India are well on their way to claim a strong 2-0 lead over Australia in a 4 match test series.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored his second double-century © BCCI
India takes another step towards victory on day 3 of 2nd test against Australia. Pujara and Vijay started the day where they left it, both played with complete command they batted in a partnership of over 350. India will be very proud of performance of their young guns.
The day started with India well ahead of the game they had a lead of 74 with 9 wickets in hand, Pujara and Vijay stroked the ball to all parts of the ground they were batting with ease and command, a special effort was required to dismantle the pair.
Finally, after a long wait Maxwell the debutant got the wicket of Murali Vijay who after playing a masterclass innings of 167 was caught at short leg. Soon after Vijay’s dismissal Pujara reached his second double ton when he found the gap between mid on and midwicket, the innings of Pujara had everything in it, it was a classy innings from a emerging young star.
Australian bowlers on the other were disappointing they were waiting for things to happen their body language was down and out, their spinners could not perform as well as they would have liked to, their spinning department is the one thing that they will be worried about.
Australian bowlers did not create to much pressure on Indian batters after the early loss of Sehwag which resulted in a big partnership between Vijay and Pujara. But Pujara soon after reaching to his double century was dismissed but not before he injected the damage.
Tendulkar soon followed him after a faint edge was taken by the keeper. After Tendulkar’s dismissal Dhoni blasted a few to take India over past 450. Dhoni was in aggressive mood which led to his dismissal he smashed the ball straight towards Doherty who grabbed the ball on the second attempt.
With the fall of Dhoni a collapse was triggered, the final five wickets could only add 43 runs which took India’s total to over 500. India ended their innings on 503 with a mountainous lead of 266.
Warner and Cowan started the innings this time hoping to stay a bit longer and bat more sensibly against the spinners specially, Both batted through the tricky new ball period, the new ball was shared by Kumar and Ashwin but as soon as spinners were introduced from both end the run making was slowed down which led to first Warner’s wicket and then Hughes both batsmen were attempting sweep shots against Ashwin and both failed.
Watson then joined Cowan and both made sure that they don’t lose any other wicket on day 3. India are still well ahead of Australia in the game. Australia would like to bat with positive intent on day 4 whereas India will be looking to wrap up the match quickly.