It was a day that belonged to India mostly. They played their cards right by bundling Australia out in the first session and then surviving it with the bat. Though, there was a moment in the second session where it looked like India might suffer a batting collapse but Pujara and Rahane stood their ground and their wickets intact. They scored runs at a good run rate as well giving India a lead of 126 runs at the end of Day 3’s play. The duo reminded us of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman as they kept the Australian bowlers at bay. There was turn and bounce from the pitch but they survived Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe’s spell.

Even when fast bowlers were bowling the ball kept a bit low at times but they managed to get their bat down in time. These two have opened the game for all possibilities. The Day 4 will be more interesting as the fate of the second Test at Bengaluru unfolds. That’s all from InUth’s coverage of Day 3, we will be back with the live updates tomorrow at 9:30 IST.

Day 3, Stumps!

16:33 IST Starc to bowl the last over of Day 3, Pujara on strike, bowls a good length delivery inviting him to drive. Edge and goes wide off the slips and towards the boundary for a four. Next ball, Pujara comes forward and defends it, no run. Angled towards the stumps, Pujara moves across a little and hits it towards short mid-wicket, no run. A good length delivery, Pujara shoulders arms on that occasion. Next ball, Pujara guides it towards long leg for a single. Rahane on strike, guides the ball towards the third man fielder, single taken by him.

16:28 IST O’Keefe continues, Rahane makes room but hits it straight to the fielder, no run. Thsi one was targeted at the stumps, Rahane blocks it. Another one darted in, no run. Rahane comes forward on the next one and is beaten by the spin on the ball, survives as the ball misses edge by a whisker. He blocks the next delivery with a straight bat. He pushes the last ball towards shot mid-on, no run, a maiden from O’Keefe.

16:25 IST Mitchell Starc comes back into the attack, comes round the wicket to Rahane, he darts in a yorker. Rahane does well to keep that out. This time he bowls one towards off stump, Rahane lets out a gentle push, no run. Another yorker length delivery, Rahane guides it towards mid-wicket, no run. Another yorker, Rahane brings his bat down just in time, no run. A good length delivery angled towards the stumps, Rahane comes half forward and defends it, once can sesnse that Starc is trying hard. He guides the last ball towards the third man for a single and moves into 40s.

16:20 IST O’Keefe continues, Pujara on strike, he guides the ball towards fine leg for a couple of runs. Next ball, he defends that one on the back foot. He come forward with a straight bat this time, no run. He rocks back on back foot and tries to smash the ball but could not time it as the ball goes straight to the point fielder, no run. He drives the next ball towards mid-off, no run. He presents a straight bat again, no run.

16:17 IST Lyon to Pujara, he takes a single towards mid-on, Rahane on strike. He changes the shot at last moment as Lyon comes round the wicket, no run. Turn and bounce for Lyon again, Rahane could not identify the trajectory of the ball. He sweeps the next one for a single, Pujara on strike. He carresses the ball towards long-on for a single. Last ball, he paddle sweeps the ball for a boundary. Pujara-Rahane in total contorl now.

16:14 IST O’Keefe continues, Rahane comes forward with a straight bat, no run. Turn and bounce for O’Keefe as well, beats the edge ofd the bat. Rahane drives and hits the fielder in catching position, no run. He cuts this time towards point, no run there too. He presses the next ball to the pitch, no run.

16:11 IST Lyon comes over the wicket to Pujara, he blocks the first ball, he tries to work the next ball into the gap, no run on that occasion either. That one spun a lot, almost took an edge off his bat, Lyon is causing problems for Rahane. Turn and bounce for Lyon, another one beats Pujara, one more dot ball to end the over.

16:08 IST A fuller delivery from O’Keefe to Rahane, no run as he defends it with a straight bat. He dabs thte next one towards on side, no run. He offers his pads on the next ball, no run. Another dot ball followed by a boundary off O’Keefe, he has played a chanceless innings today. A dot ball to end the over.

16:05 IST Lyon continues, Pujara comes forward and defends it. He pushes the next ball past the batsmen for a single towards long-on. Rahane on strike, He plays the ball towards short leg fielder, no run. He comes round the wicket, takes a single towards off side. Pujara stays it his crease and defends the ball with a straight bat. He goes deep into the crease and defends the next one, no run.

16:02 IST O’Keefe continues, Pujara comes forward and defends it, no run. A similar shot offered off the next ball. An lbw shout from O’Keefe but Umpire shakes his head, no review taken. Pujara goes on the back foot and works it towards covers for a single. Rahane on strike, he defends the next two balls, no runs scored.

16:00 IST Lyon continues, Pujara does not offer any shot on that one, hits the pads, appeal from Lyon but the Umpire says no. Pujara comes forward and defends the next one, no run. He guides the next one to long leg boundary for FOUR, the sweeper could not cut that off. India have taken a lead of 103 runs now. Pujara offers a straight bat on that one, no run. He flicks the next one towards square leg for a single. Lyon comes round the wicket to Rahane, he defends the ball on front foot, no run.

15:56 IST Steve O’Keefe comes into the attack, Pujara on strike, he guides the ball towards square leg for three runs, good running from these two. He comes forward and defends that one, no run. Four more dot balls to follow.

15:53 IST Lyon continues, Pujara takes a single off the first ball towards mid-wicket. Rahane on strike, he comes half forward and defends that one, no run. That was pitched in front of the stumps, Rahane defends, no run. He comes forward this time and defends the ball with a straight bat. He flicks the next one towards long leg for a couple of runs. Whoa! Rahane did not where the ball went, misses everythign, Lyon is just a whisker away from getting a wicket.

