India vs Australia Highlights: Third Test, cricket live scores, blog – Day 2

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    3rd Test - IND v AUS

    Australia 1st Inn 451 All Out
    India 1st Inn 9/603
    Australia 2nd Inn 6/204
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Match drawn
    Australia Over:100.0  RR:2.04
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    PSP Handscomb* 72 200 7 0 36.00
    MS Wade 9 16 2 0 56.25
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    RA Jadeja* 44.0 18 54 4 1.23
    R Ashwin 30.0 10 71 1 2.37
    Recent Overs:
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    Last Wicket: Maxwell, GJ, 2 (c:Vijay b:Ashwin)
    Current Partnership: 14 runs, 32 balls, RR:43.75

    A Steven Smith century and his sterling partnership with comeback man Glenn Maxwell, along with an untimely Virat Kohli injury, put Australia firmly in the driver’s seat after Day 1 of the Ranchi Test against India. Follow all the action of Day 2 from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

    Australian captain Smith, who had won the toss and elected to bat, brought up his 19th Test hundred to see his side through to 4-299 at stumps.

    The day started off promisingly as Matt Renshaw provided good resistance at one end while David Warner looked to be in his elements.

    After the two had brought up a 50-run stand for the first wicket, India got their first breakthrough when Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Warner for 19 runs. Jadeja, who had conceded a boundary in the previous ball, bowled a shin-high full toss to Warner, who instead of sending it into the top tier of the stands hit it straight into the bowler’s hands.

    That brought Smith out to the centre and the skipper played the waiting game. Renshaw, who got off to yet another good start, was next to be dismissed, as Umesh Yadav struck in the 23rd over.

    The third wicket fell towards the end of the first session, with Cheteshwar Pujara holding on to a good catch off Shaun Marsh’s edge following a good delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin.

    Australia went into lunch at 3-109, with Smith and Peter Handscomb in the middle. The two batsmen looked solid at the beginning of the post-lunch session, while Yadav was generating reverse swing, eventually trapping Handscomb plum in front.

    It proved to be the last wicket of the day, as Smith and Maxwell first saw Australia past the 200-run mark, then hit the accelerator in the final session, finishing up with Smith on 117 and Maxwell 82.

    While it was the ninth hundred away from home for Smith, Maxwell’s innings showed just how much he has improved. For a man, who is better known for hitting the ball out of the park at every opportunity, to claim his first boundary of the innings on his 56th delivery is testament to how much work he has put in. This pair will be crucial for Australia if they can survive the first hour on Day 2.

    India’s best opportunity to break this partnership is likely to come early, but the home side do not have a recognised fifth bowler, which could prove a problem if they end up bowling a lot of overs.

    Kohli’s shoulder injury will be an added concern, with some media outlets reporting that he has been ruled out of the Test. Regardless, his injury makes the task that much harder for the hosts.

    Follow the live scores and blog of the second day of this third Test between India and Australia from 3pm (AEDT) here on The Roar.

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    • 2:54am
      Rats said | 2:54am | ! Report

      Impressed with Umesh Yadav… Such a workhorse.. A rarity for an Indian fast bowler.. Hope he stays injury free.. Hope he stays out of IPL.. And be fresh and good to represent India at highest level..

      BCCI should protect the very little fast bowling resources they have got.

    • 2:17am
      brent elms said | 2:17am | ! Report

      it looks like a good pitch, australian media as usual are complete rubbish, judges the pitch by just looking at it or just because its in india its a bad pitch.
      it is looking like ind vs eng all over again.
      i have been saying this for quite some time, rank turners give australia a good chance at winning
      flat wicket is no good for us as india will manage to get us out around 400 and we will struggle to get their wickets and looks like its exactly what’s happening.
      big day tomorrow, kohli might not bat but on this pitch australia will have to work very hard.

    • 11:18pm
      Linphoma said | 11:18pm | ! Report

      From the evidence so far it looks like India have gone back to the formula they used to dust England.
      First dig – your 450, I’ll see that and raise you a hundred.
      That’ll be Day four when you get to bat again
      Second dig – we’ll roll you for under 200 as the deck breaks up, leaving a modest chase, even if this Australian attack bowls hand grenades.

      • 1:40am
        peter chrisp said | 1:40am | ! Report

        We will wait and see usually the pitch deteriorates you will roll us under 200 and with your second dig let’s hope the Aussie’s can do the same and less here’s hoping

    • 10:46pm
      SonOfLordy said | 10:46pm | ! Report

      Aussie media should be ashamed of itself for painting the Indians as villains “doctoring” the pitch. Just a normal pitch.

      • 12:13pm
        Art Vanderlay said | 12:13pm | ! Report

        Yeh, it was “just ” the Australian media who were hysterical. No-one here got carried away…

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:09pm | ! Report

      Yep, flat surface. Again those odd signs of the pitch having something on the day but on most other occasions, the batsmen, if set, shouldn’t feel too worried.

      Smith did well to get Australia to 451 but with India at 1/120, they might not want to look at what happened in the England series. Fortunately for Australia, Cummins and to an extent, Lyon, looked like they could trouble the batsmen at different times.

      Rahul played rather well for 67 before getting out to a snorter from Cummins, Vijay and Pujara are grinding their way at the crease.

      India will hope to bat the entire of day three from here on, Australia will look to bowl them out before that which will ensure them a lead.


      Back tomorrow with the third day’s play. Good evening.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:06pm | ! Report

      SOK to Vijay, block, block and block before pushing the fourth to the off-side. Defends the fifth and then pushes a slightly shorter delivery to point.

      Maiden to finish things off.

      India end the day at 1/120 in 40.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      Right, so the last over of the day and Smith could look to use Glenn Maxwell? Century under his belt should count for some confidence?

      As it is, my hotline through to the Aussie skipper has been repaired and he can hear me loud and clear. Just doesn’t want to take my advice.

      It’s SOK time.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:00pm | ! Report

      Is that the shot of the innings? Vijay has been troubled by Lyon but here, he goes the surface and pushes it. Four, as it beats the mid-off fielder…

      …appeal for a catch. Is that an inside edge? Review time.

      Again, Vijay’s troubles against Lyon. This will remain not-out but Lyon and Australia will be happy to see these last few overs from Lyon against the Indian opener. Appeal was for a caught at short-leg, but come off the pads.

      Defends the next two, before pushing the next for a single.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:59pm | ! Report

      Ajinkya Rahane is padded up, which is interesting – means Kohli won’t be batting any time soon and that the night watchman might also be reserved till later.

      After four dots from Hazlewood, he tries a full, swinging yorker to try and get Rahane out in the middle but Pujara does well to flick it through the on-side for a four.

      Lets go of a bouncer last ball.

      1/115 in 38.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:54pm | ! Report

      Lyon is getting a lot more off the surface from round the stumps and he is bowling beautifully too. Vijay looked like he had a few issues gauging the turn and then deciding on whether to play forward or back…

      …gets off strike with a single to the leg-side.

      Pujara defends the fourth as Wade shouts out, “he wants to come down Gary.”

      Smith gets a leg-slip in but Lyon bowls one shorter and is worked away for a single. The leg-slip goes back to short fine-leg for Vijay, who drives the final ball to short cover.

      1/111 in 37.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 9:51pm | ! Report

      Maiden from Hazlewood. Very different to Cummins, more of the same, consistent line and length from him, getting it on that right spot.

      Pujara defends well.

      1/109 in 36. Four overs remain.

    • 9:48pm
      Beauty of a geek Brains of a bimbo said | 9:48pm | ! Report

      Cummins will get injured by the end of this series.

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