In reply to Australia’s first innings 338 runs in the Sydney Test, India have scored 2 wickets in their first innings. Ajinkya Rahane 5 and Cheteshwar Pujara are at the crease by scoring 5 runs at stumps on the second day. The Indian team is still 242 runs behind the hosts.
Australia started playing ahead of their yesterday’s score of 2/166. Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschen made great batting. Both batsmen shared a 100-run partnership for the third wicket. This partnership was broken by Ravindra Jadeja and Marnus Labushen was caught at slip by Ajinkya Rahane. Labushen played a brilliant innings of 91 runs. After that Matthew Wade returned to the pavilion without opening the account with just 13 more Cameron Green. By lunch Steve Smith was at the crease scoring 76 runs.
In the second session, the Kangaroo team started playing ahead 249/5. However, the team suffered its sixth setback soon. Captain Tim Paine was dismissed for just one run. Pat Cummins also returned to the pavilion at the score of 278, but in the meantime Steve Smith hit the 27th century of his Test career. After Cummins was dismissed, Smith and Mitchell Starc added 32 runs for the eighth wicket. There was also a 23-run partnership for the last wicket. Steve Smith was dismissed as the last wicket after scoring 131 runs. Ravindra Jadeja took the maximum four wickets for India.
The Indian team batted well in the third session. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill shared a 70-run partnership for the first wicket. This was the first half-century partnership from India’s openers in this Test series. Rohit Sharma was dismissed after playing an innings of 26 runs. At the same time, Shubman Gill scored an excellent half-century but was dismissed after scoring 50 runs. After this, Pujara and Rahane did not let the team get any more blows.