Border-Gavaskar Trophy Cricket Test Match: India 172 for three at stumps on the second day of second test versus Australia in Perth

Border-Gavaskar Trophy Cricket Test Match: India 172/3 at stumps on day two of the second test against Australia in Perth

Border-Gavaskar Trophy Cricket Test Match: India in commanding position with 173/3 at stumps on the second day of second test against Australia in Perth

On day two of the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy Cricket Test Match against Australia in Perth, India were 173/3 when stumps were drawn. Australia were all out for 326 runs and when India opened its innings, it lost two of its openers in quick succession. Thanks to the magnificent bowling by Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay perished within the first six overs, while Virat Kohili, the captain and his deputy, Ajinkya Rahane, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, steadied the innings. Actually, the 90-run partnership between Kohli and Rahane did help India to limp back from the initial shock of losing two quick wickets of Rahul and Vijay.

Pujara came after the fall of third wicket and played a breezy knock to stabilise the Indian innings at the close of the second day. Kohli and Pujara added 74 runs, when the latter got out by scoring just 24 runs off 103 balls. Rahane joined Kohil and started dominating the proceedings. At the draw of stumps both Kohli and Rahane had achieved their half centuries, while tomorrow they will resume the innings on day three with the score card reading at 172/3. When the second day of the test match ended today, Kohli had scored 82 runs facing 181 deliveries and Rahane was on 51 facing 103 balls. Pat Cummins bowled 17 overs and conceded 40 runs without taking any wicket, while his colleague, Nathan Lyon bowled 22 overs, gave away 34 runs for nought. When the stumps were drawn, India were only 154 runs. India made a score of 172 runs in 69 overs. Rahul was bowled by a wholesome yorker delivered by Hazlewood scoring only two runs, while Vijay went out for a duck, succumbed to a brilliant ripper from Starc.