India 277 for 5: With that dropped catch, there's rain at the MCG. Which brings an end to proceedings. A fitting end to the day. Australia were sloppy, and India made good use of it. Ajinkya Rahane with a ton that was the highlight of the day. A superb batting effort from India but there's more work to be done over the next three days.
India vs Australia live score IND 277-5: CATCH DROPPED! An absolute dolly from Rahane, and Head has made a mess of it. A bouncer from Starc, Rahane is fending awkardly, it lobs off the glove towards point. Easiest of catches and Head misses it. He caught it, but the ball popped out as he fell down.
The century moment for Ajinkya Rahane
India vs Australia live score IND 274-5: Australia have turned to spin with Lyon coming in. Just 9 overs into the second new ball. Have they realised that India are scoring quickly with the harder ball? Cameron Green in now too.
Wasim Jaffer to Ajinkya Rahane
India vs Australia live score IND 268-5: CENTURY! Captain Ajinkya Rahane reaches his century with a slashed cut shot off Cummins. A boundary to bring up the milestone. What a knock this has been! A superbly paced captain's knock. He's now into the aggressive mode too. Exciting phase coming up.
India vs Australia live score IND 261-5: The second new ball is bringing plenty of runs for India. Ajinkya Rahane in particular has looked aggressive, looking for runs at every bad ball. Interesting phase in the game.
India vs Australia live score IND 254-5: The 250 is up for India now and the lead has also surpassed the 50-run mark. This session has been all India. Even with the new ball, Australia's bowlers have looked lost.
India vs Australia live score IND 232-5: Australia have toiled hard in the final session but as of now have nothing to show for it. India's lead is now of 37 runs. Will taking the new ball bring them any luck?
India vs Australia live score IND 215-5: Rahane and Jadeja continue to put on a solid front in the final session. India currently lead by 20 runs and will be hoping this partnership carries on.
India vs Australia live score IND 208-5: The rainy conditions have seen the ball do a bit more in the final session but Rahane and Jadeja have stood firm in defence thus far. Interesting to see when Paine decides to take the new ball.
India vs Australia live score IND 198-5: FOUR! Rahane gets a boundary off Starc past the slip area and India have officially taken the lead, albeit by only 3 runs so far. They would want a lead of at least 100, if not more.
India vs Australia live score IND 189-5: Hello and welcome back to the final session of the 2nd Day of the second Test. The rain and the fact that the new ball is due soon would make batting a little trickier for India. Interesting to see how Rahane and Jadeja approach this.
India vs Australia live score IND 189-5: Play was supposed to begin at 10 AM IST but the rain ensured that didn't happen. The match will now resume at 10:15 AM IST.
India vs Australia live score IND 189-5: And that will be tea on Day 2 - taken 3 balls early due to a sudden burst of rain. India will be happier with this session despite losing both Vihari and Pant. They trail only by 6 runs now. Big final session coming up shortly.
India vs Australia live score IND 184-5: FIfty for Rahane! What an innings it has been for the skipper and he brings up his half-century with a boundary off Starc. India edging ever so close to taking a first innings lead.
India vs Australia live score IND 173-5: OUT! Starc gets the breakthrough for Australia. Pant edges one straight to Paine who takes a regulation catch. Just what the hosts needed with the tea break soon looming.
India vs Australia live score IND 166-4: FOUR! Rahane gently pushes at a full toss from Green that races away to the boundary. The fifty run stand between Rahane and Pant is now up; runs have flowed in the course of this partnership.
India vs Australia live score IND 161-4: Rahane's graft and Pant's attacking has seen India reduce Australia's current lead to only 35 runs. Pant survives a dismissal chance as he edges one to Green at backward point who can't quite hang on to the difficult chance.
India vs Australia live score IND 147-4: FOUR, FOUR! Pant has finally broken the shackles. First goes for a pull short off a Cummins bouncer and then slices one through point when Cummins veers a little wide.
India vs Australia live score IND 126-4: Rishabh Pant is the new man in for India and he has been circumspect thus far. He has previously shown an ability to change the course of an innings in Test cricket but right now is a time for consolidation.
India vs Australia live score IND 116-3: FOUR, OUT! Vihari manages to get a boundary off Lyon but it is the spinner who has the last laugh as the batsman attempts a sweep shot but gloves an easy one to Tim Paine.
India vs Australia live score IND 102-3: Vihari and Rahane have brought up the 100 for India; they currently trail by 93 runs. It has been steady going for the visitors in this session thus far but it is still early goings.
India vs Australia live score IND 90-3: Hello and welcome back to the second session of Day 2 of the 2nd Test. India will hope Vihari and Rahane can go on to make a big partnership whereas Australia know a couple of early wickets brings them right back in the game.
