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LIVE: IND vs AUS, 2nd Test, Day 1 — KL Rahul holds fort for India in Bengaluru


Over 27.5 || Score 72/2 (Lokesh Rahul 48; Virat Kohli 0)


India lost second wicket in the form of Pujara, off Lyon’s second last delivery of the over. Pujara tried to press forward and the bounce on the pitch made him edge the delivery which was caight by Peter Handscomb at short leg.

WICKET: Cheteshwar Pujara c Peter Handscomb b Nathan Lyon 17 (66b)

Just after the fall of wicket, the umpires called for early LUNCH.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli joined Lokesh Rahul.

Over 27 || Score 72/1 (Lokesh Rahul 48; Cheteshwar Pujara 17)

Starc balls mostly short deliveries. Bowled two back to back bouncers and the second last ball was dangerous. Pujara defended it by getting low, ended the over by running for a single towars leg. 

Over 26 || Score 71/1 (Lokesh Rahul 48; Cheteshwar Pujara 16)

Lyon concedes 3 runs in the over. Rahul played the second last ball dangerously with a paddle sweep and the ball lobbed towards the empty leg slip. Pujara ended the over with a single hit towards long on.  

Over 25 || Score 68/1 (Lokesh Rahul 47; Cheteshwar Pujara 14)

Starc continues his spell with swinging deliveries.Rahul ends the over with a four on a full toss with a cover drive. 

Over 24 || Score 64/1 (Lokesh Rahul 43; Cheteshwar Pujara 14)

Lyon spins the ball well in this over. However the second last delivery beats everyone and goes back for four byes. Rahul ended the over with a single.

Over 23 || Score 58/1 (Lokesh Rahul 42; Cheteshwar Pujara 13)

Starc continued his spell with a maiden. Rahul got lucky in third delivery off a short length ball which was flicked and there was no fielder to take the catch. 

Over 22 || Score 58/1 (Lokesh Rahul 42; Cheteshwar Pujara 13)

Nathan Lyon comes into attack.Puajara changed the strike by running for a single towards leg on the first ball. Rahul sweeped and hit a boundary on the third delivery. There was a huge shout for lbw as Rahul ended the over with a leg bye.

Over 21 || Score 52/1 (Lokesh Rahul 38; Cheteshwar Pujara 12)

Marsh continues to bowl well as he gave just a single to Pujara off his short delivery in the 3rd ball of the over. 

Over 20 || Score 51/1 (Lokesh Rahul 38; Cheteshwar Pujara 11)

50 up for India on the first delivery as Rahul sweeped towards cover for a single.

Over 19 || Score 49/1 (Lokesh Rahul 37; Cheteshwar Pujara 10)

Mitchell Marsh started his spell with no runs off his full length deliveries which had little bit of bounce over 120ks.However Rahul went with the bounce and hit the last ball towards gully for a single.

Over 18 || Score 48/1 (Lokesh Rahul 36; Cheteshwar Pujara 10)

Finally a maiden over for Australia as O’Keefe bowls a variation of deliveries.  

Over 17 || Score 48/1 (Lokesh Rahul 36; Cheteshwar Pujara 10)

A couple of boundaries for India as Pujara hits the boundary of his innings as he clipped away off a yorker in the third delivery. While Rahul ended the over by hitting Hazlewood for a four towards deep point. 

Over 16 || Score 38/1 (Lokesh Rahul 31; Cheteshwar Pujara 5)

Australia missed a chance to dismiss Rahul as he has dropped at silly mid-off. Both Puajara and Rahul showed some quick running between the wickets off O’Keefe’s deliveries. 

Over 15 || Score 34/1 (Lokesh Rahul 29; Cheteshwar Pujara 3)

Hazlewood bowled a couple of full length deliveries. There was slight confusion in the beginning but the Pujara pushed for a single at mid-on. Rahul ended the over with a drive for a four  off a half-volley.    

Over 14 || Score 29/1 (Lokesh Rahul 25; Cheteshwar Pujara 2)

Pujara runs for a single off a slightly short delivery towards the leg on O’Keefe’s first delivery. Rest of the over was defended well. Umpire signaled for drinks. 

Over 13 || Score 28/1 (Lokesh Rahul 25; Cheteshwar Pujara 1)

India gets a single off the leg bye on Hazlewood’s first ball which was a short delivery. Rahul hits the third ball towards mid wicket and got a couple of runs. He ends the over with a beautiful drive for a four on a wide length ball. 

Over 12 || Score 21/1 (Lokesh Rahul 19; Cheteshwar Pujara 1)

Huge lbw shout on O’Keefe first delivery, however the umpire wasn’t convinced as the ball hit the inside edge. Rahul in full defensive mode, another maiden for Aussies.

