India vs Australia Live Score, 3rd Test, Day 2: Openers bring up 50, India solid in reply

Hindustan Times, New Delhi |
Jan 08, 2021 11:19 AM IST

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 live score: Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have gotten off to a promising start to bring up India’s 50 on Day 2 of the SCG Test. Ravindra Jadeja finished with 4/62 and affected the run out of Steve Smith as Australia were all out for 338 in their first innings.

11:14 hrs IST

Why this partnership is precious for India?

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The last time an Indian opening pair put on a century partnership in Tests was 10 years ago, when Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir put on 137 in December of 2010. It’s also the first time India’s openers have lasted 20 overs outside Asia.

11:10 hrs IST

Fifty up fro India, Gill and Rohit looking solid

The kind of start India have desperately been yearning for since so long. Rohit and Gill, in their first time batting together, have done a remarkable job in brining up the 50-partnership for the first wicket. India needed this if they had a chance of matching Australia’s first-innings total.

11:04 hrs IST

Rohit vs Lyon: The battle to watch out for

Rohit has a penchant for going after the spinner and not letting them settle in. He’s done it once to Lyon, in the previous over but can he do it against a quality bowler as him? This promises to be a mouth-watering contest between the two.

11:00 hrs IST

How easy does Rohit Sharma make them look?

11:00 hrs IST

Lyon to Rohit: FOUR

And now he plays the paddle and sweeps the ball fine for a boundary. David Warner, with his not so 100 percent hamstring struggles to get to it. India moving along nicely here, reach 46/0 in 16 overs.

10:56 hrs IST

Lyon to Rohit: SIX

After defending the first few balls, Rohit Sharma goes down the wicket and lofts Nathan Lyon over long on for his and India’s first six of the innings. Enough of seeing them off. Gets nicely to the pitch of the ball and despite not hammering it, the timing is good enough to help take the ball over. That’s almost an ODI special from Rohit.

10:52 hrs IST

Nicely fielded at gully

Length ball outside off and as Gill tries to poke at it, he gets a leading edge and the ball goes to the fielder at gully where the fielder stops it. The next ball moves back in and Gill almost plays on, but uses his feet to stop the ball from rolling on and hitting stumps.

10:50 hrs IST

First sign of spin from Australia

It’s time for the GOAT, Nathan Lyon to take over. His Indian counterpart R Ashwin went wicketless in the first session. Can he outdo him? The ‘Bowling Gary’ chants have begun already as Rohit plays him cautiously. Lyon starts off with a maiden.

10:48 hrs IST

FOUR: Cheeky from Gill

The man’s growing in confidence... and how? Against a fast bowler like Pat Cummins, Shubman Gill gives himself a bit of room and guides the ball over short third man. His fourth boundary and the first one for India in the session. India 34/0 after 13 overs.

10:44 IST

Marnus Labuschagne wants to know Shubman Gill’s favourite player?

’Sachin? Do you reckons Virat?’

10:38 hrs IST

Cummins to Gill: 2 runs

Dabs the ball down as it squeezes through the gab between third slip and gully. Rohit and Gill run two. In case you missed it, this has been India’s best start in the series. In Adelaide, the opening pair put on 0 and 7. Then 0 and 16 in Melbourne. Here, they have reached 28/0 after 11 overs.

10:35 hrs IST

LBW appeal against Rohit

At the time of impact itself, it looked a bit high. Perhaps that’s why when umpire Wilson turned it down, Hazlewood and Paine looked at each other and decided it wasn’t worth a review. A maiden to kick things off in the final session.

10:30 hrs IST

And we’re set, Day 2 final session coming up

The surface looks still pretty good to bat on and the way Rohit and Gill batted in that little passage of play before it, India looked pretty comfortable. 36 overs remain in an extended session, to make up for the time lost yesterday due to rain. India should fancy their chances and just bat on.