India vs Australia live score 90-3: Lyon completes another over here and that is lunch. Australia will be mighty pleased with the way they have bowled, and are clearly in front with those two wickets.
India vs Australia live score, IND 87-3: Finally Nathan Lyon has come for a bowl, but won't be a long spell. He has had a good start here and it's a maiden.
India vs Australia live score, IND 83-3: Into the last leg of the first session and Hazlewood comes in for another over. After the fall of a couple of wickets, the run rate has come down a lot.
Ajinkya Rahane left 9 of his first 20 deliveries today - he's never left more deliveries at the start of a Test innings. #AUSvIND— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) December 27, 2020
India vs Australia live score, IND 80-3: Hazlewood is back into the attack here. Once again India will have to be wary here and not lose a wicket here. Rahane finishes the over safely.
India vs Australia live score, IND 77-3: Indians will have to look and score against Green here. Even though he has bowled decently, looks a bit inexperienced. Vihari gets a four as he flicks the ball.
India vs Australia 2nd Test in Melbourne Live Scores Latest updates – India 277 for 5: With that dropped catch, there’s rain at the MCG. Which brings an end to proceedings. A fitting end to the day. Australia were sloppy, and India made good use of it. Ajinkya Rahane with a ton that was the highlight of the day. A superb batting effort from India but there’s more work to be done over the next three days.
India took the honours on Day 1 of the second Test at the MCG courtesy a fine bowling performance by their ace fast bowler and lead spinner. Bumrah returned with 4 wickets while Ashwin bagged 3 as India bowled out Australia for 195 after losing the toss on Boxing Day in Melbourne. In reply, India had moved to 36 for the loss of Mayank Agarwal’s wicket at close of play of what was a highly eventful Day 1 in the capital of Victoria.
Australia won the toss and without a hesitation opted to bat – the team batting first had won 3 of the previous 5 Tests at the MCG. The average first innings (of the match) score at the MCG in the previous five years was 446. Moreover, Day 1 had been the best day for batsmen in the Boxing Day Test over the last 5 years. The average team score on Day 1 was 240.6 and the average number of wickets lost was just 3.2! All the patterns seemed to have reversed today.
India entered the Test with 4 changes after the drubbing in the Day and Night opener in Adelaide. Jasprit Bumrah, as he so often does, got the breakthrough with the new ball when he induced the edge from Joe Burns for an easy catch to the wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant. Australia had lost their first wicket in the 5th over and their struggles with the opening partnership continued in the absence of David Warner.
Matthew Wade was looking positive and developing a good partnership with Marnus Labuschagne before a brilliant bowling change by the stand-in-captain, Ajinkya Rahane, gave Australia a double jolt. Rahane introduced Ashwin early into the attack as first-change over Mohammed Siraj – in just the 11th over of the innings – a tactical master-stroke by the captain and a move which perhaps Virat Kohli would not have made. Ashwin obliged and gave the hosts two successive blows in his second and third overs respectively – getting rid of the left-hander to a brilliant running catch by Ravindra Jadeja in the outfield before taking the big wicket of Steven Smith – this time caught at leg-slip for a duck. Ashwin seems to have got the better of the Australian genius. He had also got him caught at slip in the first innings in Adelaide.
Labuschagne and Travis Head resurrected the innings and had put 86 for the fourth-wicket before Bumrah returned to get the southpaw caught at gully. It was time for the debutant, Mohammed Siraj, to stand up and be counted. And he did exactly that! The tall right-arm fast-medium bowler struck twice getting the wickets of the dangerous Labuschagne and the highly rated all-rounder, Cameron Green. The latter’s dismissal was particularly pleasing for the bowler as he set Green up with deliveries that go away before pitching one fuller that slanted back to strike the batsman plumb in front of his wickets. Ashwin saw the back of Australia’s captain in the very next over – a huge wicket given what Tim Paine did in the first innings in Adelaide. The home team were reduced to 155 for 7.
The last three wickets added 40 as Australia were bowled out for 195 in the 73rd over. Australia’s last three wickets had added an invaluable 80 in Adelaide so the Indian bowlers, in a way, were doubly impressive against the tail in Melbourne! Bumrah returned with 4-56 in 16 overs. He seems to love playing at the MCG with the pace and bounce suiting his kind of bowling. Bumrah had also returned with a six-fer in the first innings that led to the historic win at the MCG in 2018.
India lost the wicket of Mayank Agarwal leg before wicket to a red-hot Mitchell Starc in the very first over of the innings. But Shubman Gill played some attractive drives and pull shots and along with the Wall, Cheteshwar Pujara, ensured that India did not lose any more wickets on the day. They ended Day 1 on 36 for 1.
India dominated all the three sessions on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test which, broke the pattern of the last five years and saw as many as 11 wickets fall on the day. Can they make this start count? An intriguing Day 2 awaits.