After had a horror show in the 4th innings of Adelaide, so far, tourist India menage to bounch back in the boxing day test.
Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant unbeaten ton gave India control of the Boxing Day Test against Australia after day two at Melbourne.
Second Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground (day two)
Australia 195: Labuschagne 48; Bumrah 4-56, Ashwin 3-35
India 277-5: Rahane 104*, Gill 45; Starc 2-61
India lead by 82
India started the second day with losing two early wickets in the first season. It 63-3 when Rahane came to bat. It was a tough call to respond for the stand-in captain, while Virat Kohli was absent on a paternity leave. But Rahane respond immediately with patience.
First Rahane made a 52 runs partnership with Hanuma Vihari. After Vihari’s dismissal, Rishabh Pant accompanied his captain for a while. Pant got himself dismissed at 29 when the team total was 173-5.
Aussies were smelling the tail of India’s batting order, then comes Ravindra Jadeja to give a strong support to his captain. These two batted the rest of the day for their side and earns a vital 82 runs lead.
It wasn’t a easy going for India’s stand-in captain on Melbourne’s pace friendly truck. The overcast weather was in favour of the Aussie pacers as well. They create chances and half chances on a regular basis, but wasn’t lucky enough to made a breakthrough.
Ajinkya Rahane was edged on 57, but went throuh the first slip and Kipper. Then he was dropped on 73 by Steve Smith on the 2nd slip and Travis Head dropped him on the last ball of the day, then remain unbeaten on 104.
Despite his brilliant captain’s knock, Former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting praises Rahane’s captaincy the most.
“I think he’s done a great job to pick up the pieces from Adelaide with this team, lead really well in the field yesterday and you can see he’s playing like a captain now as well. He wants to play that captain’s knock; he wants to get a hundred in Virat’s absence and do the best thing he can to try and drag his country and his team back into this series,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
“Another great day for us. Proper test cricket at its best. Absolutely top knock from Jinks,” India’s regular captain Virat Kohli post this on Twitter to praise his fellow teammate’s effort.