Stumps on Day 2 of the 2nd Test.— BCCI (@BCCI) December 15, 2018
A solid 90-run partnership between @imVkohli and @ajinkyarahane88 as #TeamIndia end Day 2 on 172/3, trail Australia (326) by 154 runs.
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STUMPS: What a gripping day of Test cricket this was as India end on 172/3. Rahane finishes on 51, while Kohli ends on 82. India are 172/3 and still trail Australia by 154.
Half-century for Rahane! 👏— ICC (@ICC) December 15, 2018
It's his 17th in Tests, and he gets to the mark off 92 balls.
His association with Kohli has yielded over 80 runs so far, and it's a vital partnership for India. #AUSvIND LIVE
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FIFTY FOR RAHANE: What an exceptional innings this has been from Rahane, as he gets his fifty from 92 balls. His 17th overall fifty. But he needs to keep continuing. India are 163/3.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Hazlewood in his final spell pitches the ball up, clear his front foot and plays a crisp straight drive. It doesn't get any better than this. He follows it up with a cut that goes for a four too. India are 157/3
Just six overs remain in the day now. Don't expect a lot of runs coming India's way at the moment, because the team is trying not to lose wickets here. It's 147/3
FOUR: And towards the fag end of the day Kohli produces a gem of a shot through covers for a four. This is brilliant batting by the Indian skipper. India are 146/3.
Virat Kohli is dismissed every 96 deliveries against off-spin from over the wicket, but every 74 deliveries from round. #AUSvIND— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 15, 2018
Now the innings has slowed down a lot, and for a reason. The day's end is approaching and India wouldn't want to lose another wicket now. India are 140/3.
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: These two have done well to score fifty together. But the work is still not done for the Indians. India move to 132/3.
This Indian pair is going well, and are ready to play out the dot balls as well. Because Australia's first innings total is still far away. India are 130/3.
FOUR: Kohli, in the middle of a great spell by Hazlewood, gets a four down the ground. This is exceptional batting by the Indians currently. And the lead is under 200.
Australia have been very short to Rahane. They have preferred to bowl shorter in the channel rather than looking to entice the drive, but Rahane has fought fire with fire, playing numerous attacking shots to the shorter deliveries, and scoring at 7.12rpo against them. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/yhL59nJYqb— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) December 15, 2018
Rahane is enjoying himself out in he middle. He pulls one from Hazlewood for a four. He is hitting the middle of the bat on almost every occasion. India move ahead to 123/3.
Nathan Lyon, now has started to look rather ordinary. Indians are dealing with his spin and bounce well. India are 119/3 after 49 overs.
India is doing well in this passage of play. The best part is they are hanging in there in the middle and getting runs too. India are 117/3 after 48 overs.
FIFTY: Kohli goes hard at the ball and gets a four through third man. That takes him to his 20th Test fifty. But the job is only half done right now. India move to 113/3.
Finally some runs for Kohli after a long while. He punches Cummins through the off Starc and runs three runs. That also bring up 100 for India. On the last ball of the over Rahane punches Starc for a six over third man. India are 108/3.
Rahane continues to take his chances against Starc. He gets good timing on a ball outside the leg stump and gets a four for it. India are 99/3.
Rahane looks to have come out with a positive intent. He plays a shot over point for a four and then flicks the ball off his pads for another three. This is good batting. India move to 92/3.
OUT: Pujara edges a Starc delivery going down the leg side. That's a big blow for the Indians. He goes for 24. India are 82/3.
Cummins gets one to rise awkwardly, and sails over the head of the keeper. Five welcome runs for the Indians. But a good over from Cummins comes to an end. India are 82/2.
REPRIEVE: Cummins gets one to come back in sharply and hit Pujara's pad. Aussies go for the review, but the batsman is saved as the ball is going over the stumps. India are 75/2.
India start after the break and Pujara and Kohli have to start from the scratch again. India move 74/2 after 34 overs.
