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India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights: India end the day on 277/5

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights: India end Day 2 on 277/5

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 7, 2021 10:54:46 am

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights: Rain brings play to stop as an early stumps was called and India ended the day on 277/5 with a lead of 82 runs, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane’s century.

They had resumed at 36 for one on Day 2 of the second Test in Melbourne with debutant Shubman Gill 28 not out and Cheteshwar Pujara on seven. Gill survived a few nervy moments in the morning before being dismissed for 45. Pujara followed soon after, both snared by Pat Cummins. Rahane was joined by Rishabh Pant (29) after the Lunch break, whose counter-attack swung the momentum India’s way.

Australia v India Test Series 2020/2021

2nd Test, MCG, Melbourne, 25 Dec, 2020

IND 326 / 10 (115.1)


AUS 195 / 10 (72.3)

IND 70 / 2 (15.5)

2nd Inn

AUS 200 / 10 (103.1)

Shubman Gill35 36
Ajinkya Rahane27 40
Mitchell Starc4.0 20 1
Pat Cummins5.0 22 1

India win by 8 wickets

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India vs Australia 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights:

12:46 (IST)27 Dec 2020

It has started to rain and the covers are back. An early stumps has been called and India end Day 2 on 277/5 with a lead of 82 runs. Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane (104* off 200) has ruled the day with a fantastic century at MCG and has received substantial support from Ravindra Jadeja (40* off 104) to drive Team India to a comfortable position!

12:29 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Rahane dropped again

The lead keeps swelling with Rahane and Jadeja leading India to the end of day with a healthy lead in hand, neither holding back from putting away the bad balls but not committing themselves too much either. Starc brought back for one final spell in the day. And he produces another big chance! And another dropped catch, is it?! Head makes a 'fumble of the year' nominee error. Rahane is dropped, again, this time on 104. 

IND 277/5 after 91.3

12:19 (IST)27 Dec 2020
100 partnership

Rahane ends Hazlewood's 89th over with a four. This partnership, worth 100 now, seems to have sucked the fight out of the pacers. Australia go to Lyon to turn things around. IND 274/5 after 90, lead by 79

12:11 (IST)27 Dec 2020
100 for Rahane

Rahane inches into his 90s, with every run hurting Australia, who have now thrown the new ball to the pair of Hazlewood and Cummins now. The scoring rate dips slightly as Rahane hovers in the nervous 90s. He cuts away for four to get to 100. Off 195 balls. His 12th Test 100. Doffs his helmet and raises his hands in a gesture of victory. IND 268/5 after 87.4

11:47 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Lead crosses 50

Rahane cracks an exquisite drive for four, confidence seemingly flowing through his veins now. Has a big smile on his face as he punches fists with Jadeja. Cummins partners Starc with the new ball but continues going for runs. He has gone for many runs since Lunch. Rahane and Jadeja both getting runs much more fluently now. The lead crosses 50. Rahane moves into his 80s. What a captain's knock it has been from him. Rahane smokes a four to the off side with a cut. Confident strokeplay! IND 251/5 after 83

11:30 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Rahane dropped by Smith

There's an ebb to Day 2 at the moment, with India not willing to throw away their advantage. Australia take the second new ball as soon as it is available. Starc is in action with it. A maximum of one hour remains, but it could be a very interesting hour yet. Jadeja faces the first ball and gets a single to the leg side. Both batsmen have an identical strike rate - 43.

There's a big moment in Starc's first over of the new ball spell. Rahane edges. It goes to Smith at second slip. Smith drops the catch. How big a miss will that be?

IND 236/5 after 81, lead by 41

11:17 (IST)27 Dec 2020
India lead by 30

The 50-run partnership comes up between Jadeja and Rahane. The third 50+ stand this innings, with Rahane having been involved in all three partnerships. A few more overs till the new ball is taken, Australia bowl Lyon and Green, India's lead swells placidly. IND 225/5 after 78

11:05 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Rahane, Jadeja bring up 50-run partnership

Not much has happened since India took the lead except for Australia bringing back Lyon into the attack. Rahane (71*) dealt with the spinner by hitting a well-timed boundary few overs back. Jadeja (20*) continues to provide support. IND: 223/5, lead by 28 

10:45 (IST)27 Dec 2020
India lead by 13 runs

India are now leading the hosts at the MCG! Both Rahane (64*) and Jadeja (12*) are slowly building on their partnership with the former setting the tone. The stand-in captain is occasionally smacking some beauties to the boundary rope. IND: 208/5 (70 ovs)

10:19 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Third session begins...

