India vs Australia lives score 2nd Test Day 3: The Indian innings ended after the tailenders fell quickly at the end. India managed to score 326 runs and have a lead of 131 runs in the second Test. Ravindra Jadeja got to his 15th Test fifty moments after stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane was run out for 112. Jadeja was then dismissed by Mitchell Starc for 57. Centurion Rahane, and Jadeja started afresh aiming to take a sizable lead close to 200 on Day 3 of the 2nd Test in the Melbourne Cricket Ground today. India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane’s sublime century not only took India past Australia’s first innings total of 195 comfortably but also ensured they got through the second new ball and an entire session without losing a wicket. Ravindra Jadeja was the ideal foil for Rahane’s innings as the duo’s unbeaten stand took India to 277/5 at stumps on Sunday, giving India a lead of 82 runs.
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Australia continue to take the quick singles. India have had chances to inflict run-outs but have missed their chances. The singles are releasing the pressure on the batsman.
Labuschagne – Key batsman for Australia
Marnus Labuschagne will be eager to stamp his authority on Test match. The Indian bowlers would have a plan against the batsman and it will be an interesting battle to watch.
Yadav has got an edged off Burns’ bat and the umpire has given it. Australia opted for the DRS but Hotsport revealed an edge off Burns’ bat. Australia 4/1
Bumrah struck Burns on the pads and went for the appeal. Umpire turned it down and India decided to take the DRS. The replays showed that the ball might have hit the wickets but the decision went to umpire’s call.
Run-out chance missed
Ashwin had the opportunity to dismiss Joe Burns with a direct hit but he missed and the batsman survived.
Jasprit Bumrah did not waste time to set the momentum as he struck the pads of Matthew Wade on the very first delivery. He appealed but the umpire turned it down.
Second Innings begins
Australian batsmen are out on the field and play is about to resume.
Jasprit Bumrah also goes back quickly as he is dismissed by Nathan Lyon. India score 326 runs in the first innings and have a first innings lead of 131 runs.
Ninth wicket down for India. R Ashwin dismissed by Josh Hazlewood for 14 runs.
Lyon drew a drive from Umesh. It was too good a delivery for a tailender as Umesh edged one to Smith at first slip. India 325/8
Both Ashwin and Umesh have added some runs in the lower order for India. The lead is now 128 runs and India still have 3 wickets in hand.
Big Appeal by Australia
Umesh tried to heave it over long on but the ball missed his bat and hit his pads. Starc went for the appeal but the umpire turned it down.
Umesh Yadav has swept Nathan Lyon towards fine leg. He is going to go for his shots.
Anther Australian fielder drops a catch and it wasn’t that difficult either. Marnus Labuschagne would be really disappointe for letting that one go. It was short on the pads, Ashwin wanted to pull it but got an inside edge and went straight to the leg slip fielder, who dropped it.
Starc gets Jadeja for 57
OUT! The plan has worked for Australia and Mitchell Starc. Jadeja wanted a piece of Starc and the big left-armer kept peppering with short stuff. Jadeja went for the pull, made good connection but it went straight to the deep mid wicket fielder, who juggled but hold on to the catch. Jadeja goes for 57 and India are 306 for 7 now.
Lyon starts proceedings after drinks
Nathan Lyon has the ball in hand as we resume play after the drinks break. He is up against his counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin, who is desperate to get some runs and help India inch closer to the 150-run lead.
Lyon to Jadeja: Four
FOUR! Hammered! Another short ball, this time Jadeja rocks back and nails the pull down to the deep mid-wicket fence. Superb stroke and it brings up 300 for India.
A Testing over from Starc
Mitchell Starc’s come back over was a good one. He tested Jadeja around the off stump and also off the backoot with a couple of quick bouncers. Australia sense the opportunity now. If they can get Jadeja out now then they have the bowlers to make light work of India’s tail.
Fifty for Jadeja
Now he will get to his fifty. 15th one of his Test career and perhaps the most in-control and important one of his career. Out comes the sword celebration and India’s lead also crosses the three-figure mark.
Ajinkya Rahane is run out
Oh dear! That looks close and yes it is even closer than you think. Ajinkya Rahane is short of crease. What a big breakthrough for Australia against the run of play. Jadeja took off for quick single perhaps too anxious to get to his fifty but to be fair to him Rahane never said no and it never looked like he was struggling but as it turns out his bat was on the line. Rahane’s brilliant innings comes to an end. India 294/5
Nathan Lyon comes in
Bowling change for Australia, Nathan Lyon replaces Mitchell Starc as we see first glimpse of spin early on Day 3. It will be interesting to see if he gets some turn.
Maiden from Cummins
A much better over from Pat Cummins and Australia, a maiden. They tried bowling a couple of bouncers to Rahane and the India stand-in captain did appear a bit uncomfortable, particularly while tackling the second one.
