India vs Australia Highlights, 2nd Test Day 1: Australia 277/6 At Stumps On Day 1 In Perth

Updated: 14 December 2018 15:40 IST

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India vs Australia Highlights, 2nd Test Day 1: Australia 277/6 At Stumps On Day 1 In Perth
India vs Australia Highlights: Australia lost six wickets on Day 1. © AFP

Marcus Harris (70) and Travis Head (58) notched up brilliant half-centuries as Australia posted 277 for six at stumps on Day 1 of the second Test against India in Perth. Opting to bat, Harris and Aaron Finch (50) forged a century stand to get the visitors off to a dominating start. Later, Shaun Marsh (45) and Head played important knocks. Skipper Tim Paine (16) and Pat Cummins (11) were at crease when umpires called it a day. For India, Ishant Sharma and Hanuma Vihari scalped two wicket each while pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav got a wicket each. (SCORECARD)

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Highlights between India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 1, straight from the Optus Stadium.

15:30 IST: Thank you for joining us on the live commentary, we leave you with all the highlights from Day 1. Catch us on the live action from Day 2 of second Test tomorrow, until then, it's goodbye! 

15:24 IST: Stumps on Day 1 - Australia 277/6 (Marcus Harris 70, Travis Head 58; Ishant Sharma 2/35) 

15:19 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the final over of the day, Pat Cummins on strike! 

15:15 IST: Four runs from the over by Jasprit Bumrah, Australia 272 for six in 88 overs. Two more over to play in the day! 

15:01 IST: Boundary! Tim Paine hits the short length delivery from Umesh Yadav to the fence at backward square leg. Five overs remaining in the day! 

14:59 IST: Ishant Sharma has walked off the ground, he looks to be stretching his elbow near the fence.

14:46 IST: WICKET! Lose shot from Travis Head off Ishant Sharma finds Mohammed Shami in the deep. And a well made 58-run knock comes to an end. 

14:41 IST: New ball has been taken, Mohammed Shami to bowl the first over with it. Travis Head on strike. Minimum 9 overs left in the day! 

14:40 IST: Australia reach the 250 runs mark in 81 overs, with five wickets in hand. 

14:39 IST: Boundary! Lose delivery from Hanuma Vihari, a full toss and Tim Paine plays it through the covers to pick four runs. 

14:29 IST: Third Test half-century for Travis Head, his second of the series. Reaches the milestone in 70 deliveries, five boundaries in that unbeaten knock. 

14:24 IST: WICKET! Hanuma Vihari gets rid of Shaun Marsh (45). An important partnership broken by Vihari here. Australia 232 for five in 77 overs. 

14:21 IST: Boundary to end the over! Shaun Marsh smashes the delivery from Murali Vijay down the ground to find the fence. Australia 227 for four in 76 overs. 

14:17 IST: Boundary! Travis Head cuts the half tracker from Hanuma Vihari between gully and backwardpoint to find the fence. He moves to 41 runs with that shot. 

14:15 IST: Maiden over from Ishant Sharma, Australia 213 for four. 74 overs have been bowled in the day. Hanuma Vihari to continue from the other end. 

14:00 IST: Boundary! Travis Head hits Hanuma Vihari towards long-on to pick four runs. Uppish drive on that occasion but the risk paid off.  

13:53 IST: 200 runs up for Australia, in the 69th over. The hosts still have six wickets in hand, they will be eyeing a big total from here on.   

13:49 IST: Boundary! Shaun Marsh swings his bat off a length delivery from Shami and the ball runs away to the fence towards third man. He is not letting the poor deliveries away. 

13:46 IST: Boundary! Shaun Marsh goes down the ground to pick up four runs off Hanuma Vihari, he moves on to 29 runs with that shot. Mohammed Shami to continue from the other end. 

13:44 IST: Three runs from the over by Mohammed Shami, Australia 186 for four. 

13:25 IST: Spin has been introduced for India, Hanuma Vihari to bowl to Shaun Marsh. Some respite from the Indian pacers from bowling here.

