Australia Vs India Test 3 Day 2 Highlights:
- India declared their innings on 443-7
- Pujara scored his 17th century on the day with Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma contributing with half-centuries to pile on the runs on Day 2
- Australia ended the day’s play at 8-0 after a 6 over spell from India
- Virat Kohli’s 82 saw him break Rahul Dravid’s record of the most runs in a calendar year on overseas soil. Kohli now has 1138 runs as opposed to Dravid’s 1137
Australia Vs India Test 3 Day 2 saw the visitors continue from where they had left on Day 1 with a terrific, well-rounded batting performance to pile on a humongous 443-7 score in the first innings. Making the most of a placid, flat-track on Day 2, India rode high on Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli’s mammoth 170 runs stand for the fourth wicket to keep piling on the misery on Australia’s bowlers who were made to trudge it out on a hot, fiery day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, bowling a total of 170 overs that left them fatigued and broken by the end of day’s play.
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It didn’t take much time for Pujara and Kohli to apply themselves into the middle once Day 2’s play began with the duo sowing unwavering concentration and focus in their task of taking India to a 400 plus first innings total. On a pitch where run scoring was slow, both batsmen were more than willing to bid their time in the middle, putting a massive price on their wicket.
The Australians threw the kitchen sink and everything else at the pair, bowling all their five bowlers as they tried all combinations in a bid to get the crucial breakthrough. However, Kohli and Pujara’s class and grace shone through with both complimenting each other, playing in their long and determined innings a special set of shots that left us mesmerised each time we watched them. Using their feet well, both got to the pitch of the ball early to dictate the play’s flow and make the game fall in their lap.
A partnership that began in the 55th over went on till the 123rd, unlucky to be broken after Virat Kohli who suffered a reoccurrence of his niggling back problem ended up hitting Starc straight to the third man as he looked to up the ante. It was a record-breaking innings from India’s coveted gem though with his 82 seeing him edge past Dravid to become the highest scorer for India in a single year in overseas tests, overtaking Dravid’s 1137 to reach 1138 runs.
Pujara who had once again taken Centre stage in a foreign test match for the country, hitting his 17th century followed suit soon after with a Pat Cummins delivery that stayed way too long. It was a ball he could do nothing about and as he walked away to a standing ovation, the worth of his knock rang out loudly through the stadium.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant’s cameos of 34 and 39 respectively helped add to India’s cause before Rohit Sharma finally silenced his detractors with an unbeaten 63 run knock that showed he has it in his skill set to play out true test innings. He took his time to set his eye on the field before eventually taking off after getting the team management’s message of upping the ante as the day edged close to an end.
Declaring at 443-7 on Australia vs India Test 3 Day 2, Kohli and company pulled off an extremely smart move, bringing an end to their innings when it was least expected. Giving themselves 6 overs to bowl at an Australian side that was sluggish, shoulders slumped and heads low after having to toil it out in over 34 degrees, India looked to keep their momentum going in the test match.
Although it was just a short spell from Bumrah, it was one that rattled Aaron Finch and Chris Harris. The openers were left rattled by India’s pacer who moved the ball around early, making it dance to his tunes to unravel the duo. They managed to see off the day though without handing away their wicket, trailing Indian by 437 runs ahead of day 3.