250/10 Overs. 88.0
235/10 Overs. 98.4
151/3 Overs. 61.0
India lead by 166 runs
Cheteshwar Pujara 40(127)
Ajinkya Rahane 1(15)
Bowling O M R W
Josh Hazlewood 16 9 25 1
Nathan Lyon 22 3 48 1
Last Wicket Virat Kohli (C) 34(104)
This has been an exceptional day for the Indians where they have taken a step closer towards the win. On day four they would like to bat for two sessions and have a go at the Aussies in the next four sessions.
STUMPS: Final over of the innings starts. Hazlewood gives his everything and bowls a maiden. What an enthralling day of cricket this has been. And India have stamped their authority on the match as they end with an overall lead of 166.
India are clearly ahead in this match despite being three down. Today the management will have to take a call as to when to declare the innings. Lyon’s over comes to an end. India are 151/3.
KOHLI OUT: And right towards the end of the day Australia get the big fish Virat Kohli. The ball pitched into the rough by Lyon takes the edge of Kohli’s bat, and the batsman is caught at forward short leg by FInch. He departs for 34. India are 147/3.
Yet another Lyon comes to an end. Now as the day is coming to an end, expect Pujara and Kohli to block for rest of the day. India are 146/2.
Now Lyon is back into the attack. But both the Indian batsmen don’t take much risk against the bowler, who targets the rough. India move to 146/2. This match is in India’s grips now.
Travis Head comes back for another over and he is pulled for a four by Pujara. He is the aggressor of both the batsmen. India are now140/2.
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP: Here’s a change in the bowling and Head comes into the attack and Kohli welcomes him with a cracking four. This brings up their fifty partnership. India are 132/2,
A glance from Pujara through fine leg gets him another four. Now one can hope India will score runs at a better pace. India moves to 125/2 in 49 overs.
This has been a frustrating session for the Aussie bowlers where nothing has come their way. To add to their woes, Indian batsmen are blocking anything and everything thrown at them. It’s 115/2.
Here is another maiden over for Cummins. He has bowled his heart out. But the Indians have been unrelenting. They are in no hurry at the moment. Score stays at 112/2.
FOUR: And finally a four for India after a long while. Lyon pitches the ball short and Pujara just rocks backs in the crease and pull the ball for a four. India are 112/2 after 44 overs.
12:38 (IST)Let’s have a look at Pujara’s dismissal off Lyon, which was later overtuned.
Finally a run is scored after two overs. Aussies are really putting up a brave fight, sans success. India add another run to their tally. It’s 105/2.
PUJARA SURVIVES: Pujara is riding his luck here at the moment. There is another appeal from Lyon for an LBW, looks like a good shout but DRS saves him. India stay at 104/2.
There isn’t much going on in the match at the moment as these two are not looking to score runs and Aussie bowlers, despite bowling well are not getting rewarded. Another Hazlewood over comes to an end. India are 104/2.
And 100 comes up for India in the 37th over. That has been a fine performance by them considering they could only manage 250 in the first innings. It’s 104/2 after 38 overs.
Lyon is bowling very straight to Kohli at the moment. The Australian might be tempted to start throwing it wider, trying to lure Kohli into a looser shot, if the current tactic doesn’t bring any rewards.
The key here for India will be to get some quick runs, as if a wicket falls here, it will be difficult for the incoming batsman to score. India end yet another Lyon over at 97/2.
Hazlewood continues and he is not giving away easy runs. Even though India are just two down, runs are not coming at a rapid pace for the Indians. It’s 96/2 after 35 overs.
Hazlewood, who has kept it tight since morning, drifts the ball on to Kohli’s pads. And he has to pay the price for it. That’s a four through point. India move to 94/2. This is not looking good for the Aussies.
Lyon is getting through his overs quickly and spinning the ball a mile. But then Pujara and Kohli have been watchful till now and won’t like to give away a wicket here. India are 90/2.