15:49 IST Hazlewood continues, Rahane lets the first one go, offers no shot. Rahane drives and drives well towards covers but good fielding fromthe short cover fielder, no run. Next ball, Rahane pushes that one back to the bowler, no run. Rahen gets half forward this time and blocks the ball angled into the right-hander. Rahane plays the cut shot again but point fielder does well to get a hand on that, saves the boundary, Rahane takes a couple of runs. The next one was angled into the stumps, defends that one, no run.

15:45 IST Lyon continues, Rahane comes forward and defends that one, no run. He sweeps the next ball, it races towards the boundary for four, he is getting into the groove now. Next ball, he comes forward and defends that one, no run. Rahane cuts this time and finds the gap, picks up three runs, good running from the two. Pujara on strike, he tries to paddle sweep that one, misses the ball, no run. Last ball, turn and bounce from Pujara, he does well to keep that one down.

15:42 IST Hazlewood to Pujara, he plays the ball late and opens the face of the bat as it runs away towards third man boundary four four. He drives the next ball, easy couple of runs for him. Pujara is all set now, Steven Smith will be cursing himself for not taking that catch at the slips. Another cut shot towards the point fielder, takes another couple of runs, he is trying to accelerate now. He plays the next one towards point, no run. That one kept low, Pujara anticiaptes it well and brings his bat down in time, no run. Another dot ball to end the over.

15:37 IST Lyon continues, pierces the field and takes a single before sweeper cover cuts it off. He pushes the next ball towards mi-on, not enough power on the shot. Pujara defends the next one on front foot. He pushes the next ball towards long-on for a single. Rahane goes back into the crease and punches the ball between point and covers for a single. That one kept low, Rahane does well to defend that one, no run.

Drinks Break! So far so good would suffice Indian batsmen’s effort in the third session, they have taken a lead of 72 runs, they need 200 more to make Australian batsmen work hard for a win in the second Test.

15:32 IST Mitchell Marsh continues, Pujara on strike. He pushes the ball towards covers on a short of the length delivery, no run. He takes a single and reaches his fifty, a much-needed one for India. Rahane takes a single off the next delivery, gives Pujara the strike. Not posing much of a challenge for Pujara, he defends the next ball, no run. Anotherd ot ball to end the over.

15:27 IST O’Keefe continues, Pujara had to get on back foot to defend that one, no run. He takes a single off the next, the ball hits the pads and the bat as well. Rahane on strike, he defends the last four balls, no run. Indian batsmen continues to survive in the third session of Day 3, a good sign for Team India.

15:24 IST Marsh continues, Pujara goes on the back foot and dabs it towards square leg, no run. Pujar defends the next one opening his face towards mid-wicket, no run. He takes a single off the 5th balltowards long leg, Rahane defends the last ball, no run.

15:19 IST O’Keefe continues, Pujara on strike, dabs it towards short mid-wicket. He offers a straight bat on nextexrt one, no run. Inside edge off the bat, Pujara takes a single. Rahane goes back into the crease and defends this one, no run. He pushes the next one back to the bowler, no run.

15:17 IST Mitchell Marsh has been introduced into the attack, Pujara goes on back foot and defends that one, no run. He guides the next one towards short mid-wicket, no run. He plays that one towards forward short leg, no run as the fielder puts in a dive. Marsh had some trouble bowling the next ball as he pulls out of that one. He bowls this one towards stumps, Pujara defends it with a straight bat. This time the ball bounced from good length but Pujara maanges to defend that one. On the pads and Pujara flicks it for a single, retains strike.

15:12 IST O’Keefe continues, Rahane comes forward and defends it, no run. A copy book front foot defense from him on the next ball. Rahane plays a similar shot, no run scored on that occasion either. This time Rahane makes room for himself and pushes the ball towards covers fielder, no run. He comes forward again but this time with a straight bat, no run. Another dot ball to end the over.

15:09 IST Starc continues, Pujara comes forward and watches the ball closely go into Wade’s hands. He tries to cut the next ball but could not find the gap, no run. A misdirected delivery from Starc, Pujara guides it towards fine leg for a single. Another one flicked off the pads, this time by Rahane, picks up a couple of runs. He guides the ball towards point this time, takes a single.

15:05 IST Steve O’Keefe comes back into the attack, Pujara takes a single off the first ball. A dot ball to Rahane. Next ball, he works the ball towards point, no run. The next one was angled into Rahane, inside edge onto the pads, no run. He comes forward and plays it with a straight bat. He finishes off with another dot ball

15:01 IST Mitchell Starc comes back into the attack, comes round the wicket to Rahane. That was angled into the stumps, no run there. He tries to guide the ball towards the third man but did not get it past the slip fielder, no run. Pitched towards the legs, Rahane rolls his wrists and flicks it towards fine leg for a single. A full pitched delivery from Starc, Pujara does well to keep that out and plays it towards mid-on, no run. Aggression from Starc as Pujara hits the ball back at him, he is inching closer to his half-century. Pujara guides the ball back of the square for a single.

14:57 IST Lyon continues, Rahane on strike, he comes on the front foot and defends that one. Whoa! big spin there for Lyon as it turned from good length to leg side, no run. He takes a single off the next delivery towards square leg. He gets on front foot and nudges the ball towards mid-wicket, no run. He tries to push the ball towards mid-on but Lyon manages to catch hold of the ball, no run. He gets on front foot again but this time the ball misses the bat and hits the pads, no run.

