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India tear into Australia as Steve Smith scores one in sub-par first innings

India leave Australia batting line-up in tatters as Steve Smith scores just one in a sub-par first innings total of 191… with Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yavad combining for seven wickets

  • India tore through Australia’s first innings batting line-up on day two in Adelaide
  • Australia star Steve Smith scored just one run in the team’s miserly total of 191
  • Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yavad took seven wickets between them

India tore into the Australia batting line-up to leave the field on day two of the first Test in Adelaide in the driving seat.

The prized wicket of Steve Smith for just one – caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Ravichandran Ashwin – opened the floodgates temporarily and set the Indians on their way to bowling out the hosts for a below-par 191.

Such a blueprint for success Down Under will invariably be needed by England in next winter’s Ashes series.

India tore through Australia’s batting line-up, getting Steve Smith’s wicket for just one run

Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets in the innings including the prized scalp of Smith

Ravichandran Ashwin took four wickets in the innings including the prized scalp of Smith

They will also need to avoid giving second chances – the visitors here handing a reprieve to Australia captain Tim Paine on 26.

Paine went on to score an unbeaten 73 as the home side recovered from 111 for seven.

The seven wickets shared between Ashwin and Umesh Yadav might have been even greater. The hosts, though, were given encouragement before the close when opener Prithvi Shaw departed, as India reached nine for one and a lead of 62.

Meanwhile, South Africa have had two players test positive for Covid-19 a fortnight after an outbreak led to England’s one-day series being scrapped.

The tests were ahead of the Boxing Day Test versus Sri Lanka.

Ashwin shared seven wickets with right-arm paceman Umesh Yadav (centre), who took three

Ashwin shared seven wickets with right-arm paceman Umesh Yadav (centre), who took three

Additional reporting by Richard Gibson

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