India vs Australia live score, 2nd Test Day 2: India batsmen Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara began Day 2 of the India vs Australia 2nd Test in Melbourne with an eye to take a healthy lead over Australia. The pair took India past 50 after the rub of the green went India’s way early on. Their first job will be to get past Australia’s pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc in the first hour. Jasprit Bumrah’s swing and accuracy, Ravichandran Ashwin’s guile on a an MCG track that had turn and bounce and stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane’s unusual tactics took Australia by surprise as India took the honours on Day 1 of the Ind vs Aus Boxing Day Test match. After bowling Australia out for 195, India were at 36 for 1, trailing by 159 runs at stumps on the first day.
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Bowling change for Australia
That’s surprise from Tim Paine! Surely everyone was expecting Mitchell Starc to be the first change but it is the young Cameron Green who has been asked to replace Josh Hazlewood. May be Starc will bowl from Cummins’ end.
Cummins to Gill: FOUR
Edged but Gill played it with soft hands, the ball never really was at a catchable height and it goes through the vacant slip cordon and into the boundary. Gill is now on 44, six away from a Test fifty on debut.
Cummins bowls another maiden
Pat Cummins would be really cross the almighty if doesn’t end up with at least one wicket beside his name after this spell. He has been simply outstanding, bowls another maiden, this time to Shubman Gill. India 53/1
Pujara, Gill now look settled
Yes, the rub of the green went their way early on but you perhaps need a bit of that when you play the morning session against bowlers like Cummins and Hazlewood but since then both Pujara and Gill have looked a settled. Gill is ready to pounce on anything which is on his half and Pujara is forcing the Aussies to bowl on his pads.
Another testing over from Cummins
Only one delivery was slightly off the mark and it allowed Pujara to take a couple of runs through the leg side but apart from that every delivery was an examination for Pujara. Top class stuff from Pat Cummins.
First runs for Pujara, 50 up for India
Full and on the pads from Cummins and Pujara flicks it away. The slow outfield at the MCG will mean it won’t race away to the boundary but the size of the ground will allow Pujara and Gill to run three. This is the first runs of the morning for Pujara and it also brings up India’s fifty.
Hazelwood to Gill: FOUR
Inside edge and four! The rub of the green continues to go India’s way. Hazlewood cut Gill in half, the India opener got an inside edge but it was too far from Australia keeper Tim Paine and it races away for a boundary. India 44/1
Pujara edges but survives
India didn’t get any luck in the 2nd innings in Adelaide but they are getting plenty of it today. Pujara was completey squared up by the Pat Cummins out-swinger, got an outside edge but it didn’t carry. Another maiden from Cummins.
Drop and a four
There is always some action when Shubman Gill is on strike. Tim Paine dropped him in the previous delivery when he got an inside edge off Josh Hazlewood and then when the Aussie quick pitched it up on the stumps, Gill flicked it past mid on for a boundary – the first of Day 2. India 40/1
A maiden to start from Cummins
A brut of an over from Pat Cummins to start with. Pat Cummins was on the money and Pujara got an early wake up call. Boy, it will be a tough job for the Indians.
Australia lose a review
Good morning Pujara! A review to start the day but replays confirm that the ball had just brushed Pujara’s back pad before resting on Paine’s gloves. So Australia lose a review. That was a snorter from Pat Cummins. It pitched on good length just around off stump, moved away ever so slightly and just managed to beat Pujara’s outside edge.
What’s in store on Day 2?
Lot of pace, bounce, some turn too and hopefully some resilence from the Indian batsmen. The Australian bowlers will come at them hard and India would be hoping they don’t nick them all like they did in Adelaide. It’s a cloudy day in Melbourne, does that mean anything?
Ravindra Jadeja reflects on India’s performance
“Bowlers were spot on, they were getting wickets in every interval. The wicket was damp, the all was turning so (Ajinkya) Rahane told me to get ready to bowl a few overs.
“Mohammed Siraj has been playing plenty of first-class cricket back home. he knows how to swing the red ball,” Ravindra Jadeja ahead of the start of Day 2.
India vs Australia 2nd Test live: Day 2 pitch
Not much has changed in the 22 yards at the MCG, still the little covering of grass and of course a lot of bounce expected but will be there more spin for Nathan Lyon? We’ll soon find out. Here’s how the Day 2 pitch for IND vs AUS 2nd Test looks like.
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How good was Rahane the captain?
Sure Virat Kohli will continue to be the India captain but Ajinkya Rahane showed again that he is more than ready to lead India regularly. His tactics were brilliant – sometimes out of the box. His decision to introduce Ashwin in the 11th over of Day 1 and bowl him a long spell in the first session paid rich dividends. His leg side traps in which three Australian batsmen fell were executed superbly by the Indian bowlers.
India vs Australia live cricket score: Superb Siraj
What a debut it was from Mohammed Siraj. He did not get the ball in the first session but when he did in the post-lunch one, he made it count. The young seamer got rid of the well-set Marnus Labuschagne and then set up the perfect trap for Cameron Green to give Bumrah the ideal support on Day 1.
Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara have a job in hand
The Debutant Shubman Gill was dropped early in the final hour of Day 1 but apart from that he looked good in front of the barrage from Starc and Cummins. He will be up against something similar if not more hostile today on Day 2. Cheteshwar Pujara was solid as ever. India would be hoping this pair can get past the tricky first hour of the morning session on Day 2 at MCG and then make it count.
Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Day 1 recap
It was the perfect Boxing Day for India. They lost the toss alright but boy did their bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin provided the goods to stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, who did a fine job in leading the side in Virat Kohli’s absence. Bumrah picked up four wickets, Ashwin sneered three as India bowled Australia out for 195 on another good pitch. In reply, Mitchell Starc struck in the first over to sent back openeer Mayank Agarwal for a duck but debutant Shubman Gill and the rock solid Cheteshwar Pujara ensured no further damage as India went to stumps at 36 for 1, trailing Australia 159 runs.
India vs Australia 2nd Test live score Day 2
Hello and a warm (our Indian viewers surely need some warmth) welcome! It’s Day 2 of India vs Australia 2nd Test in Melbourne. I can bet there will be a lot more people waking up early to watch India bat against perhaps the best bowling in the attack in the world right now. It promises to be another cracker jack of a day of Test cricket.