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Resilient Rahane showing India the way to big lead

Stand-in India skipper Ajinkya Rahane has put India in the driving seat as his hundred sets up a lead against Australia in the second Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Rahane, who was given a couple of lives, is on 200-ball 104* runs at the end of the second day’s play. He brought up his 12th Test hundred in 195 balls, cutting Pat Cummins for a boundary in the process. He became the second Indian captain after the great Sachin Tendulkar to make a three-figure score at the MCG. 

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Rain interruption forced the day’s play to end on 91.3 overs of India’s innings. The end saw Travis Head dropping Rahane off Mitchell Starc. Rahane gloved the short stuff towards Head and got his finger bruised.

India, leading by 82 runs, are on 277/5 with Ravindra Jadeja at the crease as well. The sixth wicket stand has added 104 runs so far. Jadeja was uncharacteristic during his 104-ball 40* runs that has had only one boundary.

The day started with Cummins striking twice in successive overs that saw the departure of Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara (17). Gill, on debut, played 65 balls for a solid 45 with eight fours.

Hanuma Vihari (21) and Rishabh Pant (29) fell in the second session to Nathan Lyon and Starc.

The final session of the day belonged to Rahane and Jadeja as they denied the Australians any wicket, adding 88 runs in that period, though Australia’s fielding did help its bowlers.

India were 36/1 overnight after bundling Australia out for 195 runs in the first innings.

Brief scores:

Australia 1st innings: 195

India 1st innings: 277/5 in 91.3 overs (Rahane 104*, Gill 45; Starc 2/61, Cummins 2/71)

India lead by 82 runs

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