India vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 2: Match highlights, report, video and as it happened in Ranchi

India, after bowling out Australia for 451, end the day's play at 120/1 in Ranchi on Friday.

By: Express Web Desk | Ranchi | Updated: March 18, 2017 2:38:14 am

Murali Vijay and KL Rahul gave India a solid start.

India, after bowling out Australia for 451, ride high on a solid opening stand to end the day’s play at 120/1. KL Rahul, who hit his fourth fifty in five innings, was dismissed by Pat Cummins for 67 but he gave the team a solid platform to capitalise on. Murali Vijay is looking solid on 42 and he has Cheteshwar Pujara for company. Earlier in the day, Steve Smith’s unbeaten 178 drove Australia to 451. For the hosts, Jadeja was pick of the bowlers with figures of 5/124.

India vs Australia: 3rd Test Day 2 Match highlights

1632 hrs IST: Stumps! India end the day’s play at 120/1, still trail Australia by 331 runs. Vijay and Pujara will commence proceedings on the third day on Saturday

1629 hrs IST: Turns out to be a poor review as there was some distance between bat and ball. On field umpire gets the decision spot on, Vijay survives. India 119/1

1628 hrs IST: Two sounds, Lyon was in doubts but Smith goes ahead with the review. Fag end of the day, and the Australian skipper is deperate to taste more success

1624 hrs IST: Not Kohli, it’s Rahane who has the gear on. If needed, he would come out to bat. Still two overs left in the day’s play

1618 hrs IST: So far, it hasn’t been a good series for the Indian batters. None, except KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara, have made an impression and would be itching to make a mark on a strip which has looked decent for batting so far

1615 hrs IST: Four overs left in the day’s play now. It was a struggle early on with the ball but the batsmen have responded well. It’s only quarter of the job done as they need to bat in similar fashion and post a big total

1608 hrs IST: Cummins continue to keep pressure with tight lines. Into his sixth over, the seamer is bowling in the 140s and testing batsmen with the variations

1604 hrs IST: Good over for India as Vijay hits Lyon for three boundaries. The right-hander is looking fluent after watchful start to his innings

1602 hrs IST: After miscuing one, Vijay sweeps the next delivery with complete authority for second boundary on the trot; brings up the 100 for India with that hit

1600 hrs IST: Cheteshwar Pujara joins Vijay in the middle and the pair would now play for the clock. Not much time left in the day’s play and India wouldn’t want to lose any more wickets. 93/1 in the 33rd over

1557 hrs IST: WICKET! KL Rahul has gloved one to the keeper. Cummins has a wicket on his comeback. A terrific delivery from Cummins. A short delivery that bounced on Rahul. One hand on the bat and the ball brushes that glove. Out for 67

1552 hrs IST: Some steady overs for India. Some runs, some misses. O’Keefe and Cummins bowling in tandem for Australia

1545 hrs IST: A brilliant over from Pat Cummins with a tight line. Just the single off his over. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have being watchful against Cummins pace

1540 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Murali Vijay not taking risks to score. The runs are coming for the Indian openers. India are now 83 for no loss after 27 overs

1528 hrs IST: Hazlewood just misses his mark and Rahul has no problems clipping it fine for another boundary. Easy pickings for the right-hander

1525 hrs IST: India’s solid start has given Kohli’s shoulder more rest. The skipper didn’t take field on Day 2 and is not expected to come out to bat too

1520 hrs IST: More seam as Pat Cummins comes into bowl now. Smith has used his seamers in short spells today and could operate in this fashion through the Indian innings

1514 hrs IST: Kohli observes proceedings from the dressing room. The Indian skipper is not padded up and has a heavy strapping on his injured shoulder

1512 hrs IST: Rahul gets a boundary and brings up his fourth half-century of the series. He would now look to convert it. No Indian has managed to touch three-figures, and Rahul, after coming close in Pune, would like to be the first

1509 hrs IST: Quality bowling by Hazlewood. He is cleverly mixing it up and working his angles nicely in the middle. Two deliveries come into the right-handers while the third one just holds its line

