Jadeja bags six as Australia take 87-run first innings lead

Jadeja bags six as Australia take 87-run first innings lead

The second session belonged very firmly to Australia though even as Rahul recorded his third half century of the series in four innings.

Fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma got one wicket each.


Two contrasting partnerships between KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara (45 off 82 balls) and Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (93* off 204 balls) brought India back in the game after an inspired spell of bowling by Ravindra Jadeja in the morning session. For a change, they didn't play O'Keefe for the turn and that helped them negotiate the left-armer better.

So, it's important for the batsmen to keep themselves busy, to keep taking those singles and not miss a loose ball and that's what Rahane and Pujara did.

Had the fielders been more supportive of the bowlers India would have been in a slightly better position, and perhaps given the determined Australia a tough fight for the first-innings lead.

Well, at least not after he nicked a couple off the outside edge when defeated by Nathan Lyon's straight one and those chances - on three and again on four - found the turf as Australia's day of frustration began to compound. Now, in the second Test has started just a day before yesterday and India batted first.

Australia have taken the lead and if the Test match slips out of India's hands, Virat Kohli will be left to rue the fact that he could have given Jadeja some more overs.

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Australia won the first test by 333 runs at Pune and bowled India out for 189 on day one at Bangalore despite losing the toss. Kohli thought his bat touched the ball before hitting the pad and took a Decision Review System (DRS) but the field umpire's decision remained.

India's leading scorer on day one, K. L. Rahul, believes his team's spinners can be effective on the second day, as the pitch, he says, is getting more hard to bat.

But the joy was shortlived as Josh Hazlewood dismissed Mukund in the first over after lunch.

For India, a target of 200 plus is something that they would be initially looking for and a 250-run target could well prove to be a winning score on a fourth or fifth day track.

India's move to promote all-rounder Jadeja in the batting order also backfired when the left-hander was bowled by Hazlewood for two to leave the hosts reeling at tea.

Pujara was not ploughing a lone furrow, though, with Rahane capably supporting as they rotated the strike and built a partnership that Australia were unable to penetrate.