Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 93-run stand on Day 3 of the India vs Australia second Test in Bangalore on Monday.(REUTERS)
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 93-run stand on Day 3 of the India vs Australia second Test in Bangalore on Monday.(REUTERS)

India vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3, Highlights: Pujara, Rahane stand lifts IND to 126-run lead

India, riding on Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane’s 93-run stand, took a 126-run lead over Australia on Day 3 of the second Test. At Stumps, Pujara was on 79 and Rahane on 40. Follow highlights of India vs Australia Day 3 here.
Hindustan Times | By Abhishek Paul
UPDATED ON MAR 07, 2017 09:17 AM IST

Cheteshwar Pujara (79*) and Ajinkya Rahane (40*) shared a 93-run stand as India reached 213/4 on Day 3 of the second Test against Australia in Bangalore. India lead Australia by 126 runs going into the fourth day. Get highlights of India vs Australia here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING DETAILS) (DAY 4 BLOG)

KL Rahul, who scored a crucial 51 as opener, said they hoped Pujara and Rahane add 100 more runs. “Hopefully Rahane and Pujara can continue and get us a 100 more runs, that’ll be gold,” he said.

“I’ve played a lot of cricket here, it’s my home and I know the third day is the best to bat. On the fourth day a few will keep down and a few will bounce up. So now we are really happy we got off to a good start and got good partnerships.”

Rahul added that he was happy to score his first half-century in the second innings: “Been really disappointing, getting start and not converting them, especially when the team needed me to stay out and get big runs. Tried to build from strength to strength and hopefully I can build on it moving forward too.

16:34 hrs IST: STUMPS! India 213/4 lead Australia by 126 - Pujara 79*, Rahane 40*

16:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Starc gets an outer edge of Pujara and ball races to third man boundary

16:28 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe attacks and almost gets an edge off Rahane. It’s a maiden.

16:25 hrs IST: Starc gives away just one run. India 208/4

16:22 hrs IST: Mitchell Starc comes into attack again. With minimum two overs of play remaining can he give India a late but crucial blow?

16:14 hrs IST: With two more days of play left, India has enought time to put on a decent total. Don’t forget Australia will be batting on a fourth innings pitch. Anything above 225 might be very difficult for Aussies.

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16:12 hrs IST: Last five overs of the day remaining. India would be happy by the way they recovered despite a second session debacle.

16:06 hrs IST: India 194/4 - lead not 106. Pujara 70 and Rahane 34

16:00 hrs IST: FOUR! Pujara slips one off Lyon to fine-leg boundary.India’s lead crosses 100 and all thanks to Pujara and Rahane. India 191/4

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15:53 hrs IST: SteveO’Keefe is back into attack. Now Australians look the frustrated lot.

15:42 hrs IST: Pujara-Rahane stand has crosses 50 in 19 overs

15:40 hrs IST: Pujara’s average is now above 50.00 in Tests. He is also the top-scorer for India in the second innings.

15:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Pujara goes on backfoot against Hazlewood and lightly changes the direction of the ball to third man

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15:38 hrs IST: India 163/4 in 56 overs - lead now 76

15:30 hrs IST: 14th half-century for Pujara as India extend lead to 71.

15:26 hrs IST: Pujara moves to 49 - he deserves a fifty

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15:21 hrs IST: Kohli once told Pujara to not get into the shell and keep the scorecard moving. Today that ‘slow’ batsman might turn out be his saviour.

15:17 hrs IST: An elegant work from Pujara and the Saurashtra lad gets to 46. Six more runs and he will be India’s top scorer in the second innings. India 155/4

15:13 hrs IST: Mitchell Marsh comes into attack. India 153/4

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15:09 hrs IST: Pujara-Rahane stand has reached 33 in 11 overs. It might just turn out to be most valuable stand for the hosts. India - 153/4

15:03 hrs IST: India lead is 62 now. They need another 150-odd runs to give Australia at least a fighting total. India 152/4

14:57 hrs IST: Pujara has moved to 44. He is eyeing his 14th Test fifty. India 149/4

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14:50 hrs IST: A cracker of a shot from Ajinkya Rahane as the ball rushes to the boundary! India 144/4

14:46 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon has enjoyed a lot of turn today, but smart batting by the hosts has not allowed him to pick up any wickets today. India 140/4

Cheteshwar Pujara bats during day three of the second test match between India and Australia. (BCCI)
Cheteshwar Pujara bats during day three of the second test match between India and Australia. (BCCI)

14:42 hrs IST: The ball is keeping quite low at the moment and a target of over 150 can prove challenging for the visitors in the fourth innings. India 135/4

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14:39 hrs IST: A Dhoni-esque run out effort by Matthew Wade, but no result. India 133/4

14:30 hrs IST: Pujara and Rahane have been inconsistent over the past few Tests. Today is their day of reckoning if India want to win the Test.

14:25 hrs IST: The third session has started

14:20 hrs IST: Pujara (38*) and Rahane (2*) at the crease and are the only two specialist batsmen who are left.

