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Dharamsala Test: Cheteshwar Pujara’s record and other key moments from Day 2

Cheteshwar Pujara broke an eight-year record by an Indian batsman in Tests, while Nathan Lyon ran through the Indian batting to put Australia ahead on Day 2 of the Dharamsala Test.

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2017 20:18 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
Dharamsala,Cheteshwar Pujara,Nathan Lyon
India’s Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates his fifty during the second day of the last test match against Australia at HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala on Sunday.(PTI)

Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul struck fifties but Australia ended Day 2 on top thanks to a superb spell by Nathan Lyon, who picked 4/67. India ended day 2 trailing by 52 runs with four wickets remaining. (DAY 2 BLOG | SCORECARD)

Pujara’s knock saw him go past Gautam Gambhir’s eight-year record of scoring the most runs in a Test season. Here are some other key moments from Day 2.

Josh Hazlewood and Murali Vijay have a go at each other

Josh Hazlewood was in the midst of a probing spell in the morning. Murali Vijay played and missed on a couple of occasions, frustrating the Australia fast bowler.

In the 10th over, after Vijay defended a full delivery back to Hazlewood, the bowler threatened to throw it back at the batsman. Vijay smiled and proceeded to bat on. However, the bowler had the last laugh as he managed to disturb Vijay’s concentration and get rid of him for 10.

Matt Renshaw slips up, twice

Matt Renshaw, the 20-year-old Australian opener, has impressed one and all on this tour with his grit and solid technique. After failing with the bat, Day 2 was even more miserable for him.

He dropped KL Rahul on 10 at first slip after the batsman edged a 146 kph away swinger from Pat Cummins. The day only got worse towards the end when he dropped Wriddhiman Saha on 9, the unlucky bowler again being Cummins.

Ajinkya Rahane and three short balls

When stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane came in to bat, he uncharacteristically looked to attack the bowling. After defending the first ball, he almost repeated the mistake he made in Ranchi by trying a ramp a short off Cummins. Luckily, the ball missed the outside edge.

Cummins delivered another short ball which Rahane pulled to deep mid wicket for four. However, when the Australian pacer bowled a third bouncer, Rahane went for an ungainly slog, top-edging it to third man for six.

KL Rahul, fifth time unlucky

Before the India vs Australia series, KL Rahul had four tons and one fifty. Now, he has six fifties and four tons. His scores in this series read 64, 10, 90, 51, 67 and 60. Each time when he has looked good for a century, he has disappointed.

In Dharamsala, after racing to fifty, Rahul was undone by a pacy short ball from Cummins, which he could only toe-end to be caught at mid-off by David Warner. However, it has not been a bad series as Rahul still averages 57 with an innings yet to play.

165.3 overs later, finally a DRS call

The Dharamsala Test was remarkable for not a single DRS being taken on day 1. On Sunday, the trend continued until the 76th over of the innings, 165.3 overs in the match, when the first review was taken. It was Steve O’Keefe against Ajinkya Rahane.

However, the batsman survived. In the 80th over, Australia took another review for leg before after Wriddhiman Saha missed a sweep and got hit on the chest. Again, Australia’s review was unsuccessful, but it was close to the 80th over and the reviews were replenished.

In the 82nd over, Steve Smith’s team completed a hat-trick of unsuccessful reviews, with Saha surviving a caught-behind appeal.

First Published: Mar 26, 2017 19:52 IST