Virat Kohli and men will be looking to quickly wrap up Australia’s innings on Day 3 of the first Test match which is being played at Adelaide Oval. All eyes will be on Ravichandran Ashwin, who has troubled the Aussie batting line-up with some tidy and economical bowling. Trailing India’s score of 250 runs in the first innings, the visitors have responded with 191/7 on the second day with Travis Head firm on the crease at the score of 61 and Mitchell Starc (8) assisting him from another end.
Nothing parted India and Australia on the second Day of the first Test match being played at Adelaide Oval on Friday. After getting bundled up at 250, Men in Blue bounced back and reduced the visitors to 191/7 till second Day’s stumps. It was Ravichandran Ashwin who rallied the Indian troops by picking up three crucial top order wickets. The Indian pace battery struggled in the start but gained momentum later in the day’s play.
The threat of Aaron Finch (0) was quickly removed by Ishant Sharma in the first over shell-shocking the visitors early on. It was spinner Ashwin who wreaked havoc on the Aussie top order dismissing Marcus Harris (26), Shaun Marsh (2) and Usman Khwaja (28) in quick succession.
Jasprit Bumrah then announced himself by sending Peter Handscomb (34) back to pavillion after the Australian batsman was looking threatening on the crease with Travis Head. Ishant Sharma struck again dismissing Tim Paine (5) at a cheap score while Jasprit Bumrah took the last wicket of the second day in Pat Cummins (10).
IND 151/3 after 61 overs, Cheteshwar Pujara 40, Ajinkya Rahane 1,
After Kohli's dismissal, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara negotiate the last few overs, only 1 off the last 23 deliveries. Now, at the end of Day 3, India have a lead of 166 runs. Rahane (1*) and Pujara (40*) end day three of the first Test at 151/3.
IND 145/2 after 53 overs, Virat Kohli 32, Cheteshwar Pujara 40
The lead is now above 150, Kohli and Punjara are enjoying the game, Aussies are looking tired. They need a breakthrough to get the momentum going. Lyon has been tremendous in his bowling effort. Cummins is being sent out of park every now and then to keep the socore board running.
IND 130/2 after 49 overs, Virat Kohli 24, Cheteshwar Pujara 33
Kohli and Pujara are now attacking the Aussies bowlers. Lyon was sent out of the part by both the batesmen, he seems a little tired and visitors are not giving up any delivery to cash on. If Pujara and Virat hold the fort today and see the day through, they will in a firm position to dictate the match.
IND 104/2 after 39 overs, Virat Kohli 14, Cheteshwar Pujara 17
Pujara has been given a second chance, he was given an LBW but 3rd umpire immediately showed that the ball would have missed the stumps. This is the second time and Pujara has survived. As for the visitors, it was nothing less than a blessing. India need a strong partnership to remain in the driving seat.
Milestone for Kohli
Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the day 3 against the Aussies achieved another milestone after completing 1000 Test runs in Australia. As for the match, Aussies bowlers are ripping the ball, Kohli and Pujara will have to be cautious to play it through.
IND 86/2 after 29 overs, Virat Kohli 2, Cheteshwar Pujara 10 | TEA BREAK
India's lead is over 100 now, and visitors look firmly in control of the match. Though Kohli is struggling a bit, one partnership will be make or break for India. Indian openers right from the start took the driver's seat and controlled the pace of the match. Vijay and Rahul stitched a 50-run partnership but whey they increased the pace a bit, Rahul gave it away. Pujara is looking solid at one end with skipper Kohli taking his time. On the Australian side, Hazlewood has been best of the lot, Lyon has got sharp turn and plenty of bounce, but hasn't troubled the batsmen as yet.
IND 83/2 after 26 overs, Virat Kohli 1, Cheteshwar Pujara 8
It isn’t going to be Rahul’s day again. The opener goes for a big drive and nicks the ball off Hazlewood to wicket-keeper Paine. Rahul was looking good, but couldn’t hold himself back on this occasion. Now skipper Kohli is making his way towards the crease.
IND 35/0 after 12 overs, Murali Vijay 11, Lokesh Rahul 20
India batsmen are taking it slow and steady and they are getting the best of the brutal Australian attack. Once in a while, Rahul can't hold it as he drives the ball through the covers and then over the slip for another boundary. So far so good for the Indian openers.
IND 4/0 after 6 overs, Murali Vijay 3, Lokesh Rahul 1
India is struggling to keep the score board moving, as the Aussies bowlers are on attacking mode, drizzle on the hosts' side. The only boundry India managed to score was from Starc's penultimate delivery of the 6th over. If the Aussies can't pick early wickets then, India is in for a ride.
IND 4/0 after 4 overs, Murali Vijay 3, Lokesh Rahul 1
The covers are off and Indian batsmen are on the field. It'll definitely be a challenge for the visitors to withstand the early onslaught from the likes of relentless Hazlewood. Murli Vijay and Lokesh are will face the heat on a rainy day.
AUS 235-all out after 98.4 overs
It was Mohammed Shami that sent the last 2 packing in the 98th over. Shami was sent out of the park on his first by Lyon and then a single brought Head on strike. Pant picked another easy on as Shami picked his first of the innings. On the next ball, Shami beat Hazlewood and again it was for Pant to take the easy one on the slips.
India have a first innings lead of 15 runs
AUS 228/8 after 98 overs, Travis Head 72, Nathan Lyon 17
Ashwin is trying is luck, but Lyon and Head are keeping it slow and steady. They are dodging dangerous deliveries while picking up the loose ones to get the score board moving. 7 off the last over, with Lyon getting serious now.
AUS 217/8 after 96 overs, Travis Head 71, Nathan Lyon 7
It's drizzling again but the play must go on! and it's. Bumrah is out on attack to take on Lyon, while Aussies want to cover the deficit, which is now only 30 runs. Head is the man holding the fort for the hosts. if the play gets wrapped up and it continues to drizzle, then India is in for a tough ride. Aussies bowlers will get the advantage and most probably, India's 2nd innings will be up by the end of the day.
Finally, the rain has stopped, players are out on the field. Lyon is the new man out with Head. Bumrah will continue, with 2 balls to go
AUS 204/8 after 91.4 overs, Travis Head 62
Starc is walking back to the hut! Bumrah has delivered for India on Day 3 with Pant picking up an easy one in the slip, however, this was the last action as rain has halted the game. The covers are on with Aussies on 204/8 after 91.4 overs.
200 up for the Aussies!
200 up for the Aussies, with Starc and Head holding the fort.
AUS 197/7 after 90 overs, Mitchell Starc 13, Travis Head 62
6 of the first 2 overs, with a second chance to Head. Bumrah's short of the length delivery Head by surprise, he wanted to defend but got an inside edge that squirted behind square on the on-side.