1508 hrs IST: The Ranchi pitch was expected to take turn from Day 2 but it has looked good for batting since the first session. The odd one is gripping the surface, especially after hitting those footmarks, but nothing alarming yet

1506 hrs IST: After 20 overs, India reach 61/0. Both Vijay and Rahul have looked assured in the middle so far. The best opening stand for India in the series so far

1501 hrs IST: No need to run for that! Vijay joins the act now as he creams one through covers for his first boundary of the innings. Leans into the drive with ease, and finds the middle of the middle of the bat

1459 hrs IST: Change in bowling as Smith introduces Josh Hazlewood into the attack. This is a solid start by the hosts and the visitors would want to break the stand

1456 hrs IST: Rahul works it away for a single and brings up the FIFTY, and fifty-run partnership with Vijay. He has scored 41 of those runs

1450 hrs IST: Vijay, batting on 9 off 45 balls, seems more than keen to spend time in the middle. He is happy to watch from the other end as Rahul continues to operate in fluent fashion. India 48/0 in the 17th over

1446 hrs IST: Rahul waits and clips it fine off his legs for another boundary. Runs are coming at a brisk pace for the Indian opener after the Tea interval

1442 hrs IST: Decent bounce and turn for both Australian spinners so far. It wasn’t the case for Ashwin in the first innings. India’s leading spinner returned with only one wicket while Jadeja maanged to scalp five

1437 hrs IST: Rahul is using the depth of the crease well. Waiting for the ball to take turn and has no problem in working it away for singles. India, after Australia’s big first innings total, need a solid start

1434 hrs IST: Soft hands and Rahul works it away for a boundary. He moves to 27 and takes India’s total to 30/0 in the 11th over of the innings

1431 hrs IST: Spin from both ends now as Smith introduces Lyon. The offie was pick of the bowlers for the hosts in the last Test and they would hope for more of the same in Ranchi

1430 hrs IST: The players are out int he middle for the final session of day’s play. Australia to start with O’Keefe’s spin. Vijay was watchful when he came out to bat while Rahul showed much more intent

1409 hrs IST: Tea in Ranchi on day two! India are 20 for no loss in reply to Australia’s 451 in first innings

1405 hrs IST: Beautiful shot from KL Rahul! Standing tall on the backfoot and punching it square of the field. Four runs for him and India

1401 hrs IST: First change in bowling as Australia bring on Steve O’Keefe. Nine minutes to go for Tea in Ranchi. India are 9 for no loss

1357 hrs IST: Four! First boundary for India as KL Rahul flicks one off middle stump behind square-leg for four! Brilliant shot from Rahul

1352 hrs IST: Pat Cummins running in hard. He is tuching the 145 mark on a consistent basis. A short ball to finish the fourth over. India 4 for no loss

1344 hrs IST: A top delivery from Hazlewood. He beats the outside edge of KL Rahul’s bat. Top stuff. Hazlewood bowling a top line to the Indian batsmen

1339 hrs IST: Pat Cummins to bowl in a Test match, six years after he bowled his last over in 2011. What a day for him. Maiden to start with for Cummins

1335 hrs IST: Quick single for Murali Vijay and he gets off the mark. First runs for India as well. They are trailing by 450 runs

The Australian players are out on the field for the Indian innings. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay the two openers making their way out to the the middle for India

1321 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja has pulled off a stunning no-look run-out and Australia are bowled out for 451 in the first innings. Steve Smith unbeaten on 178*

1310 hrs IST: WICKET! Five wickets for Ravindra Jadeja as Lyon hits one straight to silly-point. Jadeja rewarded for some exceptional bowling. Drinks in Ranchi

1306 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav falls as he fails to land properly in his delivery stride. The back leg slipped a bit. He has not injured himself there

1302 hrs IST: WICKET! Steve O’Keefe has pulled one straight to Murali Vijay at fine-leg. Umesh Yadav gets a deserved wicket.