10:24 hrs IST

Ricky Ponting on Steve Smith

‘There’d been questions asked... ‘Were we worried about the slump that (Smith’s) in? Absolutely not. You never got worried about class players because you know a big innings is just around the corner,’ Ponting to Channel 7.

10:18 hrs IST

Is Ravindra Jadeja the best fielder in the world?

Check out his bullet direct hit that saw the back of Steve Smith

10:12 hrs IST

End of session, India 26/0 at tea on Day 2 of SCG Test

That should do it. The final over before tea is a maiden but India wouldn’t mind given they did not lose a wicket. It’s been another brilliant session for India, first picking up the five Australian wickets and then scoring five boundaries in the extended afternoon session. 36 overs left in the day but the way they’ve started, things look bright for India.

10:06 hrs IST

Huge appeal from Paine

As the ball went past Rohit Sharma’s bat and landed into Tim Paine’s gloves, he went up in a huge appeal with absolutely no support from neither the slip fielder nor the bowler Hazlewood. Doesn’t take the DRS either. Daylight between bat and ball there.

10:04 hrs IST

Labuschagne saves a certain four

Overpitched from Cummins and Gill seemed to have connected the ball well but Marnus Labuschagne dives to his left a little wide of mid-off to save what looked like a sure-shot boundary.

10:00 hrs IST

Bowling change for Australia

Pat Cummins replaces Mitchell Starc after just three overs. India have begun their innings positively, scoring at over 4 runs an over at this stage. The pitch is at a stage where it’s the most ideal for batting and Indian openers look set to make the most of it.

9:56 hrs IST

Hazlewood to Rohit: FOUR

Rohit brings out the pull shot, such a delight to watch. Short ball from Hazlewood but the India opener got in positions quickly and hammered it for a boundary. Second boundary for Rohit as India reach 26/0 after 6 overs.

9:50 hrs IST

Starc to Gill: FOUR, DOT, FOUR

Brilliant from young Gill. Slightly outside off but Gill adjusted so well that he has ample time to carve the ball through the gap on the offside to score his second four. Two balls later, Starc bowls short and Gill brings out the pull shot for another four. What more, it’s no-ball too.

9:44 hrs IST

Hazlewood to Rohit: FOUR

Crunched! Back of a length ball from Hazlewood and Rohit Sharma connects it brilliantly for his first boundary. Good, positive early signs from India. Rohit turns the ball on the leg side to complete a couple more.

9:42 hrs IST

Final over before tea coming up

So three overs were all that were in store for India before they head back for the tea break. And Mitchell Starc will bowl it to Shubman Gill. That will be the first aim for India, to go into the interval without a wicket down and come back for the final session with all wickets intact.

9:40 hrs IST

Ah, the never-ending home and away comparisons

 Do you think Rohit can improve on his away Test average?

9:38 hrs IST

New ball is nipping

The First ball from Josh Hazlewood nips back in and raps Rohit on the pads. There may not be much bounce on this surface but Australia’s quicks surely know what works. Hazlewood begins with a maiden.

9:34 hrs IST

Starc to Gill: FOUR

India up and away as Shubman Gill gets himself an early boundary by driving Mitchell Starc down the ground. Picture perfect from the batsman. Fuller in length and Gill leans into it. Beats the diving fielder at mid-on. India 5/0 after the first over.

9:30 hrs IST

New year, new opening pair for India

India kick off 2021 with a brand new opening pair in Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. Starc to Rohit for the first ball. Drifts it down Rohit’s legs and the batsman flicks for a single. India away and off the mark.

9:26 hrs IST

12 minutes to tea

The Indian batsmen will have to face about 4 overs before the tea interval is called for. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill will have to see through this opening burst from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. India innings coming up shortly.

9:20 hrs IST

Australia all out for 338

OUT! A direct hit from... none other than Ravindra Jadeja... runs Steve Smith out. With three balls left in the over, Smith decided to run two but Jadeja came storming in from right of square leg and nailed the direct hit. The best fielder in the world. Period. He went for a second run With that, the Australian innings comes to an end.

