Australia dismissed the first three Indian batsmen with reasonably full-length deliveries and the next two well-set batsmen with the short ball. While the good-length ball mostly serves the purpose of keeping batsmen quiet, it doesn't create wicket-taking chances. But if you bowl really full, you encourage an attacking response from the batsman, which could lead to mistakes.
Bowling full or short wasn't the only plan the Australian quicks had. The were also disciplined enough to consistently bowl outside off. Until the 45th over of the innings, India did not score a boundary behind square on the leg side. There were no fine tickles or guiding shots because you can play these shots only to balls veering in towards leg stump.
There was nothing wrong with what Adam Zampa did when Hardik Pandya creamed him for three consecutive sixes. The legspinner bowled flatter and fuller in the hope of making it difficult for Pandya to get under the ball and get requisite elevation. But that's where Pandya stands out, for unlike most batsmen, he doesn't need to use his feet to gain momentum while going aerial down the ground. Anyone who can hit sixes against spin without using the feet will be an asset because the bowler doesn't have any inkling of the batsman's plan and can't adjust.
Until a few years ago, James Faulkner used to be a good end-overs bowler. He was capable of bowling yorkers consistently and the back-of-the-hand slower ball was a well-disguised delivery. But that's a thing of the past. His attempted yorkers are no longer finding the right spot and his pace is ideal for hitting the length ball or the full toss. And if the yorker isn't landing perfectly, the slower one also loses its sting because it is overused. It was a tactical goof up on Steven Smith's part to let Faulkner bowl two of the last three overs. While it's understandable that Smith was tempted to use Cummins and Coulter-Nile in short bursts to break partnerships, it was a little ambitious to hope that Faulkner would finish strongly.
The way some of the Australians batted against wristspin indicated they didn't have a clue as to which way the ball would turn. It was all the more perplexing because some of them have played in the IPL for a while. While the two new balls did make it a little tougher for Australia early on, the presence of five fielders in the circle for 13 overs should have negated that disadvantage, if only their middle-order batsmen could read wristspin.
Aakash Chopra is the author of three books, the latest of which is The Insider: Decoding the craft of cricket. @cricketaakash