India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights: Rohit Sharma backed up the efforts of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara with his 10th Test fifty. His partnership with Rishabh Pant was worth 76 runs when the latter was dismissed. The attrition of bowling for two days started to show as Australia made some stunning dropped catches towards the end of the day.
Ravindra Jadeja fell soon after Pant and his wicket prompted Virat Kohli to declare. India had made 443 runs for seven wickets over nearly 170 grueling overs. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived the day and Australia will start Day 3 on 8/0.
Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2018/19Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne 19 January 2019
Australia 151 (66.5) & 261 (89.3)
India 443/7 dec & 106/8 dec
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 3rd Test ) India beat Australia by 137 runs
India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 Highlights:
STUMPS! Australia 8/0...
...Harris has made five runs and Finch has made three but more importantly for the hosts, the openers survive Day 2. They trail India by 435 runs.
Jadeja into the attack
He rushes through a maiden over. Pant kept at it, asking him to speed up his deliveries. India want to make the Australians face as many balls as possible, that break that Harris needed to take gobbled up some precious minutes.
Paine and IPL
No he has not be roped in by any franchise miraculously but Paine had a hilarious exchange with Rohit Sharma, who is captain of the Mumbai Indians, while he was in the middle with Rajasthan Royals skipper Ajinkya Rahane. Read on...
Harris ends up with a cracked helmet
Bumrah with a short delivery that Harris tries to duck, cops it on the head. Physios have come out, the non-striker, slip fielders huddle around the fallen opener. He seems to be fine.
Bumrah bowls the second
An inside edge saved Finch from a sure-as-a-whistle LBW off the fifth ball of the over. A confident push by Harris off the last ball gave the Australians three more runs. They are 5/0.
Eventful 1st over
The first ball whistled past Harris' outside edge. He got off the mark with the next one and Finch took an inside edge off his opening delivery. The last ball flew past an unconventionally placed short leg.
The players walk out
Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris take guard for Australia, Ishant Sharma starts the Indian attack. HERE WE GO!
INDIA DECLARE! 443/7
JADEJA WAS DISMISSED AND VIRAT KOHLI DECIDES HE HAS SEEN ENOUGH! That gives the Indian bowlers about seven overs today. Jadeja hit a four off the very first ball he faced, a dot ball and then was dismissed.
OUT! Starc gets Pant
Rishabh Pant hit Starc straight down the pitch beautifully for a boundary but then holes out at gully off the very next ball. He tried to pull and the ball takes a leading edge before looping to Khawaja. He doesn't drop that.
A lovely drive by Rohit Sharma off Starc and the ball runs to boundary. Rohit Sharma moves to 60 and India are 432/5 now. Partnership between him and Pant is now worth 72 runs.
Starc vs Pant
Starc admonishes Pant for what he thinks is running along the middle of the pitch, Pant then tries an expansive pull off the next ball, although that only yielded a single. It is spicing up.
THIRD NEW BALL TAKEN!
How many times has that happened? Finch won't be given the third new ball as it turns out, its Starc instead. Rishabh Pant on strike.
50 for Rohit
And it comes in an over that is being bowled by, wait for it....Aaron Finch! THIRD new ball is due for Australia as we enter the 164th over of the Indian innings.
India cross 400
The first time they have done so this year in 2018. Partnership between Pant and Rohit is nearing the 50-run mark.
And this time it is Rishabh Pant who has been given a lifeline off Nathan Lyon again! Cummins is the guilty party at long-on. That was an absolute sitter. Rohit Sharma was dropped by Peter Siddle who was a substitute fielder for Cummins and now the latter drops one himself. India 393/5.
India's total swells to 380
This already looks like a great total. Peter Siddle is sitting at the boundary. He was there for a very short period, in which time he dropped Rohit Sharma, who is now 38 off 79. Rishabh Pant continues his 'calm' mode and recently opened his arms to dispatch Marsh over extra-cover for four runs.
Pant and Rohit in the middle
Pant left the first ball he faced, much to the amusement of the MCG crowd. He remains on 1 of 12 balls. Rohit Sharma is looking good at 30 off 72 balls.
WICKET! Rahane LBW
Once again the ball keeps low and a batsman succumbs. Nathan Lyon has finally got his wicket of the match. Rahane has taken it to the pad in front of middle and off.
Rohit Sharma has been given a lifeline by sub fielder Peter Siddle at short fine leg. Sharma completely botches up a pull sweep shot and Siddle has put down a sitter. That is inexcusable.
