Published: Sun, December 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia vs India, 2nd Test, Day 3, Perth

Australia vs India, 2nd Test, Day 3, Perth

In reply to Australia's first-innings total of 326, India got off to a worst possible start to their innings as they lost openers KL Rahul (two) and Murali Vijay (duck) inside eight runs.

At stumps, the visitors had overcome a awful start and were 172 for three, still trailing the Australian first innings total of 326 by 154 runs with seven wickets in hand.

Gavaskar was referencing Kohli's decision not to open the bowling with Jasprit Bumrah as Tim Paine (38) and Pat Cummins (19) produced a valuable 59-run stand.

Shaw has been missing for the first two Domain Tests after suffering an ankle injury in India's tour match against a Cricket Australia XI in Sydney last month. Australia, on the other hand, will look to dismiss Kohli's wicket early in order expose Indian tail. The pair put on a partnership of 74 runs and helped India to move forward.

Harris' innings ended when he edged offspinner Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane took the catch as it bounced off Pant's shoulder. The skipper meanwhile went past his 20th Test fifty.

In doing so, Rahane reached his 17th Test half-century before end of play as the two batsmen were sure in their shot selection and avoided any further damage to the Indian innings.

Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah came on after the first bowling change and immediately began to threaten the batsmen. Umesh got the breakthrough in the 105th over when he castled Cummins with an absolute peach. The ball which was angled into the batsman

Lunch was called when Mitchell Starc rattled the stumps to dismiss Murali Vijay for a duck, while Josh Hazlewood's first delivery after the meal break was a lovely yorker that bowled KL Rahul.

The session turned out to be an intense battle with Nathan Lyon (0-34) keeping both batsmen under wraps as they tried not to play too many strokes against the off-spinner.

The pitch was slow in the morning, but it quickened up after lunch.

India were content with keeping a lid on the scoring as only 29 runs came in the first hour of play.

Paine and Cummins closed out the day, defying a frustrated Bumrah who deserved more than his solitary wicket, to leave Australia in a good position heading in to day two.

Mitchell Starc bagged two wickets while conceding 42 runs, while Josh Hazlewood also chipped in with a wicket.

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