9:16 hrs IST

Bumrah to Smith: FOUR

A swat, nothing more. Not sure if you’ll find a shot like that in the coaching manual but it’s effective none the less. Smith continues to frustrate India with his brilliant thinking and extraordinary striking skills.

9:12 hrs IST

A thing of beauty

 How good was that from Smith? He marches on

9:08 hrs IST

Smith accelerates

With the last pair in, Smith has switched gears and rightly so. Plays a stunning ramp shot for a four off Bumrah and drills the ball down the ground and runs three. India have bowled splendidly to claim seven wickets in the day but have had no answers to tackle Smith. Australia 326/6, fancying 350.

9:02 hrs IST

WICKET! Jadeja gets his fourth

OUT! Fourth wicket for Jadeja as Nathan Lyon is out LBW for a duck, misses a full toss on his boots. Australia 315/9.

8:58 hrs IST

Jadeja to Smith: FOUR

An examplary sweep shot from Smith. Perhaps he realises that he will shortly run out of partners with India running through Australia’s tail. His 14th boundary of the innings.

8:56 hrs IST

Wicket for Navdeep Saini

OUT! Saini gets his man as Mitchell Starc top edges to Shubman Gill. Australia 310/8. He kept peppering Starc with short balls and this one finally does it for the debutant. A crucial partnership worth 32 runs comes to an end, and so does a handy cameo of 24 off 30 balls from Starc.

8:54 hrs IST

Saini to Starc: SIX

Short in length and absolutely pummelled by Mitchell Starc. Gives a little stare back at the bowler but Saini looks away. That’s his 42nd six in Test cricket. Pretty impressive for a No. 9 batsman. Tries to go big again the next ball, but the top edge beats the mid on fielder running back.

8:52 hrs IST

No-ball: Head high full-toss from Saini

Thankfully, it was bowled wide and not aimed at Starc. Saini Immediately apologises after erring but Starc is not amused. Umpire Wilson is quick to signal the no-ball.

8:50 hrs IST

300 up for Australia

Smith takes a single off Jadeja’s first ball to bring up the 300 for Australia. Every run over 300 will sting India, and moreover, with Starc having got a start, Australia look set to cross the mark.

8:48 hrs IST

Saini to Starc: Four

Short ball from Saini and Starc pulls it away fine of the fine leg fielder for his second four. This is poor from Saini, struggling to find his length. Also bowls a no-ball. Follows it up with another short ball which Starc misses going for another hoick. India need to stop the Australian tail from wagging.

8:44 hrs IST

As Smith celebrates his century, here’s a look at his maiden Test fifty more 10 years ago


8:38 hrs IST

27th Test ton for Steve Smithm eighth against India.

There it is. A 27th Test century for Steve Smith. Raises his bat in sheer delight and joy. He’ll remember this. Australia 291/7. It’s his eighth Test ton against India. Flicks a ball from Saini to deep fine leg and he runs three. He gets there off 201 balls, one of his slowish centuries but he wouldn’t mind. No one will. What a modern great this man is.

8:32 hrs IST

Saini to Starc: FOUR

Forget farming the strike if he can hit them like that. Fuller ball from Saini and Starc takes the aerial route. Bludgeons the ball over mid on. Two bounces and over the ropes she goes. Also, takes the single and brings Smith on strike.

8:26 hrs IST

Starc cops a blow to his glove

A quick one from Navdeep Saini pins Mitchell Starc on his glove. Thankfully, no damage done. Smith has been stranded for 99 for a couple of overs now and although Starc took a single to give Smith strike, it was off the last ball of the over which Smith defended.

8:21 hrs IST

OUT! Jadeja with this third wicket

Steve Smith’s century will have to wait. Ravindra Jadeja yorks Pat Cummins to take out Australia’s seventh wicket. After a harsh no-ball call off the previous ball, Jadeja bowls a perfect yorker and Cummins plays all over it. Australia 7 down for 278.

