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India vs Australia, 3rd Test, Day 2 Highlights: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay lift IND

KL Rahul scored his fifth Test fifty as India were 120/1 at stumps on Day 2 after Ravindra Jadeja picked 5/124 to dismiss Australia for 451. Aussie skipper Steve Smith was unbeaten on 178 while Glenn Maxwell slammed his maiden Test hundred. Murali Vijay, who is playing his 50th Test, was batting on 42 at the end of the day. Catch highlights of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 here.

cricket Updated: Mar 17, 2017 17:45 IST
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Murali Vijay and KL Rahul during the second day of the third Test match between India and Australia in Ranchi. Catch highlights of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 here.(BCCI)

KL Rahul scored a quick-fire half century as India finished Day 2 on 120/1 with Murali Vijay batting on 42. Earlier in the day, Ravindra Jadeja claimed his eighth five-wicket haul in Test cricket to bowl Australia out for 451 on Day 2 of the Ranchi Test. Skipper Steve Smith remained unbeaten on 178 - the highest score by any Australian skipper in India and Glenn Maxwell scored his maiden Test hundred.The pitch did produce uneven bounce on a couple of occasions but it was not something that bothered the batsmen too much.. Catch highlights of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 action here. (SCORECARD)

16:54 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja were heroes for India on Day 2. Ravindra Jadeja claimed his eighth five-wicket haul and then KL Rahul slammed a brilliant fifty.

16:47 hrs IST: This is Murali Vijay’s 50th Test match and the ‘monk’ will surely be looking to make it extra special with a superb innings tomorrow.

16:45 hrs IST: “Very happy to get back into the Test team,” says Glenn Maxwell. “That partnership with Smudge put us in a good position. We would have liked one or two more wickets. To have that faith shown in me, to produce that innings has been really amazing. A little bit more up and down, and a little bit more spin today. Hopefully that continues as the match wears on. Felt very comfortable out there. obviously something I have been working on. Got to be disciplined again. We have got the ball reversing.”

16:40 hrs IST: Murali Vijay (42*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (10*) were the batsman who were out in the middle.

16:38 hrs IST: STUMPS! India are 120 for one at the end of Day 2.

16:34 hrs IST: Big edge from Cheteshwar Pujara but the ball was too fast for Steve Smith to hold on to. Nevertheless, it will go down as a dropped chance. IND 119/1

16:32 hrs IST: Australia have gone for a DRS review, but the not out decision remains. IND 119/1

16:28 hrs IST: 2 overs to go on Day 2. India are 115 for the loss of one wicket.

16:21 hrs IST: 4 overs to go in the day and India will be very happy how their batsmen have performed in the last session. IND 109/1

16:12 hrs IST: That’s gotta hurt! The shot from Cheteshwar Pujara hits the helmet of short leg. IND 108/1

16:05 hrs IST: Back to back boundaries for Murali Vijay as 100 comes up for India. IND 101/1

16:00 hrs IST: It was a short ball from Cummins which hit the glove of KL Rahul and Matthew Wade made no mistake in taking the catch. IND 91/1

15:57 hrs IST: OUT! Pat Cummins strikes KL Rahul is caught behind for 67.

15:55 hrs IST: The second session has been great for India as the batsmen are looking quite comfortable and this is exactly what the hosts needed. IND 91/0

15:50 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan has scored a brilliant ton as Bangladesh took a 100-plus run lead over Sri Lanka in Colombo. Follow live cricket score from that match here.

15:42 hrs IST: After 27 overs, India are 83 for no loss. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 here.

15:36 hrs IST: Virat Kohli’s right shoulder is still heavily bandaged. Hopefully, it is not bad news for the hosts. IND 81/0

15:31 hrs IST: It has not been a good outing for the Australian pacers till now as both the batsmen look quite comfortable in dealing with them. IND 76/0

15:26 hrs IST: After 24 overs, the openers are going strong as India are 74/0. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 here.

