India are 120 for 1 in reply to Australia’s 451 in their first innings after end of the second day’s play in the Ranchi Test. Murali Vijay (42) and Cheteshwar Pujara (10) are keeping up the Indian fight on after KL Rahul laid the platform with a strokeful 67. Rahul looked set for a big score but a sharp bouncer from Pat Cummins curtailed his innings as India lost their first wicket for 91.
Earlier, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith stretched their overnight partnership to 191 which helped Australia reach 451.
Mainstays of Indian bowling Ashwin and Jadeja both gave away over 100 runs in their spell. Jadeja though broke through s he claimed the eighth five wicket haul of his career. To add to that he was able to get the crowd roaring as he managed to flick one back onto the stumps to run Josh Hazelwood out, the MS Dhoni way. The video went viral as well with the entire crowd at the stadium giving him a standing ovation for his efforts.
There was hardly any spin visible on the wicket, however, there were a few balls who jumped more than expected. Thus , the pitch is keeping the players guessing still. Although Australian batsmen especially Maxwell and Smith looked in no trouble whatsoever all through their stay. Smith in that respect, returned unbeaten after scoring an unbeaten 178 thereby registering the highest score by an Australian skipper in India.
Virat Kohli did not take the field for the entire day on day 3 as Ajinkya Rahane handled his troops pretty well. In another interesting event of the day, Umesh Yadav managed to break Glenn Maxwell’s bat with the very first delivery of the day.
Australia 451 all out (Steve Smith 178*, Glenn Maxwell 104; R Jadeja 5-124) lead India 120/0 (KL Rahul 67, Murali Vijay 42*) by 331 runs.