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MELBOURNE TEST: India scored 326 runs in first innings with a 131-run lead

 Melbourne, 28 December (FastMail) -Thanks to captain Anjikya Rahane's excellent century, India lost all their wickets in the first innings on the third day of the second Test match being played at the MCG Cricket Ground here against Australia and scored 326 runs. Based on the first innings, India got a lead of 131 runs. Rahane scored 112 runs. Apart from Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja also played a brilliant innings of 57 runs.


 The Indian team had an early blow in the first innings as Mayank Agarwal. Mitchell Starc had given Australia its first success by dismissing him at zero. The second blow to India came in the form of Shubhaman playing his debut match when he was dismissed for 45 by Pat Cummins. After this, Cummins also made Pujara walk. Pujara scored 17 runs. Both batsmen were caught behind the wicket by captain Tim Payne.


 India felt the fourth blow in the form of Hanuma Vihari who was caught out by Smith on the ball of Nathan Lyon on a personal score of 21 runs. The fifth success came to Australia in the form of Rishabh Pant who scored 29 off 40 balls and was caught by Penn off Mitchell Starc. Captain Ajinkya Rahane completed his half century in 111 balls. At that time when India's innings was faltering. Rahane completed his 12th century in 195 balls, including 11 fours.



 Rahane returned to the pavilion as a run out. Rahane was run out for a risky run on a personal score of 112 runs. India felt the second blow of the day and the seventh blow of the innings in the form of Ravindra Jadeja who scored 57 runs and was caught by Cummins on the ball of Mitchell Starc.
 India felt the eighth blow in the form of Umesh Yadav who scored 9 runs and was caught out by Smith on the ball of Nathan Lyon. The 9th success was brought to the Kangaroo team by Josh Hazlewood. He caught Ashwin at the hands of Lyon on a personal score of 14 runs.
India's last wicket fell as Jaspreet Bumrah who was caught out by Travis Head on the ball of Lyon. For Australia, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon took 3-3, Pat Cummins took 2 and Hazlewood took 1 wicket.
 Earlier, Australia's first innings was reduced to 195 runs. Marnus Labushane was the top scorer for Australia with 48 runs. Apart from Labushane, Travis Head scored 38 and Matthew Wade 30 runs. For India, Jaspreet Bumrah took four wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin three, Mohammad Siraj two and Ravindra Jadeja one.
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