14:53 IST Hazlewood continues, Rahane stays in the crease and blocks that one, no run. FOUR! Rahane goes on the back foot and slices the ball towards point for a boundary, a nice looking shot from him. Rahane pushes the next one past the mid-on which was pitched on the stumps. Pujara stays in the crease and defends that one. ON the next ball, he tries to work that one towards mid-on, no run there. Another front foot block from him towards short covers, no run.

14:50 IST Lyon continues, Rahane on strike. He attempts a sweep shot but pulls off it at the last moment, no run. Rahane gets on the front foot on the next ball and blocks it. Rahane sweeps again and takes a single towards deep square leg. Pujara on strike, he pushes the ball towards mid-on for a single. Rahane brings bat and pad together and takes a single pushin the ball towards on side, Lyon tries to save it but Rahane was too quick. A dot ball to end the over.

14:46 IST Josh Hazlewood continues, Rahane on strike, he guides the ball towards fine leg for a single. Pujara on strike, directed towards stumps, he defends that one getting behind the ball. He tries to work the short delivery towards square leg, tries for a single but Rahane sends him back, no run. He dabs the ball towards fine leg for a single, no run. Rahane on strike, flashes blade but could not get bat on ball. He takes a single off the last ball.

14:42 IST Lyon to Pujara, he pushes the ball on front foot, no run. A tight call for Pujara as he pushes the ball towards mid-on where Lyon cuts it off and throws it back to Wade, he had to put in a dive to save his wicket. Next ball, Pujara pushes it towards short mid-wicket no run. Pujara again resort to a shot towards backward square leg, takes a single. Rahane on strike, he goes on the back foot to defend that one. Rahane takes a single off the last ball, retains strike.

14:38 IST Rahane on strike, Hazlewood continues. That one was pitched on the legs, Rahane flicks it but the fine leg fielders cuts it off, a single off that one. Pujara on strike, he pushes it to cover fielder, no run. A straight bat offered on the next ball as the ball keeps low. A shortish ball from Hazlewood, Pujara pulls it but straight to the square leg fielder, no run. Pujara takes a single this time as the ball was pitched down the leg. A good looking cover drive from Rahane, straight ot the fielder, no run.

14:33 IST Lyon continues, Pujara on strike, four byes as the ball misses everything. Frustrating for Lyon. FOUR! This time off the bat, he drives the ball fiercely through covers, piercing the fielders. Lyon flights this one, Pujara pushes it back to the bowler. Pujara presents a forward block on this one, no run. A similar shot off the next delivery as Pujara gets forward.

14:18 IST The second session turned out to be completely opposite to that of the first session, India have lost four wickets and managed to score take a lead of 35 runs. They need more runs to pose a challenge to Australian batsmen, Pujara is batting incely, India need him to go on and play a big innings. India should not lose wickets in the last session or otherwise we might witness another batting collapse from them. The second Test is equally poised, it is Indian batsmen to make a mark in the Test series.

Tea Break!

14:10 IST OUT! Josh Hazlewood gets the better of Jadeja, the ball goes through bat and pads and destroys the wickets, India’s ploy to bring Jadeja has failed. Ajinkya Rahane comes into bat, shortish delivery on off stump, Rahan drops hands and lets that one go, no run. Next one was pitched towards middle and leg, Rahane fends it towards mid-on, no run. A defensive block from him off the next ball, no run. Another short delivery outside off stump, Rahane guides that one wide off the third man and takes a couple of runs. A dot delivery on the stumps to end the over as players head towards tea break.

14:06 IST WICKET! R Jadeja b Josh Hazlewood b 2(12)

14:03 IST Pujara has got a respite, he should look to make it count in a big way. One feels he is playing Lyon well after the lapse in concentration earlier. Hits Pujara on the pads, but is missing leg. It was air borne but fell in no mans land.

13:57 IST Lyon continues, shortish delivery, Pujara picks it up and plays a pull shot. Good shot from Pujara, a boundary as the sweeper could not cut it off. He comes forward off the next ball and pushes it back to the bowler, no run. He tries to push it towards mid-on but there was no power in the shot, no run. Jadeja on strike, he watches the ball closely as it goes into Wade’s hands. He flicks off the next ball for a single towards mid-wicket.

13:53 IST Hazlewood continues, shortish delivery from him. Kohli gives it a minimal touch as the ball goes towards deep fine leg, he takes a single. Lbw shot and the Umpire has raised his finger. Kohli has asked for a review straight away, he looks confident enough. After checking the Snickometer over and over again, the third Umpire stuck with the on-field call.

Kohli gets out once again, not a good sign for India as they needed him there to stay on the pitch. Ravindra Jadeja comes into bat. Hazlewood comes round the wicket. Jadeja faces his first ball, comes forward and defends it. He plays a similar defensive shot off the next two balls. the last one was pitched on the legs, a faint appeal from Hazlewood, no runs scored there.

13:49 IST WICKET! Virat Kohli lbw Josh Hazlewood 15(25)

13:46 IST Kohli given out by the Umpire, he goes ahead with the review straight away, let’s see what happens. This is a tough one, one angle shows that he is out, another shows that the ball has hit the ball with the bat first.

13:44 IST O’Keefe continues, Pujara makes room for himself and pushes it towards covers for a single. Kohli pushes the ball towards mid-wicket, no run there. He goes back into the crease and tucks the ball behind square leg for a couple of runs. He comes forward this time and pushes the ball past the bowler for a single. Pujara on strike, he offers a defensive straight bat, no run.

