1st Australia vs India: Cheteshwar Pujara was bewildered when the umpire raised the finger in the 40th over of the second innings. Nathan Lyon appealed and after a long, hard look Chris Gaffaney the umpire. Pujara had come way down the track to Lyon and padded the ball with the bat coming in late just to suggest he was playing a shot. Pujara had been doing this quite often while playing Lyon. Once Gaffaney raised his finger, Pujara with a bewildered look straightaway opted for the DRS. the replays showed that the ball was going over the stumps and Pujara had won a second review. Pujara was on 17 at the time along with Kohli at the other end. Also Read - Irfan Pathan, Ashish Nehra on Saliva Ban Debate After Southampton Test: James Anderson Looked Half The Bowler
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Once the umpire’s decision was changed, Nathan Lyon was shocked and could not believe that it was missing the stumps. Earlier, India extended their lead to 101 runs at Tea even as KL Rahul got out after doing all the hard work in the opening Test against Australia on Saturday. Josh Hazlewood dismissed Rahul (44) before tea on he third day as India reached 86 for two in 29 overs.
At the tea break, Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 11 runs, while Virat Kohli was on 2. Rain further caused delays post lunch and another 23 minutes were lost before play could finally get underway, with 61 overs remaining for the day.
As opposed to the first innings, opener KL Rahul and Murali Vijay (18) were more careful and negotiated the Australian pace battery without much discomfort. They left well and looked to cut out any high-risk shots as India were placed at 19 for no loss in 10 overs.
Suddenly, Rahul cut loose and smacked Pat Cummins (0-22) all over the park as the score sped to 35 for no loss in the next two overs. His attacking display gave India the impetus as 50 came up in the 15th over. Vijay was the first to go, out driving again, and caught at second slip off Hazelwood. It fizzled out the Indian momentum, even as Rahul continued playing his shots.
Pujara survived a scare in the 24th over, using DRS to overturn a caught-behind decision off Nathan Lyon (0-24). But two balls later, Australia’s desperation for a wicket paid off as Rahul edged behind off Hazlewood.
Kohli walked out to boos from the Australian fans but made sure there was no further loss until tea as India’s lead crossed 100. Earlier, rain hampered play as India took a 15-run lead in the first innings after Australia were bowled out for 235 in reply to the visitors’ 250.
Inclement weather first delayed play by 45 minutes in the morning session, and then there were two more delays in the first session before lunch was taken.