Update: Aaya Ram, Gaya Ram, India seems to be wilting under persistent Australian bowling pressure. Jadeja out after scoring just 2 runs, India 120/4
Update: India are 53/1 in 15 overs – Rahul 30* and Pujara 5* – trail by 34 runs
Update: Lyon and Hazlewood manning the bowling attack. Aussies are trying to take advantage of the cracks from oner ends and uneven bounce from the other.
Update: Pujara edges one off Lyon but Wade fails to catch the ball.
Update: The Indian openers – Rahul and Mukund – are out in the middle. Hazlewood will bowl the first over after lunch
Bangalore: Australian team is on the way to take useful lead in the first inning as was the case in the first test match played in Pune. The team from down under is in the revival mode and their determination shows that they are serious to do well here and regain their morale.
On the second day of the second India vs Australia test match, the Australian team kept its composure and worked on building a useful inning.
It should be kept in mind that while Aussies are playing on an alien pitch, the hosts seem to be struggling on a pitch that was specially prepared for them. No batsman from India was able to contribute with the bat except Rahul. He seems to have come of age and has become a dependable batsman. Without his useful contribution of 90 runs, Indian side would have been reduced to Pune like total.
If it was Keefe in Pune, the Bangalore pitch saw the charisma of Lyon. He scalped eight wickets and gave away merely 50 runs.
The beginning for the third day was not that great for Aussies as Indian bowlers made a comeback of sorts. Jadeja has taken five wickets in the match and in a span of two balls he sent two tailenders back to the dressing room. Aussies’ quest was helped well by S Marsh’s 66 runs inning and Renshaw’s 60 run contribution besides Wade’s useful 40 run contribution.
While Aussies have taken close to 100 run lead thus far, India’s bowlers deserve credit for their persistence. All day they maintained pressure on Australia’s batsmen, and the pressure was particularly intense during a gripping morning session. But by stumps, the cold reality was that Australia held a lead that was already useful, and which on the third morning may yet progress to become match-winning.
Australian batsmen should be commended for their excellent batting show. A Cricinfo report says, “Importantly for Australia, Renshaw had batted through the session, and after the resumption he brought up a fine 183-ball half-century. He was edgier than a Richard Pryor comedy gig – four of his five fours went through gaps in the cordon – but it was not until the 67th over of his innings that his focus appeared to lapse. He advanced to lift Jadeja down the ground for six, then two balls later was stumped coming down the wicket again, as Jadeja turned one past his legs and Wriddhiman Saha did the rest”.
India 189 & 7/0 (1.1 ov)
India trail by 80 runs with 10 wickets remaining
Australia in India Test Series – 2nd Test
Test no. 2251 | 2016/17 season
Played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
India 1st innings
KL Rahul c Renshaw b Lyon 90
A Mukund lbw b Starc 0
CA Pujara c Handscomb b Lyon 17
V Kohli* lbw b Lyon 12
AM Rahane st †Wade b Lyon 17
KK Nair st †Wade b O’Keefe 26
R Ashwin c Warner b Lyon 7
WP Saha† c Smith b Lyon 1
RA Jadeja c Smith b Lyon 3
UT Yadav not out 0
I Sharma c Handscomb b Lyon 0
Extras (b 12, lb 4) 16
Total (all out; 71.2 overs) 189 (2.64 runs per over)
Australia 1st innings
DA Warner b Ashwin 33
MT Renshaw st †Saha b Jadeja 60
SPD Smith* c †Saha b Jadeja 8
SE Marsh c Nair b Yadav 66
PSP Handscomb c Ashwin b Jadeja 16
MR Marsh lbw b Sharma 0
MS Wade† lbw b Jadeja 40
MA Starc c Jadeja b Ashwin 26
SNJ O’Keefe not out 4
NM Lyon lbw b Jadeja 0
JR Hazlewood c Rahul b Jadeja 1
Extras (b 14, lb 3, nb 5) 22
Total (all out; 122.4 overs) 276 (2.25 runs per over)