And the final session of the day begins. Lyon starts the proceedings with giving away just two runs. More importantly India’s lead moves to 103.
Latest Updates India vs Australia Live Score, 1st Test: Here’s a change in the bowling and Head comes into the attack and Kohli welcomes him with a cracking four. This brings up their fifty partnership. India are 132/2,
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Day 2 Report: It was only because of their bowlers India were able to compete in their last two tours of South Africa and England. The bowling unit once again showcased great discipline and made life extremely tough for the Australian batsmen as the home side ended the day two in Adelaide at 191 for 7 in 88 overs, still trailing by 59 runs.
Josh Hazlewood dismissed Mohammed Shami (6) on the very first delivery of the day as India were rolled over for 250 – which was largely possible because of Cheteshwar Pujara’s fighting 123 on the first day of the match. In reply, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah had Australia six down for 127 before Travis Head pulled them out of the bog.
With not much on the board, India needed an early wicket and they got one in the very first over, courtesy Ishant. The right-arm fast bowler hit the right line and length and almost caught Aaron Finch right in front of the stumps on the second delivery. The appeal enough to unsettle Finch, who went for a flashy drive in the very next ball ended up dragging it back to the stumps.
Debutant Marcus Harris looked unfazed by Finch’s departure and started focusing on building the innings along with No. 3 batsman Usman Khawaja. The two looked in no hurry and kept the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos. Indian bowlers, however, didn’t lose their focus and kept bowling in right areas. Despite being hit for a couple of boundaries, Ashwin kept teasing both the batsmen and finally reaped rewards in the 22nd over when Harris fell prey to the drifter, inside edging it onto the pads as the ball lobbed straight to Murali Vijay at silly point.
The surface was still good for batting and it was a great opportunity for Shaun Marsh to spend some time in the middle and return to the form, which unfortunately didn’t happen. Marsh was on two when he went for an expansive drive off Ashwin’s bowling, only to end up inside edging it back to the timbers. It was a floated half-volley outside off and Marsh’s wicket was nothing short of a gift for the visiting side. This was Marsh’s sixth consecutive single-digit score in this format. The last time an Australian batsman in the top five made six consecutive single-figure scores was George Bonnor in 1888. Just to put things in perspective, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood have scored more runs than Marsh in their last 10 innings.
Despite wickets falling at the other end, Khawaja showed tremendous patience and neglected the Ashwin-threat with a very sedate approach. The pressure was on the home team considering they were finding it difficult to churn runs. Coming in at No. 5, Peter Handscomb commenced tentatively but also played a couple of very good looking shots towards both sides of the wicket.
India required something special to get rid of Khawaja and that’s what they got from Ashwin. The offspinner managed to get a good rip on one of his deliveries that turned enough to kiss Khawaja’s glove before settling in Rishabh Pant’s hands. Khawaja stayed there for 125 balls but could only manage 28 runs. Handscomb, who scored 34, too slowed down a bit after Khawaja’s dismissal, before becoming Bumrah’s first victim. Things went bad from worse for the hosts when skipper Tim Paine was caught behind off Ishant’s bowling for five runs. This was his 50th Test wicket against Australia.
That’s when Head began to open up and crafted a couple of eye-pleasing shots through the off side. The local boy found ample support from Pat Cummins who dug in his heels to keep the one side intact, allowing Head to do most of the scoring. In the process, Head went past the 50-run mark for the second time in his career.
India have been guilty of not finishing off the tail-enders and it looked like the duo would take the game away from India. With new ball due, Kohli tried Vijay for few over before once again turning to Bumrah. The right-arm pacer got one to nip back in from just outside off and pinned Cummins right in front of the stumps for 10. However, the wicket came only after the two had added 50 runs for the seventh wicket.
Starc didn’t look comfortable but made sure he was there with Head till the end of day’s play. Australia will hope Head carries on Day 3 and accumulate as many runs as possible considering it’s not going to be easy to bat in the second innings.