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2nd Test: Rahul, Pujara steady India after early wicket

13:00  India 104-3 (40 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Australia keep the pacers operating from one end in short bursts as Hazlewood takes over from Starc.

Rahane turns the third ball square on the leg side for a couple before he defends the rest of the over.

Lyon in the groove and it was his testing bowling which caused Kohli’s dismissal as he kept asking questions and created a lot of doubts. Rahane survives a close shout for LBW as he takes a big stride out and the impact is well outside the off-stump and Australia do well not to take the DRS after a lot of discussion.

Rahul releases some pressure after a few tight overs as he opens the face of the bat and steers Hazlewood past the slips for a four and then takes a single to keep strike.

In the next over, Rahul takes a single to bring up India’s 100, in the 40th over.

Rahane having a few problems reading Lyon, who is mixing it quite well, before the right-hander comes down and lofts the off-spinner over midwicket for a four.

The fielder is pushed back to deep midwicket as Rahane turns the last ball on the leg side and picks a single.

12:38  Kohli fails with the bat again, India in trouble:   India 89-3 (34 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Lyon in the middle of a good spell as Kohli is beaten by the big turn from the off-spinner. However, the next delivery is over pitched as Kohli drives it through the covers for a four.

The crowd at the M Chinnaswamy stadium has been stunned into silence as Kohli is given out leg before wicket, offering no shot.

He takes the review but the television umpire stays with the on-field umpire’s call with the ball pitching on off-stump and the impact on the leg stump with the ball tracker predicting it to hit the leg stump.

For the second time in the series, Kohli has been out leaving the ball, a bad judgement of error from India’s premier batsman.

Third failure for Kohli, who has scores of 0, 13 and 122 in the three innings so far.

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12:25  Rahul hits half-century to lift India:  India 82-2 (32 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Kohli not learning from his mistakes in the Pune Test as he chases a wide delivery and is beaten as Starc again gets some extra bounce.

However, he gets the last ball off the middle, confidently striding forward before he drives Starc through the covers for his first boundary.

Rahul comes down the track as Lyon adjust his length and gets extra bounce which the right-hander does well to keep down. He turns the next ball on the leg side for a single to complete his third fifty from 105 balls and gets a huge cheer from his home fans in Bengaluru.

Rahul continues his good run as he gets his second fifty in a row but it will be important for him to continue and play a big knock and not throw his wicket away like in the previous game.

12:20  Pujara dismissed for 17, Australia on top:  India 75-2 (30 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Virat Kohli gets an inside edge off the first ball as Lyon gets the last ball to spin big but it falls safely on the pitch.

Starc to bowl from the other end. He starts with a good yorker which Rahul keeps out before one keeps low outside the off-stump as the pacer starts off with a maiden.

A huge cheer from the Bengaluru fans for RCB captain Kohli as he gets off the mark with a single to long-on and Rahul comes down and hits to the same fielder for another single.

Kohli turns the fourth ball with the spin square on the leg side for another single as India reach 75 for two in 30 overs with Rahul on 49 and Kohli on two.

11:34  India 72-2 (27.5 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

So, a good session for Australia as they struck right at the end to reduce India to 72 for two in 27.5 overs.

That wicket of Pujara for 17 will be a big boost for Australia on a good wicket where their bowlers toiled really hard in the morning session.

For India, Rahul batted well to be unbeaten on 48 from 93 balls, having survived a few close shaves in the last few hours.

India lost an early when Abhinav Mukund was dismissed for a duck, trapped leg before wicket by Starc before Rahul and Pujara steadied the ship with a 61-run stand.

11:30  Pujara dismissed for 17, India 72-2 at lunch:  

LUNCH – DAY 1India 72-2 (27.5 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Starc comes back after a couple of overs from Marsh. A short of length delivery has Rahul in trouble again as he looks to turn it on the leg side but is not in control as it hits high on the bat and falls short of the fielder at square leg.

Two balls later, he looks to drive but gets an inside edge back on the pads.

Lyon gets one to turn and also bounce as Pujara flicks it uppishly to fine leg for one. Rahul is beaten by one which goes straight on as he plays for the turn and even wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has no clue as India get four byes as the ball stays low.

Rahul looks to reverse sweep the last ball but again he is beaten and gets a single to fine leg.

In the next over, Rahul is hit on the body as he again struggles against the short ball directed on the body by Starc. However, the last ball is full and helps Rahul release the pressure as he plays a nice drive through the covers for a four to take his score to 47.

Rahul looking very shaky as he attempts another paddle off Lyon but gets a top edge which fall safely fine on the leg side.

Starc tempts Pujara forward with the full outswinger which he goes after but is beaten. The pacer then bowls back to back short deliveries to Pujara, who does well to stay out of the way.

Lyon strikes at the stroke of lunch with the key wicket of Pujara, who is caught at short leg for 17. He got the ball to turn and bounce as Pujara gets an inside edge which goes off his pads and is caught at short leg as India go into lunch at 72 for two in 27.5 overs.

11:06  

India 57-1 (22 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Another tight over from Hazlewood is spoilt by Rahul as he punches it straight back past the bowler for a four past mid-on.

In the next over, Rahul gets a lifeline as Peter Handscomb drops a tough chance at mid-off as the opener came down and looked to defend O’Keefe.

