India at the end of day1 are 215/2. Pujara and Kohli played out a fierce last spell from Mitchell Starc and it seems like the storm has settled down. How did the Indians go about their business on day1? Crictech’s Avijit Dutta gives us a gist.
Vihari did his part of a makeshift opener
The Indian opening duo of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay failed to deliver in both the test matches. They didn’t spend enough time in the middle to see off the opening burst thereby putting a lot of pressure on the batsmen to follow.
Hanuma Vihari was asked to open the innings by Virat Kohli and he did a decent job so far playing out the opening burst from the Aussie pace battery. Although he only managed to score 8 runs in the 66 deliveries he faced in his first innings he ensured that the shine and hardness of the ball go away and batting becomes slightly easy.
Bowling outside off stump channel didn’t work against Mayank Agarwal
The Australian bowlers kept on bowling outside off stump channel to Murali Vijay and KL Rahul in the previous two test matches and they were successful to make the opening duo of Vijay and Rahul commit mistakes frequently as both the batsmen were tentative around off stump.
The ploy didn’t work against Mayank Agarwal who made a decent debut. His knock of 76 made him the highest Indian scorer by a debut batsman in Australia.
Short ball ploy worked well for Patrick Cummins
In today’s play the Aussie bowlers especially Pat Cummins relied on the short deliveries to unsettle the Indian batsmen. Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal fell prey to his short stuff.
India batted with an overall run rate of 2.41 in the 89 overs they have played so far but the run rate dropped down to 1.94 when short stuff was thrown by the Aussie bowlers which clearly shows that the batsman struggle against short bowling.
|% of good length balls||% of runs conceded||% of short balls||% of runs
|% of back of a length balls||% of runs conceded|
|48. 68 %||41.39 %||13.1 %||11.16 %||12.9 %||7.90 %|
Starc’s comeback with the second new ball
After Mitchell Starc took the second new ball in his hand he looked a different bowler completely. He looked like taking a wicket every ball when he came to bowl with the second new ball.
Virat Kohli faced the second new ball burst from Starc and he troubled Kohli throughout the spell and almost got his wicket.
|Player||% of good length ball before taking the new ball||% of good length balls with the second new ball|
|MA Starc||34.70 %||70 .83 %|
Wonder why Starc didn’t bowl more length deliveries with the first ball maybe he was unsure about where to bowl. He bowled 30 % percent short stuff in his entire spell of 16 overs which is more than his counterparts.
|Players||% of short balls||% of runs conceded|
|JR Hazlewood||11.11 %||2.22 %|
|PJ Cummins||24.56 %||20 %|
|MA Starc||30.20 %||40.62 %|