New Delhi: On the third day of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia (IND vs AUS), Team India will start playing ahead of the score of 277/5. The Indian middle order and tail batsmen will be responsible for further strengthening the 82-point lead against Australia.
Rahane-Jadeja at the fold
Ajinkya Rahane 104 and Ravindra Jadeja are on the pitch scoring 44 points for India. These two batsmen will be responsible for increasing that lead even further on day three.
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Century of Rahane
Indian team’s interim captain Ajinkya Rahane today played a brilliant end, scored a brilliant century, raised the stick and accepted the crowd’s greetings. This is the 12th century of his testing career. Virat Kohli praised Rahane and said: “Another great day for us. Appropriate test cricket at its best. Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) best innings of all time.
India has taken the lead
In this game against Australia, India took an 82-point lead in their opening rounds of Matchday 2. This is the first time since 1985 that India has taken the lead in the first 2 tests in Australia. Prior to this test match India had taken a 53-point lead based on the opening rounds of the first test match played at Adelaide Oval.
Earlier in 1985-86, India also took the lead in the first test match played in Adelaide. He scored 520 points in response to 381 points scored by Australia. In the second test match in Melbourne, he scored 445 points in response to Australia’s 262 score. Although both games ended in a draw.
Gill missed by fifty
Playing his first game, Shubman Gill hit very reasonably but only missed 5 points to make half a century. Pat Cummins caught it at the hands of Tim Paine on a personal score of 45 points. Aakash Chopra said of Gill: “Shubman Gill has completed 45 races. Their return is not so bad. It impresses in many cases.
Australian Playing Eleven: Tim Paine (captain), Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschen, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon
Game eleven from India: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.
Match Start Time: 5:00 a.m. Indian Time
Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria