
Kohli became the second-fastest player to reach 25 Test centuries in terms of innings, behind only Don Bradman, in making 123.
He also joined Sachin Tendulkar as the only Indian batsmen to have scored six Test centuries in Australia. His innings came to a controversial end when he was caught at second slip by a diving Peter Handscomb from the bowling of Pat Cummins.
Kohli was given out by the on-field umpires but believed it had not carried. However, the decision stood after it was reviewed by third umpire Nigel Llong. His dismissal triggered a late collapse, despite some aggressive blows by Rishabh Pant, who made 36.
Cricket: N. Zealand vs S. Lanka 1st Test
WELLINGTON: Scoreboard at stumps on day two of the first Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka here today:
J. Raval c Dickwella b Kumara 43
T. Latham not out 121
K. Williamson c Rajitha b de Silva 91
R. Taylor not out 50
Extras (lb4, nb1, w1) 6
Total (2 wickets; 84 overs) 311
Fall of wickets: 1-59 (Raval), 2-221 (Williamson)
Yet to bat: H. Nicholls, BJ Watling, C. de Grandhomme, T. Southee, N. Wagner, A. Patel
Bowling: Lakmal 18-2-60-0, Rajitha 21-5-78-0 (1w, 1nb), Mathews 4-3-1-0, Perera 13-0-59-0,
Kumara 20-1-79-1, de Silva 8-0-30-1
1st innings (275-9 overnight)
M. Gunathilaka lbw Southee 1
F. Karunaratne c Watling b Wagner 79
D. de Silva c Watling b Southee 1
K. Mendis c Patel b Southee 2
A. Mathews c Watling b Southee 83
D. Chandimal c Patel b Southee 6
N. Dickwella not out 80
D. Perera c Watling b de Grandhomme 16
S. Lakmal c Nicholls b Wagner 3
K. Rajitha c Watling b Boult 2
L. Kumara c de Grandhomme b Southee 0
Extras (lb7, nb2) 9
Total (all out, 90 overs) 282
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Gunathilaka), 2-7 (de Silva), 3-9 (Mendis), 4-142 (Karunaratne), 5-167
(Chandimal), 6-187 (Mathews), 7-223 (Perera), 8-240 (Lakmal), 9-275 (Rajitha), 10-282 (Kumara)
Bowling: Boult 27-6-83-1, Southee 27-7-68-8, de Grandhomme 13-2-35-1 (nb1), Wagner
20-2-75-2 (nb1), Patel 3-0-14-0
Toss: New Zealand
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS), Michael Gough (ENG)
TV umpire: Richard Illingworth (ENG)
Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)
Opener Tom Latham’s unbeaten century put New Zealand in charge of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Wellington
on Sunday, as the Black Caps raced past the tourists’ first-innings total and looked to build an imposing lead.
Latham was 121 not out at stumps on day two with New Zealand cruising at 311 for two in reply to Sri Lanka’s modest 282.
It was a frustrating day for Sri Lanka’s bowlers on a Basin Reserve pitch that transformed into a batters’ paradise after wreaking havoc during the tourists’ innings on day one.
Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson narrowly missed out on his own century, falling for 91, and all New Zealand’s batsmen made good starts, with Jeet Raval making 43 and Ross Taylor not out on 50.
While the Sri Lanka attack worked hard, they could not build pressure and the two New Zealand wickets that fell were the result of rash shots from Raval and Williamson.
That was not an issue for Latham, who meticulously crafted his seventh Test century from 219 balls and never looked rattled at the crease.
He combined with Williamson for a 162-run partnership, laying the foundation for a huge total from a line-up that still has plenty of batting to come.
Despite failing to reach triple figures, Williamson still has a remarkable record against Sri Lanka, with three centuries against them in seven Tests.
That includes an unbeaten 242 at Wellington’s Basin Reserve in 2015.