13:14 IST: Boundary! Shaun Marsh pulls the half tracker from Umesh Yadav to find the fence. He is looking in good touch here, 

13:05 IST: Boundary! Width offered by Umesh Yadav and Shaun Marsh got in position early to hit it towards deep point to pick four runs.  

12:57 IST: WICKET! What a catch from Virat Kohli, Peter Handscomb tried to cut the delivery from Ishant Sharma over the top but the Indian skipper takes a blinder. Australia 148/4 in 54.1 overs. India bouncing back here. Travis Head is the new batsman in! 

12:53 IST: Final session begins, Umesh Yadav to bowl the first ball of the third session to Shaun Marsh, batting on 8.  

12:33 IST: Tea Break - Australia 145/3 in 53 overs. 

12:22 IST: Boundary! Shaun Marsh plays the ball square, Hanuma Vihari chases it but the ball wins the race. Pitched up delivery from Umesh Yadav on that occasion, well picked by Shaun Marsh.  

12:14 IST: WICKET! Hanuma Vihari dismisses the big fish Marcus Harris, Australia 134/3 in 48.2 overs. The extra-bounce did the trick here, Harris failed to pick it up and hands an easy catch to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. 

12:03 IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav gets rid of Usman Khawaja, Australia 130 for two in 46 overs. Khawaja tried to cut the ball over the top but got a thick edge and the ball carried easily into the hands of Rishabh Pant behind the stumps. Shaun Marsh is the new batsman in! 

11:57 IST: Dropped! KL Rahul drops a tough chance at second slip after Marcus Harris cuts the ball wide. Rahul made an effort with his both hands but failed to gather the ball. Harris will pick four runs from the missed opportunity. 

11:56 IST: Swing and a miss! Marcus Harris went behind the ball outside off from Mohammed Shami but missed to pick up the length. 

11:48 IST: Three runs, Usman Khawaja nudges the ball from Mohammed Shami behind square to collect three runs. Easy pickings for the hosts here. 

11:41 IST: A bit of extra bounce from Ishant Sharma in the over, Usman Khawaja taking no risks. Australia 115 for one, 41 overs bowled in the day. 

11:37 IST: Good pace, good length from Jasprit Bumrah. Bowls his fifth maiden over of the day. Australia 114 for 1. Ishant Sharma to bowl his tenth over from the other end. 

11:26 IST: Maiden over from Jasprit Bumrah, Australia 112 for one after 38 overs. Ishant Sharma to continue from the other end. 

11:19 IST: Hanuma Vihari has been taken off the attack, Ishant Sharma has been brought back.

11:14 IST: WICKET! Much-needed, Jasprit Bumrah gets rid of Aaron Finch (50). Caught him plumb in front of the stumps. An entertaining knock comes to an end, Australia lose their first wicket for 112 runs. Usman Khawaja is the new batsman in!

11:11 IST: Second Test half-century for Aaron Finch! His first on the home soil, off 103 deliveries. He is piling the pressure on the Indians. 

11:10 IST: Back to back boundaries from Aaron Finch, takes him to 49 runs. Both coming in the first over from Hanuma Vihari. No respite for the Indians, they have tried it all now. 

11:05 IST: A century stand between Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris! In 202 balls, both the batsmen have complimented each other well to push India on the backfoot. Marcus Harris, playing at his home ground has been the aggressor while Aaron Finch has show a lot of character in his innings. 

11:01 IST: Too short from Umesh Yadav! Rishabh Pant jumps to gather the ball but fails, Australia will be awarded 5 wides. 

11:00 IST: Umesh Yadav into his ninth over. He has conceded 27 runs already. 

10:50 IST: Maiden Test half-century for Marcus Harris -- the local boy! He has been in sublime form, picking up the lengths from the Indian bowlers early, hitting it into the gaps. A well deserved 50 from 90 deliveries, while playing only his second Test. 

10:49 IST: Boundary! Marcus Harris leans on the delivery from Mohammed Shami and places it into the gap to pick up four runs. 

