3rd Test: Rahane, Pujara Take India to 96/2, Aus Bowled Out on 338

Australia started Day 2 at 166/2 with Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith.

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Ajinkya Rahane won the Player of the Match Award in the Boxing Day Test. 

India’s all-new opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill put up a 70-run stand before Josh Hazlewood got the big breakthrough and sent back Sharma in the 27th over of the innings.

Rohit was batting on 26 when he sent a Hazlewood delivery right back into his hands and the bowler latched onto the ball to pick the first Indian wicket of the match. Not too long later, Gill knocked Lyon round the corner on the leg side to complete his maiden fifty in Test cricket.

Gill however, could not carry on and fell soon after Cummins had him caught at gully by Cameron Green for 50. At Stumps on the second day, India finished with 96/2 with Ajinkya Rahane (5*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9*) holding fort.

Rohit had survived a scare while batting on 24 when he was given out by the on-field umpire off Nathan Lyon’s delivery. The opener though asked for a DRS appeal and the third umpire decided there was no glove involved, before the ball was caught by Matthew Wade, and overturned the decision.

Cheteshwar Pujara has now joined Shubman Gill out in the middle.

Earlier, Steve Smith ended Australia's near four-year drought of centuries against India after scoring 131 before getting run out by Ravindra Jadeja.

The right-handed batsman was, in fact, the last Australian to score a hundred for his country against India back in 2017 when he made 111 in the first innings of the Dharamsala Test.

Smith started the day on 31, batting alongside Marnus Labuschagne on Australia’s overnight score of 166/2. The duo completed their 100-run partnership before Marnus became India’s first wicket on the day, caught in the slips by Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane. He walked back on 91, the first time he got out in the 90s in Test cricket. Australia’s score - 206/3.

Day 2 of the third Test between India and Australia got underway at 4:30am IST, half an hour ahead of the scheduled time, due to the overs lost on Thursday because of rain.

By Lunch, 2 more rain delays and 3 wickets later, Australia’s score read 249/5 with Wade and Green losing their wickets in the space of eight overs and 17 runs.

For India, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of 4/62 in his 18 overs.

Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Navdeep Saini picked two wickets each while Mohammed Siraj scalped one. Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, however, went wicket-less in the 24 overs he bowled and conceded 74 runs.

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