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Sachin Tendulkar (IANS Photo)

With India making early inroads after being bowled out for 250 in their first innings against Australia in the ongoing first Test at the Adelaide Oval, the hosts observed caution, preferring to wait out rather than take attack  to the opposition.

Ishant Sharma had produced a peach of a delivery to get one through the gates to send back opener Aaron Finch for a duck off the very first over of the Australian innings. Then Ravichandran Ashwin took over and before lunch, had gotten rid of debutant opener Marcus Harris.

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In the second session, the offspinner landed two more blows – first he had Shaun Marsh chasing a wide delivery to drag it onto the stumps and then slipped one that kissed the glove of well-set Usman Khawaja to be caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Australia were reduced to 89/4 in 39.3 overs.

While Harris scored 26 off 57, Khawana crawled to 28 off 125. Following their departures, the pair of Peter Handscome and Travis Head began the repair work and Australia reached the three figures in 47.1 overs.

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Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar praised Indian bowlers for maintaining a tight grip over the proceedings and not allowing the batsmen any freebies. But said that the defensive tactic employed by the home batsmen was something he’s never seen before.

“#TeamIndia should make the most of this situation and not lose their grip,” Tendulkar wrote on his official Twitter handle. “The defensive mindset by the Australian batsmen at home is something I’ve not seen before in my experience. @ashwinravi99 has been very effective and has played a role to help the team be on top, for now.”


Earlier, Indian innings ended off the first ball of the day when Josh Hazlewood dismissed Mohammed Shami on 6.