India fights back in 2nd test; Takes over 100 run lead

RSTV Bureau
Bengaluru : India's Ajinkiya Rahane plays a shot during the third day of the second test match against Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, March 6, 2017.  Photo - PTI

Bengaluru : India’s Ajinkiya Rahane plays a shot during the third day of the second test match against Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, March 6, 2017.
Photo – PTI

India placed itself in a fighting position after it ended the Day 3 of second Test at 213 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. With a lead of 126 runs and six wickets still in store, Team India will be looking to strengthen further its position as it takes field on Tuesday.

A total of 200 plus on a rank turner may well give India a chance to come back in the four match Test series. They had lost first test in Pune by a massive 333 runs.

At the close of play on Day 3, Chetashwar Pujara reached 79, while left-handed batsman Ajinkya Rahane was on a solid 40.

Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli failed once again as India lost four wickets to slump to 122 for four at tea. He was dismissed for 15 from 25 ball in a contentious decision to the stunning silence of the big home supporters at the Chinnaswamy stadium.

Field umpire Nigel Long gave Kohli out LBW off Josh Hazlewood five over before tea break and Kohli, who gestured that the ball hit his bat first, took DRS immediately. After a long review, TV Umpire Richard Kettleborough said there was no conclusive evidence to rule it’s bat first or pad first and ruled in favour of field umpire’s decision.

Kohli had scored 0 and 13 in the two innings of the first Test and 12 in the first innings of this Test.

Bengaluru : Australia's Josh Hazelwood with team mates celebrates the wicket of India's Virat Kohli during the third day of the second test match at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, March 6, 2017. Photo - PTI

Bengaluru : Australia’s Josh Hazelwood with team mates celebrates the wicket of India’s Virat Kohli during the third day of the second test match at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, March 6, 2017.
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Soon after, Ravindra Jadeja, who was promoted up the order, was dismissed by Hazlewood for 2 after facing 12 balls as Australia took honours in the post-lunch session.

India had begun their second innings on a positive note with runs coming at a good pace and opener Lokesh Rahul hitting a 85-ball 51 with the help of four boundaries while one-down Cheteshwar Pujara showing signs of playing a much-needed big innings.

Hazlewood led the Australian attack, bagging three wickets, while spin sensation Steve O’Keefe, who had stunned India claiming 12 wickets in the first test, had a difficult time taming Indian batting and could claim only one wicket, largely due to sensational catch by skipper Steve Smith.

The day began on a positive note for India as it took remaining four wickets of Australia giving away just 39 runs. Ravindra Jadeja led the brilliance in bowling returning with impressive figure of six wickets for 63 runs.