15:20 hrs IST: This was KL Rahul’s fifth half century in his Test career. IND 73/0

15:15 hrs IST: Fifty! KL Rahul brings up his half century! IND 73/0

15:11 hrs IST: Another boundary for KL Rahul as he is just 4 runs away from his fifty. IND 66/0

15:06 hrs IST: A thick edge from Murali Vijay as he rushes to 18. IND 61/0

14:59 hrs IST: 50 comes up for India in the 18th over. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 here.

14:54 hrs IST: 16 overs gone. India 46/0 with KL Rahul (38*) and Murali Vijay (8*) at the crease.

14:50 hrs IST: BOUNDARY! KL Rahul moves on to 35 as India are 42 for no loss.

14:46 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon has been successful in generating a lot of bounce from the pitch till now and this can be a good sign for the Aussies. IND 36/0

14:40 hrs IST: A direct hit by David Warner but the batsman was safe. IND 32/0. Catch the live cricket score of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 here.

14:36 hrs IST: 10 overs gone. India are 26 for no loss.

14:35 hrs IST: it’s an all-spin attack as Nathan Lyon is introduced from the other end. IND 24/0

14:33 hrs IST: A crafty shot by KL Rahul as India get their first boundary of this session. IND 24/0

14:31 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe to start the third session for Australia. IND 20/0

14:30 hrs IST: We are back for the final session of the day!

14:14 hrs IST: TEA! IND 20/0

14:09 hrs IST: ANOTHER FOUR! Cummins’ short delivery takes Rahul’s outside edge and races to third man boundary.

14:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Rahul strikes back at Cummins with a brilliant cover drive. IND 15/0

14:02 hrs IST: Cummins, who replaced the injured Starc, has been fast so far and has questioned the Indian batsmen with booming bouncers. IND 9/0

14:00 hrs IST: Meanwhile, a look back at Ravindra Jadeja’s eight five -wicket haul | Read here

13:58 hrs IST: India have been cautious in heir start of the innings. Patience will be the key for the hosts. And for inspiration its never an ignominy to look up to one’s rivals

13:52 hrs IST: BOUNCER! Cummins hurls one at Rahul that has the Indian batsman taking covers. IND 3/0

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13:45 hrs IST: A close shave for Murali Vijay as the ball missed the edge by a very small margin. IND 1/0

13:39 hrs IST: Pat Cummins is bowling his first over of the tour. IND 1/0

13:34 hrs IST: Murali Vijay and KL Rahul are out in the middle to start the proceedings for India. Josh Hazlewood is bowling the first over. IND 1/0

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13:23 hrs IST: Australia are bowled out for 451 with Steven Smith remaining unbeaten on 178. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 here.

13:21 hrs IST: OUT! Brilliant work by Ravindra Jadeja to run out Josh Hazlewood!

13:14 hrs IST: A thick edge from Nathan Lyon and Karun Nair made no mistake to give Ravindra Jadeja yet another five-wicket haul. AUS 449/9

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13:11 hrs IST:OUT! Ravindra Jadeja claims his fifth wicket as Nathan Lyon departs for 1.

13:07 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe went for a big one, but was caught in the deep for 25. AUS 446/8

13:04 hrs IST:OUT! Steve o’Keefe departs for 25, AUS 446/8

12:59 hrs IST: A LBW appeal from Ravichandran Ashwin but the ball was missing the leg stump. AUS 445/7

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12:53 hrs IST: The two batsmen have been very cautious till now and this is turning out be a tiresome spell for Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin. AUS 443/7

12:47 hrs IST: Another boundary for Steve O’Keefe. Australia moves to 440 for the loss of 7 wickets.

12:40 hrs IST: Steve Smith (168*) and Steve O’Keefe (20*) have stitched together a nice partnership and India need to break it as soon as possible. AUS 435/7

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12:32 hrs IST: Close shave! O’keefe almost plays on a delivery from R Ashwin. But Wriddhiman misses the line and the ball races to he boundary .Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 here.

