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27-Dec-2020 07:21:00 GMT
Aus vs Ind - 2nd Test, MCG, day 2

Ton-up Rahane takes India to ahead at MCG

India 277 for 5 (Rahane 104*, Jadeja 40*, Starc 2-61) lead Australia 195 (Labuschagne 48, Bumrah 4-56, Ashwin 3-35) by 82 runs.

Melbourne: Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane scored a fine century as India reached 277 for five against Australia before rain forced an early stumps on the second day of the second Test here on Sunday.

Rahane showed great determination as he made an unbeaten 200-ball 104, studded with 12 hits to the fence.

Rahane and Jadeja have put on an unbeaten stand of 104 runs for the sixth wicket. Rahane and Jadeja are currently unbeaten on 104 and 40 respectively.

In the third session, Rahane and Jadeja added 104 runs without losing a wicket.

Australia were all out for 195 in their first innings on the opening day.

The hosts might have scalped wickets of India's top-order, but in the final session, Rahane and Jadeja showed grit and determination to give India firm control of the match.

Resuming day two from 36/1, Gill and Pujara weathered the storm during the first hour of the play.

However, their 61-run partnership was ended by Cummins as Gill (45) fell short of his maiden Test half-century.

Cummins made sure Australia didn't lose any momentum as he sent back Pujara (17) in his next over.

Skipper Tim Paine took a superb one-handed catch to leave India at 64/3.

Rahane and Vihari rebuilt the Indian innings after the double strike by Cummins. The duo ensured that the hosts did not lose any more wickets before the end of the first session. Both batters then started the second session after weathering the storm before lunch. The duo had steadied India's ship before Nathan Lyon sent Vihari (21) back when the batsman tried to sweep.

Rishabh Pant then joined Rahane at the crease and the duo dominated the Australian bowlers in the second session.

Pant scored runs at a strike rate of 72.50 while Rahane welcomed Cummins with a boundary in his fresh spell.

However, Mitchell Starc ended Pant's (29) innings in the 60th over of the innings.

At the tea break, India's score read 189/5 with Ravindra Jadeja and Rahane at the crease.

After the break, both Jadeja and Rahane looked reasonably comfortable at the crease and the duo ensured that the visitors also take the lead in the first innings.

The final session of the day saw Rahane bringing up his 12th century and he along with Jadeja ensured that the side does not lose any wickets in the final session of day two.

In the final 2.5 hours of day two, India managed to score 88 runs, and the visitors extended their lead to 82 over hosts Australia.

Rahane's catch was dropped by Steve Smith and Travis Head off the bowling of Starc and Australia had to pay for the two misses dearly.

On day one, India had bundled out Australia for 195 as Jasprit Bumrah scalped four wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets.

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