India vs Australia, 2nd Test: Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane lead India's fightback on day 3

Bengaluru: India were 213 for four at stumps in their second innings on Monday in the second Test at Bengaluru, leading Australia by 126 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara (79) and Ajinkya Rahane (40) were batting at close of play on the third day, having put on 93 to keep Australia's bowlers at bay.

Seamer Josh Hazlewood claimed three wickets, including the key scalp of skipper Virat Kohli for 15.

Cricket - India v Australia - Second Test cricket match - M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India - 06/03/17 - India's Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui - RTS11MBI

India's Ajinkya Rahane plays a shot. REUTERS

India were 122 for four at tea, taking a slender 35-run lead in their second innings. Pujara was batting on on 34 while Rahane was on 2 at that point. Hazlewood trapped Kohli lbw for 15 on a shooting inswinger and a review did not help the star batsman as he walked back to a stunned silence at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

India's move to promote all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the batting order also backfired when the left-hander was bowled by Hazlewood for two. Opener Lokesh Rahul hit 51 before falling to left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe.

Rahul, who top-scored with 90 in India's first innings, put on 45 with Pujara after Abhinav Mukund (16) was bowled by Hazlewood just after lunch. But O'Keefe lured Rahul into a drive outside off stump and skipper Steve Smith took a brilliant catch at first slip, making up for an earlier spill against Pujara when the batsman was on 4.

Rahul, who recorded his fourth Test fifty, batted with intent during his 85-ball knock, laced with four fours, to try and take the attack to the bowlers. In the morning session, left-arm spinner Jadeja returned figures of 6-63 to help dismiss Australia for 276 in their first innings, a lead of 87. Australia lead the four-match series 1-0.


Published Date: Mar 06, 2017 05:00 pm | Updated Date: Mar 06, 2017 05:00 pm

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