13:41 IST Change in bowling as Josh Hazlewood comes into bowl. A full-pitched delivery from him on the pads, Kohli would not miss those, flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Kohli pushes the ball towards covers and takes a single. Pujara on strike, he brings bat and pad together and defends that one. An action replay of the previous delivery, Pujara follows up with the same shot. He takes a single off the next towards backward point. A front foot block from Kohli to end the over.

13:36 IST Lyon continues, Pujara defends it with straight bat, no run. Pujara comes down the wicket but misses the ball, it hits his pads and goes towards slip fielder, no run. This time he goes on the back foot and works it towards square leg for a single. Kohli on strike, he shuffles across and hits the ball straight to short leg fielder. This time he gets to the pitch of the ball and takes a single towards long-on. Pujara tries to get to the pitch of the ball, just nudges it towards the non-striker end.

13:33 IST O’Keefe continues, Kohli goes back into the crease and defends that one. He tries to cut the next ball towards point, takes a quick single, Pujara on strike. He offers a defensive block on the third ball. Another quick single as Pujara works the ball towards mid-wicket. Good judgement from Kohli as he lets that one go into Wade’s hands. He comes forward off the next and defends it, no run.

13:31 IST Lyon to Pujara, he tucks it towards short mid-wicket, no run. A similar result on the next delivery as well. This time Pujara shimmies down the wicket and pushes the ball for a single towards long-on. Kohli on strike, he goes back into the crease and hits the ball towards short-leg who could not hold onto it, he takes a single. Pujara his the next one back to the bowler, no run. Last ball, Pujara comes forward and defends that one, no run.

13:28 IST O’Keefe continues, Pujara works it towards fine leg for a single. Kohli on strike, he is being cautious not leaving any ball, no error of judgement this time time. A loud lbw shout on the fifth ball, Umpire shakes his head, O’Keefe does not opt for DRS. Kohli comes forward on the next ball, no run.

13:26 IST Lyon continues, Pujara dabs it towards backward square leg, no run. Pujara comes forward this time and defends that one, no run. A thick inside edge on that one, the ball turned a lot surprising Pujara. He defends the next ball with precision. Pujara comes down the wicket, Lyon shortens the length, no runs scored. Pujara rocks back and pulls the ball for a single towards deep mid-wicket.

13:24 IST O’Keefe continues, Pujara sweeps that one towards fine leg and takes a couple of runs. He plays out the next four balls without scoring a run. He edges the last ball and takes a single, retains strike.

13:21 IST Lyon continues, Kohli on strike, he takes a single off the first ball, guiding it towards mid-on. He tries to play it towards backward square leg, no run. Pujara takes a single off the next ball towards backward square leg. Kohli turns cautious and plays the remaining of deliveries, no runs scored.

13:19 IST O’Keefe comes back into the attack, Pujara pushes it towards long-on for a single. Edged and taken, Rahul flashes his blade, the ball takes an edge and skipper Smith flies to his right to take the catch, this is unreal catching. After dropping a catch Smith makes amends and takes an amazing catch. Skipper Virat Kohli comes into bat. He takes a single first ball towards covers. Pujara on strike, he picks up a couple of runs. Two dot deliveries to end the over, it is Steve O’Keefe who has provided the breakthrough.

13:14 IST WICKET! KL Rahul c Steven Smith b Steve O’Keefe 51(85)

13:11 IST Lyon continues, Rahul works the ball for a single guiding it between short leg fielder’s legs. Pujar rocks back into the crease and defends that one, no run. Another dot delivery from Lyon, he is causing problems for Pujara. He resorts to backward square leg shot and takes a single. Rahul defends the last two deliveries, no runs scored.

13:07 IST KL Rahul reaches his fifty, his third in this Test series.

13:07 IST Starc continues, Rahul stays in his crease and defends it, no run. SHOT! Rahul drives it towards covers, a near half-volley from Starc. Rahul moves onto 47, he is inching closer to another half-century. He tries to drive again but this time the ball came in, took an inside edge off the bat, no run. This one was directed towards pads, Rahul flicks it and picks up a couple of runs, good running from Rahul-Pujara. This time he comes forward and presents a defensive push, no run. He works the last ball towards point and reaches his fifty, his third in the series.

13:02 IST Lyon continues, Pujara on strike, he takes a single. Lyon bowls another but Rahul pulls off there, Steven Smith is not happy as the ball had hit the stumps. Next ball, he comes forward and takes a couple of runs towards covers finding a gap. Rahul on strike, he dabs the ball towards mid-wicket, no run. Rahul tries to work it towards backward square leg but finds the fielder, no run. He takes a single off the last ball towards backward square leg.

12:58 IST Mitchell Starc comes back into the attack, he bowls a back of the length delivery, Rahul gets bat on that and takes a quick single, had to put in a dive to make sure that he reaches home before the ball hits the stumps. Pujara on strike, he tries to guide the ball towards the third man, the fielder gets hold of it, no run. A fuller delivery from Starc, Pujara works it towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Good length ball, Pujara guides it towards slip fielder, on the bounce, no run. Another one on the pads, Pujara works it towards backward square leg for a single. A dot ball tofinsh off the over, four runs from it.

12:52 IST Lyon continues, he goes back into the crease and defends it, no run. He goes across and tries to work it past leg slip fielder, no run. Similar delivery, he tries to flick that one, no runs scored again. This time he gets behind the ball and presents a straight bat, no run. He flicks the ball and succeeds, takes a single towards deep square leg. Pujara on strike, the ball takes an edge and goes far away from the reach of leg slip fielder, no run.