India looking good
Nothing seems to be happening off the pitch. Cummins did try a couple of bouncers but they were safely negotiated by Jadeja. Starc has been bit all over the place today morning so far, meaning India’s overnight batsmen Rahane and Jadeja have started off smoothly. Their lead now inching towards the three-figure mark.
Cummins to Jadeja: FOUR
Soft hands the key there. Jadeja has made sure not to push at the ball and it paying him rich dividends. Nothing much wrong with that ball from Cummins, Jadeja played it with soft hands and it just hit the outside part of his bat and raced away through the vacant slip cordon for the first boundary of Day 3. India 290 for 5.
Bouncer theory to the wrong batsman?
Sanjay Manjrekar and Nick Knight in the commentary box sure think so as Australia give a barrage of bouncers to Ravindra Jadeja and not a single one to Ajinkya Rahane, who had got a glove while fending the last ball of Day 2.
Jadeja is away
Ravindra Jadeja scores first runs of Day 3. Both the Indian overnight batsmen now off the mark. It was a length delivery from Starc, Jadeja got behind it, pushed it wide of the bowler to get a single.
Cummins starts with a bouncer
Hello Ravindra Jadeja! says Pat Cummins. What snorter of a delivery to get first thing in the morning. That fizzed over his head in no time. That will wake Jadeja up completely. Pat Cummins doesn’t need any warm-up, just runs in a the start of a day and bangs it in at full pace to let the batsman know about his intentions.
Firs runs for India on Day 3
Mitchell Starc strays down the leg side and Ajinkya Rahen tucks it off his pad to get a couple of runs. A nice little gift to start the day for the India skipper. India 279 for 5 as Starc finishes his incomplete over to kickstart Day 3.
Players walk out
Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra have made their way out into the centre and so are the Australians. We are all set for the action to begin. It’s a beautiful morning at the MCG.
India vs Australia live: Day 3 pitch report
“It will only become harder and quicker, we are not sure about the moisture in there but it should come on to the bat well,” says Ajay Jadeja. Glenn McGrath says “It will be the best batting day”.
Australia still in the game, says Glenn McGrath
Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath believes if Australia and get a couple of wickets early and bowl India out cheaply on Day 3, they will be in the game. But he also agreed they will have to bat rally well to back in this Test.
Can India bat Australia out?
Well,there is no reason to say they can’t but it won’t be an easy task, like it wasn’t on Day 2. The key for Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja will be to start afresh, forget what happened yesterday, and try to get through the first hour of Day 3. With a lead of 82 runs behind them, their confidence will be sky high but their biggest threat will again be Pat Cummins.
India vs Australia live score Day 3: Rain an unlikely threat
Rain did force a slightly early Tea and stumps on Day 2 but the weather forecast of Melbourne for today doesn’t show similar signs. There is very little chance today as we can expect a largely uninterrupted Day 3 between India and Australia at the MCG.
Say hi to Jadeja the Test batsman
We sang praises of Ajinkya Rahane’s hundred and will continue to do so for a long time. It was that good and impactful an innings but what Ravindra Jadeja did at the other end was nothing short of brilliant. The all-rounder who missed the first Test showed why India were so desperate to get him back in the XI. While there were never doubts about Jadeja the bowler and batsman, Jadeja the batsman in Test cricket never seemed to be the bankable one. He proved all his doubters wrong by playing a chanceless (stress on this word) unbeaten knock of 40.
Captain Ajinkya Rahane or batsman Ajinkya Rahane?
Well it’s tough a choice as both versions have been simply outstanding in this Test match but one would have to say the batsman Ajinkya Rahane will take the cake as it was too good an innings on Day 2. Yes, he got a chance and a few edges went here and there but which Test match hundred doesn’t have these? That Rahane was in control of 88% of his shots on Sunday speaks volumes about his innings against a top quality bowling attack. India were down but Rahane said they are not out. He took India to a position where they can now dictate terms in this Test by slamming his 12th Test ton and first one as captain.
What happened in Day 2?
A LOT! And majority in India’s favour. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara rode their luck early on Day 2 to get through the tough period before both of them fell to Pat Cummins. In the second session, Rahane lost Hanuma Vihari early but stitched a momentum changing significant partnership with Rishabh Pant in which the latter was the aggresser. When Pant was dismissed by Mitchell Starc against the run of play, India were still some runs away from Australia’s total but by the time rain forced a slightly early stumps, India were 82 runs ahead as Jadeja and Rahane had put together an unbeaten stand with the stand-in captain leading from the front with his 12th Test century. India were at 277 for 5 at stumps.
India vs Australia live cricket score 2nd Test Day 3
There will be spring in every Indian cricket fan’s step today when play begins today on Day 3 of the IND vs AUS 2nd Test in Melbourne. There is every reason to be overjoyed if you are on the Indian side thanks to their ‘dominant’ display yesterday. Pardon me for sounding a bit biased but I can’t help it. The 82-run lead with 5 wickets in hand is music to the ears as wait for the first ball of Day 3. You can catch all the live action of India vs Australia 2nd Test Day 3 here.