India vs Australia 2nd Test Day 3: Pujara, Jadeja turn India’s fortunes around

Pujara struck six boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 79

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Cheteshwar Pujara made an unbeaten 79 to give India a 126-run lead after Ravindra Jadeja claimed a six-wicket haul against Australia on the third day of the second Test in Bangalore.

Starting off the day on 237/6, Australia added 32 runs to their overnight score before Mitchell Starc was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin for 26.

Jadeja then took over as he removed wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and Nathan Lyon in successive deliveries.

In his next over, Jadeja took out Josh Hazlewood, which led to Australia being bowled out for 276 and holding a lead of 87 runs.

Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Ashwin snapped up two and Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Jadeja finished with figures of 6-63 off 21.4 overs

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Trailing by 87 runs, India lost Abhinav Mukund early as he was clean bowled by Hazlewood for 16.

Just as India were beginning to rebuild their innings, Lokesh Rahul was sent packing by Steve O’Keefe for 51 off 85 balls, which included four boundaries.

Rahul scored his fourth Test fifty

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To make matters worse, captain Virat Kohli and Jadeja were on their way back to the pavilion shortly after.

With India in a spot of bother at 120/4, Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stabilised the innings and guided India safely to stumps with an unbeaten 93-run partnership, during which Pujara surpassed his fifty.

Pujara finished on 79 off 173 balls, which included six boundaries, while Rahane remained undefeated on 40, which came off 105 deliveries and included three boundaries.

Hazlewood was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while O’Keefe took one.

India ended day three on 213/4 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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