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Brilliant bowling effort sees India on top after day two of first Test

Australia have finished day two of the first Test at 7-191, trailing India by 59 runs after an intriguing battle between bat and ball.

It was slow going as Australia crept at around two runs per over for most of their innings, but a patient half century from Travis Head has ensured the Aussies are well within India’s total.

Head finished the day at 61 not out, while Mitchell Starc completed the day unbeaten on eight.

The hosts got off to the perfect start when Mohammed Shami gloved a ball from Josh Hazlewood down the leg side to wrap up India’s innings on the first ball of the morning for 250.

But it wasn’t the perfect start with the bat as Aaron Finch departed without troubling the scorers.

Finch never looked comfortable in the three balls he faced as Ishant Sharma made a mess of his stumps.

Debutant Marcus Harris showed early signs of why he deserves a baggy green, but he couldn’t make the most of a good start as he was caught by Murali Vijay in close off Ravi Ashwin for 26.

Shaun Marsh was then bowled by Ashwin for just two.

It was Marsh’s sixth score of under 10 in a row, a feat not achieved by any Australian top five Test batsman since 1888.

Usman Khawaja made a patient 28 from 125 balls, but lost his wicket after a DRS review from the tourists which technology showed Ashwin’s delivery brushed his glove on the way through to Rishabh Pant.

After a fighting 33, Handscomb was then dismissed edging Jasprit Bumrah through to the keeper trying to late cut to third man.

Australian captain Tim Paine departed shortly after – caught behind for five after knicking Sharma off the front foot.

A resilient 50-run partnership between Head and Patrick Cummins helped Australia near the 200 mark, before Cummins was out LBW for 10 after not offering a shot to Bumrah.

Ravi Ashwin was the best of the Indian bowlers with figures of 3-50 from 33 overs, while Sharma and Bumrah both picked up two wickets each.

Play will resume at the Adelaide Oval at 11:00AM AEDT tomorrow.