12:30 hrs IST: 126 overs gone. Australia are 421 for the loss of 7 wickets.

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12:24 hrs IST: Steve o’Keefe gets his first boundary of the match with a nice lofted shot. AUS 420/7

12:17 hrs IST: 103 overs gone. Australia are 407 for the loss of 7 wickets.

12:12 hrs IST: This will be a crucial session for India as if Australia can survive till tea,the hosts can be looking at a huge total. AUS 403/7

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12:09 hrs IST: Welcome back to the second session of the match!

11:45 hrs IST: It was a mixed session as Australia was able to score a good number of runs but the three wickets by Jadeja tipped the scales in favour of India.

11:30 hrs IST: it’s lunch on Day 2! Australia are batting on 401 for the loss of 5 wickets.

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11:25 hrs IST: It was a straight one from Jadeja and Cummins completely missed the line as Australia lose their seventh wicket.

11:24 hrs IST: OUT! Jadeja claims another victim as Pat Cummins is castled!

11:23 hrs IST: It was a clear edge from Matthew Wade and the keeper had an easy task collecting the ball.

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11:22 hrs IST:  OUT! Second wicket for Jadeja as he dismisses Matthew Wade for 37.

11:21 hrs IST: Steve Smith moves to 148* with a single. AUS 395/5

11:15 hrs IST: Matthew Wade continues his good form as sweeps Jadeja for a boundary. AUS 391/5

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11:12 hrs IST: Matthew Wade gets yet another boundary as he moves on to 30. AUS 386/5

11:09 hrs IST: The partnership between Steve Smith and Matthew Wade has now crossed 50. AUS 382/5

11:03 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin is introduced in the attack and is greeted with a boundary. AUS 378/5

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10:59 hrs IST: Steve Smith’s current score is the highest by any Australian skipper in India. AUS 369/5

10:56 hrs IST: Steve Smith has entered the 140s. Do you think the Aussie skipper will score a 200 today? Lets wait and watch. AUS 368/5

10:53 hrs IST: Still no sign of Ravichandran Ashwin as India have stuck to only Ravindra Jadeja as their spin option today. AUS 364/5

10:48 hrs IST: A beautiful drive by Matthew Wade as the wicket-keeper gets his first boundary of the day. AUS 354/5

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10:47 hrs IST: 350 comes up for Australia for the loss of 5 wickets.

10:44 hrs IST: Steve Smith has looked quite comfortably today and he is 13 runs away from a memorable 150. AUS 349/5

10:40 hrs IST: Still no Virat Kohli on the field as Ajinkya Rahane is marshalling the troops. AUS 346/5

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10:35 hrs IST: It was a memorable morning for Glenn Maxwell as he scored his first Test hundred. AUS 345/5

10:31 hrs IST: It’s not going well for India as a horrible misfield by Umesh Yadav gifts a boundary to the Aussies. AUS 341/5

10:29 hrs IST: The strategy of covering his stumps seems to be working for Steve Smith as he is using his wrists to full effect against Umesh Yadav! AUS 337/5

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10: 26 hrs IST: It was a faint edge from Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha made no mistake in taking an easy catch. AUS 332/5

10:24 hrs IST: MS Dhoni, former Indian cricket team captain, survived a fire scare on Friday. Fire broke out in Dwarka’s Welcome Hotel were he was staying with his Jharkhand state cricket teammates.

10:21 hrs IST:OUT! Jadeja strikes early on Day 2 as Maxwell is caught behind!

10:18 hrs IST: Maxwell survives! The batsman was nowhere near the crease but Ravichandran Ashwin’s throw from the boundary was miles away from the stumps!

