Riding his luck, debutant Will Pucovski combined with Marnus Labuschagne to put Australia on top on the first day of the Pink Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
In the second session, 23.5 overs were bowled and Australia’s score reads 93/1. Pucovski and Labuschagne were unbeaten on 54 and 34 respectively when the umpires called for the tea break. While Pucovski did bring up a fifty on debut, he did get a few chances to help prolong his stay in the middle.
In the 21st over of the innings, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant dropped a regulation chance off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin and India lost an opportunity to put the hosts in a spot of bother.
The misery for Pant did not end there, as he dropped another catch off the bowling of Mohammad Siraj, and as a result, Pucovski got his second reprieve of the day. The opener kept riding his luck and after a couple of catching chances, he looked ready to get run out after a miscommunication with Labuschagne. But a poor throw from Jasprit Bumrah saved him again.
The second session also saw Indian pacers bowling on the shorter side, and as a result, Pucovski and Labuschagne had no problems in either leaving the ball or getting behind the line to defend it.
Earlier, rain had forced an early lunch and David Warner’s wicket was the only gain for India after Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bat at the historic SCG.
Brief Scores: Australia 93/1 (Will Pucovski 54*, Marnus Labuschagne 34*, Mohammad Siraj 1-33)