8:18 hrs IST

Smith nearing his century

A couple down to deep point takes Steve Smith on 97, just one strike away from a fine, fine century. Following scores of 1, 1*, 0 and 8, what a comeback it will be. Not to say, it’s not already.

8:12 hrs IST

Bumrah to Cummins: FOUR BYES

A good, well-directed bouncer from Bumrah but just too high. So much that even a leaping Rishabh Pant can’t get his hands to it and the ball races away to the ropes. Australia 273/6

8:08 hrs IST

Saini replaces Siraj

Saini given a shot at the second new ball but he is greeted with a boundary from Smith, who now enters the 90s is some style. He is quickly approaching towards his century.

8:04 hrs IST

Bumrah to Smith: FOUR

Wow, simply wow! Steve Smith, when on a roll is next to no one. Not a bad ball from Bumrah but in such fine form is Smith that he stands tall on his toes and punches the ball through covers for a four. Incredible.

7:58 hrs IST

BOWLED HIM! Bumrah it is again

What a cracker of a ball. Knocks over Tim Paine and Jasprit Bumrah is on a roll. His second strike, with the second new ball. Australia are 6 down for 255 and India continue to soar on day 2 of the SCG Test.

7:50 hrs IST

250 up for Australia

An inside edge off Smith’s bat goes to backward square leg and he and Paine complete a couple of runs to bring up the 250 for Australia. Little excitement off the last ball as Paine offers no shot and the ball hits him high on the pad. Possibly a little too high and India decide against the review.

7:48 hrs IST

Consecutive maidens from India

15 balls and Australia are yet to score a run in the second session. Siraj’s maiden followed by a maiden from Bumrah. Tim Paine and Steve Smith cautious against the second new ball.

7:44 hrs IST

Maiden from Siraj

A tight over from Mohammed Siraj to begin the second session, bowls a maiden to Steve Smith. A little inside edge onto the pads from Smith in that over but no harm done. Siraj is operating with two slips and a gully.

7:40 hrs IST

Here we go! Second session, Day 2 underway

Jasprit Bumrah finishes his over. 

7:36 hrs IST

Second session coming up


7:30 hrs IST

Did you know?

Only one fast bowler has dismissed Adam Gilchrist out bowled in a Test match. And that honour belongs to Irfan Pathan. Yes, it’s that 2004 Sydney dismissal we are talking about when a young 19-year-old quick produced a brilliant show of reverse swing bowling, getting the wickets of Gilchrist and Steve Waugh (playing his final Test).

7:24 hrs IST

Advantage India

 Remember, they are without three of their most experienced fast bowlers!

7:18 hrs IST

What do you make of that session?

It could have been a shared session had it not been for that wicket of Cameron Green right at the very end. But Bumrah’s first wicket of the match has titled the balance in India’s favour. After just one wicket in the previous two sessions combined, getting three in one, that too in the morning session of a new day will inject a lot of positives in the Indian attack.

7:12 hrs IST

Criticism for Wade

Mark Waugh on the Matthew Wade dismissal: It’s a poor dismissal. It’s a Test match, you don’t need to do that. If the ball isn’t there (to hit) you need to pull out of the shot. It was a nothing shot, you’ve got to do better than that. That’s a really poor dismissal.

7:06 hrs IST

Brendon Julian has some good news about the Sydney weather

Brendon Julian suggests there is no more rain in the day. He also says he was surprised not to see Ravindra Jadeja bowl more on Day 1 given the two wickets he’s grabbed. According to him, Australia would be disappointed but feels 350 could be a good enough first-innings score. If India can keep Australia under that score, they should be more than happy.

7:02 hrs IST

Lunch on Day 2, Australia 249/5

And with that, the two teams take lunch on the second day. One more over left to go after this but with Bumrah getting his first wicket, the time seemed apt to head into the interval. None the less, India would head into the break knowing the session has belonged to them. Three wickets in a session, India will be happy with that.