10:40 IST: Boundary! Marcus Harris hits it square just in front of the wickets from the shortish delivery from Mohammed Shami, he has been a joy to watch! Took his time to get off the mark but from there on he has looked impressive. 

10:39 IST: Four runs from the first over post lunch - sensible partnership built up by Harris and Finch, frustrating for India, They are still looking for breakthroughs! 

10:33 IST: Play resumes after lunch - Aaron Finch takes guard in front of the stumps, Umesh Yadav to bowl the first over for India in the second session. 

09:55 IST: Lunch - the first session clearly belonged to the hosts. Australia 66 for no loss after 26 overs. (Marcus Harris 36 batting, Aaron Finch 28 batting). 

09:39 IST: Edged, did not carry to first slip, just fell short off the delivery from Jasprit Bumrah. Aaron Finch will pick up four runs for it. 

09:36 IST: Maiden bowled by Ishant Sharma, Australia 58 for no loss. 22 overs played in the opening day so far. Jasprit Bumrah to continue from the other end. 

09:32 IST: Ishant Sharma into his sixth over of the match, he has conceded 14 runs so far. Marcus Harris on strike, he is batting on 34.  

09:18 IST: 18 overs bowled, India still to find a breakthrough. Virat Kohli has used his four pacers, none being able to find a breakthrough though there were a few anxious moments for the Australians. 

09:10 IST: Rishabh Pant, repeating what he did in Adelaide. Can hear him cheering the bowlers with his ever enthusiastic gesture. It doesn't looks to help his bowlers much here though. Australia in control!  

09:04 IST: Boundary from Marcus Harris, and that brings up an unbeaten 50-run opening wicket stand between Harris and Aaron Finch. The duo have helped Australia dominate the opening session so far. 

09:00 IST: Maiden over from Mohammed Shami, Australia 47 for no loss. 

08:53 IST: Poor length from Umesh Yadav, on to the pads to Marcus Harris as he eases it towards the mid-wicket to pick two runs. India need to find a breakthrough in a hurry here, Australia 47 for no loss after 13 overs. 

08:44 IST: Huge lbw appeal from Mohammed Shami! Umpire calls it not out, Shami reckons he has got rid of Aaron Finch. India go for a review. Ball-tracking shows the ball-pitching in line, impact in line and the ball just missing the stumps. Nigel Llong's decision stands, India lose a review.

08:40 IST: Boundary! Sixth of the morning, comes off Marcus Harris' bat, leans on the delivery from Umesh Yadav and punches it through the covers to pick four runs.  

08:37 IST: Good commitment from Virat Kohli, he dived on the ropes to save a certain Marcus Harris boundary. Harris had driven the delivery through the covers beautifully off Jasprit Bumrah. The openers for Australia are looking in good touch here. India need to find a breakthrough, they have used 3 bowlers so far. 

08:35 IST: Easy pickings for Australia, Aaron Finch picks three off Jasprit Bumrah towards deep mid-wicket. 

08:33 IST: Run-out opportunity! Aaron Finch thought there's a quick single but Marcus Harris sent him back with a loud NO, as Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on short mid-on collected the ball to throw it towards the striker's end and missed. 

08:30 IST: First bowling chance for India, Umesh Yadav replaces Ishant Sharma. 

08:22 IST: Back-to-back boundaries! Marcus Harris got in good position and punches it straight down the ground to pick up four runs. Similar looking shot the second one as well, Ishant Sharma is clearly struggling with his length here. Australian batsmen in control, 27 for no loss after 7 overs. 

08:20 IST: No-ball from Ishant Sharma! Close call, but the umpires are under pressure here after facing criticism during the Adelaide Test. 

08:19 IST: Boundary! Ishant Sharma struggling with his line here, the delivery was drifting down the leg as Marcus Harris makes a slight touch and the ball races away to the boundary. 

08:18 IST: Boundary! Edged and the ball will go past the gully, Finch will pick his second boundary of the innings with that. Australia 14/0 after 6 overs. 

