India cricket team came roaring back into the match after Ravindra Jadeja took his eighth five wicket haul to bowl out Australia, restricting them to a first-innings total of 451 in Ranchi on Friday. (Day 2 Highlights)
Australia cricket team skipper Steve Smith remained unbeaten for the visitors, scoring 178. In Reply, India were 120/1 at stumps on Day 2. (SCORECARD)
Here is a look at the key moments of the day.
A day without Kohli
He came down the stairs, walked up to the players, had a brief chat with Anil Kumble and selector Devang Gandhi and left after waving to the crowd. Virat Kohli’s presence on the ground was a blink-and-miss affair on Friday as he continued to stay confined to the dressing room to receive treatment on his shoulder.
India probably missed his leadership while fielding, but, given by how much Australia have put on the board, Kohli needs to be back to full fitness sooner than later.
Steve Smith the mentor
Steve Smith missed out on a well-deserved double century but his 178 was worth its weight in gold because of the way he shepherded his team despite the odd hiccups. Smith’s was an almost chanceless innings with not a single six. But with 17 boundaries, 85 singles, 11 twos and a three, the Australia captain showed the virtues of playing risk-free cricket and constructing effective partnerships with the tailenders that allowed the visitors pile up a satisfactory score.
Matthew Wade’s breezy 37
Matthew Wade came in at a time Australia were probably looking forward to some fireworks from centurion Glenn Maxwell. Wade is no Maxwell but he gave the momentum needed to take Australia close to the 400-run mark. He used his feet well to the spinners and swept often to breeze to a 50-ball 37 before being done in by Ravindra Jadeja. By then, Australia had raised another fifty-run partnership that deflated India further.
Jadeja’s Dhoni moment
MS Dhoni is in Delhi for the Vijay Hazare Trophy but trust Ravindra Jadeja to give Ranchi a glimpse of what they are missing. Steve Smith had called on No 11 Josh Hazlewood to complete a two after nudging Jadeja towards fine-leg. KL Rahul’s throw was off target but Jadeja moved in front of the stumps to collect the ball and almost back-flick towards the stumps without looking, a la Dhoni. It prompted two huge roars from the crowd -- one for the throw and the second after confirmation of the run out.
Rahul’s unfazed run
KL Rahul was unfortunate in missing out on a century in Bangalore. And maybe he missed out on another one for the taking on a flat pitch in Ranchi. But it won’t make him change the way he bats. Rahul is from the stable of fearless batting, with a crisp technique that made his shots, especially those through the covers, pleasing to the eye.
Till the time Pat Cummins caught him unaware with a short ball, Rahul had already struck nine boundaries in a 102-ball 67 to give India a perfect start.