India vs Australia Live, IND vs Aus 2nd Test Day 2 LIVE Score: Tim Paine’s Australia started the second day play positively against Ajinkya Rahane’s India in Melbourne. The hosts made the most of the overcast conditions which is helped the bowlers keep Indian batsmen at bay.
Shubman Gill fell short of his maiden Test fifty after he was removed by Pat Cummins. Cheteshwar Pujara also was sent back in the following over by Cummins.
Ind vs Aus 2nd Test, Day 2 LIVE
Rahane brings up his half-century with a boundary. What a game he is having so far! Was tactically bang on as captain yesterday and this innings has been him at his near best in terms of temperament and shot-selection.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2020
WICKET!!!! Starc to Pant, out Caught by Paine!!
Edged and gone! Pant tried to accelerate the innings but his intent brings about his downfall. Shorts of length with width, but he tried to go really hard on the cut. The extra bounced led to his downfall. Score: 173/5
56th over: India 161-4 (Rahane 38, Pant 28)
There are some players who seemed like T20 specialists but ended up doing well in Tests. Sehwag was one. Pant might be another. He seems like playing in a better frame of mind in Tests than T20s
Rishabh Pant in Tests in Australia:
Drinks then. You’d think this was India’s hour.
51st over: India 135-4 (Rahane 33, Pant 7)
47th over: India 122-4 (Rahane 24, Pant 3)
The runs comes from Lyon, but in contrasting fashion. Rahane controlled and driving. Pant is in a hurry to start going big.
WICKET!!!!! Lyon to Hanuma Vihari, out Caught by Smith!!
Vihari looks to back his cut off the previous ball with a big booming sweep. But the ball drifts in, spins sharply, bounces extra as well, hence taking the glove and lobbing tamely to leg-slip.
Nathan Lyon is straight into his groove! It brings Rishabh Pant to the crease… 🍿
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2020
India should have given a chance to KL Rahul in the next match instead of Agarwal. ‘Would be unfair on both, Mayank has just had a couple of lean matches with the bat; KL hasn’t had red-ball practice on this tour’
40th over: India 94-3 (Rahane 13, Vihari 14)
Hazlewood carries on with his patience game, working away around the off stump. Rahane manages a single to the on-side, that’s the only score from the over.
Lunch – India 90 for 3
Very competitive first session of Test cricket. It was parry and thrust early, with Gill scoring while Cummins and Hazlewood looked dangerous.
Once he was out, momentum came into Australia’s favour. He delivered on that threat by picking up Pujara as well, but Rahane and Vihari have made it through the session and will resume with the chance to build.
They currently trail by 105 runs with seven wickets in hand.
30th over: India 80-3 (Rahane 2, Vihari 12)
Rahane’s ability to score away hundreds was what made him vice-captain and captain now. But, it is really for a while now and this is the perfect time for Rahane to come back to form.
WICKET!!!! Cummins to Pujara, out Caught by Paine!! Score 67/3
It was a one-handed screamer from Paine! And he loves it, absolutely loves it. Look at him go. This is a massive strike for Australia and they know it. Almost a replica of Pujara’s Adelaide second innings dismissal. Stuck on the crease to this in-angler that just straightens a bit to find the edge. Was travelling and both first slip as well as the keeper went for it.
WICKET!!! Cummins to Shubman Gill, out Caught by Paine!!
Finally, an edge carries and is taken for Australia! Cummins has deserved this, given how well he has bowled but it’s a loose shot from Gill really. Fullish with a hint of outward shape, he could have left it alone due to the line but is sucked into a lazy drive.
Oh, lord, my half century! I only had 5 runs left!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 27, 2020
20th over: India 57-1 (Gill 44, Pujara 12)
Cummins to Gill, draws the edge but it costs him four. Gill goes softly enough at that to keep the edge down, and hits the gap in the cordon on the bounce.
Gill vs Shaw: The debate begins
Gill has shown a lot of patience, unlike Shaw. He’s been dropped a few times but he surely has put a price tag on his wicket. No debut nerves and rarely plays a loose shot. Looks good for a big innings.
18th over: India 53-1 (Gill 40, Pujara 12)
Cummins to Gill, who is riding on luck at the moment. Steers to gully, no run. Straight-drives beautifully, but Cummins get down and snatches the ball up in his follow-through and no run.
16th over: India 52-1 (Gill 39, Pujara 12)
Cheteshwar Pujara has to be the most dependable batting partner in world cricket. Not just because of the way he plays but more about how he makes sure he points out every fielding change, even the obvious ones, to his colleague from the non-striker’s end
Was it out or not out?