08:16 IST: Marcus Harris gets off the mark on the 16th delivery he faces, nudges it towards the square from the inswinging delivery from Jasprit Bumrah. Plenty of movement for the bowlers early on, as expected here. 

08:08 IST: Jasprit Bumrah drifts the delivery on to the pads to Aaron Finch, as he nudges it away to take a quick single. Marcus Harris, on the other hand is still to get off the mark. Australia 9 for no loss after 4 overs. 

08:01 IST: Another good delivery from Ishant Sharma, he is getting constant swing here. Marcus Harris could only defend or chose to leave the deliveries from Ishant till now. 

07:56 IST: Boundary! Driven through the covers, too short from Jasprit Bumrah and Aaron Finch places the ball into the gap, to get off the mark. First runs on board for Australia as well. 

07:53 IST: Maiden over to start with from India, early signs showed good bit of carry to the keeper. The red cherry is swinging as well. Australia 0/0 after 1 over. Jasprit Bumrah to ball the second over from the other end. 

07:51 IST: Beauty! Swing and a miss from Marcus Harris, he tried to drive the delivery from Ishant Sharma through the covers but the ball swung away from him. 

07:50 IST: Ishant Sharma has got the red cherry for India. Left hand-right hand combination of Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch will open the proceedings for Australia. 

07:25 IST: Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (wk/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

07:23 IST: Tim Paine: We are gonna have a bat first. With hot weather around, the wicket might crack up later. We are happy to be batting first. We are gonna back our boys. It is great to be here as it is an amazing stadium.

Virat Kohli: We would have batted as well. I have seen an ODI game happen here and it had plenty in it for the bowlers. Just another Test match for us. We are not taking anything complacently.

07:22 IST: Australia skipper Tim Paine wins the toss, opts to bat. 

07:15 IST: Spin legend Shane Warne has got his back behind his national team. He clearly thinks the hosts can bounce back in the series. 

06:50 IST: Australia coach Justin Langer boosting his team's morale ahead of the match, a preparation talk for the hosts, as we edge closer for the toss.

06:47 IST: India pacer Umesh Yadav in his final preparations ahead of the match. A lot will depend on the quicks in the second Test.

06:40 IST: Toss in 40 minutes, looks like Khawaja is having a final warm-up before we get underway. Remind you, India currently lead the four-match series 1-0. 

06:25 IST: Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has his say before the match. Listen to what he had to say, as we inch closer to the toss.

06:20 IST: Not long for the match to get underway. Australia skipper Tim Paine has a close look on what is expected to be a bouncy wicket.

06:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the second Test between India and Australia. 

The visitors will name a changed playing XI as they have been hit by a couple more injuries. India named their 13-man squad for this second Test, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma ruled out due to injuries. Prithvi Shaw, on the other hand, is still ruled out, meaning India will retain their opening combination of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay. For the other two spots in the playing eleven, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav have been included in the 13-man squad.

It gives rise to different permutations and combinations, and Kohli does have a prior history of picking an all-pace attack earlier in 2018. At Johannesburg, on another raging green-top wicket, he picked a four-pacer attack with Hardik Pandya as the all-rounder. India had played an all-pace attack in Perth back in 2012, when MS Dhoni fielded Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and R Vinay Kumar in Perth.

Even so, recent records need to be considered. In November, Western Australia hosted New South Wales for a Sheffield Shield game at this new ground as a dry-run for this maiden Test. Out of 40 wickets to fall in that four-day game, eight went to spinners with Nathan Lyon taking seven wickets for 120 runs in two innings and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar picking the one wicket for 69 runs in two innings.

Clearly, Lyon as the off-spinner was able to exploit the bounce on offer. If Ashwin had been available, Kohli perhaps would have still been tempted to play him. With Jadeja in the squad though, there is still a possibility to go in with a spinner albeit the temptation is greatly reduced. The Indian batting line-up should otherwise be unchanged.

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