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10:13 hrs IST: The century came in true Maxwell style as the Aussie batter slashed the ball through the slip cauldron for a boundary. AUS 329/4

Glenn Maxwell celebrates after scoring his century against India in Ranchi. (BCCI)

10:08 hrs IST: HUNDRED! Glenn Maxwell reaches his first Test hundred! AUS 328/4

10:05 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja was able to produce a lot of turn and Maxwell was lucky that the delivery did not take an edge on its way to the keeper. AUS 323/4

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10:01 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell has not handled the bouncers well today and he was hit on the shoulder by a rising ball. AUS 323/4

9:58 hrs IST: India have already opted for spin as Ravindra Jadeja is introduced in the attack. AUS 322/4

9:56 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell moves to 98 with a stylish boundary off Umesh Yadav. AUS 322/4

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9:53 hrs IST: Interesting footwork by both the Aussie batters as they are looking to move across the wicket and use their wrists to play the pacers early in the day. AUS 316/4

9:48 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell moves into the 90s with a boundary. Can the ‘Big Show’ score his maiden ton? AUS 315/4

9:43 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is still sitting in the dressing room, but the team management has confirmed that the skipper is cleared to bat in this match. AUS 309/4

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9:38 hrs IST: An edge from Steve Smith and the Aussie skipper gets his first boundary of the day. AUS 307/4

9:34 hrs IST: 300 comes up for Australia thanks to a cracking boundary from Maxwell to finish the first over of the day. AUS 303/4

9:31 hrs IST: Now that’s an interesting start to the day! Glenn Maxwell has broken his bat on the very first ball of the day. Will this turn out to be a good omen for him? AUS 299/4

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9:30 hrs IST: The action has started!

9:26 hrs IST: India will need to take wickets as fast as possible on Day 2 as a big total will cause a huge problem for the hosts. The pitch will get worse as the match progresses and India will not want to chase anything in excess of 200 in the fourth innings.

Virat Kohli during the practice session ahead of Day 2 of the third test match between India and Australia. (BCCI)

9:17 hrs IST: According to our correspondent who is reporting from Ranchi, Virat Kohli was present during the practice this morning but he did not bat in the nets.

9:13 hrs IST: A major question on Day 2 will be whether Virat Kohli is fit enought to field or not. The India skipper picked up an injury yesterday, but team management said that it was nothing serious.

9:07 hrs IST: A look at the Day 2 track in Ranchi -

9:01 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav was the most successful bowler for India on Day 1 with two wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket each.

8:56 hrs IST: Steve Smith was clearly the hero for Australia on Day 1 as he scored his 19th Test hundred and the Aussie skipper will surely be looking to add more to his tally today.

8:50 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell is just 18 runs away from his maiden Test century.

8:45 hrs IST: Welcome to Day 2 of the third Test between India and Australia. Follow live updates from the gripping encounter here. 

On Thursday, Steve Smith won an important toss and had little hesitation in batting first, something of a ritual on India’s low-bounce tracks.

Australia were reeling at 89 for three when Smith and Peter Handscomb (19), protagonists of the review controversy in Bangalore , joined forces for a half-century stand.

Umesh Yadav trapped Handscomb (19) lbw with an in-swinging yorker but Smith found an able partner in Glenn Maxwell, who eschewed his natural aggression, and played judiciously to justify his selection, replacing the injured Mitchell Marsh.

Known for his destructive batting which makes him a limited-overs asset, Maxwell showed tremendous self-restraint, taking 57 deliveries to hit his first boundary.

There were glimpses of his natural aggression as well, as when he hit Jadeja for the first of his two sixes to bring up his maiden Test half-century.

Glenn Maxwell surpassed in his very first innings of the series the 48 runs that Mitchell Marsh had totalled in his four during the first two Tests and the all-rounder is not done yet.

There were glimpses of his natural aggression as well, as when he hit Ravindra Jadeja for the first of his two sixes to bring up his maiden test half-century.

Maxwell surpassed in his very first innings of the series the 48 runs that Mitchell Marsh had totalled in his four during the first two Tests and the all-rounder is not done yet.