12:48 IST Hazlewood continues, he comes forward and tries to drive but edges it. The ball falls short of the fielder, no run on that occasion. That one was pitched on the pads and asked to be punished. Rahul won’t let those go unattended, gets bat on that and the ball races towards boundary for four.

Next ball, he opens the face of the bat towards covers, a defensive stride forward, no run. Uppercut from Rahul misses the ball, this is unnecessary, poor shot selection from Rahul. A good length delivery from Hazlewood, Rahul goes back and defends it. He flicks the next towards square leg for a single.

12:44 IST Lyon continues, Rahul on strike, he dabs it back to the ground in front of him, no run. He misses the next one, no run on that ball either. Lyon gave the next one a fearsome tweak, the ball stays low, no run there as well. Another dot ball there, Lyon is making it tough for Rahul. He takes a single off the next ball and retains strike.

12:41 IST Hazlewood continues, Pujara is taking the strike. He opens the face of the bat at last moment and guides it past gully fielder for a four. Next one was coming back to Pujara, he defends it with bat and pads bought together. He pushes the next one towards the non-striker’s runs, no run. Pujara plays a bizarre shot off the next, guides it towards slip fielders. He stays in the crease off the next, no run. The next one was pitched fuller on the stumps, Pujara plays it towards short mid-wicket, no run.

Pujara plays a bizarre shot off the next, guides it towards slip fielders. He stays in the crease off the next, no run. The next one was pitched fuller on the stumps, Pujara plays it towards short mid-wicket, no run.

12:36 IST Lyon continues as Rahul takes strike, he plays it towards leg-slip, no run. He plays the next one towards leg side, no run. Rahul rocks back and finds the gap towards off side, takes a couple of runs. Whoa! that one kept low, Rahul does well to get bat on that otherwise he would have been out. He goes across the stumps and defends that one, no run. Rahul comes forward and pushes it towards mid-on, no runs scored.

12:33 IST Hazlewood continues, Rahul on strike, he defends the first ball, no run. He gets back into the crease and pushes it towards covers, no run. Rahul drives the ball towards covers, sweeper cover cuts it off but Rahul manages to pick up a couple of runs. He defends the next ball on front foot. He takes a single off the next one pushing it towards off side. Pujara on strike, this was angled into the stumps, he plays it with a straight bat, no run.

12:29 IST Lyon continues Rahul on strike. He nudges the ball towards backward square leg for a single. Edged! Pu survives as Steven Smith drops his catch in the slip. He tucks the ball towards backward square leg for a single. Rahul comes forward and pushes the ball past the bowler towards long-on for a single. A dot ball to finish off the over as it beats Pujara. Lyon is looking dangerous now.

12:26 IST Hazlewood continues, Rahul on strike. He takes a single off the first ball, he is trying to rotate strike on every opportunity. Pujara on strike, he guides the ball towards third man for a single. Rahul on strike, he brings bat and pad together and defends it, no run. Rahul comes forward and defends that one, no run on that occasion either. Rahul takes a single off the next ball and works it towards leg side. A dot ball to finish off the over.

12:21 IST Lyon continues, Rahul manages to get bat on that, no run, that on spun a lot. He comes forward, takes a single towards cover, he pushes the ball towards covers for a couple. Edge and survives! that one did not spin and Pujara was dumbfounded there, no run. Another one spun from off stump, no run. He tries to defend the last ball, manages to get bat on ball, no run.

12:17 IST Rahul offers a defensive shot off the first ball from Hazlewood. He pushes the next ball towards off-side, wants a single but Mukund sends him back, no run. He nudges the ball towards point for a single, Mukund on strike, he is coming round the wicket to Mukund. OUT! Goes straight through the gate, Mukund loses his wicket, a big gap between bat and pads. Australia have got the breakthrough they needed. Pujara comes into bat. He takes a single off the first ball. Rahul nudges the ball towards backward square-leg for a single, retains strike.

12:15 IST WICKET! Abhinav Mukund b Josh Hazlewood 16(32)

12:11 IST Josh Hazlewood continues, KL Rahul on strike.

12:08 IST Abhinav Mukund and KL Rahul are walking out in the middle, this is the best start India have got in this Test series, Virat Kohli & Co. will be hoping that it stays this way to give them momentum in the second innings.

12:05 IST Indian openers are hearing up for the second session, they have maintained a run rate of 3.8 runs per over.

12:02 IST Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra and VVS Laxman are discussing how Indian batsmen should play in the second session.

12:00 IST India are off to a great start in the first innings as they have managed to keep all their wickets intact. Will we see an Eden-like comeback in the second Test? The second session begins in 10 minutes.

11:45 IST India still trail by 49 runs, as the ball gets old it will start to turn, the second session is going to be an interesting one. Stay tuned! the second session will begin at 12:10 IST.

It will be apt to say that the first session belonged to India as they managed to take four wickets in a matter of 39 runs and then did not lose a single wicket at the stroke of lunch break. Indian openers Abhinav Mukund and KL Rahul have done well to keep Australian bowlers at bay. There was some banter involved between Mitchell Starc and Mukund when the top edge went for a six. Gear up for more banter or even sledges on Day 3 as India have started off well in the second innings.


A lead above 300 would make it a nightmare for Australian batsmen to play on this pitch. India batsmen need to score runs if they are to give the bowlers a fighting chance in the second Test.

Lunch Break! 