Hazlewood bowling a lot of loose deliveries in his second spell. He bowls a full delivery on the pads to Pujara, who nudges it fine on the leg side for a four. The last ball is full and wide and Rahul has no problems is hitting behind square on the off-side for another boundary.

At the other end, O’Keefe continues to bowl tight conceding just seven runs in six overs, as he send downs his third maiden over.

Australia make a change as all-rounder Mitchell Marsh comes in for Hazlewood. The first ball bounces a bit more as Rahul does well to keep it down before he defends the rest of the over and takes a single off the last ball to keep strike.

A single to Rahul off the first ball of O’Keefe’s new over brings up India’s 50, in the 20th over and Pujara picks up another single three balls later.

Marsh gets another one to bounce off the length as Rahul is hit high on the bat, while trying to defend.

Nathan Lyon come into the attack in place of O’Keefe, who bowled a tight spell of seven overs for nine runs.

Pujara picks a single off the first ball before Rahul paddle sweeps the third ball fine on the leg side for a four.

He goes across and looks to the sweep the last ball but is beaten as the LBW appeal is turned down with the impact well outside the off-stump.

10:47  

India 29-1 (14 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Starc gets a break after a good opening spell of one for 13 in five overs as he makes way for Hazlewood, who comes back for another short burst.

He continues to probe in the channel just outside the off-stump as Pujara edges the last ball but he has done well to play it with soft hands as it goes along the ground to gully.

O’Keefe has a confident shout for LBW turned down against Rahul, who plays down the wrong line and is caught in a tangle. The arm delivery beats him all ends up as he looks do defend down the wrong but the ball is going down the leg side and Australia decide against taking the DRS.

Rahul manages to break the shackles as he plays a handsome drive through the covers off Hazlewood for a four.

The first hour has been a good hardfought one with Australia’s pacers starting off well before India’s batsmen fought back well with some solid defence as the hosts reach 29 for one in 14 overs.

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10:20  Rahul, Pujara steady India after early wicket:  

India 20-1 (10 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Australia introduce spin early as left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe comes into the attack in place of Hazlewood, who bowled a good first spell of three overs.

Pujara comes down and drives the second ball but can’t find the gap in the covers before he picks a single to long-off for one.

Rahul comes down and is nearly beaten in the flight as he defends before he hits a powerful drive through the off-side which hits the fielder at silly point and gets the batsman a single.

Starc attempts another yorker but gets it fuller as Rahul hits the full toss on the leg side as it again swung in late.

O’Keefe rushes through his second over, bowling a maiden to Pujara, who is content to defend early on in his innings.

Rahul and Pujara have steadied India after the early dismissal of Rahul as the score reaches 20 for one in 10 overs.

10:08  

India 18-1 (7 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Hazlewood bowling in a lovely channel just outside the off-stump and getting good movement. Rahul pokes at one as he gets an outside edge which goes past the second slip fielder for a four.

Starc mixing it up quite well with good short balls as Pujara opts to leave one before he defends the last ball which is again quick.

Hazlewood keeps his end tight as he bowls another maiden over, the third in a row for Australia, who are building the pressure with a superb spell from their pacers.

Starc bowls another good short of length delivery to Rahul, who looks awkward defending it. The next ball is full and swings late but Rahul does well to bring his bat down in time and flick it through midwicket for a couple.

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09:51  Mukund out for a duck, India lose early wicket:  

India 11-1 (3 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

Starc bowls a pacy short delivery to Rahul who awkwardly fends it off his hips on the leg side for a single.

Starc strikes early with the wicket of Mukund, who is trapped leg before wicket for a duck on his comeback.

The left-hander played all over a full delivery from Starc only to miss and was struck in line of the leg stump. He had a brief chat with his non-striker before deciding not to take the DRS and sensibly so.

09:42  

India 10-0 (2 ovs) vs Aus | Scorecard

A new opening pair walks out for India in KL Rahul and Abhinav Mukund, with the latter playing his first Test after a long wait of nearly five and half years, missing 56 Tests during that period. The Tamil Nadu batsman last played for India in August 2011, against England at Nottingham but managed to force his way back courtesy of impressive performances in domestic cricket in the last the few years.

Left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc to open the bowling. He starts with a wide half volley which Rahul drives through the covers for a four to start off in some style.

Three balls later he punches it past mid-off for a couple before the right-hander edges the last ball of the over past the gully fielder for a four.

Josh Hazlewood bowls the second over which is watchfully defended by left-hander Mukund.

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09:33  Vijay ruled out with shoulder injury: BCCI:   Opener Murali Vijay has been ruled out of the 2nd Test after sustaining an injury to his left shoulder, the BCCI said in a media release on Saturday.

He will be further assessed and monitored by BCCI Medical Team over the coming days.

Vijay sustained the injury whilst diving on an outstretched arm during the first Test in Pune.

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09:05  India elect to bat, Karun and Mukund included:   Welcome to the coverage of the second Test between India and Australia at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, on Saturday.

India captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and has no hesitation in electing to bat.

Having suffered a 333-run defeat in the firsst Test in Pune, India have made a couple of changes to their team.

Murali Vijay has been ruled out with injury and has been replaced by fellow Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund.

India have also discared the five-bowler theory as Karun Nair comes in as the sixth batsman to replace off-spinner Jayant Yadav.

Source: Rediff