FOUR: Kohli takes a long step forward and just creams Lyon through the covers for a four. India gets a boundary after 22 overs. India are 70/2 at tea.
Yet another Hazlewood over comes to an end that takes India to 65/2. After two initial wickets, these two must have given confidence to rest of the batsmen that it is possible to score on this wicket.
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: Kohli and Pujara have both been brilliant. This isn't the sort of wicket where they'll play a flawless innings, but the one where every run counts. They take India to 59/2.
India vs Australia Live Score, 2nd Test:Just six overs remain in the day now. Don’t expect a lot of runs coming India’s way at the moment, because the team is trying not to lose wickets here. It’s 147/3
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Day 1 Report: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch and Travis Head scored half-centuries to give Australia an edge after an eventful first day’s play in the second Test against India in Perth.
At stumps, Australia were 277 for 6 with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins in the middle. Harris (70), Finch (50), Head (58) and Shaun Marsh (45) had all got scores on a pitch that was doing plenty, making batting difficult. Ishant Sharma and Hanuma Vihari bagged two wickets for India, but it was Jasprit Bumrah (1 for 41) who was the bowler of the day.
Australia needed a couple of things to go their way to move on from the first Test defeat. First, the toss. The box was ticked and Australia opted to bat on what looked like a lively, green track. And then, the first session. That too went Australia’s way, for their openers played out a wicket-less couple of hours, taking them to 66 for no loss.
India played four pacers, with the fourth being Umesh Yadav ahead of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. It signalled that they were going for an all-out attack even if it meant their lower-order batting could be compromised. But perhaps due to the ‘excitement’ that Virat Kohli spoke about on the eve of the game, the pacers were not on the money in the first hour. Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris settled in, looked confident, and got off to solid starts.
But it didn’t take much time for India to get back on track. The turnaround started after the first hour, when the pacers maintained more consistency in the outside off-stump channel. Only 18 runs came in 13 overs after the drinks interval, although they couldn’t quite get the breakthrough.
That breakthrough arrived soon after lunch. Both openers went past their fifties, but the arrival of Bumrah for his third spell swung the game India’s way in the second session. He first had Finch lbw with a quick, full ball. He then had Usman Khawaja dancing to his tunes in a terrific spell of 140 kmph+ bowling. Khawaja had no escape, and managed only 1 run off his first 23 balls.
Bumrah’s spell read 5-3-3-1, and the pressure resulted in Umesh dismissing Khawaja. The sight of a change in bowler made Khawaja attempt a cut, but managed only a thick edge to the keeper. Soon, Hanuma Vihari got one to kick off from a good length and had Harris edging to slip. Harris had been dropped by KL Rahul on 60 off Mohammed Shami, but managed to add only 10 more runs.
The second session success was a consequence of superb Test match play by India. Even when the openers were in the midst of a 112-run stand, they kept the discipline and patience, choked the run-flow, and eventually got the wickets. It extended on the other side of the break too, when Kohli sprung himself to his right to hold on to a one-handed stunner at second slip to dismiss Peter Handscomb off Ishant Sharma. From a comfortable 112 for no loss, Australia slipped to 148 for 4.
Batting was suddenly a lot more difficult, with the odd ball jumping up rapidly and bowlers getting extra bounce consistently. Shaun Marsh and Travis Head fought through all that in an 84-run stand in the third session to ensure Australia didn’t surrender the advantage completely. Marsh was steady in defence, while Head took a few more chances, getting runs through cuts and punches.
The partnership should have been broken much earlier but Rishabh Pant dropped a regulation edge off Marsh on 24. Vihari was the unfortunate bowler then, but ultimately had Marsh when he edged a cut to slip.
Unlike Marsh, Head didn’t miss his half-century. But he threw it away soon, edging a big drive all the way to third man giving Ishant his second wicket. Cummins and Paine survived a testing spell from Bumrah to ensure no more hiccups.