India vs Australia Live Score, 2nd Test, Day 3: Rahane, Jadeja look to bat Australia out in Melbourne

India vs Australia lives score 2nd Test Day 3: Centurion Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja will look to start afresh and bat Australia out by taking a sizable lead close to 200 on Day 3 of the 2nd Test in the Melbourne Cricket Ground today. What started as a slight advantageous position at the beginning of day 2 increased into so much by the end of day’s play that it would be fair to call India are firmly driver’s seat of this Test match. India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane’s sublime century not only took India past Australia’s first innings total of 195 comfortably but also ensured they got through the second new ball and an entire session without losing a wicket. Ravindra Jadeja was the ideal foil for Rahane’s innings as the duo’s unbeaten stand took India to 277/5 at stumps on Sunday, giving India a lead of 82 runs.

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Players walk out

Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra have made their way out into the centre and so are the Australians. We are all set for the action to begin. It’s a beautiful morning at the MCG.

India vs Australia live: Day 3 pitch report

“It will only become harder and quicker, we are not sure about the moisture in there but it should come on to the bat well,” says Ajay Jadeja. Glenn McGrath says “It will be the best batting day”.

Australia still in the game, says Glenn McGrath

Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath believes if Australia and get a couple of wickets early and bowl India out cheaply on Day 3, they will be in the game. But he also agreed they will have to bat rally well to back in this Test.

Can India bat Australia out?

Well,there is no reason to say they can’t but it won’t be an easy task, like it wasn’t on Day 2. The key for Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja will be to start afresh, forget what happened yesterday, and try to get through the first hour of Day 3. With a lead of 82 runs behind them, their confidence will be sky high but their biggest threat will again be Pat Cummins.

India vs Australia live score Day 3: Rain an unlikely threat

Rain did force a slightly early Tea and stumps on Day 2 but the weather forecast of Melbourne for today doesn’t show similar signs. There is very little chance today as we can expect a largely uninterrupted Day 3 between India and Australia at the MCG.

Say hi to Jadeja the Test batsman

We sang praises of Ajinkya Rahane’s hundred and will continue to do so for a long time. It was that good and impactful an innings but what Ravindra Jadeja did at the other end was nothing short of brilliant. The all-rounder who missed the first Test showed why India were so desperate to get him back in the XI. While there were never doubts about Jadeja the bowler and batsman, Jadeja the batsman in Test cricket never seemed to be the bankable one. He proved all his doubters wrong by playing a chanceless (stress on this word) unbeaten knock of 40.

Captain Ajinkya Rahane or batsman Ajinkya Rahane?

Well it’s tough a choice as both versions have been simply outstanding in this Test match but one would have to say the batsman Ajinkya Rahane will take the cake as it was too good an innings on Day 2. Yes, he got a chance and a few edges went here and there but which Test match hundred doesn’t have these? That Rahane was in control of 88% of his shots on Sunday speaks volumes about his innings against a top quality bowling attack. India were down but Rahane said they are not out. He took India to a position where they can now dictate terms in this Test by slamming his 12th Test ton and first one as captain.

What happened in Day 2?

A LOT! And majority in India’s favour. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara rode their luck early on Day 2 to get through the tough period before both of them fell to Pat Cummins. In the second session, Rahane lost Hanuma Vihari early but stitched a momentum changing significant partnership with Rishabh Pant in which the latter was the aggresser. When Pant was dismissed by Mitchell Starc against the run of play, India were still some runs away from Australia’s total but by the time rain forced a slightly early stumps, India were 82 runs ahead as Jadeja and Rahane had put together an unbeaten stand with the stand-in captain leading from the front with his 12th Test century. India were at 277 for 5 at stumps.

India vs Australia live cricket score 2nd Test Day 3

There will be spring in every Indian cricket fan’s step today when play begins today on Day 3 of the IND vs AUS 2nd Test in Melbourne. There is every reason to be overjoyed if you are on the Indian side thanks to their ‘dominant’ display yesterday. Pardon me for sounding a bit biased but I can’t help it. The 82-run lead with 5 wickets in hand is music to the ears as wait for the first ball of Day 3. You can catch all the live action of India vs Australia 2nd Test Day 3 here.

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