7:00 hrs IST

OUT! Bumrah strikes with second new ball

Right on the stroke of lunch, India strike again. Jasprit Bumrah raps Cameron Green on the pads and he is stone dead. Australia lose their fifth wicket for 249.

6:56 hrs IST

Bumrah to Green: Beats him

Lovely delivery from Bumrah. Aces the perfect length, forces Green to err in his shot and the ball misses the outside edge of his stump marginally. He’s into his 20th over and given 37 runs. Follows it with a bouncer.

6:54 hrs IST

Smith flicks, gets a couple of runs

Siraj has looked a lot flatter as compared to Bumrah even with the second new ball. The speed is lingering in the early 130s and no signs of movement. Smith flicks him towards fine leg as he and Green run two. Lunch approaching.

6:50 hrs IST

Pulls away, but only a single

The bat meting the ball made a crunching sound as Smith tries to pull Bumrah, but the timing isn’t quite there and it’ll only be a single. Smith a little quiet against the second new ball and rightly so. Even appreciates the good balls with his facial expressions. Australia 247/4 after 83 overs.

6:48 hrs IST

Just Steve Smith things

If he ain’t leaving the ball like this, is he even Steve Smith? 

6:44 hrs IST

Siraj to Green: WIDE

Well, that’s how things have changed. Earlier, a ball bowled outside the white line in Test matches would have been a dot ball but the umpires have become slightly stricter with as far as the lines are concerned. Siraj to share the new ball with Bumrah but to be honest, Saini here wouldn’t have been a bad option here. Just to add a bit of a surprise element.

6:40 hrs IST

India take the second new ball

80 overs bowled and India have taken the second new ball. Jasprit Bumrah returns and immediately gets some movement as Smith lets the first two go to the keeper. Key moment for India, need to strike with the new ball at least once shortly.

6:34 hrs IST

Too wide form Jadeja and Smith pounces

Short and wide from Jadeja twice in the over and Smith is in too good a touch to miss out. Crunches the ball through point on both occasions to help himself to a couple of boundaries in that over. He marches on, goes to 72 off 139 balls. Australia 244/4.

6:30 hrs IST

OUT! Jadeja sends back Wade

Well, what do you know? Jadeja has done it again for India. Matthew Wade with his uncertain footwork perishes to spin again. Pretty similar to his dismissal to Ashwin in the second Test. Comes down the wicket but doesn’t get to the pitch of the ball correctly. Chips it in the air and Bumrah takes a regulation catch at mid-on. Australia 232/4

6:24 hrs IST

FOUR more to Smith

Ah, simply brilliant from one of the modern masters. On the pads and Steve Smith brings out the sweep shot and gets himself a boundary. One sweep shot too many you’d assume. Definitely not something Vihari would want though.

6:22 hrs IST

Vihari in the firing line again

Twice in the over has Vihari taken a blow at forward short leg. Another sweep shot from Wade and this time the ball hits him around the arm. Thank god for the protective gear. It takes a real brave man to field at that position. 75 overs have been bowled, after which Australia are 222/3.

6:20 hrs IST

Jadeja to Wade: FOUR

And now Matthew Wade jumps in the action. Terrific drive. The ball was tossed up from Jadeja and Wade simply crunches it through covers. The pitch is getting even better to bat on.

6:18 hrs IST

That must have hurt

A sweep shot from Matthew Wade hits Hanuma Vihari at forward short leg. Gets his on the calf and it looks to be a stinging blow. He is receiving some treatment. The magic spray is out there. Powerful sweep shot and even though Vihari tried to take evasive action, he copped a blow.

6:14 hrs IST

Jadeja to Smith: Four

Ah, crisp. Lovely timing there from Steve Smith. Gives himself a bit of room and drives through covers, beats the fielder there and gets himself a four. A boundary to end the over as Australia get to 217/3.

