Rahane's century and Jadeja's half-century strengthened India's position

28-12-2020 10:36:49
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India scored 326 runs in the first innings on Monday, on the third day of the second Boxing Day Test against Australia, with the help of captain Ajinkya Rahane's (112) century and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja's (57) half-century innings. And scored a significant 131 runs.

India started playing on 273 runs for five wickets on the third day and their innings was all out for 326 runs in 115.1 overs. Rahane, who took the front from one end on the second day, lost his wicket after being run out shortly after the third day's game started. Rahane scored 112 runs in 223 balls with the help of 12 fours. Rahane is 12th in his career and first century as captain. Rahane and Jadeja shared a big 121-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

After Rahane was dismissed, Jadeja took the front and set the pace for his innings, scoring his 15th half-century of his career. After scoring a half-century, he could not extend his innings too long and returned to the pavilion, catching a catch from Pat Cummins off Mitchell Starc. Jadeja hit three fours in an innings of 57 runs off 159 balls.

Jadeja's wicket fell to the team's score of 306 and after his dismissal, no lower-order batsman could stay at the crease much longer, so India's last three wickets fell for just 20 runs. Umesh Yadav was caught by Nathan Lyon in the hands of Steven Smith. Umesh scored nine runs in 19 balls with the help of a four.

After Umesh's dismissal, India received a ninth blow in the very next over as Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin took the wicket of Josh Hazlewood, caught by Leon. He scored 14 runs in 42 balls. Jasprit Bumrah was dismissed for the first ball without opening the account. Leon took his wicket. Mohammad Siraj remained unbeaten in two balls without scoring.

In India's first innings, young opener Shubman Gill scored 45, Cheteshwar Pujara 17, Hanuma Vihari 21 and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant scored 29 runs.

For Australia, Leon took three wickets for 72 runs in 27.1 overs, fast bowler Mitchell Starc three wickets for 78 runs in 26 overs, Cummins two wickets for 80 runs in 27 overs and Hazlewood one wicket for 47 runs in 23 overs. took.


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