India vs Australia Live Score, 3rd Test, Day 2: Bumrah, Siraj aim to unsettle Smith, Labuschagne

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 live score: India look to break the threatening stand between Steve Smith and Marnsu Labuschagne on Day 2 of Ind vs Aus 3rd Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rain came, rain went away, it came again – it was that kind of a first day of the Test match. We were still some 35 over short despite extended final session and revised timings. But in the 55 overs of play that was possible, Australia got their noses ahead courtesy a very positive looking Steve Smith and an assured Labuschagne. India did dismiss David Warner early but debutant Will Pucovski rode his luck on his way to a maiden Test fifty. After his departure, Australia’s best pair took over and took them to 166 for 2 at stumps. If the weather clears and rain stays away we are win for a fascinating day of Test cricket in Sydney.

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India lose a review

Wickets missing. The height was always going to be a factor when it hit Steve Smith on the thigh. India lose a review. Ajinkya Rahane seemed very interested from behind the stumps and he went for the review. Smith went across his stumps but missed it. It hit him on the thighs.

First sign of sight and It’s Jadeja

Right just at the stroke of half an hour on Day 2 we see spin and it is Ravindra Jadeja and not Ravichandran Ashwin. Well, that’s a bit of a surprise, considering he was the last to get the ball in hand on Day 1.

Good work by Rahane

India have been sharp in the field today and skipper Ajinkya Rahane leading the way. It was a shortish delivery from Siraj, Labuschagne tapped it well but Rahane at fourth slip dived to his right to stop the ball.

Smith, Labuschagne chipping away

You can’t help but notice the change of approach in Australia’s batting. We have had five overs of play on Day 2, and on every over Smith and Labuschagne have tried to score. Even in the previous maiden over of  Bumrah, there was constant effort form Smith to get off strike, chip a single here or a couple there. Perhaps it has got a lot do with India’s leg-side line too.

India vs Australia live score Day 2, 3rd Test

Lot of talk about India’s plans and field setting already. Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar is not happy with India’s tactics of bowling at the stumps with a dominant leg side field to both Smith and Labuschagne at the start of a new day. Well, to be fair to India, they have been maintaining the same plan against these throughout the series but one perhaps expects them to try and find the outside edge more on a new day.

Meanwhile, Siraj’s second over of the day yields three runs. Australia 175/2

Bumrah comes back well

Just the kind of come back you would expect from a bowler like Bumrah. After conceding a four and a single to Smith, Bumrah bowls three good deliveries to Labuschagne and even beat him on the outside edge.

Smith greets Bumrah with a cover drive

FOUR! a gentle loosener from Jasprit Bumrah to start his Day 2 but no such warm-ups from Steve Smith. He gets a confident stride forward and drives it through the covers to collect the first boundary of today. Australia 172/2

First runs of Day 2

…And it comes of Steve Smith’s bat, well gloves to be precise. Siraj just drifted down the leg side but the ball bounced a bit more than what Smith had expected, he did well to get his bottom hand off the handle. It took the gloves and went of the keeper for a single.

Siraj starts the proceedings

Mohammed Siraj has the ball in hand for India. He will be up against Steve Smith. We are all set for Day 2 of the third Test at the SCG.

‘Introduce Bumrah-Ashwin early’

Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar ‘loves’ Ashwin with the ball and he hopes that India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane will start with Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin on Day 2.

A sneak-peek into Day 2 pitch

Here’s the pitch looks like for the India vs Australia third Test Day 2


India vs Australia live score: Weather updates of Sydney

It will be cloudy throughout the day with spells of showers. Hmm, that’s what the weather forecast says for Day 2 of the third Test in Sydney. But so far so good, we’ve got the sun out for now, there will be no delay at the start and let’s hope it stays that way because if it does, the weather is expected to improve drastically from Day 3, Day 4 and so on.

Recap of Day 1

There was a lot of rain on Day 1 after India’s Mohammed Siraj had removed David Warner early to dent Australia’s decision of opting to bat first. After a four hour delay when play resumed, Australia’s debutant opener Will Pucovski got a couple of lives and got to his first Test fifty before being trapped in front by India’s debutant Navdeep Saini. Since then Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne looked solid and took Australia to stumps at 166 for 2 on Day 1.

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2 live score

Thanks to all the rain on Day 1, we will start Day 2 half an early to make up for the overs. So it will be 4:30 am IST start today. But hey, we are not complaining at all. It means another half and hour of quality Test cricket. Hello all, this the live coverage of the India vs Australia third Test Day 2 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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