11:32 IST Lyon to Rahul, that one turned a mile as the ball goes from off stump to Wade’s hands towards leg side, no run. He takes a single off the next ball towards square leg. Mukund on strike, he comes forward and defends that one, no run. He drives the next and manages to get it past short covers fielder, takes a single. Rahul comes half-forward and plays it with a straight bat, no run. That one kept low as well, Rahul manages to guide it towards backward square leg for a single, lunch break!

11:29 IST Steve O’Keefe comes into the attack, Rahul on strike, down the leg side, he lets that one go, no run. He takes a single off the next ball. He comes round the wicket to Mukund, he does well to defend that one, no run. Uneven bounce again, no run off that delivery either. Mukund comes forward on that one, offers a straight bat, no run. He goes on back foot this time, no run on that occasion either.

11:26 IST Lyon continues, Rahul takes a single off the first ball. Mukund on strike, he watches the ball closely going in the hands of Wade. He plays the ball towards off side, no run. He shoulders arms on the next one, looks like Mukund has gained confidence. Pitched towards leg side, Mukund plays the ball with a straight bat, Lyon does well to stop that running to this left. Whoa! that one did not bounce, Mukund survives as it misses the stumps by a whisker.

11:23 IST Starc to Mukund, he punches the ball off the back foot and takes a single, good thinking from these two, trying to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard running. Starc comes round the wicket to Rahul, he shoulders arms on that one, no run. A fuller delivery from Starc, Rahul guides it towards covers for a single, another quick single.

That was going down the leg side, Mukund missed out on an opportunity to hit a boundary, unlucky! Another short of the length delivery, Mukund drops it’s bat on that, no run. SIX! That was in the air for a while, the short ball takes a top edge off the bat and goes for a maximum, first six of the innings, Starc is not happy at all.

11:17 IST Nathan Lyon has been introduced into the attack, he nudges it towards off side, no run. He gets on the back foot off the next ball and punches it towards covers, no run. He gets on the back foot again, pushes it to mid-wicket, no run. He goes deep into the crease and cuts the ball back of the poin fielder for a single. Next ball, after a few fielding changes, Rahul gets on the back foot and hits the ball towards mid-wicket, no run. That one hits pads, faint shout from Lyon as it was clearly going down the leg.

11:13 IST Starc comes round the wicket, Rahul guides that towards the third man, there is no fielder there, Rahul picks up a couple of runs. Rahul pushes the next one towards covers, no run. Rahul comes forward and defends that one as well as he did not show intent to score runs off it. He takes a single off the next ball, Mukund on strike. A short delivery to him from Starc, he manages to get bat on that and keep it down. He pushes the ball for a single towards fine leg.

11:08 IST Hazlewood continues, that was angled into him, Rahul defends it with a closed face of the bat, no run. He guides the next ball towards point for a single, Mukund on strike. Extra bounce for him on that occasion, Mukund does well to let that go as Hazlewood came round the wicket, similar tactics to Indian bowlers.

Uneven bounce! That one kept low as Mukund manages to get his bat down just in time. He comes forward this time and pushes it towards mid-on, no run. Last ball of the over, Mukund could not get bat on that, afaint lbw shout from Hazlewood, no run.

11:03 IST Starc continues, Rahul on strike. He lets the first ball go towards wicketkeeper, no run. A short of the length delivery, Rahul was in the dilemma whether to play that or not, gets his bat out of the way at last time, no run. An inside edge off the next ball takes a single. Starc is causing problems for the batsmen.

Mukund could not time that one, the ball goes towards the gully. FOUR! Mukund gets his first boundary as he shuffles across and guides the ball towards mid-wicket boundary. A good sign for India that he is getting into the groove.

10:58 IST Josh Hazlewood to open the bowling from other end, Rahul on strike. An outswinger from him, Rahul shoulders arms, no run. Raw pace from Hazlewood, Rahul shoulders arms once again, watching the ball closely, no run. Next ball, Rahul punches the over-pitched delivery with a straight bat, marvellous drive for a FOUR! He looks in fine form.

Next ball, he could not time the ball as it fell short of the gully fielder, he needs to be more cautious. Pitched towards legs, he flicks it for a single, Mukund on strike. He gets off the mark with a couple of runs towards mid-wicket.

10:52 IST Mitchell Starc to start the proceedings, Rahul on strike, he tucks the short of the length delivery towards fine leg for a single. Mukund on strike. Starc bowls an out-swinger to Mukund, he tries to reach it but could not get bat on that, the ball misses the edge and goes into Wade’s hands. A good length outswinger from him, Mukund lets it go but Wade could not get hold of it. Rahul-Mukund run for a single as the Umpire signals byes.

Huge lbw shout from Starc as the ball swung back to Rahul, Umpire shakes his head. Rahul survives. Onto the pads and Rahul gets his bat on that, he scores his first boundary of the innings. He pushes the ball towards mid-wicket and takes a quick single.

10:47 IST Indian opener KL Rahul and Abhinav Mukund are walking out to bat, will they make a difference today? Will Abhinav Mukund justify his selection? Stay tuned to get all the answers.

10:41 IST Australia have taken a lead of 87 runs in the first innings. Now comes the tough part for India, to put a total on the scoreboard to give their bowlers a fighting chance. A total which should be enough to stop the Australians to chase it down. It is going to get a whole lot of interesting on Day 3 of second Test. Stay tuned!

10:39 IST Jadeja continues, O’Keefe defends the first ball, no run. He goes deep into the crease and punches the ball off the back foot, picks up a single. Jadeja comes round the wicket, Hazlewood comes forward and defends it, Next ball, he hits it in the air, Rahul is getting underneath it and takes it comfortably. Australia’s first innings comes to an end. India have succeeded in bundling out Australian innings in the first session itself.

