One brings two as Alex Carey misfires again with the bat

R Ashwin brought India back into the contest towards the end of the afternoon session on Day 2 of the Ahmedabad Test after Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green put on a solid 208-run stand on a placid track.

The southpaw continued to go about his business with sheer tranquility, occupying the crease to become the first overseas batter in 13 years to bat 400 balls in an innings in India. It helped Australia when Cameron Green partnered Khawaja as India’s ploy to bowl dry was executed well from one end but an off-colour Umesh Yadav sprayed the ball around to thaw India’s stranglehold from the other.

Despite his profligacy, Rohit Sharma entrusted Umesh with a 6-over spell that ended up going for 37 runs in the session. Green was the beneficiary of many of these freebies and he accepted them with both hands. The unbeaten 177-run stand left India in a spot of bother as Australia’s grind was immaculate once again. Green’s fortune saw him get into the nineties with a streaky boundary and got him a well-deserved ton in the afternoon session before Ashwin brought India back into the contest.