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India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 17, 2017, 6:17 PM IST

2nd Test, M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 04 - 08 March, 2019

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

India beat Australia by 75 runs

Man of the Match: Lokesh Rahul


The duo has put on 93 runs now of 204 deliveries, India going through the last session of play without losing a single wicket


India end day 3 on 213/4 in their second innings, leading Australia by 126 runs. Pujara unbeaten on 79 and Rahane unbeaten on 40.


Last ball of the day and Rahane is on strike


INTENSE BATTLE:  Mitchell Starc putting in everything here and Pujara is confident there, pushes that away for a single


So this is going to be the last over before the end of play, Pujara gets a thick edge and it runs down to the boundary


Rahane and Pujara look comfortable in the middle. The duo have a lot of time in hand as they play their strokes, a sign of return to form. Also both are coming behind the line of the ball when they are playing the defensive strokes against both spinners and pacers


Mitchell Starc has been brought into the attack to try and ruffle the the two settled batsmen with some pace. Steve Smith will hope his premier paceman delivers


BOUNDARY: That is a bye and the 200 is up for India in the second innings, India will hope these two batsmen stay on the crease till the end of the day 


Use of the feet again by Pujara to get that one away for a single. This is a good strategy by Pujara to not let Lyon get any purchase from the pitch


CLOSE: That was close to Rahane's outside edge as he attempted a defensive push to O'Keefe's flighted delivery


BOUNDARY:  Ajinkya Rahane uses his wrists there to get another boundary away, takes him to 38 and India 198/4, th lead now is 111 runs


DESPERATION: Steve 0'kkefe was too optimistic when he appealed for that one. The ball pitch way outside off stump and straightened, Rahane didn't offer a shot and O'Keefe started asking the question, rightly turned down by the umpire


Use of the feet from Pujara as he dances down the track to play that one through the mid-on region for a single, India 193/4 and leading by 106 runs


SOLID DEFENCE: Ajinkya Rahane is reaching the pitch of the ball and presenting the full face of the bat when defending. A marked change from the first three innings of the series when he looked unsure about his footwork


BOUNDARY: Cheteshwar Pujara uses his wrists to guide that one past the leg slip fielder and gets a boundary for the same. India 190/4 now, and the lead has gone past 100 runs


Nathan Lyon is bowling a probing line there and Pujara needs to keep his concentration to avert danger of any sorts at all


More runs for India, Cheteshwar Pujara glances O'Keefe fine, but it is cut off at the boundary by Mitchell Starc


TURN & BOUNCE: Lyon got that one to pitch on a crack, it turned and bounced sharply but missed everything and was finally palmed down by the leg-slip fielder


And that is another confident sweep shot by Ajinkya Rahane, he moves up to 33 with that double


Both Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are looking to play some strokes now that they have done the hard bit, India need the duo to stay in the middle as long as they can and also keep the scoreboard moving


Wonderful drive through the covers by Rahane on a flighted delivery. These are signs of this supremely talented batsman coming back in form, India ahead by 91 runs now and on 178/4 in the second innings


BOUNDARY: Ajinkya Rahane is growing in confidence slowly and gradually and that sweep shot was a sign of just that. He is looking more assured in the middle


Cheteshwar Pujara's innings is a prime example of the kind of changes one needs to make to their game in order to make runs on a difficult pitch and under trying circumstances


BOUNDARY: Cheteshwar Pujara opens the face of the bat at the last moment to guide that down to the thirdman boundary


India's lead is up to 75 runs now and Pujara and Rahane have put on more than40 runs together


Cheteshwar Pujara brings up a much deserved half-century, he has applied himself and fought the odds to keep the hosts afloat in this match


Loud appeal from O'Keefe even as the ball hits the thick inside edge of the bat. The umpire is unmoved. India's score reads 157/4, lead by 70 runs


Pujara and Rahane are grinding it out and that is a welcome sign for the Indians not just for this Test match, but also for the rest of the series. India's score reads 155/4, lead by 68


Huge Appeal: Mitch Marsh bowls it straighter and the ball crashes into Pujara's pads. Huge shout by the visitors but the umpire says not out as the ball hit him outside the leg stump.


India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3: As It Happened

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Live Scorecard

Preview: The scorecard doesn’t always depict the true picture and the second day’s action in the second Test between India and Australia at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday bore testimony to that.

At the end of the day, the scorecard shows the Aussies on top, having taken a crucial 48-run lead on a wicket that is crumbling with each passing delivery.

But what it doesn’t show is the lion-hearted performance from the Indian bowlers on a day when they kept applying pressure on the Australian batsmen, but failed to pick the wickets.

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