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14:15 hrs IST: It’s Tea. India 122/4, lead by 35 runs

14:08 hrs IST: Jadeja (2) gone

India’s ploy doesn’t work as Jadeja is bowled by Hazlewood. Jadeja tries to flick Hazlewood’s angled ball and is bowled. Irresponsible

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13:56 hrs IST: Pujara and Jadeja are at the crease. Jadeja has come in before Rahane.This an interesting change of batting position. This brings in left-right combination. But all depends on how well can Jadeja negotiate Lyon’s turn.

13:50 hrs IST: BIG WICKET! Kohli (15) departs

Hazlewood gets the prized wicket of the India captain. The delivery stayed low and hit Kohli’s pads as umpire gave him out. Kohli thinks the ball hit his bat first and goes for DRS but is turned down

13:36 hrs IST: India reach 100/2 (Pujara 26*, Kohli 5*) lead Australia by 18 runs

13:27 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe beats Kohli. The spinner flights in the ball as Kohli looks to defend it. But it takes a turn. Aussies appeal for caught behind but there was no edge.

13:22 hrs IST: Crucial moment of the game as Rahul was in a zone of his own and then suddenly got out to a blinder of a catch. Kohli has come in and a lot depends on him today.

13:15 hrs IST: KL Rahul (51) out

WHAT a catch! Steven Smith gets Rahul out with an unbelievable effort off Steve O’Keefe. Rahul drives on delivery on the off-stump but Smith stretches to the fullest to get him out.

13:07 hrs IST: Third test half-century for KL Rahul. India 81/1, trail by six runs. This is the openers first second innings fifty in his Test career.

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13:02 hrs IST: Rahul’s stumps rattled but he had already pulled out against Lyon. Umpire signals a dead ball as someone was walking in front of the sight screen.

12:54 hrs IST: Rahul is in his 40s and is eyeing his third half-century

12:47 hrs IST: KL Rahul went into a shell in the first innings. Bt he is looking very confident in the second. He is watching the ball carefully, always mindful of the uneven bounce and the cracks. he needs to convert his start to a big score.

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12:39 hrs IST: KL Rahul crosses 1000 runs in Tests as India Trail Australia by less than 30 runs now

12:33 hrs IST: India are 53/1 in 15 overs - Rahul 30* and Pujara 5* - trail by 34 runs

12:26 hrs IST: Lyon and Hazlewood manning the bowling attack. Aussies are trying to take advantage of the cracks from oner ends and uneven bounce from the other.

12:21 hrs IST: EDGED BUT NOT GONE! Pujara edges one off Lyon but Wade fails to catch the ball.

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12:17 hrs IST: Mukund (16) out

Australia start the second session on a brilliant note. Hazlewood rattles Mukund’s off-stump. There was a big gap between bat and pad.

12:11 hrs IST: The Indian openers - Rahul and Mukund - are out in the middle. Hazlewood will bowl the first over after lunch

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12:10 hrs IST: STAT attack -- Ashwin has broken Anil Kumble’s record of most balls bowled in a Test season. The off spinner bowled 3749 balls in 21 innings of 11 Test matches this season so far, while leg spinner Anil Kumble bowled 3673 balls in 22 innings of 11 Test matches in 2004-05 season.

12:05 hrs IST: He is also Australia’s most successful bowler in Tests India after his record haul in the first innings. Add to that Starc and Hazlewood and the task for Indians look all the more difficult.

12:00 hrs IST: Nathan Lyon who took 8/50 in the first Test is yet to strike in the second innings. Mind you he has got Vira Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara out on five occasions each - most by any bowler

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11:57 hrs IST: 61.60 - KL Rahul’s average in first-class matches at M Chinnaswamy Stadum, before this test. Now that stat woul cheer him up.

11:51 hrs IST: KL Rahul (184) is currently the highest run-scorer in the series. India need him to score big today. But his second innings performance has been bad. He averages 12.20 and needs to do much better than that.

11:46 hrs IST: Meanwhile, all the sledging and stares of the Indian cricket team has irritated a former Australian wicketkeeper. Read | Why this Australian is losing respect for India cricket team captain Virat Kohli

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11:40 hrs IST: KL Rahul (20*) and Abhinav Mukund (16*) need to give India a solid stand. India opening woes have troubled them in the past but this par has showed the gumption to fight. But still a long away to go.

11:34 hrs IST: LUNCH! India 38/0, trail Australia by 49 runs

11:31 hrs IST: The mind game between the two teams has been in full display in this Test. No body is ready to spare an inch without fight.

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11:27 hrs IST: Bit of an exchange going there between Starc and Mukund. After being hit for a sox, Starc walks up to Mukund and points to his head. He seems to be telling the India of giving more bouncers. Mukund just smiles

11:25 hrs IST: SIX! Mukund hits his first in Tests, and that too against Starc. The Aussie bowler treats Mukund with a short-pitched delivery. The batsman goes across the line and swipes it t a six. Tad bit lucky there.

11:22 hrs IST: If the third day belongs to India, a major factor behind it will be Jadeja’s three wicket burst in the morning session | Read here

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11:17 hrs IST: Australians are fielding as is their life depended on any extra run. Indians should take a cue from their rivals.