10:39 IST WICKET! Josh Hazlewood c KL Rahul b Jadeja 1(9)

10:36 IST Ashwin continues, Hazlewood comes forward and defends the first ball, no run. Similar shot off the next ball as well, no run. Ashwin comes over the wicket, faint lbw shout as ball takes an inside edge off the bat. This time Hazlewood clears his leg and presents a straight bat, no run. He does the same off the next ball as well. Ashwin comes round the wicket, Hazlewood defends, a maiden over from Ashwin.

10:34 IST Jadeja to Wade. He comes forward to defends that one, misses the ball as it hits the pads. A bit more turn on that delivery and Wade is given out by the Umpire. Big wicket for India, they are tightening the screws now. Jadeja gets his fourth wicket. Nathan Lyon comes into bat, he did well with the ball, let’s see what he does with the bat. Another lbw shout and gone, Nathan Lyon departs for a duck! Wait, he has reviewed this one, he thinks the ball has hit the bats. The decision does not get reversed this time, Jadeja gets five wickets. Josh Hazlewood comes into bat, he takes a single off the first ball. O’Keefe on strike, he survives the next three balls, no run.

10:30 IST WICKET Nathan Lyon lbw Jadeja o(1)

10:26 IST WICKET! Mathew Wade lbw Jadeja 40(113)

10:25 IST Ashwin to Wade, he gets forward and blocks the first delivery. Two more dot deliveries to follow as Wade does not try to do anything extraordinary. He takes a single off the next towards mid-wicket. Whoa! the ball just missed the edge of O’Keefe’s bat, no run. He drives this time towards covers, takes a couple of runs.

10:21 IST Jadeja continues, Steve O’Keefe on strike. The ball fell short of Jadeja as he hits it back to him, O’Keefe survives. He takes a single off the next delivery, Wade on strike. Wade flicks the next ball towards square leg, takes a single. O’Keefe comes forward and defends that one, no run. He gets forward again and blocks that one, no run. Another dot to end the over, no run.

10:17 IST WICKET Mitchell Starc c Jadeja b Ashwin 26(52)

10:17 IST Ashwin continues, huge shout and Umpire raises his finger. Starc tries to cut the ball towards point but it is believed to take an edge. Starc reviews it and the decision is reversed. He had the last laugh. Starc takes a single off the next ball towards mid-on. Wade lets that one go to the wicketkeeper as he watches it go into Saha’s hand. Wade defends the ball with a straight bat, takes a single as the ball goes towards off side. OUT! Starc slogs the ball and it goes straight into Jadeja’s hands on mid-wicket boundary. India have got the breakthrough they wanted.

10:14 IST Mitchell Starc makes good use of the review as the decision is reversed!

10:13 IST Jadeja continues, Starc on strike. He works the ball towards covers for a single, Wade on strike now. Despite being a Monday morning one can see a considerable amount of crowd at Bengaluru. Next ball, Wade edges it but the ball lands safe, no run. He flicks the next ball towards mid-wicket, no run. The ball takes an edge off Wade’s bat, no run. FOUR! He comes down the wicket, goes to the pitch of the ball and hits it along the ground for a four towards long-on.

10:10 IST Ashwin comes roound the wicket to Wade, he comes forward and defends it, no run. Similar shot off the next ball, no run. Next ball was pitched down the leg, he tries to work it for a single but did not succeed. Wade comes down the wicket and hits the next one straight to the bowler. Two more dot balls to follow, end of the over.

10:08 IST Jadeja introduced into the attack, he comes round the wicket to Wade, he hits the ball towards short leg, no run. This time he succeeds and takes a single towards fine leg. Starc on strike, he hits the ball towards off side, takes a single. Wade goes deep into the crease and nudges the ball towards off side for a single. Edged, Wade survives again, goes towards the third man boundary for four. Last ball, Wade tries to work it towards the third man but misses the ball, no run.

10:04 IST Ashwin to Starc, he defends the first ball, it takes an inside edge onto the pads. Next ball, Starc tries to flick it, the ball takes a leading edge and goes past the slips, Starc picks up a couple of runs. Starc defends the next ball, no run. LBW shout! Umpire shakes his head at it was pitched down the leg, no run. He defends the last ball, no run.

10:01 IST Ishant comes over the wicket this time to Wade. He comes forward and defends it, no run. Edged and safe! Wade drives and edges the ball towards the third man, goes towards the boundary for four, Pujara puts in a dive but it was not enough to stop the ball. Wade shoulders arms on next one as it posed no threat to his wickets. He shoulders arms once again, no run. That one was pitched down the leg side, Wade flicks it and gets a couple of runs. Last ball of the over, waste of a delivery as it goes wide of the off stump and straight into Saha’s gloves.

9:56 IST Ashwin to Starc, bowls that one way off leg side, hits hist the pads, no run. Next ball, that one turned a bit, Starc goes deep into the crease and defends that one. Next ball, he drives as the ball goes through the slips, picks up a couple of runs. For the next two balls, Starc tries to sweep slog but could not get bat on ball. He edges the next ball but there is no fielder in front of the wicket in catching position, no run.

9:53 IST Ishant Sharma to Starc, another ball angled in towards the left-hander, takes an inside edge but does not hit the wickets, lucky for Starc. the ball drifted towards pads this time, Starc runs for a quick single, Saha gets hold of it and a direct hit to the striker’s end but Wade reaches home safely. Wade on strike, he comes forward and plays the ball towards mid-wicket, no run. He comes forward again and defends it with a straight bat, similar delivery, no run.

