India vs Australia 2nd Test at Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru, Ind-213/4: Cheteshwar Pujara-Ajinkya Rahane bring back memories of Dravid-Laxman partnership, take India’s lead to 126

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India vs Australia 2nd Test, Cricket Score Ind vs Aus: Here are cricket score and updates from the 2nd Test between India and Australia at Bengaluru

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India vs Australia 2nd Test: When Australia finished Day 1 at 40/0 after dismissing India for just 189 runs in the first innings, most people had written off the home side. At that point, Day 2 and Day 3 could have decided the fate of Virat Kohli’s men and they have. Indian team has been brilliant in last two days, except few dry spells and find themselves back in the match as well as in the series. Ravindra Jadeja was instrumental in keeping Australia’s lead to less than 100 runs as he finished with the figures of 63/6. Ashwin too got a wicket this morning was finally rewarded for his tireless bowling. KL Rahul gave India a perfect start with his effortless stroke play but the real stars of the day were Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.

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Both the batsmen proved why they are considered India’s best players in this format and recreated Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman’s marathon partnership at the Eden Gardens in the historic match. The 93-run stand between Rahane and Pujara may not only decide the fate of this match but also of the series.

Here are Cricket Score of India vs Australia 2nd Test:

6:50 PM: Harsha Bhogle is enjoying the game as much as we are:

6:08 PM: Indian cricket team’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar believes the match is very much in balance and India will have to bat well for at least two sessions to get control over it.

5:57 PM: This is how Cheteshwar Pujara celebrated his half-century:

5:00 PM: Watch the controversial dismissal of Virat Kohli:

4:30 PM: Stumps Day 3: India – 213/4. Finally, India can go back in the dressing room as the happier side, courtesy – Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. This is certainly a match-changing partnership. Pujara was solid during his fifty and Rahane was good too. They will be looking to continue the good work tomorrow:

4:18 PM: It is turning out to be a very good session for the Indian team. Both the batsmen have looked very good so far and have put the hosts in a very strong position going into Day 2. The partnership is now of 87 runs from 183 balls and at times, reminded of Dravid-Laxman partnership at the Eden Gardens.

4:00 PM: The partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara is looking good and India’s lead is now past 100 runs. Virat Kohli would be hoping that there are no more casualties till the bails are taken off. As far as Australia is concerned, the match is still open and if they can keep the target under 200 runs, it will be their match to lose.

3:35 PM: Cheteshwar Pujara has scored his 14th Test fifty. Superb innings at a much needed time. It is also his second half-century in second innings in Bangalore. India’s lead is now 82 runs.

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3:00 PM: The 5th wicket partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara is of 26 runs. These are the times when you realise the importance of a player like Pujara who can drop anchor at one end and drain the opposition completely. Raha, on the other hand, d is industrious as always.

2:40 PM: After the Ravindra Jadeja experiment failed, India is now back to basics. Chetshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are trying to stitch a partnership at the moment. The lead is only 48 runs and the pitch isn’t that bad to bat on. Anything less than 200 runs can be a cakewalk for the opposition.

2:30 PM: Watch the interesting dismissal of KL Rahul:

2:20 PM: TEA Day 3: The Bengaluru Test is heading towards an interesting finish. If it was Ravindra Jadeja for India in the morning session, bragging 6/63 and avoiding Australia take a huge lead in the 1st innings; it has been Josh Hazlewood for Australia who has picked 3 wickets so far; with Virat Kohli’s being the most important one, after the DRS referral.

1:55 PM: OUT! Big blow for the Indian team, Virat Kohli departs. He fails once again and in a surprising move, Ravindra Jadeja comes in to bat number 5. Either this is a very brave move or a highly stupid one. The idea could be to tackle spinners and do a counter-attack but can India afford another wicket at this stage?

1:40 PM: While Nathan Lyon has been very successful in this series so far in alien conditions, Ashwin has struggled despite knowing the conditions very well. Here is a comparison of their bowling styles:

1:25 PM: KL Rahul is gone for 51, exactly what India didn’t want. He made sure that India nullifies Australis’s lead of 89 runs but with 2 wickets down, game is once again wide open.

1:10 PM: 4th Test half-century for KL Rahul and 2nd in this match. India is going strong at the moment and the lead has been reduced to just 4 runs. He is looking good in this inning to but has to make sure that this time he converts it into a century.

12:55 PM: A good little phase for India as the partnership between KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara is now of 27 runs from 56 balls. However, interestingly, Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled 111.5 overs and has picked just 9 wickets conceding 266 runs in this series. Is this the main reason behind India’s poor performance so far?

12:35 PM: KL Rahul has completed his 1000 Test runs. A great achievement for the youngster who broke into the Indian team just a few months back. He is certainly a treat to watch when he is at his best. India’s score has also gone past 50 but its just the beginning, there is still a long way to go.

12:16 PM: Great start for Australia! Josh Hazelwood strikes on the fourth ball of the over. Brilliant stuff from the fast-bowler. Abhinav Mukund has to go for 16 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in.

