Kohli, Rahane help India recover from initial losses, match in balance on Day 2
“Sundays are meant to relax and rejuvenate – to sleep until you are hungry and eat until you are sleepy. But Indian cricket fans, and by logical extension, Virat Kohli fans, would do well to bid adieu to the bed early as the Indian captain closes in on yet another memorable century” – Deepak kaistha
Day 3 of the highly engrossing encounter between India and Australia starts tomorrow at 7:45 am. And Kohli is batting at 82 (181 balls, 9×4) in a daring recovery act for India as it chases Australia’s daunting first innings total of 326 all out. He has a perfect foil in Ajinkya Rahane who is batting on 51 (103 balls, 6×4, 1×6). India’s score at stumps was 172/3 and they are still trailing Australia by 154 runs. However, India are in a far better position than expected, considering that they were at 8/2 at one state with openers Murali Vijay (0) and KL Rahul (2) departing in quick succession.
The third wicket to fall for India during the day was that of Cheteshwar Pujara, who was caught by Paine off the bowling of Starc after a gritty 24 (103 balls, 1×4).
Earlier, Australia’s batsmen continued from their overnight score of 277/6 with Paine on 16 and Cummins on 11. The pair offered some resistance before Cummins was bowled by Umesh Yadav for 19 (66 balls).
Paine was later dismissed by Bumrah for 38 (89 balls, 5×4). The rest of the tail did not last long, and Australia was bowled out for 326. Among the bowlers, Ishant Sharma was on top with four wickets, while Bumrah, Yadav and Vihari took two wickets each.
The test is precariously balanced for now, as we look forward to Kohli as well as Rahane crossing the three-figure mark and India taking the lead and the advantage versus Australia in the first innings.
Just like past India-Australia test encounters, Day 3 promises to be highly entertaining as well as match defining.
So remember guys, tune in at 7:45 am, and you will stay tuned throughout the day!