1252 hrs IST: Just the single from Ashwin over. Tight line there. But Smith still looks in trouble. Umesh Yadav to continue for India with Smith on strike

1248 hrs IST: O’Keefe pulls the final ball of the Umesh over for four! He moves onto 24*. Australia reach 440 for the loss of seven wickets. Ashwin to Smith now

1244 hrs IST: A 40-run stand between O’Keefe and Smith and still counting. Umesh Yadav will bowl the new over. Smith has been brilliant in this innings for Australia

1236 hrs IST: India with a change in bowling. Umesh Yadav to bowl for India. He replaces Jadeja in the attack. Smith and O’Keefe keep the runs coming for Australia

1230 hrs IST: Jadeja getting some turn from the rough! But no success for him. Australia continue their good work and have reached 421 for 7. Ashwin to bowl now

1220 hrs IST: Edged but that has travelled off the bat! Rahane at first slip has no chance to catch it. Too fast for him. Ashwin looking to pick those wickets

1216 hrs IST: Australia on the defensive from the start of the second session. Jadeja and Ashwin bowling in tandem for India. Smith and O’Keefe the batsmen

1210 hrs IST: Players back in the middle for the second session in Ranchi! Steve Smith will be on strike and Ashwin will bowl for India. All set now

1200 hrs IST: 10 minutes to live action in Ranchi. India will like to pick the remaining three Australia wickets quickly. Australia on the other hand will like as many

1150 hrs IST: The first session shared by both teams as Australia scored 102 runs but India also picked up three wickets. That gave India a chance to not let Australia make a very big total

1140 hrs IST: Some serious batting from Maxwell and Smith in the first session for Australia before Jadeja broke the stand and then picked up two more wickets to keep India in the game

1130 hrs IST: Lunch on Day 2 in Ranchi! Steve Smith’s 153* takes Australia to 401 for the loss of seven wickets but it was Ravindra Jadeja’s three wickets in the first session that keep India in the game

1125 hrs IST: 150 for Steve Smith! The Australian captain quietly brings up another milestone. Brilliant batting from him and Australia surge

1122 hrs IST: WICKET! Bowl’em! Jadeja the destroyer for India. He has cleaned up Pat Cummins

1119 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja with another wicket for India. Matthew Wade is caught behind. A good line from Jadeja as he pitched it in the rough and Wade, playing for turn, got a straighter one. Faint edge and Saha takes a good catch

1110 hrs IST: Expensive from Ashwin again! A boundary off this over. Australia are 386 for the loss of five wickets as Smith nears his 150

1104 hrs IST: No success for Ashwin in his first over of the day! Australia continue to dominate proceedings in the middle. They are 379 for the loss of five wickets

1101 hrs IST: India finally bring on Ashwin. 90 minutes after play started on day two. Wade is on strike. Rahane may get a lot of criticism for holding back Ashwin in the attack

1053 hrs IST: Three runs and then a boundary (byes) for Australia in that Jadeja over. Expensive once again for India. The runs are coming thick and fast for Australia

1048 hrs IST: Seven runs for Australia in that over! 350 up for them. Australia cruising now. Wade also looking confident in his play. India need wickets

1044 hrs IST: Steve Smith still having no trouble against any bowler! He is batting on 137* and Australia are 349 for the loss of five wickets. Wade the other batsman

1036 hrs IST: A brilliant shot from Wade on the on-side to get a boundary! Using his feet to come down the pitch. Ishant Sharma to bowl from the other end

1033 hrs IST: Jadeja to continue after drinks! Matthew Wade will be on strike for Australia, who are 341 for the loss of five wickets. Jadeja to Wade

1030 hrs IST: Drinks after the first four in Ranchi! India have picked the wicket of Maxwell but Smith taking Australia taowards a big score. Can India get him?