6:10 hrs IST

That should be the last of the rain we see in the Test match

Glenn McGrath points out that there should be no rain intervals in the match going forward, but you never know with this Australian weather. None the less, the players are back on the ground and hopefully the next time they go off the field is during the lunch interval. Smith takes strike to Jadeja.

6:05 hrs IST

Restart in approximately another 5 minutes

As expected, this was just another passing shower and we’re set for play to resume shortly.

5:55 hrs IST

Rain gets lighter

Looks like the rain has got lighter. This happened quicker than what we expected but the groundstaff still have all the covers on at the centre of the wicket. We wait for some official word now.

5:48 hrs IST

Rain stops play again

This is really frustrating now. Just when India had their tails up with an important wicket of Labuschagne, rain returns again to force the players off the field. This time, it’s just a bit heavier. Australia are at 213 for 3 after 72 overs.

5:45 hrs IST

FIFTY for Steve Smith

FOUR! Powerfully struck down the ground by Steve Smith. There’s no stopping that one, it races away to the boundary to bring up yet another Test fifty for Steve Smith. You can’t keep a player like Smith down for too long, this has been an innings of authority.

5:41 hrs IST

Jadeja gets Labuschagne for 91

OUT! That came completely against run of play. India have got their first breakthrough of Day 2 and it’s Jadeja who has broken the century stand. It was bit too close to play the cut shot this time, the ball perhaps bounced a bit too, Labuschagne got an outside edge and Rahane at first slip took a sharp catch. He was looking set for hundred there but has to go for 91 now. Australia 206 for 3

5:39 hrs IST

Labuschagne into the 90s

FOUR! Short and wide from Jadeja again, Labuschagne goes back and cuts it easily through the vacant field for a boundary. That brings the 100 stand for Labuschagne and Smith.

5:34 hrs IST

200 up for Australia

A nice flick from Steve Smith off Jadeja, he will come back for a couple as the square-leg fielder will cut that one off. 200 up for Australia, they are looking set for a big big total now.

5:31 hrs IST

Ashwin bowls first over

Steve Smith makes not attempts to hide his intentions against Ashwin. He has a simple plan and that is to attack India’s premiere off-spinner. He came down the track, went back, did not get a boundary but got three runs and showed a lot of intent in Ashwin’s first over of Day 2. Australia 196/2

5:27 hrs IST

Shot from Labuschagne

FOUR! A short and wide delivery from Jadeja, just the kind of ball a batsman expects after a rain interruption and Labuschagne takes full advantage of it by rocking back quickly and cutting it past point and into the fence.

5:23 hrs IST

No rain, covers off

That’s great to see. So the covers are being taken off. Looks like we will have play soon, shouldn’t be a delay of more than five minutes from now. But we won’t jump the gun, especially after the masterful hide and seek the rain played with us yesterday.

5:22 hrs IST

The groundsmen have been superb


5:17 hrs IST

Players going off

Rain stops play! The players are going off. The drizzle is still not that heavy but it has been going on for the past 10 minutes so the umpires decided not to take a rise. This really shouldn’t be a long delay, unless the rain Gods have something more in store for us. Australia are at 188 for 2 after 66 overs.

5:15 hrs IST

Light drizzle in Sydney

There is a light drizzle at the SCG now. Let’s hope it doesn’t become heavier and forces the players to go off the field. There is forecast of rain today mind you.

5:13 hrs IST

Siraj to Labuschagne: FOUR

On the pads again, Labuschagne manages to find the gap despite there being four fielder on the leg side and it races away for a boundary in the square-leg region. This stump to stump line with a dominant leg side field is not really working for India.

5:10 hrs IST

Jadeja bowls a maiden

Perfect lengths, perfect lines and it finished before you even noticed - just the kind of over you would expect from Jadeja, a maiden from the left-arm spinner. Australia are 183 for 2 now, Smith and Labuschagne looking solid.

5:04 hrs IST

India lose a review

Wickets missing. The height was always going to be a factor when it hit Steve Smith on the thigh. India lose a review. Ajinkya Rahane seemed very interested from behind the stumps and he went for the review. Smith went across his stumps but missed it. It hit him on the thighs.

