India vs Australia: KL Rahul once again provides India a solid start, how Twitterati reacted after Day 2

KL Rahul and Murali Vijay provided India a solid foundation as the hosts finished for 120/1 at stumps on Day 2 in Ranchi.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: March 17, 2017 4:59:36 pm

India vs Australia, Ind vs Aus, KL Rahul, Rahul, Murali Vijay, Vijay, India vs Australia 3rd Test, Ind vs Aus 3rd Test, Cricket news, Cricket KL Rahul and Murali Vijay shared a 91-run opening stand. (Source: BCCI)

An opening stand worth 91-runs between KL Rahul and Murali Vijay provided India a solid foundation as the hosts finished for 120/1 at stumps on Day 2 in the third Test against Australia in Ranchi. Rahul, who has been in sublime form in the series, scored his fifth Test half-century and it took just 68 balls for the right-handed batsman to cross the 50-run mark.

Meanwhile his partner, Vijay, returned unbeaten for 42 as India still trail by 331 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara, who came in after Rahul’s dismissal at 67, took his time to settle down and was not out at 10 runs from 25 balls.

Earlier, overnight batsmen Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell started the days proceedings for Australia as the duo forged a 191-run stand, fifth highest partnership by an Australian pair in India.

Maxwell brought up his maiden Test hundred, making a comeback after almost three years. Smith remained unbeaten on 178 as he scored the highest score by an Australian captain in India, surpassing Michael Clarke’s 130.

Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed his eighth five-wicket haul. He finished with 5/124 while seamer Umesh Yadav took three wickets and off-spinner R Ashwin managed to get one wicket.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who injured his right shoulder while fielding on Day 1, didn’t come out to field as Ajinkya Rahane continued to handle the captaincy role in Kohli’s absence.

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