Ajinkya Rahane’s disappointing century innings ended Australia’s comeback after a disappointing end with a run-out but despite this, India managed to get a crucial lead of 131 runs by scoring 326 runs in their first innings on Monday on the third day of the second Test cricket match. being successful. The Indian innings ended just before lunch on the third day in response to Australia’s 195 for the first innings.
India started from 277 runs for five wickets in the morning and thus added only 49 runs in the first session on the third day and lost the remaining five wickets in the meantime. Rahane scored 112 runs while Ravindra Jadeja smashed 57 which is his 15th half-century in Test cricket. Both these batsmen shared a 121-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Rahane’s brilliant innings ended with a run out. He was run out for the first time in Test matches.
He played 223 balls and hit 12 fours. Jadeja sounded for him to take the run, while taking the run was not empty of danger and eventually the Indian captain had to return to the pavilion. Jadeja was then one run away from the half-century. He played the shot on short cover and ran for one run. Rahane did not send him back and ran for a run but could not reach the crease on time.
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Jadeja, however, played his role well, while the Australian fast bowlers faced a tough test with his short pitch balls. After completing his half-century, he swung a bat like a sword in his familiar style. After this, he was caught at deep midwicket by Mitchell Starc (three wickets for 26 runs), pulling on a short pitch ball. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) pitch did not look like Khatarnath on the third day and the Australian bowlers could not present any challenge to Rahane and Jadeja.
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Australia was in dire need of a wicket and in such a situation, he breathed a sigh of relief as Rahane was dismissed. Other lower order batsmen of India did not struggle. Ravichandran Ashwin scored 14 runs. Nathan Lyon (three for 72) and Josh Hazlewood (one for 47) did not take long to bundle India’s tail batsmen.