India has tightened its grip on the second test after spectacular knocks from Pujara and Vijay, paving way for the coming batsmen. Although the batsmen to follow them could have scored much more than what they did, it was enough to give India a lead of 266 runs and put Australia in quest of big batting performances.
India started the third day on 311 runs for the loss of just one wicket. Both Pujara and Vijay were well set at the crease. Pujara went on to score his second double hundred while Vijay scored his highest test score of 167. The second wicket partnership was worth 370 runs, making it the highest second wicket partnership for India. The previous highest second wicket partnership for India was between Sunil Gavaskar and Dilip Vengsarkar in Kolkata in 1978 of 344 runs. The partnership was broken when Glenn Maxwell got the wicket of Vijay when he edged to backward short leg to Cowan. After Vijay’s wicket, the rest of the wicket fell at quick succession. Soon after scoring his double century, Pujara was caught out by Doherty on the delivery of Pattinson. After the fall of Vijay, the remaining 9 wickets fell for just 116 runs. Among the remaining batsmen, Dhoni was the top scorer with 44 runs for just 43 deliveries. India scored 503 runs in the first innings.
Australia had a huge task to perform in order to avoid the defeat. They started cautiously especially against the spinners. Knowing the opponent’s weakness, India attacked with the spin. In a spell of 12 overs of spinners, Australia just scored 10 runs. However, at 56, David Warner was bowled by Ashwin for 26 runs. He was followed by Phil Hughes for naught by Ashwin without any run being added in Australia’s total. Ed Cowan and Shane Watson are present at the crease. Australia has a tough day ahead and is under must perform situation to save the test. The score board is as follows:
Australia 237 for 9 dec and 74 for 2 (Ashwin 2-42) trail India 503 (Pujara 204, Vijay 167, Maxwell 4-127) by 192 runs