Australia maintains a good advantage despite a shocking collapse

Until the Indian openers cut 13 runs from the deficit at lunch on the second day of the Indore Test, the visitors had concluded with a potentially crucial lead of 88 runs despite losing their final six wickets for 12 runs.

Cameron Green and Peter Handscomb gave Australia a comfortable first hour by starting the day with a lead of 47. After Mohammed Siraj's brief spell in that hour, India decided to begin with their two left-arm spinners, but it did not have the desired effect.

In that hour, Handscomb and Green added 30 priceless runs while grounding out the attack while using their long reaches to smother the spin and defend securely.

Nevertheless, after R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav began collaborating in the second hour, things took a dramatic turn. The first wicket was taken by Ashwin, who caught Handscomb at short leg to end a staunch partnership totalling 40 runs in 134 balls.

The batter reviewed the LBW call that Umesh received after hitting Green on the back foot, and it was narrowly upheld. Umesh sent the stumps flying to send back Todd Murphy and Mitchell Starc, while Ashwin cleaned up Lyon who missed a massive sweep. This was followed by a demolition job on the tail.

India was put out to bat after Australia lost six wickets in less than 30 minutes due to the collapse. Moreover, the first innings hero Matthew Kuhnemann spun a few fiercely past India's openers in the brief time left before the lunch break, but they were able to survive.

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