A pair of dropped catches headline Indian dominance on day two
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Australia failed to make any significant inroads on day two as the tourists took further control of the match.
India declared at 7-443 with just over half an hour left in the day but Australia managed to see off six overs before stumps and end the day at 0-8.
But perhaps the biggest talking point out of the day was the home side dropping not one, but two relatively simple catches. Both Pant (39) and Sharma (63*) were given lifelines across the course of the day.
With another warm day expected tomorrow, India would be extremely confident of not losing the Test at the very least while at the same time, will look to keep batting and put the match further out of Australia’s reach.
Australia’s goal on day three is simple – bat time.
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The home side had some success during the second session on day two but India remain in control of the Test at 4-346 at the tea break.
Rahane and Sharma will be looking to steer their side to stumps in the final session while if Australia can take quick wickets, they’ll hold hope of salvaging something from Melbourne heading into the final match of the series.
Australia has had some success in the first hour after the lunch break, picking up the vital wickets of Pujara and Kohli
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India remain is control of this Test match at lunch on day two, with the tourists heading to the sheds at 2-276.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were rarely troubled by Australia’s bowlers in the first session, with things only set to get harder later this afternoon as the temperature escalates.
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Ian Chappell has questioned the uneven nature of the MCG pitch.
THE BUILD UP – India 2-215 (Pujara 68*, Kohli 47*)
Day two of the Boxing Day Test shapes as a pivotal one not just for this particular match but for the entire series.
With temperatures set to soar at the MCG, early wickets will be crucial for Australia as they look to claw their way back into the match. As for India, they’ll be looking to up the run rate and post a monster first-innings score.
With Pujara and Kohli currently in the middle for India, the current partnership (which stands at 92 runs) looms as the game-breaker.
So will India master the low and slow Melbourne pitch or will Australia find something with the ball early on day two?
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