1026 hrs IST: Didn’t carry! Ishant got the edge off Smith’s bat but it falls just short of Saha. A half-heated appeal from Ishant but Saha says it did not carry. Smith survives

1020 hrs IST: WICKET! Glenn Maxwell is caught behind! Jadeja gets the break through for India. A faint edge with a slightly extra bounce for Jadeja. Saha takes a good catch. Maxwell is gutted.

1019 hrs IST: Australia making some quick runs without any trouble. They have reached 331 for the loss of four wickets with Maxwell on 104* and Smith on 126*

1010 hrs IST: CENTURY! Glenn Maxwell scores his maiden Test hundred with a boundary! He lets out a loud cry after it goes through the third man region for four! The celebrations tell it all

1005 hrs IST: Maiden over from Jadeja and Maxwell stays on 99*. Not taking the risk of hitting the big shot! Smith will be on strike for the new over bowled by Umesh

1002 hrs IST: Australia are 323 for the loss of four wickets. Maxwell is on 99* and will be on strike as Ravindra Jadeja comes on to bowl another over of spin. His second of the day

1000 hrs IST: Maiden over by Ravindra Jadeja. Umesh to continue from the other end. Maxwell two runs away from his maiden Test hundred.

0956 hrs IST: Maxwell moves to 98 as Australia reach to 322/4. Ravindra Jadeja brought into the attack, replaces Ishant Sharma.

0948 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav bowling at a line outside off stump! Maxwell and Smith easily putting those balls away. Nothing troubling them so far

0944 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell’s innings has been the game changer. Forget that he has curbbed his natural instinct to play attacking shots. He has played each ball to its merit and that has given him runs as well.

0940 hrs IST: Five runs off the Ishant Sharma as Steve Smith got a boundary through the third man region! Australia are 308 for the loss of four wickets. Umesh to continue

0935 hrs IST: Ishant Sharma will bowl from the other end. Steve Smith is on strike and he has already scored his century. Virat Kohli is not on the field and Ajinkya Rahane is the captain for India

0934 hrs IST: Bat broken off the first ball, Maxwell crunches a four off the final delivery! Brilliant shot on the backfoot. Through the point region and that is 300 up for Australia in the 91st over

0930 hrs IST: Whoa! First ball of the day from Umesh Yadav and Glenn Maxwell’s bat is broken! Into halves. It hit just where the sticker ends. Change of bat for Maxwell

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 Pitch Report: A top pitch so far. It has held up and Australia managed to score 299 runs on day one on the Ranchi track. It is still hard and good for batting. The pacers will have a bigger role to play once again as there isn’t wear and tear in it for the spinners. While the odd ball may turn and bounce, it will not be a danger for the batsmen. The batting team will enjoy to score some runs on this pitch

0858 hrs IST: So Virat Kohli is not warming up. He is with the Indian coaching staff. Can we see him in action today?

0845 hrs IST: A crucial session in regard to this Test. Australia will like to take their total towards a big one while India need wickets. They will also hope to have Virat Kohli on the field. Sandip G in Ranchi observed that without Kohli, India were half the team

0830 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the coverage of the second day’s play from the third Test between India and Australia in Ranchi. Australia resume their innings at 299 for the loss of four wickets with Smith and Maxwell at the crease

India vs Australia 3rd Test Playing XI:

Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood

India vs Australia 3rd Test, Day 2: Reaction

R Sridhar: “It was probably the better batting day in the series so far. Pitch was nice and placid. It’s not that we are in the situation for the first time during this home season.” (Read what he had to say)

Matt Renshaw: “I think tomorrow first session is going to be one of the most crucial in this match. If we can win that session then we go a long way in winning the Test match” (Read what he had to say)

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 Preview at Ranchi: The second day of the Ranchi Test will see Australia resume at 299 for the loss of 4 wickets. Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell have stitched a good partnership for Australia and they will look to continue the good work. India bowlers will look to break the stand. They managed to take four wickets on first day but failed to pick any in the final session which allowed Australia to come back in the game

India vs Australia 3rd Test, Match Umpires

Ground Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Ian Gould
Third Umpire: Nigel Llong
Match Referee: Sir Richie Richardson

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