12:10 PM: First session was a major step for India’s comeback in the series and not just in this match:

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11:45 AM: Watch Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliant catch to dismiss Mitchell Starc:

11:30 AM: Lunch Day 3: Finally a session that clearly went in India’s favour. That’s the beauty of modern day cricket, one good session and you are back in the game. Ravichandran Ashwin gave that opening by dismissing Mitchell Starc and Ravindra Jadeja quickly pounced onto it by wrapping up the tail. However, it is the opening partnership between KL Rahul and Abhinav Mukund that will give Virat Kohli a lot of confidence. It was the first time when two Indian batsmen dominated Aussie bowlers. India is behind by just 49 runs now and with 10 wickets in hand, it’s game on in Bengaluru.

11:15 AM: It has been a decent start for India so far, at least better than what we saw in the first three innings of the series. KL Rahul is flamboyant as always and his scoring rate is one the higher side. Abhinav Mukund is complementing him well at the moment and is looking solid. India would want these to keep up the good work.

11:00 AM: Watch Ravindra Jadeja picking up three important wickets yesterday:

10:52 AM: India openers are out. Abhinav Mukund, in particular, would be under a lot of pressure. After this match, the selectors will sit once again to announce team for the next two matches and one more failure could lead to his axing from the side.

10:40 AM: That’s it! Australia – 276 all out. Ravindra Jadeja wraps it up! It was a fantastic spell of spin bowling. He has finished with the figures of 63/6 and Kohli would be really happy to keep the lead below 100 runs. On the other hand, Steve Smith would be disappointed.

10:30 AM: OUT! Another wicket for India and it’s a big one. Matthew Wade was the last recognised batsman for Australia and he has to go. Ravindra Jadeja has brought India back in the game by picking up two quick wickets. He also completes his 5-wicket haul, it has been a brilliant performance by him despite being under-bowled by Virat Kohli.

Light roller was used this morning which means pitch will stay good for batting:

10:20 AM: OUT! Ashwin is delighted and so is Virat Kohli. Even though Mitchell Starc is a lower order batsman, he has an impressive batting record against India. Indian team would be happy to see him back in the hut. He departs for 26 and Virat Kohli would like to dismiss Australia before the lunch break.

9:55 AM: Good first 25 minutes for the Australian side. Once again they have made sure that India doesn’t get an early wicket. This can bring down bowling side’s confidence. But, in this case, Virat Kohli’s team doesn’t have that luxury.

9:30 AM: Yesterday, the stars for India were fast bowlers, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. Ishant gave away two boundaries in his first 10 balls of the day but in his next 98 balls, only one reached the fence and that too of an outside edge. He finished with the figures of 39/1 from 23 and Umesh ended with 57/1 from 24 overs. In every over, a ball kept low, an outside edge was missed, a glorious drive was played and there was some sign of aggression from either the batsmen or the bowler.

Credit goes to young Aussie opener Matt Renshaw who scored his third Test half-century and nullified the Indian bowling attack. He was solid throughout the day and proved why he is ranked so high in Australia’s cricketing circuit despite being only 20-year-old. Shaun Marsh too justified his selection ahead of Usman Khawaja by scoring a hard-fought half-century. India would like to keep Australia’s lead to below 100 and anything above that can make comeback very tough for Virat Kohli’s side on this pitch.

 

9:00 AM : Here’s Anil Kumble just being himself.

He’s still got it. Bang on coach @anil.kumble #TeamIndia #INDvAUS @paytm Test cricket

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8:40 AM:  This is how Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru looks like today.

Good morning Bengaluru! Nice and overcast here on Day 3 ☁️ #TeamIndia #INDvAUS

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8:30 AM:   This is how Ravindra Jadeja set up Matt Renshaw

8:00 AM: “It was a really good day for us. Challenge was to bat full day and we did that pretty well. The Indian fast bowlers bowled quite well and didn’t give us much. Just a tough grind. We did a lot of work before the series and it is paying dividends for the bowlers and the batsmen. Hopefully, we have a couple of good days and retain the series,” said a confident Matt Renshaw after stumps.

Here’s a glimpse of KL Rahul’s half century on Day 1 of India Vs Australia

Half-century No.3 in Tests @rahulkl #INDvAUS

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7:40 AM: Matt Renshaw has been very impressive on this tour so far and will return home as a much improved player. In fact, only one Australian under the age of 21 has made a Test 50 in Asia – Matt Renshaw who has now managed two!

7:20 AM: “If we can get them out for another 25, 30 or 40 runs, it will be great. We will focus on bowling right line and length and wickets will come. I think there is enough help from the pitch for the spinners and fast bowlers. So if we continue to bowl the way we have bowled and the bowlers will have some plans tomorrow for Starc and the other batsman. We will think of what we could have done better but overall I feel we have bowled well,” said Cheteshwar Pujara at the end of Day 2

Playing Conditions:

The pitch at Bangalore surprised everyone with its turn and bounce. On Day 2, some balls kept low but none of the Indian spinners could extract the same amount of turn as Nathan Lyon did on Day 1. Things won’t get any better on Day 3 and scoring rate will remain on the lower side. Batsmen will to fight hard for their runs and patience will be the key once again.

Teams:

India – Abhinav Mukund, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Australia – David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon.

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