KL Rahul and Murali Vijay Contribute To Take Lead India By 101 Runs


The openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay made a good stand to give India the most needed lead of 101 runs in the Adelaide test after rain interrupted the third day’s play. After tea, India is 86/2 in their second innings. They ended their first innings with 250 runs.


They added more than 50 runs for the opening stand which paved a strong platform for Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. Since Pujara and Kohli are on the crease, Indian fans sighed in relief though the play was interrupted for the day. They added 63 runs for opening wicket stand. KL Rahul added 44 runs and Murali Vijay added 18 runs.

Before the commencement of Indian innings, Mohammed Shami picked the wickets of Travis Head and Josh Hazelwood within two consecutive balls. Rahul compensated his earlier poor performances with dominant innings in this game and added 44 runs within 18.2 overs after he survived from being caught by Tim Paine.

KL Rahul seemed to be very cautious in choosing his shots and troubled Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood who wooed him with deliveries from different angles. Both the openers were very wary in securing their wicket. Hazelwood delivered four consecutive maiden overs and Mitchell Starc conceded 4 runs from his four overs. The first fiery hit from Rahul came in the spell of Pat Cummins. Finally, Starc succeeded to dismiss Murali Vijay at the score of 18 runs and India lost its first wicket at the score of 63 runs.

Hazelwood picked KL Rahul. In the spell of Nathan Lyon, Pujara returned safely from being caught at the score of 8 runs and is determined to go on with his solid performance in the game. Due to rain, Saturday’s play was started 45 minutes late. Within 3.4 overs, Jasprit Bumrah picked the wicket of Mitchell Starc and the play was stopped temporarily due to rain when Australia are 204/8 and Travis Head was at 66 by then.

Travis Head was given a hasty stand of 24 runs by Nathan Lyon and their partnership added 27 runs to the Australian scoreboard. Mohammed Shami was on a hat-trick when the Australian innings ended at the score of 235 runs. Travis Head stood as the top scorer with 72 innings and Rishabh Pant managed to pick six catches from the day to level the record of MS Dhoni.