Indian openers gave a perfect start to the team as KL Rahul and Murali Vijay added a partnership of 63 runs. In fact, this is the first time that both these openers have added a partnership of more than 50 runs while playing away from home. KL Rahul took the attack on the opposition from the get-go. The flamboyant batsman took an aggressive approach to get back amongst the runs. We bring you the Tea Report.
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On the other hand, Murali Vijay was more cautious in his batting. However, the right-hander continued with his bad habit of poking at a wide off-stump delivery. Mitchell Starc once again found the outside edge of the right-hander which was nicely taken by Peter Handscomb at the second slip.
India is in a dominating position.
Meanwhile, the Australian bowlers were left frustrated after they could not early wickets in the second innings of India. The visitors were able to get a lead of 15 runs after Australia added another 44 runs for the loss of three wickets on Day’s three morning.
KL Rahul took the attack against the Australian bowlers as he batted in his Oval innings mode. Rahul was playing with fire as he is taking too many chances. Thus, his knock finally came to an end when he tried to whack Josh Hazlewood through the covers. However, he only got an edge to Australia’s captain Tim Paine.
In fact, the match ran in bits and pieces as the rain kept the players on their toes. Therefore, the players were left frustrated after they had to make multiple entries and exit of the ground. Meanwhile, India will like to add as many as they can on the board. They have Australia on the mat and would like to capitalise.
Jasprit Bumrah drew first blood on Day’s three after he had Mitchell Starc nicked behind. Subsequently, Mohammed Shami finally got himself in the wickets column when he got two in two after dismissing Travis Head and Josh Hazlewood on consecutive balls. Head top-scored for Australia with 72 runs.
Ashwin and Bumrah were the picks of the Indian bowlers as they scalped six wickets between them whereas Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami took two wickets each.
Tea Report, Brief Scores
India 2nd innings: 86-2, lead by 101 runs, KL Rahul: 44
Australia: 235, Travis Head: 72, Jasprit Bumrah 3-47.
India 1st innings: 250, Cheteshwar Pujara, Josh Hazlewood: 3-52.