India had an uphill task against #Australia in the third test match at Ranchi, day two. Australia was bundled out for four hundred and fifty-one runs at the stroke of tea thanks to Jadega’s bowling. He mixed the balls up and made sure that Australia did not pose a huge total. India made one hundred and twenty runs for the loss of one wicket at the end of second-day play of the third test at Ranchi. India trails by three hundred and thirty-one run with nine wickets and three days play remaining.
K.L.Rahul was in ominous form before Australia pulled one back
The battle after tea between India and Australia can be summed up as a battle between a dancer who was in sublime form, impressing viewers with feet movements and a speedy train that impressed onlookers with speed and precision. Rahul was the dancer who was caressing balls to boundaries at will and who was looking to always hit the ball with the sweet part of the willow. Rahul was able to pick up the length and that helped him construct valuable ninety-one runs opening partnership with Vijay. Pat Cummins made sure that Australia did not miss Starc and he bowled with real pace and made sure that Rahul was in jiffy. He bowled one ball that followed Rahul and kissed the glove which was gleefully accepted by Wade behind the stumps. Cummins had an explosive action and he has opened a slimmer of hope for Australians on a pitch that still looks like aiding batsmen. K.L. Rahul made sixty-seven runs.
Australia started form where they left on the first day
Indians came charged on the second day. Maxwell was having a torrid time against a probing seam attack. Maxwell took his own sweet time to move from nervous nineties to a well deserving hundred. Smith was not allowed to run free with his stroke-making and runs were coming in trickles. Umesh Yadav broke the bat of Maxwell with his pace and that did not deter Maxwell any bit. Maxwell and Smith added one hundred and ninety-one valuable runs for the fifth wicket before Maxwell was out to Jadega after making one hundred and four runs.
Maxwell became the second player after Shane Watson to score hundreds in all formats of the game for Australia. Smith batted with bottom hand and Wade joined him. Wade was in an aggressive mood and took the attack to the opposition and scored thirty four runs and had sixty four runs partnership with Smith. Wade was dismissed by Jadega. Pat Cummins was bowled by Jadega without troubling the score card and Steve O’Keefe scored twenty five runs and had a responsible partnership worth fifty one with Smith for the eighth wicket. It did not take long for Indians to remove the remaining Australians and Steve Smith remained unbeaten on one hundred and seventy eight.
Jadega was the star who spun out Australia
Jadega really bowled well on the second day and he had a consistent line of middle and leg. He made sure that the ball hit the rough occasionally and that caused problems to Australia. He changed from back-of –a – length to good balls and probed the Australian batsmen and made sure that they did not run away with a big first innings score. Jadega finished with five for one hundred and twenty-four runs.
Australia and India will battle for honours on day three.The series is at stake and cricket lovers can hope for a pulsating contest between bat and ball at Ranchi