LIVE Cricket Score India Vs Australia 2017, 3rd Test Day 3
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 8:55
Opener Murali Vijay made 82 before throwing his wicket away at the stroke of lunch as India reached 193 for two on day three of the third test against Australia on Saturday.
Cheteshwar Pujara (40) was batting at the break after his 102-run second-wicket partnership ended with Vijay's dismissal, Australia's only strike in the morning session.
Maybe the message from the dressing room at the start of the day was not to lose wickets, doesn't matter if the runs come or not.
On a surface that finally seems to be assisting spin, just 24 runs in that first hour with quite a few chances created.
That plan would have gone completely out of the window, however, had Australia used their one remaining review better.
In the bowling department, it was Ravindra Jadeja who captured another five-wicket haul. UltraEdge has picked up a spike at the point of impact or even before the ball goes on to hit the bat with the side-view camera angle in use.
As is so often the case, when you are out of reviews, the replays showed, Vijay had nicked it. Thus the hosts would want to put on a big first-inning score and knock off as many runs as possible and put pressure on the visitors.
The top-ranked Test side trail by 258 runs.
Constant appeals from close in fielders continued for the rest of the session but the batsmen only gained momentum in the final half hour of the session. Kohli is raring to go into the field after he got injured in the 40th over on Day 1 while trying to save a boundary.
First, the tourists thought they had Cheteshwar Pujara LBW to Steve O'Keefe.
Opener KL Rahul produced another classy innings as he took the attack to the Australian bowlers, playing some attractive shots to blaze his way to a fourth half-century of the series.
The opening duo of Rahul and Vijay gave India a steady start in their first innings with a 91-run stand. Vijay scored 67 runs with nine hits to the fence before being caught behind by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade off fast bowler Pat Cummins.