IND vs AUS Live: Ravindra Jadeja has reached his half-century and will be aiming to increase the lead.© Twitter
With Ajinkya Rahane’s gutsy knock finally coming to an end, India will be aiming to increase their lead over Australia on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test match in Melbourne. The stand-in captain scored 112 runs from 223 balls, before falling to a runout. Ravindra Jadeja, who has already reached his half-century, will be hoping to anchor India’s innings. After bundling Australia out for 195, India showed discipline with the bat to take their score to 277/5 at the end of Day 2. While debutant Shubman Gill scored an impressive 45, before stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane anchored India’s batting. Rahane scored his 12th Test century, finishing the day unbeaten on 104. He was given strong support by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who stayed 40 not-out at Stumps on Day 2. Rahane and Jadeja have put on a 104-run partnership, that frustrated the Australian bowlers. Pat Cummins was Australia’s best bowler on Day 2, picking up the key wickets of Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara. (LIVE SCORECARD)
2nd Test, Day 3 Live Updates Between Australia (AUS) vs India (IND), Straight From Melbourne Cricket Ground
OUT!! Ravindra Jadeja c Pat Cummins b Mitchell Starc 57 (159)
Starc sends a short delivery, in line with the body. Jadeja slams it with a big front leg clearance. He times it well to, but Cummins is there in deep mid-wicket to catch it with a good effort.
In comes, Umesh Yadav.
No run, India lead by 111 runs
Lyon sends a length delivery, around off and middle. He also adds a bit of turn to it. Ashwin blocks it. No run.
After 106 overs, India are 306 for six. India lead by 111 runs.
That was a super fast delivery by Starc. It almost hit Jadeja’s head. Paine thought of referring it, but didn’t at the end. No run!
Lyon sends a short delivery, and Jadeja takes advantage of it with much aplomb. He pulls it over mid-wicket for a four and brings up India’s 300.
Lyon sends his delivery on middle and off. Jadeja sends it past short leg and takes a single.
After 102 overs, India are 298 for six.
One run, Ravindra Jadeja reaches his fifty!
A good delivery by Cummins. Jadeja sends it to fine leg and then does his typical bat-swiveling sword celebration! India lead by 100 runs.
OUT!! Ajinkya Rahane run out (Marnus Labuschagne/Tim Paine) 112 (223)
THAT WAS PRETTY CLOSE!!! Jadeja send it to short cover and went for a single. Rahane responded and went full-stretch but was short of the crease. It wasn’t a direct hit though.
In comes, Ravichandran Ashwin.
Cummins sends a short ball. Jadeja ducks under it, although it doesn’t rise as much.
Cummins wraps up the 97th over with another dot ball. Rahane was beaten as he sent it over the slips. No run.
After 97 overs, India are 292 for five.
Starc sends a rising bouncer. Rahane defends it to gully!
Jadeja goes for this Cummins delivery. He uses his hands to nick it between second slip and gully for four runs!
Cummins sends a full delivery, outside off. Jadeja lets it pass. No run!
Starc sends a length delivery, and its angling away from Rahane. The Indian stand-in captain uses his wrists to send it through extra cover. Three runs!
Cummins sends a good delivery and it is very close to Jadeja’s body. He defends it.
After 93 overs, India are 279 for five.
That is a crazy scoring bouncer by Cummins at 148kph! Paine jumps to catch it one-handedly as Jadeja ducks under it! No run!
Starc sends it to the pads. Rahane trickles it away very fine down the leg-side for two runs. Cummins puts in a dive at fine leg to prevent a boundary.
Starc sends a short delivery, it angles on off stump. Rahane sends it towards a diving gully. No run!
The action resumes!
Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja come back to the pitch. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc resumes his side’s bowling.
The weather looks fine in Melbourne today! There is no forecast of rain, so hopefully the rain gods don’t play spoilsport!
Ajinkya Rahane joins Sachin Tendulkar in a legendary list!
It is worth noting that Ajinkya Rahane is the only second Indian captain to score a Test century at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The other skipper is……Keep on guessing…….It is none other than Sachin Tendulkar!
Good morning and welcome to Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test match!
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test match between Australia and India. A gutsy Ajinkya Rahane century helped India register a lead of 82 runs. The visitors finished with a score of 277 for five after 91.3 overs at stumps on Day 2. India will be hoping to carry on with their momentum and not repeat an abysmal shocking collapse of the first Test match! Stand-in captain Rahane will be aiming to help his side level the series! Can the visitors put in a top display today? Or will Australia bounce back and not repeat their fielding mistakes from yesterday?
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