Bengaluru: India were 38 for no loss in their second innings at lunch on the third day of the second Test in Bengaluru on Monday, trailing Australia by 49 runs. Openers Lokesh Rahul (20) and Abhinav Mukund (16) were batting at the break.
Earlier in the session, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja's 6-63 helped bowl out the visitors, who lead the four-match series 1-0, for 276.
The tourists, who started the day on 237-6, managed to build an 87-run lead over India with overnight batsman Matthew Wade hitting a gritty 40 before the innings folded inside the first hour of play.
Wade and Mitchell Starc (26) put on 49 runs for the seventh wicket before the spinners came into play at Bengaluru's M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got India's first breakthrough of the day after Starc mistimed a slog-sweep to deep mid-wicket and Jadeja took a well-judged catch.
Wade soon followed his overnight partner back to the pavilion after being trapped lbw off Jadeja, who then had Nathan Lyon out for a first-ball duck.
Number eleven batsman Josh Hazlewood denied Jadeja the hat-trick but he fell soon after for one on a pitch that is offering variable bounce. Jadeja finished with figures of 6-63.
Fighting fifties from Matt Renshaw (60) and Shaun Marsh (66) on Sunday helped the visitors surpass India's first innings score of 189.
Steve Smith's Australia lead the four-match series 1-0 after outclassing the hosts in the first match in Pune inside three days.
Published Date: Mar 06, 2017 11:52 am | Updated Date: Mar 06, 2017 11:55 am