350 up for India
FOUR! 350 up for India with an exquisite late cut from Ajinkya Rahane. He slices it from between the second slip and the gully. 50 run partnership for Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma.
Back after Tea
Final session of Day 2 - India would be looking to accelerate a bit here. It means the Aussies will have a chance to pluck up some quick wickets. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane resume the innings. Pat Cummins runs with the ball.
TIm Paine is hilarious!
An over from Nathan Lyon marks the end of the session. India added 69 runs in the session and suffered two wickets. Still the match appears to be heading towards a draw. IND 346/4
Sachin Tendulkar has his say
Sachin Tendulkar reckons the uneven bounce at MCG spell good signs for the Indian team.
This century by @cheteshwar1 has laid the foundation for India to get ahead in this match. One more good partnership needed. The bounce is already uneven, which is a good sign for #TeamIndia. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CPfDNTLpxj— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 27, 2018
India 326/4 after 135
An LBW appeal against Rohit Sharma off the last ball. The run rate has crept up since these two have come in the middle. They have now put up 31 runs for the fifth wicket.
Rohit Sharma arches back and punches Mitchell Marsh to the midwicket boundary. He is on 8 off 24 and India's total is now 324/4.
Rahane plays the last delivery of the 129th over late and that runs through backward point for four. He has made 14 off 17 balls while Rohit has made 1 off 8.
300 for India
A brute of a delivery from Hazlewood squares up Rahane and flies over Paine for four. India's vice-captains - Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma - are in the middle now.
WICKET! PUJARA IS NEXT!
Cummins clips Pujara's off stump and ends an epic innings. Pujara walks on 106 off 319 balls. His innings spanned nearly four sessions. He has been hit on the fingers quite a few times throughout his stay in the middle by Cummins and it is the latter who claims the wicket. But the fact that the ball stayed low will be food for thought for the Aussie batsmen too, as Harsha Bhogle notes.
Pujara goes after a magnificent innings but the Aussies will be concerned at the manner of his dismissal.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 27, 2018
STARC FINALLY GETS THE BREAKTHROUGH! Kohli walks after making 82 off 204 balls and his partnership with Pujara stops at 172. Kohli was looking to accelerate and had hit Starc for four towards mid-on off the previous ball. This time he tries to guide a short delivery over the third man boundary it seems despite the fact that there was a man there. The Indian captain has been around for more than two sessions and was struggling with his back. This looks like a tired shot. All three wickets have fallen to short deliveries.
He has been checked on by the physio twice already in this session. The problem seems to be that stiff back again. He was on his knees towards the end of the 120th over on the non-striker's end. But a positive sign after that when he pulled Starc first ball and ran three.
India 283/2 after 120
The attrition continues. Pujara and Kohli look as vulnerable as the Himalayas and it looks like another long session is in the cards for the Aussie bowlers. Partnership now worth 160.
He came into the middle during the 19th over and is still there as the teams walk into Lunch on Day 2 almost 100 overs later. He has played three and a half sessions so far. His is the third-slowest century by an Indian in Australia.
India's session again. Pujara gets to a brilliant century and Kohli is on 69 but it is the number of balls that they have faced is what indicates how frustrating this has been for Australia. Pujara has faced 294 balls for his 103 while Kohli has absorbed 182. 117 overs have been bowled and the partnership between Kohli and Pujara is now worth 154 runs.
100 for Pujara
17th Test hundred for the Che. He brings that up with a four down to mid-off and that was the 280th ball he has faced in this innings. It is his second hundred of this series, what an incredible way to end the year for him. He now has 322 runs to his name in this series. That is his best in series away from home.
Pujara 2000 runs old away from home
He has got to that mark in 54 innings at an average of 39.22. Seven fifties and six hundreds so far and he is seven runs away from equalising that 50-100 ratio.
Perfectly timed drive to send the ball wide mid-off by Pujara off Lyon and it runs away to the boundary. He moves to 90.
Lyon and Hazlewood alternating with no luck. It has been almost chanceless so far from Kohli and Pujara. Run rate back in the 2.3 range.
Slow session but quicker compared to what was the case in the third session on Day 1. The Australian bowlers have been brilliant so far but the batsmen have matched them. India 246/2 after 103 overs, Kohli on 60 off 140, Pujara on 83 off 252, partnership now worth 123 runs.