Australia vs India 2018, 1st Test Adelaide: He was rated extremely high for his temperament in cricket’s most pristine format, but a string of failure has put a huge question mark over his future in Team India’s playing XI. Yes, you guessed it right – we are talking about Murali Vijay, who once again failed to impress in India’s second innings on day 3 of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide. Despite playing 50-odd deliveries, Vijay didn’t manage to make any substantial contribution and got out for 18.
Murali Vijay’s last 12 second innings scores: 3 0 7 2 8 9 13 9 25 6 0 18. That’s 100 runs @ 8.33 AVG #AUSvIND
Mitchell Starc struck the first blow for the hosts after Indian opening combination of Vijay and KL Rahul stringed together their first 50-run stand in overseas conditions. The duo showed a compact and tight technique against the new ball but Vijay’s lack of concentration got the better of him. Rahul played the aggressor’s role and unleashed a flurry of classical and modern shots to lead the counterattack from tourists. Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood was the best of the lot and deserved Rahul’s scalp. While, spinner Nathan Lyon has got a sharp turn and plenty of bounce, but hasn’t troubled the batsmen as yet.
As Vijay fails again, here are some Tweets which demands the return of young prodigy Prithvi Shaw in Indian team’s playing XI for the next Test vs Australia in Perth:
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, 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.