Meanwhile, Jadeja is having a word with Ashwin, we might see him in action on Day 3 soon. A bouncer from Ishant but not a well-directed one as it goes down the leg stump, Wade ducks and lets it go into Saha’s gloves. A back of the length delivery from Ishant to end the over, Wade shuffles across and defends it, no run.

9:48 IST Ashwin comes over the wicket to Starc, he defends the first ball with a straight bat. Next ball, Starc tries to slog it but misses the ball as it hits the pads, no run. Starc tries to work the next one towards leg side but coul not. He defends the next ball well, no run. Starc once again tries to work the ball towards square leg, finds the fielder, no run. He takes a single off the last ball and retains strike, just a single off the over.

9:45 IST Ishant continues, Starc on strike. He defers from the line and bowls the delivery on Starc’s pads who guides it towards leg side into the gap, good running between the wickets as they manage to get three runs out of that. Wade is on strike, he defends the next delivery, no run. Next ball, Ishant forces him to play that delivery, misses the edge as Wade comes half forward to play that, goes into Saha’s hands. no run.

This time Wade picks the ball well and watches it closely as he shoulders arms, stepping out a bit to prevent leg before wicket. He shoulders arms once again, good technique this time, no run. The last ball was pitched a bit fuller, Wade tries to work past the bowler but Ishant gets hold of it, aggression from the fast bowler.

9:40 IST Ashwin comes over the wicket to Starc, he gets forward and plays that defensively, no run. He plays with his pads this time, no run. A good delivery from Ashwin, created a few problems but he survived, no run. Way down the leg, the ball misses the stumps and pads, goes towards boundary for four as Umpire signals byes. Next ball, Starc guides it towards square leg for a single. Wade on strike, he comes forward and plays it with a straight bat, no run.

9:35 IST First ball from Ishant Sharma, into the stumps, Wade does well to defend that one, no run, Ishant Sharma starts off with an accurate ball. Next ball, Wade shoulders arms on that one as the ball was wide of off stump. One can see Kohli making strategies in slip postion with Ajinkya Rahane. A good length ball from Ishant, harmless as the pitch did not offer any pace to the ball, Wade shoulders arms once again, no run.

A bit back of the length delivery from Ishant, Wade does not show any interest to flash his blade on that one, shoulders arms once again, no run. Next ball, angled into the batsman, forces Wade to play, misses the edge by a fraction, nice inswinging delivery from Ishant, no run. Last ball of the over, angled in once again, Wade defends it, tries for a quick single but Starc says no. A maiden over from Ishant.

9:29 IST Mathew Wade will be on strike as Ishant Sharma will start the proceedings for Day 3.

9:28 IST Players are walking out in the middle for the first session of the game. Virat Kohli & Co form a hurdle to get motivated for Day 3’s play.

9:25 IST Indian skipper Virat Kohli tries his hand at bowling during the practice session. Will we see him bowl today?

9:22 IST The forecast for Day 3 is cloudy with temperature going as high as 31 degrees and as low as 20 degrees.

9:15 IST Just 15 minutes to go before the Day 3’s play starts, you can expect a heating exchange on the field after the several events that happened on Day 2 and made headlines. Will we see Ishant Sharma make faces on Day 3 as well, we are desperate to find out, are you?

9:05 IST The key players for both the teams in the first session will be Mitchell Starc and Ravindra Jadeja. Starc will try to score runs at a rapid rate whereas Jadeja will try and stop the Australian tail from wagging and causing problems for the hosts.

9:03 IST Stay tuned folks! the first session of the Test is going to be a hell lot of interesting. The predictions and speculations have already started as Mathew Hayden and Ravi Shastri are analysing the pitch conditions.

8:49 IST Hot, humid and overcast conditions at Bengaluru. The first session will decide the course of the second Test as both teams will be fighting to take control of the situations and gain momentum.

Meanwhile, Aussies are having some fun before the Day 3’s game kicks off as they play #Tedball at the stadium.

Welcome to InUth’s coverage of India vs Australia 2nd Test, Day 3 from Bengaluru as we bring you the updates with detailed commentary and analysis. Australia are leading by 48 runs with 4 wickets in hand. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mathew Wade and Mitchell Starc are currently batting and the responsibility will on their shoulders to pile up runs and take a lead similar to that of Pune so that they have an upper hand over the hosts.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli & Co. will be looking to take full advantage of situations early on in the first session. They were quite unlucky on Day 2 as they could not bundle out Australia at the end of day’s play. The pressure on India will increase with every run scored as a lead above 100 would be advantage Steven Smith & Co.

Pitch Report:
The pitch has no pace in it although there is still some turn and bounce when you hit the rough. There is no bounce for the fast bowlers which gives the fast bowlers an advantage as they will come round the wickets to left-handers. The chances of getting leg before wicket or leading edges will be high on Day 3. Indian bowlers need to bowl right lines to get early breakthroughs and use the pitch to utmost effect. If India do get Australia bundled out in the first session. They will have a mammoth task ahead of them to post a fighting total for the Australians to chase.

Playing XI Australia:
Matt Renshaw, David Warner, Steven Smith(c), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade(w), Mitchell Starc, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Playing XI India: 
Abhinav Mukund, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

India vs Australia 2nd Test, Match Umpires
Ground Umpires: Richard Illingworth , Nigel Llong
Third Umpire: Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee: Chris Broad