As the game starts on Day 3 of the series decider final Test in Dharamsala, Australia have a upper hand on India. A lot would depend on Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja if India, want to take a lead against Australia. India on day 2 at stumps were IND 248/6 (91.0 Ovs), trailing Australia by 52 runs.
On day 2, Pujara and Rahul tried to resist the Aussie attack in the early morning's play, but as soon as Nathan Lyon came into the attack, he completely dismantled the Indian batting attack and took 2 quick wickets to remove Pujara and Nair.
This match is turning into a spinners delight. All about Kuldeep on day 1 and Lyon on day 2. It would be interesting to see how far Saha and Jadeja can stretch for the hosts.
The series is level at 1-1 and only a win would ensure that India reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia, who triumphed at home in 2014-15, need just a draw to retain the trophy.
Here are the live updates:
#KL Rahul takes a fancy to Cummins, hits him for three boundaries
#KL Rahul and Murali Vijay hot in pursuit of India's chase
#Australia fold for 137, India set a target of 106
# Umesh Yadav gets Lyon's wicket
#Jadeja strikes again, O'Keefe departs
# Cummins departs, Jadeja gets his wicket
# Maxwell departs, Ashwin takes his wicket.
#Maxwell and Wade lead Australian fightback
#Players back on field after TEA
# With that wicket, players took a tea break. At the time of tea Aus are 92/5 (25.3 Ovs) lead by 60 runs.
# Jadeja to Shaun Marsh, out Caught by Pujara! Team India on the driving seat. Shaun Marsh goes for 1(6)
# Ashwin to Handscomb, out Caught by Rahane! another wicket goes down. Handscomb 18(46)
#Kuldeep Yadav has been brought into the attack from the other end.
# Spinners into the attack: Jadeja in action. He gives away just on run.
# After 12 overs Aus are 42/3 lead by 10 runs
# FOUR! Handscomb hits one off Bhuvneshwar in the gully region.
# Out! Umesh Yadav gives another blow, Renshaw c Saha b U Yadav 8(33)
# Big Big blow for Aussies. Bhuvi strikes and send back captain Smith.
# Out! That dropped chance didn't cost India much, Warner c Saha b Umesh (6)
# After 3 overs Aus are 10/0. Warner 6(4)* Renshaw 4(14)*
#Droped! Unlucky trails continue for Bhuvi as Nair could not hold the ball in third slip.
# A closeup of the pitch shows some patches of green
# Bhuvneshwar will open the attack for India.
# Waner, Renshaw come out to bat.
# With that wicket players would go for lunch as well.
# After that Jadeja-Saha partnership, Australian bowlers did well to restrict India and hosts who were at one stage looking for a big lead could manage score past visitors just by 32 runs.
# Out! Kuldeep has to depart, Lyon wraps up Indian innings. Kuldeep 7(17)
#FOUR! Kuldeep Yadav has the ability to score runs.
#Cummins runs through Indian tail, Saha is out, what a delivery that was. Saha c Smith b Cummins 31(102)
#Out! O'Keefe to Bhuvneshwar, Caught by Smith! Back to back blows for India.
# Fifty for Jadeja, He is playing wonderful cricket. Delighted Jadeja waves his bat like a sword in the air.
# India are 301/6 lead by 1 run.
# Hazlewood to Saha, Loud appeal for LBW, Umpire is not intersted and Australia takes a review just to waste.
# After 99 overs India are 269/6 with Jadeja (29) and Saha (18) on Strike.
# Lyon to Jadeja, SIX, Jadeja goes for the big one and hit it over long on for a six.
# Due to Some Boradcast issues DRS isn't fully available at the moment only Snicko is available. Both teams have been informed of the same.
# Pat Cummins to Saha, short of a good length and outside off, Saha was flat-footed as he poked at that and missed. Loose from Saha.
# Cummins banged that short, Saha ducks.
# What a Straight drive from Jadeja. He is showing his class. After 54 overs India are 254/6, Jadeja*
# OUT? Yes! Wait Not out. Jadeja given out caught behind on the very first ball but he immediately asked for review. Reply shows the bat hit his pad. Pheww!!
#Jadeja to face the first ball on day 3