3rd Test, Day 2, India vs Australia - As it Happened...

Live updates from Day 2 of the third Test match being played between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

By Rajdeep Saha | Last Updated: Dec 27, 2014, 12:57 PM IST
3rd Test, Day 2, India vs Australia - As it Happened...

Melbourne: India 108/1 (37.0 overs) in reply to Australia's 530. India trail by 422 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings.
 

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That's the end of second day's play.

India 1st Innings:

OVERS 37// RUNS 108// WICKETS 1

Johnson bowls the final over of the day as watchful Vijay defends well against some good deliveries. 

OVERS 36// RUNS 108// WICKETS 1

Pujara gets a thick edge past the slip cordon and that goes to the boundary off Johnson. The 50 runs partnership comes up between the two alongside India's 100 on the scorecard. Lyon continues and Vijay hammers him for a four.

OVERS 34// RUNS 99// WICKETS 1

Johnson bowls another maiden with Pujara seeing off the over. Vijay picks up a single off Lyon before Pujara gets three runs after cutting through the off side. Vijay then gets to his fifty, six runs come from the over.

OVERS 32// RUNS 93// WICKETS 1

Johnson gets a maiden before Lyon gives away just a single. Good tight bowling here from Aussies.

OVERS 30// RUNS 92// WICKETS 1

Pujara has a quite close shave before getting down the track and picks three. Vijay then gets two more through leg side before picking a single to keep strike.

OVERS 29// RUNS 86// WICKETS 1

Lyon concedes five runs in form of singles. Vijay flicks Hazlewood for a quick two runs and is leaving the ball anything outside the off. 

OVERS 27// RUNS 79// WICKETS 1

After a good over from Lyon, Hazlewood gets Pujara to knick a straight forward catch but Haddin misses. Lifeline here for Pujara.

OVERS 25// RUNS 77// WICKETS 1

Two runs have come from the last two overs. Vijay then drives Hazlewood for three runs through the offside. The talk of the town has been Dhawan departing in the 20's for one more time. Pujara needs to bat out here alongside Vijay and take India on a better frame of mind on to tomorrow. He flicks towards mid wicket for a two.

OVERS 22// RUNS 70// WICKETS 1

After a good tight over from Harris Lyon is introduced into the attack. Pujara plays a cover drive for four. Good shot here from a man who needs to get a big score. He needs to be watchful here as he has struggled against Lyon earlier.

OVERS 20// RUNS 65// WICKETS 1

Watson gives  away a run in the 16th over after bowling a smart line. Harris then concedes two in the next before drinks are called for. Watson continues and Vijay is watchful some out and in-swinging deliveries. Pujara then fends off a Harris over for a maiden. Vijay then gets a four through off side after punching Watson. Good display this from the opener.

OVERS 15// RUNS 57// WICKETS 1

Vijay leans forward and plays a shot through the off side for three runs. Harris then forces Dhawan to edge who offers a simple catch to Smith at second slips. India lose their first wicket. Pujara the new man in and needs a good start as he has struggled off late. He gets off the mark after a flick that sees him pick two runs. Very good bowling here by Harris and he keeps it simple and tight. 

S Dhawan c Smith b Harris 28

OVERS 14// RUNS 52// WICKETS 0

Vijay and Dhawan hasve given India a good start here. Watson gives away a four after Dhawan leans forward and plays a shot through extra-cover. Dhawan then goes on to the back foot and punches a ball through the point boundary.

OVERS 8// RUNS 34// WICKETS 0

Vijay leans forward and gets three runs through the off side of Hazelwood. Dhawan then plays through the line and plays a cover drive and runs four as it's a long boundary here at the MCG. 

OVERS 7// RUNS 27// WICKETS 0

Dhawan leans forward and drives Hazlewood for three runs through cover. Johnson then bowls well and concedes just a run. Good two overs here from Hazlewood and Johnson. Nice bounce and good length and line. 

OVERS 5// RUNS 22// WICKETS 0

Productive over as Vijay shows his class here. He flicks a Johnson ball using his wrists and then fishes out at a ball leaving away. Test match at its best here. He then gets a four through the gully region.

OVERS 4// RUNS 13// WICKETS 0

Dhawan plays a lovely cover drive for a boundary. He then drives Hrris for a double through mid-off before getting a bottom edge towards the fine leg for a single.

OVERS 3// RUNS 6// WICKETS 0

Harris starts off with a maiden as Dhawan is pretty watchful. Vijay then hits a lovely straight drive off Johnson for four. Vijay then uses his soft bottom hand to fend off a short delivery. Good application from the opener.

OVERS 1// RUNS 2// WICKETS 0

Vijay starts off well leaving a unplayable Mitchell Johnson delivery. Both he and Shikhar get a single each from a good first over as India start off their batting.

OVERS 143.3// RUNS 530// WICKETS 10

Smith finally departs for a supreme 192. He tries to play a cheeky shot through fine leg but Yadav was straight and hit the stumps. 

OVERS 143// RUNS 530// WICKETS 9

48-run partnership has been made between Smith and Lyon as the latter heaves Shami over mid-off for a four. He then pulls a short delivery through square leg for another boundary. He then tries for the swing but Shami cleans him up. It's too late here for the visitors. Are India heading towards a monumental defeat?

OVERS 141// RUNS 521// WICKETS 8

Smith is playing like a supreme commander here punishing Ashwin. Fours, sixes, ones and twos are all coming in a merry. Lyon is the new batsman as Harris earlier was trapped LBW by Ashwin. It seems a long ago now with the Smith carnage at the MCG. Lyon gets off the mark in the 141st over picking up three runs in the off side off Yadav's bowling. Smith meanwhile has moved into the 190-run bracket. What a player!

OVERS 134// RUNS 470// WICKETS 7

Smith has got to his 150 and Harris as usual has been free flowing and has taken the attack to the backyard. The Indian bowlers have been dismal as usual.

Umesh Yadav got India off to a great start by dismissing David Warner, Australia's in-form batsman for a duck. It was a great opportunity for the hosts to capitalise on a good start. But that wasn't the case as Chris Rogers and Shane Watson stitched 115 runs for the second-wicket partnership putting Australia back in the driving seat.
 
After both the batsmen were dismissed at the score of 115, captain Steven Smith stitched two small but crucial partnerships with Shaun Marsh (32) and Joe Burns (13) and took the score to 215. It wasn't a memorable debut for Burns who was dismissed by Umesh.
 
Australia looked in some sort of trouble at 215-5, but once again Smith continued to lead from the front and by stumps, he had added unbeaten 43 runs for the sixth wicket along with Brad Haddin (23).
 
Earlier, India made a bold move as they dropped Rohit Sharma, who was replaced by Lokesh Rahul.
 
Meanwhile Mohammed Shami, who replaced Varun Aaron for the match, bowled in decent spells and took two wickets on the opening day.