India vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 3


India 76 runs away, 250 on the board. Brilliant batting by the skipper.

Up 1-0 in the four-Test series, India made a bad start to their first innings after cleaning up the Australian tail in the morning session. The match can be seen live on the Sony Network and India vs Australia live streaming will be available on SonyLiv. Because you are a human, you are bound to make a mistake.

India´s bowlers fought back with three quick wickets after lunch to curb Australia´s promising start to the second Test in Perth on Friday.

The incident was an unceremonious end to the skipper's time at the crease as he left the field visibly peeved having rescued India's '"floundering" first innings at Perth. Post lunch, India were immediately under the pump as Josh Hazlewood (1-50) knocked over KL Rahul (2) in the third over after resumption of play. At 8 for 2, India needed either a counter-attack or a stubborn resistance.

Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara did an admirable job of repairing the early damage. Kohli got off the blocks quickly, driving Hazlewood for three fours in an over. While Pujara was happy to defend stoutly -- often leaving the ball or swaying out of its path -- Kohli chose to stand outside his crease to force rival pacers to readjust their length.

The morning session ended with Mohammed Shami out edging a Nathan Lyon delivery for a golden duck. The off-spinner was as tight as he could be, and choked the run flow.

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Finch´s dismissal brought out-of-form left-hander Usman Khawaja to the wicket and he made just five, sparring at a short ball from Umesh Yadav and getting a thick edge to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

Pujara, who was India's hero in the first test with scores of 123 and 71, fell tamely for a hard-fought 24 when he was caught behind feathering a Starc delivery down the leg side. The pair put on a partnership of 74 runs and helped India to move forward. The arrival of Rahane changed the momentum a little and gave the innings an impetus.

Mitchell Starc bagged two wickets while conceding 42 runs, while Josh Hazlewood also chipped in with a wicket. Moving on to the second stage of his innings, he was a bit more cautious but kept the runs coming with the odd boundary.

Indian captain Virat Kohli had no right to strut, but strut he did. The vice-captain and captain stayed on till the end - just what India would have wanted given they have a long tail.

Earlier in the day, Australia started at 277/6.

"He's been your best bowler on this surface". Harris scored 70 runs off 141 deliveries with 10 hits to the fence.