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2020
13th over: India 40-1 (Gill 32, Pujara 7)
Shubman Gill on strike for the first time this morning, and he has the challenge of facing Josh Hazlewood under cloudy skies. First ball indicates that JH will be a handful, some swing into the pads of the right-hander that strikes him, but going down leg. Second ball, in the channel and going away off the seam. Third ball, decking in, inside edge and dropped! A big deviation from the inside, Paine is wrong-footed behind the stumps, has to dive back to his left and gets his left palm to the ball but isn’t in position and can’t hang on. He curses as he flicks it back towards the stumps. Fourth ball, flicked through midwicket for four! Gill will punch and counterpunch, and as he gets a straighter ball on a fuller length he takes full toll. India get past that 36 mark. What a contest. Gill sees out the over.
12th Over, (Gill 28, Pujara 7)
Cummins being the proceedings for India, and we go up to DRS with the first ball of the day. Perfect line and length from Cummins, has Pujara pushing forward, past the edge. A convinced Paine immediately takes review. But with no conclusive evidence, Pujara continues while Australia lose its first review.
A very overcast day here at the MCG. There is a bit of rain forecast too although the drainage here is generally good. The overhead conditions could be a factor in how things go.
Ravindra Jadeja: It feels really good. The bowlers did a fine job. There was some turn in the first session and the ball was stopping, so Ajinkya told me to get ready to bowl a few overs. He (Siraj) has been doing a great job in First-class cricket and deserved this chance. When I saw the ball in the air (Wade dismissal), I didn’t realize that Shubman was also behind it. Somehow it stuck. He (Gill) is very calm and has a good red-ball technique.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test. When we arrived, we were greeted with a drizzle. The pitch was under covers too but it has cleared up now. #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Rh3aoP8jLU
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 26, 2020
Highlight from Day1:
Ind vs Aus 2nd Test Indian bowlers shine under Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy : An inspired Indian bowling unit, led by the menacing Jasprit Bumrah and the crafty Ravichandran Ashwin, steam-rolled Australia for a meagre 195 on a memorable opening day of the second Test here on Saturday.
New captain Ajinkya Rahane had a great day in office as he marshalled his resources impressively with debutant Mohammed Siraj (2/40 in 15 overs) repaying the faith shown in him with wickets of Marnus Labuschagne (48) and Cameron Green (12) with the old ball.
However, the Test series is increasingly looking like Ashwin’s (3/35 in 24 overs) paradise as he once again made opposition’s best batsman Steve Smith (0) look ordinary, exploiting the turn and bounce that the first day of the MCG track offered.
Bumrah (4/56 in 16 overs) was bowling as if it was business as usual, beating the bat and getting those breakthroughs just when it mattered on a pitch that had retained moisture. As it turned out, Rahane didn’t lose a bad toss.
The Indian team looked way more galvanised despite being without regular skipper Vurat Kohli, who is on paternity leave. Some great catches were taken and the intent was way more visible.
Rahane’s first punt was introducing Ashwin inside the first hour of play after Bumrah had forced Joe Burns (0) to nick one to Rishabh Pant.
Ashwin, who varied the pace of his deliveries cleverly got some turn and bounce straightaway as he drew Matthew Wade into coming down the track and skying one for India’s best fielder Ravindra Jadeja to take a well-judged catch running backwards.
After one that jumped and turned beating Smith and Pant, Ashwin kept the next a tad straighter and the former Australian skipper’s glance was pouched by Cheteshwar Pujara at leg gully.
All this while, Bumrah was beating the bat at the other hand.
Interestingly, Rahane didn’t give the debutant a single over before lunch break as he knew that Siraj’s strength is generating pace and movement with semi-new and old ball.
Siraj, initially bowled a bit short at Labuschagne and Travis Head (38 off 92 balls) as they added 86 runs for the fourth wicket.
It was Bumrah, who provided the post lunch breakthrough with a delivery that held its line and the left-hander’s thick edge was taken by Rahane at gully.
Siraj’s maiden wicket was a lucky one as the ball was drifting down the leg-side which Labuschagne tried to whip but Shubman Gill, stationed at backward square leg, snapped it inches off the ground.
However, the Hyderabad pacer’s second wicket was a much fuller ball with a hint of inward movement that caught Green plumb in-front.
Skipper Tim Paine (13) couldn’t script a rescue act like Adelaide as a classical off-break saw him guide one straight into the hands of Hanuma Vihari at backward square leg.
Bumrah didn’t take much time after that as he and Ravindra Jadeja (1/15) polished off the tail in a jiffy.
The debutant has found good support from Pujara who has looked solid too. The Aussie bowlers did beat the edge endless times and it was a testing phase indeed. They would have loved if Labuschagne had held on to that chance of Gill.
It was the sort of luck India needed today, especially after losing the toss.
For now, it’s advantage India and Australia have a lot of work to do on day two to bring the hosts back in the contest. Still a bit in it for the bowlers and we should have another gripping day tomorrow.