India vs Australia, Day 1, 2nd Test, Tea Report: KL Rahul, the lone warrior in Indian batting lineup

Before both the teams headed towards the tea break, R Ashwin joined KL Rahul on the crease

In the first day of the 2nd game of India vs Australia Test series going on in Bengaluru, Team India resumed at 72-1 and then KL Rahul entered the field with the skipper Virat Kohli, who came in at number 4 after the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara in the first session. It was supposed that a good partnership will evolve between both the batsmen as this duo was well aware of the pitch conditions of Bengaluru. The crowd cheered for Virat Kohli and everybody had a hope that he will bounce back.

Rahul resumed his batting at a score of 48 and continuing his playing style, Rahul hit the 3rd Test fifty of his career. He nudged the ball towards square leg for a single and the crowd lets out a loud cheer as Rahul reached his FIFTY.

But captain Kohli couldn’t live up to the hopes of the spectators and fans as once again he thought to leave the ball but the ball turned and kissed his pads and finally he was given out. Kohli could score 12 runs before Nathan Lyn dismissed him. It was a defensive block but turned into Kohli’s wicket. Even the commentators were left puzzled that why did he leave that ball.

After this dramatic dismissal of skipper Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane came in at number 5 and gave his best company to KL Rahul who is continuously pushing himself to take this voyage far away. Rahane came down the wicket trying to hit the ball over the bowler’s head but failed miserably and missed the ball altogether. Wade fumbled at first but got rid of the bails before Rahane could recover. Another dramatic dismissal of an Indian Batsmen.

Then Karun Nair who has replaced Jayant Yadav and playing his 2nd international Test. As soon as he stepped on the field, the speculations were automatically generated that like he smashed a triple ton in his first game, he will do some marvel like that in this game as well. With few initial shots, it seemed that Nair has revised the previous lessons and now he is implementing his plan to boost the progress rate. Some phenomenal shots came off his bat which sent the ball out of the boundary. From the other end, KL Rahul continued his knocks and it seemed bit balanced as he is the one who has been batting since the inning begun but he missed a stagnant companion.

The tale continued and another partner of Rahul went back to pavilion. After scoring 26 runs off 39 balls, Karun Nair was gulped by the destructor of last game, Steve O’Keefe. Once again Rahul was left alone and a partnership which seemed to be grooming up expired in midway. Before the teams headed towards the tea break, R Ashwin joined Rahul on the crease.

By the end of session 3,

Ind – 168/5

KL Rahul – 79 (175)

R Ashwin – 5 (7)