Australia vs India 1st Test Day 3: Rahul, Pujara forge 166-run lead for India

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Lokesh Rahul ensured India made a strong start to their second innings

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Lokesh Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara scored 44 and 40 not out respectively as India built a 166-run lead over Australia on the third day in Adelaide.

After a wet outfield delayed the start of play, Australia resumed their innings on 191/7 and lost Mitchell Starc early on as he was caught behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah for 15.

A short rain delay occurred after Starc’s dismissal, but after the players returned to the field, Australia added 31 runs to their score before Travis Head was caught behind off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for a 167-ball 72, which included six boundaries.

Australia were bowled out for 235, which gave India a 15-run lead, the very next ball as Josh Hazlewood suffered the same fate as Head.

Nathan Lyon was left unbeaten on a 28-ball 24, which included two boundaries and a six.

Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin picked up three wickets apiece, while Shami and Ishant Sharma snapped up two wickets each.

With a 15-run lead in hand, India made a strong start to their second innings as Rahul and Murali Vijay amassed a 63-run partnership before Vijay was caught by Peter Handscomb at second slip off the bowling of Starc for 18.

Rahul went on to score 44 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Hazlewood.

Pujara and India captain Virat Kohli steadied the innings with a 71-run stand before Kohli was caught by Aaron Finch at short leg off the bowling of Lyon for 34.

With Kohli being dismissed right towards the end of the day, Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane put together an unbeaten four-run partnership before stumps was called.

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Cheteshwar Pujara struck four boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 40

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Pujara finished on 40, which came off 127 balls and included four boundaries, while Rahane remained undefeated on one.

Starc, Hazlewood and Lyon claimed one wicket each.

India ended day three on 151/3 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:30 local time or 00:00 GMT.

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