Australia vs India Highlights, 2nd Test Day 2 Perth: Skipper Virat Kohli once again showcased his class with a confident 82, lifting India from a precarious position at the beginning of innings to 172/3 in the second Test against Australia on Saturday. Kohli’s unbeaten knock, coupled with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s counter-attacking 51, helped India to not only overcome the cheap dismissals of Murali Vijay (2) and KL Rahul (2) but also put the visitors in a position from where they can look to dominate the rest of the game.Also Read - How Can Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli Counter Shaheen Afridi Threat? Ex-Pak Cricketer Suggests

The India captain stitched a 90-run unbroken partnership with Rahane by stumps on the second day, the stand coming after he added 74 with Adelaide hero Cheteshwar Pujara (24) for the third wicket. This was after Australia’s tail wagged to add 49 runs to their overnight total to finish at 326. India trailed by 154 more runs. Post-tea, Kohli and Pujara (24) batted in much the same manner as they did in the previous session. Their pace of scoring was slow, but they batted with assurance until Mitchell Starc (2/42) provided the breakthrough. (Australia vs India – Day 1 Highlights) Also Read - Virat Kohli's Special Message For CWG 2022 Heroes Wins Hearts; Tweet Goes VIRAL

It came seven overs after the tea break as Pujara glanced a delivery down leg only to be caught behind, as his 74-run partnership with Kohli for the third wicket came to an end. Rahane then joined Kohli in the middle, and initially, he faced some issues getting used to the pace and bounce off the pitch. Unlike Pujara though, he took the bowling head on and counter-attacked with two boundaries and a six. Also Read - Virat Kohli Would be Under Pressure to Perform: Ex-BCCI Selector Ahead of Asia Cup 2022

It set the pace for his partnership with Kohli, who was solid at the other end, and grinding down the Australian attack. The Indian skipper reached his 20th Test half-century off 109 balls as India crossed 100 in the 43rd over. Their 50-partnership came off 106 balls as the duo settled down to see off the last hour before stumps. They cut down on the risks even more, only occasionally coming forth to play their shots. In doing so, Rahane reached his 17th Test half-century before the end of play as the two batsmen were sure in their shot selection and avoided any further damage to the Indian innings. (Read Full Day 1 Report Australia vs India 2nd Test)

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    Live Updates Australia vs India, 2nd Test Day 2: One thing that Australia would be happy about is the fact that there haven’t been any free runs or loose runs given. Everything has been hard earned and the Indians have not been left off the rope. The day was mostly played under cloudy weather and cracks on the pitch seemed to have closed and the ball didn’t misbehave as much as it did yesterday. So then, Kohli unbeaten on 82 and Rahane unbeaten on 51. These two will both look to go on to make it count and continue for as long as possible. In the hosts’ point of view, can they grab either one of these or both early tomorrow? Should be really fun to watch.

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    Advantage – Team India!

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    Live Cricket Score Australia vs India, 2nd Test Day 2: What a fight it has been from India! Not many would have given them a chance on this wicket. They end Day 2 on 172/3 after being 8/2 at one time. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane should be pleased with their effort as they walk back to the dressing room. After losing their openers cheaply, the experienced batsmen – Pujara, Kohli and Rahane – showed us why they are the top-ranked side in the world.
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    Live Updates Australia vs India, 2nd Test Day 2: A rising final delivery from Cummins, around middle and leg, Rahane gets across and taps it down in the mid-wicket region. Looks for a run but Kohli turns it down as Cummins runs across to his right to stop the ball. That will be Stumps on Day 2. India 172/3 at Stumps, trail Australia (326) by 154 runs in Perth. Kohli 82*, Rahane 51*, Starc 2/42

  • 3:20 PM IST

    Live Cricket Score Australia vs India, 2nd Test Day 2: FOUR! Just as we say it was a good over, it is spoilt by a poor delivery on the hips. Easily worked away fine on the leg side for four. India 169/3, trail Australia (326) by 157 runs

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    Two in Two Innings by Rahane!

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    Live Updates Australia vs India, 2nd Test Day 2: FIFTY for the INDIAN VICE-CAPTAIN – AJINKYA RAHANE! His 17th in Tests. The ball was outside off and on the fuller side, Rahane drives it through cover and gets to the other end. A very good knock in the situation. Needed it as he was replacing Pujara at the crease. India 163/3, trail Australia (326) by 163 runs

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    Live Cricket Score Australia vs India, 2nd Test Day 2: Two back-to-back boundaries from Ajikya Rahane! The deputy is playing a gem here. India are in total command here. Glorious would be the word here. The ball goes as straight as a whistle down the ground. Lucky not to have hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end. Lovely to watch and four runs. India 160/3, trail Australia (326) by 166 runs

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    Ridiculous shot from Indian skip!