5:00 hrs IST

First sign of sight and It’s Jadeja

Right just at the stroke of half an hour on Day 2 we see spin and it is Ravindra Jadeja and not Ravichandran Ashwin. Well, that’s a bit of a surprise, considering he was the last to get the ball in hand on Day 1.

4:56 hrs IST

Good work by Rahane

India have been sharp in the field today and skipper Ajinkya Rahane leading the way. It was a shortish delivery from Siraj, Labuschagne tapped it well but Rahane at fourth slip dived to his right to stop the ball.

4:50 hrs IST

Smith, Labuschagne chipping away

You can’t help but notice the change of approach in Australia’s batting. We have had five overs of play on Day 2, and on every over Smith and Labuschagne have tried to score. Even in the previous maiden over of Bumrah, there was constant effort form Smith to get off strike, chip a single here or a couple there. Perhaps it has got a lot do with India’s leg-side line too.

4:42 hrs IST

India vs Australia live score Day 2, 3rd Test

Lot of talk about India’s plans and field setting already. Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar is not happy with India’s tactics of bowling at the stumps with a dominant leg side field to both Smith and Labuschagne at the start of a new day. Well, to be fair to India, they have been maintaining the same plan against these throughout the series but one perhaps expects them to try and find the outside edge more on a new day.

Meanwhile, Siraj’s second over of the day yields three runs. Australia 175/2

4:38 hrs IST

Bumrah comes back well

Just the kind of come back you would expect from a bowler like Bumrah. After conceding a four and a single to Smith, Bumrah bowls three good deliveries to Labuschagne and even beat him on the outside edge.

4:35 hrs IST

Smith greets Bumrah with a cover drive

FOUR! a gentle loosener from Jasprit Bumrah to start his Day 2 but no such warm-ups from Steve Smith. He gets a confident stride forward and drives it through the covers to collect the first boundary of today. Australia 172/2

4:33 hrs IST

First runs of Day 2

...And it comes of Steve Smith’s bat, well gloves to be precise. Siraj just drifted down the leg side but the ball bounced a bit more than what Smith had expected, he did well to get his bottom hand off the handle. It took the gloves and went of the keeper for a single.

4:30 hrs IST

Siraj starts the proceedings

Mohammed Siraj has the ball in hand for India. He will be up against Steve Smith. We are all set for Day 2 of the third Test at the SCG.

4:28 hrs IST

‘Introduce Bumrah-Ashwin early’

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar ‘loves’ Ashwin with the ball and he hopes that India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane will start with Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin on Day 2.

4:24 hrs IST

A sneak-peek into Day 2 pitch

Here’s the pitch looks like for the India vs Australia third Test Day 2


4:21 hrs IST

India vs Australia live score: Weather updates of Sydney

It will be cloudy throughout the day with spells of showers. Hmm, that’s what the weather forecast says for Day 2 of the third Test in Sydney. But so far so good, we’ve got the sun out for now, there will be no delay at the start and let’s hope it stays that way because if it does, the weather is expected to improve drastically from Day 3, Day 4 and so on.

4:15 hrs IST

Recap of Day 1

There was a lot of rain on Day 1 after India’s Mohammed Siraj had removed David Warner early to dent Australia’s decision of opting to bat first. After a four hour delay when play resumed, Australia’s debutant opener Will Pucovski got a couple of lives and got to his first Test fifty before being trapped in front by India’s debutant Navdeep Saini. Since then Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne looked solid and took Australia to stumps at 166 for 2 on Day 1.

4:10 hrs IST

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 live score

Thanks to all the rain on Day 1, we will start Day 2 half an early to make up for the overs. So it will be 4:30 am IST start today. But hey, we are not complaining at all. It means another half and hour of quality Test cricket. Hello all, this the live coverage of the India vs Australia third Test Day 2 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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