IND vs AUS 2nd Test Highlights: India poised to take lead over Aussies in 1st innings, IND at 189/5 on Day 2

The good news just coming from MCG that match is all set to resume at 10:15 AM IST. So, we should have got the session running, but the rain hasn't relented. It's not a downpour, but it's enough to keep everyone indoors and the covers are coming off and play resumes now,

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 27, 2020 10:26 IST
IND vs AUS 2nd Test Highlights: India poised to take lead over Aussies in 1st innings, IND at 189/5 on Day 2
Ravindra Jadeja and skipper Ajinkya Rahane is on the crease for Team India

IND vs AUS 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights:

Day 2: Tea Break - India trail by 6 runs

AUS - 195/10 ((Labushgne 48, Travis Head 38; Ashwin 3/35, Bumrah 4/56)

IND - 189/5 (63.3 overs) (Ravindra Jadeja 4* Rahane 53* Starc 2/35, Cummins 2/51)

The second Test between India and Australia (IND vs AUS) of the Border-Gavaskar series is underway at MCG, Melbourne. A pleasing session for India, given that they lost just the two wickets and scored at a fair clip, so much so that they are nearing parity in the first innings. It has started to rain just ahead of the Tea Break of day two. Ravindra Jadeja is unbeaten on 4* while Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane is playing on 53* at the end of the second session of Day 2.

Australia's pacemen are hell-bent on claiming India's batters but haven't quite had the luck that they would have liked with Pat Cummins being the standout Aussie bowler. Weather permitting, we should have a rollicking final session where we could get a clear picture of this game's roadmap ahead. 

India resumes day two on 36/1 with Shubman Gill (28*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (7*). Shubman Gill played superbly on debut and scored a classy 45 while Pujara adds just 10 more runs to his overnight score. Gill and Puajara put a decisive 65 runs stand for the second wicket after Agrawal's late-night dismissal.

Skipper Ajinkya Rahane is leading from the front so far and slammed his 23 fifty and plays a vital role in a lovely mix of caution, determination, and calmness. Two crucial partnerships one is with Hanuma Vihari and the other with Rishabh Pant was crucial as it ate into the deficit at a brisk rate. Although the southpaw fell to Mitchell Starc after scoring 29, he had done enough to ensure that the visitors wouldn't be gifting a lead in the second Test played at MCG.

Earlier, the hosts Australia have won the toss and have opted to bat first. Indian disciplined bowling attack bundled out the Aussies for 195 in the first innings on the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. Indian veteran Jaspreet Bumrah and R Ashwin bowled beautifully and restricted Australia under the 200-run mark and take a psychological advantage.