Sri Lanka will be hoping for a dramatic New Zealand collapse on day three to salvage any hopes of a win.
Earlier, they added just seven to their overnight batting total before Tim Southee coaxed an inside edge off Kumara to claim a six-wicket innings haul.
Kumara’s departure for a duck left Dickwella stranded on 80 not out after he led a rearguard action for Sri Lanka.
Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne were the only other batsmen to offer any meaningful resistance, notching 83 and 79 respectively and forging a 133-run partnership.
Sri Lanka ranked sixth in the world, have lost their last five Tests against New Zealand and suffered a 3-0 home Test series whitewash against England last month.
They have faced upheaval in their coaching and selection ranks in recent weeks and arrived in New Zealand low on confidence.
In contrast, the fourth-ranked Black Caps entered the two-match contest buoyed by their first away Test series win over Pakistan in 49 years.
Kohli leads Indian fightback on day two in Perth
PERTH: India expects captain Virat Kohli to continue to lead from the front after he guided their fightback on day two of the second Test against Australia at Perth today.
At stumps, the visitors had overcome a terrible start and were 172 for three, still trailing the Australian first innings total of 326 by 154 runs with seven wickets in hand. The imperious Kohli was unbeaten on 82 and shaping as the major stumbling block for Australia, with Ajinkya Rahane also in fine form on 51, the pair having added 90 for the third wicket.
Paceman Ishant Sharma, who claimed four first innings wickets and will start the Australian second innings on a hat-trick, said the game was still evenly poised. However, he believes Kohli is their trump card heading into day three. “We feel pretty confident whenever he is batting,” he said of Kohli. “We finished the day in a strong position.
“It’s equal right now, hopefully, we’ll win the first session tomorrow and turn the game in our favor.” Australian batsman Usman Khawaja admitted Kohli was the prized wicket but believed his team still held the upper hand. “We’re still ahead of the game in a lot of respects,” Khawaja said. “Virat’s a good batsman, he respects good balls and tries to put away bad ones.
“It took them 70 overs to get 170, so I still think one or two wickets hopefully in the first session on Sunday will be pretty big for us.” Up 1-0 in the four-Test series, India made a terrible start to their first innings after cleaning up the Australian tail in the morning session, before Kohli came to the rescue. With the last ball before lunch, left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc found a gap between opener Murali Vijay’s bat and pad to send his stumps flying for a 12-ball duck.
Shortly after play resumed both openers were gone, with Josh Hazlewood getting through KL Rahul’s defenses to bowl him for two with India slumping to eight for two on what appeared a tricky pitch on the first day. However, Kohli looked comfortable from the moment he strode to the crease, a crisp on-drive from the second ball he faced from Hazlewood racing to the boundary. His only real moment of concern came on 22 when he left a delivery from spinner Nathan Lyon and the ball just bounced over the bails.
Kohli faced 181 balls and hit nine fours, with a 25th Test century firmly in his sights on a wicket showing few of the devils of the first day. Rahane hit six fours in 103 and had the honor of hitting the first Test match six at the new venue. The stubborn Pujara offered strong support for Kohli initially, but fell in surprising fashion for 24, caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Tim Paine from a wayward Starc (2-42) delivery.
Earlier, India had cleaned up the Australian tail with Sharma claiming 4-41. At 310 for six, the home side was edging towards an imposing first innings total after winning the toss and electing to bat. But the Indians, who are out to win their first-ever series in Australia, struck back to claim the last four wickets for just 16 runs. Australia resumed at 277 for six, with overnight batsmen Paine and Pat Cummins building a useful lower order partnership.
The pair put on 59 before Cummins (19) was clean bowled by a sharp delivery from Umesh Yadav (2-78) to end his 66-ball knock. That sparked the Australian collapse, with Paine then trapped lbw by Jasprit Bumrah two balls later for 38. Sharma claimed the wickets of Starc (6) and Josh Hazlewood (0) in successive balls to end the innings.