Over 11 || Score 21/1 (Lokesh Rahul 19; Cheteshwar Pujara 1)

Hazlewood back to the attack. Rahul hits him for a single towards square leg. Quick running between the wickets by Pujara as he defended the rest of the deliveries while edging the second last ball. 

Over 10 || Score 20/1 (Lokesh Rahul 18; Cheteshwar Pujara 1)

O’Keefe bowls his first maiden and makes Pujara defend all the deliveries.

Over 9 || Score 20/1 (Lokesh Rahul 18; Cheteshwar Pujara 1)

Another maiden for Starc as he continues to bowl deliveries above 140ks which have made Rahul defend all of them.

 Over 8 || Score 20/1 (Lokesh Rahul 18; Cheteshwar Pujara 1)

Steve O’Keefe who took 12 wickets in the last match comes to attack pretty early in the innings. Pujara opens his account with a drive towards long off in the second last ball, while Rahul ends the over with a single.

Over 7 || Score 18/1 (Lokesh Rahul 17; Cheteshwar Pujara 0)

Rahul gets the scoreboard ticking with a double off Starc’s late swinger in the second last bowl of the over. 

Over 6 || Score 15/1 (Lokesh Rahul 15; Cheteshwar Pujara 0)

Back to back maiden overs for Australia, this time Hazlewood tests Rahul’s temperament.

Over 5 || Score 15/1 (Lokesh Rahul 15; Cheteshwar Pujara 0)

Maiden for Starc and he makes Pujara struggle to get off the mark with brilliant short deliveries which touched 147ks

Over 4 || Score 15/1 (Lokesh Rahul 15; Cheteshwar Pujara 0)

Hazlewood replaces Starc and Rahul is joined by Pujara .Rahul hits a four towards third slip and is saved as Australia did not have the third slip.

Over 3 || Score 11/1 (Lokesh Rahul 11; Cheteshwar Pujara 0)

Then, Mukund lost the plot, and was trapped in front by Starc.

WICKET: Abhinav Mukund lbw b Mitchell Starc 0 (8b)

That happened off the penultimate ball of the over. Mukund failed to open his account, and his comeback has failed to spark any fire, at least for India. He didn’t even called for the review.

New man, India’s anchor-man Cheteshwar Pujara joined Lokesh Rahul in the centre.

Over 2 || Score 10/0 (Lokesh Rahul 10; Abhinav Mukund 0)

Playing a Test match after a long time, Abhinav Mukund negotiated the first over he faced without any issue, albeit a maiden.

Josh Hazlewood did well to check the flow of run.

Over 1 || Score 10/0 (Lokesh Rahul 10; Abhinav Mukund 0)

Huge toss for India to win at Bengaluru, and local boy Lokesh Rahul has given a rollicking start to the innings. He has just dismissed Mitchell Starc, 10 runs from the over which included two fours – off the first and last balls.

India’s playing XI: Lokesh Rahul, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair​, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja,  Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma​.

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

TOSS: India wins the toss and elects to bat first

Bengaluru: Live cricket score and live updates from Day 1 of the second Test match between India and Australia. Virat Kohli and his men would be looking to bounce back after suffering a shocking 333-run loss in the first Test at Pune.

Australia will be high on confidence since they have a 1-0 lead in the four-match series going into the second match. After being flummoxed on a rank-turner in Pune, it remains to be seen whether the wicket at Bengaluru will assist spinners or not.

India`s 19-match winning streak came to an end in Pune as they lost by 333 runs inside three days, giving Australia the much-needed confidence. On a pitch assisted by spin, India got a dose of their own medicine in Pune as left-arm spinner Steve O`Keefe took 12 wickets in the match to floor the hosts.

The pitch here is generally known to be batting friendly but spin will come into play expectedly from the third day. The spin-assisted Pune played into Australia`s hands as they grabbed their first win since 2004 and it will be interesting to see how the visitors fare against the hurt and smarting Indians, who will come hard at them.

Australia, having won the very first match, are high on confidence. This team`s approach, unlike other Australian visiting teams in the past, has been different. They have taken a cautious and modest approach which also can be judged from the fact that skipper Steven Smith admitted that they would like the underdog status before the first Test. That soft approach would not have been expected of a Steve Waugh or a Ricky Ponting who also never had great records in the Indian sub-continent.

Date: 4 March, Saturday to 8 March, Wednesday

Time: 12pm SGT/9:30am IST/4am GMT

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

TV Channel: Star Sports

Live Streaming: The match can be seen online on Hotstar.


India: Virat Kohli (capt), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya.

Australia: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Jackson Bird, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve O`Keefe, Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade.

Source: Zee News