Australia are now leading by 39 runs after India declared 247 for nine in the first hour of the second day, with skipper Ajinkya Rahane remaining unbeaten on 117.
With Mohammed Shami and Jaspreet Bumrah being the automatic options, Umesh (18-3-44-3), who fights for a third pace slot, certainly looks more like a new ball compared to Mohammad Siraj (19-4-71-2).
‘Vidarbha Express’ in its third and fourth over eliminated rival Test openers Will Pukowski (1) and Joe Burns (4) with a new ball.
End of Day 2: 286/8 on the stump after the Indians declared Australia 247/9. Umesh Yadav had 3️⃣ wickets and 2️⃣… https://t.co/LO94j0WHmA
– BCCI (@BCCI) 1607324701000
Ashwin (19-2-58-2) did no harm to his Test chances, as Australian off-spinner 80’s Greg Matthews (captain of the ‘Madras’ Tide Test) recalled bowling with his cap.
Only when Matthews was defending himself from the Chennai heat did Ashwin hesitate to give it to the fielders.
For Australia A, the giant all-rounder Green had his wealthy Sheffield Shield form with an unbeaten 114 at 173 with 10 fours and a six.
He fell to 98 for the 5th wicket with his national captain, Tim Paine (44), who added 104 for the sixth wicket with the Indian attack.
Australia recovered well from a batting collapse with another 49 runs for the eighth wicket with catcher Michael Nasser (33).
India got off to a good start with a new ball as Umesh maintained a good channel outside off-stump as Pukowski tried to cut back-off length delivery.
Burns edged wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha to shadow behind stump.
Skipper Travis Head (18) and Marcus Harris (35) added 55 runs. Prior to Siraj’s move, Swatch cleaned up Australia’s captain in the 21st over.
Siraj, 35, was troubled by a semi-new ball when Siraj tried to seal his place in the Test, before Ashwin ended his stay at the Rahane slip cordon.
The experienced off-spinner came back into action in the 31st when he was caught by Nick Maddinson (23) directly off the ball.
Green and Tim Paine scripted another recovery act.
After the break, Umesh peppers Pine with bouncers. His 104-run stand ended with Prithvi Shah pulling a pine to catch Shah in the back square leg.
Siraj then got his second scalp in the 67th over, dismissed James Pattinson (3) but frustrated India A before Michael Nasser (33) was run out in the 80th over.
Green finished the century with a four-run 81 in the 81st over, with Hanuma Vihari scoring 24 in the second slip and then Vardhiman Saha 78.