11:12 hrs IST: Indian openers have showed patience so far. It’s needed with more than two days play left. Australia’s lead is now 62 runs.

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11:06 hrs IST: After getting troubled by two successive deliveries by Starc, Mukund relieves the pressure making good use of a full toss as he hits the fast bowler for a four

11:03 hrs IST: FOUR! Rahul hits one off Starc in the deep mid-wicket region

10:57 hrs IST: While Rahul scored a patient 90 in the first innings, Mukund failed in his comeback Test.

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10:52 hrs IST: Huge appeal of LBW by Starc against Rahul. Umpire says no. Replays showed that the ball hit an inside edge.

10:47 hrs IST: India openers KL Rahuls and Abhinav Mukund are out to bat. Mitchell Starc will bowl the first over of the second innings.

10:45 hrs IST: India have been successful in restricting Australia’s lead to under 100. Now the onus is on the batsmen.

10:41 hrs IST: Hazlewood (1) out

Jadeja finishes with 6/63 as Hazlewood is caught at long on by Rahul after trying to go for the big shot.

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10:32 hrs IST: Lyon (0) gone

Ravindra Jadeja is on fire. Again a LBW. He gets his seventh five-wicket haul

10:26 hrs IST: Wade (40) out

Jadeja gets his fourth wicket as he traps Wade plumb in front of the wicket. Australia 274/8, lead by 85.

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10:22 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe comes in. He can bat too. Meanwhile, Wade has moved to 40*

10:17 hrs IST: OUT! Starc (26) departs

India get their first break of Day 3 as Starc slogs towards leg and is caught by Jadeja at deep off Ashwin. Australia 169/7, lead by 80

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10:06 hrs IST: Jadeja comes into attack. He was India’s top bowler on Day 2. He ended with figures of 3/49. Can he add more to his bag today?

10:03 hrs IST: Lot of rolling happened ahead of Day 3 play. Will the widened cracks at M Chinnaswamy Stadium help India?

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10:00 hrs IST: First half an hour play of Day 3 over and Australia have added 18 runs. Lead now 66

09:59 hrs IST: FOUR! first boundary of the day Wade edges to Ishant, who bowled a full delivery, as the ball race to third man boundary.

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09:52 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Pakistan cricket had a major reason to cheer about about top cricket returned to the country after a long, long gap. The Pakistan Super League final saw Peshawar Zalmi defeating Quetta Gladiators in Lahore.

09:47 IST: Ashwin hits Starc’s pads. Was it close? No. The Aussie batsman goes for a slog sweep and misses. The bat hits his back leg and nothing to be worries about for the visitors.

09:43 hrs IST: It’s only third over of the day and Australia are already 56 runs ahead. These are costly runs for India. Australians have showed the intent to score some fast runs.

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09:38 hrs IST: Ashwin in attack in the second over. He is unlucky as his delivery goes down leg side for a four. Even on strike batsman Starc is surprised.

09:30 hrs IST: Action starts! Ishant bowls the first over for India and it’s a maiden. Containing runs are important but India need wickets more. They failed to get it at regular intervals on Day 2

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09:26 hrs IST: We are less than five minutes from the start of Day 3. Matthew Wade was batting on 25 and Mitchell Starc on 14 at stumps on Day 2.

09:25 hrs IST: The Border-Gavaskar is currently held by Australia. If they can beat India in this match, they will retain it. For Kohli’s men who have been on a glory ride this season, it will be a big dampner for their campaign.

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09:20 hrs IST: The conditions are overcast in Bangalore today, but the chances of rain are less.

09:15 hrs IST: The DRS will be another factor that shall play on Indian cricket team’s mind. They have got all their DRS calls wrong in this Test. Anil Kumble and other support staff need to have a serious discussion on it. Did India’s inexperience in using DRS leading to the failed decisions.

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09:10 hrs IST: Even if Indian bowlers restrict Austrlia’s lead to below 100, the job will only be half done . The hosts will have to bat out of their skins to stay alive. Mind you Virat Kohli’s men are playing the catch-up in a Test series after a long, long time

09:05 hrs IST: Sparks flew between Indian and Australian players on the second day of the Test. Emotions may run high today also, as the match has seen tough competition from both sides. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma’s ‘moneky faces’ is making headlines

09:00 hrs IST: It will be a crucial day for the hosts as any three-figure lead for aussies will make it tougher for Virat Kohli and Co. to comeback into the match.

08:55 hrs IST: Welcome to the live coverage of Day 3

Australia have their noses slightly ahead in the Bangalore Test against India after fifties from Matt Renshaw and Shaun Marsh helped them take a 48-run lead at the end of day 2. With the pitch keeping low and with batting expected to become more difficult as the game progresses, Virat Kohli’s team face an uphill task.

Matthew Wade and Mitchell Starc will be aiming to take the lead past 100 on day 3 while for India, they will be hoping that Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin take the remaining four wickets quickly and restrict the lead to under 100.

Will India show a marked improvement in their batting or will Australia run away with the game and taken an unassailable lead?

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