The covers are rolled back and now it's time for the third session! India have a tricky end to the day as batting after rain against a new ball is never easy. Rahane (53*) and Jadeja (7*) continue in the middle. Seven runs off Starc's over. IND: 192/5 (64 ovs)

09:43 (IST)27 Dec 2020
End of 2nd session - India trail by 6

Jadeja and Rahane see through to the end of the session. India have taken a firm step towards ascendancy in that session. Some rain has come down to bring an early Tea. Just a light shower at the moment. But it's India who look likely to rain down a shower of sorrows when play resumes.

09:23 (IST)27 Dec 2020

Starc strikes! Pant nicks one through to the keeper. 250 Test wickets for Starc and Australia will be happy to see the back of Pant. He was threatening to cause a lot of damage. He goes for 29 off 40. In comes another notorious damage-inflicter, Ravindra Jadeja. IND 173/5, trail by 22

09:15 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Brisk 50 partnership

Double change in the bowling, with Starc replacing Cummins. Pant and Rahane have forced Australia to react to pressure. We're not far from when India will start piling on a lead now. Pant's counter-attack has come as quite the recoil from the Rahane-Vihari-Pujara resistance. IND 171/4, trail by 24

09:09 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Pant gets a reprieve

Cummins gets an opportunity. Pant slashes, gets an edge, but is dropped by Cameron Green at gully. Sharp chance, but Pant survives. As reward, it's Green himself who is brought back into the attack. Rahane drives him down the ground for four. 50 partnership comes up between Rahane and Pant. IND 166/4, trail by 29

09:03 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Pant, Rahane counter-attack

Pant continues in his merry way against Lyon too, cracks a four through the covers as the spinner bowls short. India cross 150 in the 53rd over. Pant batting at a strike rate of 100 at the moment. Rahane also having a go against the bad balls from time to time now. Pant's counter-attack has swung the momentum in India's favour. IND 157/4 after 55, trail by 38

08:49 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Pant breaks free, Rahane has a word with him

Pant pulls for four. Cummins is being taken for a lot of runs in this session. He took the two wickets to fall in the morning, but finds himself under pressure now. Pant slashes again - a four to deep backward point. All the flamboyance is coming out now from Pant, he gets into double digits. Rahane seen having a conversation with Pant, maybe to rein him in a bit. IND 147/4 after 52, trail by 48

08:42 (IST)27 Dec 2020
India trail by 60

Rahane gets a few shots through the gaps on either side of the wicket. Pant and Rahane ensure India have the best of the opening hour of the second session. India get to 134/4 in 50 overs. The deficit comes down more and more fluently. India now trail by 60 runs.

08:26 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Lyon gets into groove

Nathan Lyon the cynosure now. Rishabh Pant comes in at 6 and there is an ominous atmosphere as he plays his first few balls. The MCG drums up as Lyon bowls to Pant - the left-hander already flashing at a few. Rahane still maintains a compact form, getting on to the backfoot to deal with Lyon's spin. IND 122/4 after 47

08:14 (IST)27 Dec 2020
Vihari out for 21

A top edge from Vihari against Hazlewood lands safely - he would have had his heart in his mouth. He plays a late cut for four against Lyon. But is then out! Goes for the sweep, gets another top edge, this time it proves fatal. Did Vihari try to go for too many shots too soon? He is out for 21. IND 116/4 after 44.4

08:10 (IST)27 Dec 2020
More intent from Rahane, Vihari - India trail by 83

Lyon and Hazlewood operate for Australia from either end. Vihari gets a four against some sharp spin from Lyon. Rahane cracks a four off Hazlewood. Some more intent from the pair in the session. The deficit comes down to double digits. IND 112/3 after 44

Australia Playing XI: Tim Paine (c), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade

India Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj