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STUMPS: Brief scores India 250 & 151/3 in 61 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 40, Ajinkya Rahane 1) lead Australia 235 all out (Travis Head 72; Jasprit Bumrah 3/47, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/57, ) lead by 166 runs

Stumps: The day was going in India’s favour until Nathan Lyon took the big wicket of captain Virat Kohli. However, India still walk away with a 166-run lead, thanks to the opening 63-run partnership between Murali Vijay and KL Rahul and another rock solid stand between Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli, who conjured 71 runs for the third wicket. For Australia, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Lyon picked one each. India will want to build on their lead on Day 4, while Australia will look to make further inroads. Stay tuned then for an exciting day tomorrow. We begin LIVe coverage half an hour early, so that’s 5am IST. Till then it’s goodbye from all of us.

Jamie Alter with the day’s report: Cheteshwar Pujara takes India’s lead to 166 on engrossing, stop-start day

1:56pm: STUMPS on Day 3.

1:45pm: STAT: Nathan Lyon has now dismissed Virat Kohli six times in Tests, the most for any bowler.

1:42pm: BIG WICKET! Nathan Lyon finally gets his man. Virat Kohli tried to play that with soft hands, but ended up in giving a simple catch to Aaron Finch at short leg to depart for 34.

01:29pm: Pujara seems to be having some problem with his hamstring, calls for the physio.

ALSO READ: How DRS saved Cheteshwar Pujara twice on Day 3

1:26pm: Please note, this from our Contributor, Chetan Narula at the Adelaide Oval.

1:19pm: FOUR! Pujara growing in confidence. He’s just picked up Travis Head nicely and pulled it away to the deep midwicket boundary.

1:11pm: Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli have brought up the 50-run partnership.

1:08pm: Pujara with a beautiful glance that was gifted by Cummins. Easy pickings here for India.

1:03pm: Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are currently involved in a 39-run partnership to strengthen India’s position in the match.

12:53pm: Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have been exceptional negotiating the spin of Nathan Lyon, who has been consistently targeting that rough area.

12:44pm: FOUR! Too short, too straight is Nathan Lyon and Cheteshwar Pujara is quick to crack the pull shot behind square.

12:37pm: STAT: Another record Virat Kohli has just smashed. He’s become the first India captain to score 2000 Test runs both, in India and outside.

12:28pm: SURVIVES AGAIN! Cheteshwar Pujara has survived a lbw decision again after reviewing it. Nathan Lyon certainly unhappy with the review that goes against him for the second time.

12:14pm: Pat Cummins into the attack. Remember, it was Cummins who dismissed Kohli in the first innings. Interesting contest rolling out here.

11:58am: STAT: With that single, India captain Virat Kohli becomes the fourth Indian to reach 1000 runs in Australia in just 9 Tests.

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11:57am: We’re underway with the final session on Day 3.

11:39am: Here’s an interesting reaction from Ajit Agarkar after Justin Langer reacted to Kohli’s ecstatic on-field celebration. (Langer equating Kohli’s celebration with ball tampering scandal not right: Agarkar)

Tea: India have achieved a healthy lead of 101 runs, courtesy a 63-run opening partnership between KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, their first 50-plus stand away from home. Vijay was the first to depart for 18 after inducing an edge off Starc, Rahul, who was looking good, threw his wicket at the end, flashing a nothing shot outside off stump to give Tim Paine an easy catch behind off Josh Hazlewood. Centurion of the first innings, Cheteshwar Pujara and the skipper Virat Kohli are steady at the crease with India looking to push that lead even further in the final session, while Australia will want to make further inroads. Brace yourselves up for a gripping final session on Day Three…

11:24am: India’s lead now is 100 runs.

11:14am: Out comes the Indian captain Virat Kohli and suddenly, the intensity of the match has just increased.

11:10am: BIG WICKET! Just what Australia were looking for, Josh Hazlewood gets the big wicket of KL Rahul, who flashed outside the off stump, but edged it behind to Tim Paine. Rahul departs for 44 off 67, with three fours and one six.

11:07am: DECISION OVERTURNED! Cheteshwar Pujara has just reviewed a caught behind decision off Nathan Lyon after Nigel Llong gave it out, but the decision was overturned as the snicko didn’t show a spike.

11:04am: Nathan Lyon has begun troubling the set batsman, KL Rahul, bowling consistently into the rough. Tough contest panning out.

10:57am: Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has equalled his senior pro MS Dhoni’s record at Adelaide. (Rishabh Pant holds sixth catch to level MS Dhoni’s record)

10:55am: KL Rahul is really playing confident shots here.

10:42am: WICKET! The breakthrough Australia were desperately looking for has been provided to them by Mithcell Starc. Murali Vijay went for that away-going delivery, got the edge that gave Peter Handscomb an easy catch at second slip. Vijay departs for 18 as Starc is on the cusp of a landmark at home with 99 wickets.

10:20am: SIX! WOAH! That came out of nowhere! KL Rahul lofted this delivery by Pat Cummins over point and into the stands. After leaving one, he then cracks a boundary through cover point. Growing in confidence here, is Rahul. The 50-run partnership between Rahul and Murali Vijay is already up, first one away from home.

10:09am: Meanwhile, news from Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season. Madhya Pradesh’s Ajay Rohera has just created a new world record smashing Amol Muzumdar‘s 25-year-old record. Here’s more (Madhya Pradesh’s Ajay Rohera sets highest-ever score on First Class debut; breaks Amol Mazumdar’s 25-year-old record)

10:05am: FOUR! KL Rahul has scored another boundary, this time off Pat Cummins, but it got the edge and flew high over first slip. Cummins didn’t like it and there were some words exchanged. It’s getting heated up!

10:00am: FOUR! KL Rahul has scored his first boundary of the innings and in the match, this one nicely lofted inside out over wide midoff off Hazlewood.

09:47am: Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc not giving any room for the Indian openers to operate. Tight bowling this!

09:28am: Three overs gone and India’s openers — KL Rahul and Murali Vijay — have been watching the ball well.

09:21am: Josh Hazlewood will share the new Kookaburra with Mitchell Starc and immediately has begun troubling KL Rahul, who, this time, is NOT willing to go for the drive.

09:12am: Here’s something interesting. 14 dismissals till now in the match have been due to just edges!

09:11am: The covers are coming off, players warming up, we’re minutes away from play to get underway.

08:57am: UPDATE: Good news! The RAIN has stopped and the covers are coming off. If the rain stays away, the second session will begin at 2.15pm local, that’s 18 minutes from now.

08:52am: Meanwhile, wondering what’s David Warner up to? (Bangladesh Premier League: David Warner to captain Sylhet Sixers)

08:48am: UPDATE: Does not look like a scheduled start after lunch as the covers are still on with light drizzle across the Adelaide. It’s going to be a frustrating afternoon session!

08:26am: Meanwhile, as we wait for the rain to relent, here’s a quick read into what New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had to say after the BlackCaps secured an away series victory over Pakistan for the first time in 49 years, yes 49 years!

ALSO READ: Kane Williamson basks in ‘special’ Test series win in the UAE

08:18am: UPDATE: The second session will begin at 1:52pm local time, weather permitting, that’s half an hour from now.

08:14am: RAIN! India’s second innings will take some time to begin as rain has come down again at Adelaide. Lunch has been taken, so India’s batsmen have some time to breathe and gather themselves. Australia captain Tim Paine clearly not happy.

End of Australia’s 1st innings: India needed three wickets today. They’ve got it and secured a 15-run lead before the end of a rain-affected first session. Jasprit Bumrah was the first to strike to send Mitchell Starc, who edged one to Rishabh Pant before Mohammed Shami sent the dangerous Travis Head, who batted well for his 72, and immediately sent Josh Hazlewood for a duck. With inclement weather persisting and overcast skies, will weather assist the Aussie bowling attack to see off the Indian batsmen? Exciting second innings up ahead…

08:06am: WICKET! Shami gets the last wicket in the next delivery of Josh Hazlewood, who walks back for a duck after going for a widish delivery, but gets the nick to give Pant an easy catch behind. That’s it. Australia are bowled out for 235, with India getting a lead of 15 runs.

08:02am: WICKET! A brilliant innings from Travis Head comes to an end, after he edged it behind off Mohammed Shami, who was smashed for a SIX by Nathan Lyon two balls earlier. Head departs for 72 off 167, his innings studded with six boundaries.

07:57am: Ravichandran Ashwin, who was phenomenal yesterday, is introduced into the attack and is welcomed with a boundary by his opposite number, Nathan Lyon.

07:48am: Four runs in that Jasprit Bumrah over, with Nathan Lyon keeping the scoreboard ticking, and more importantly, reducing that deficit.

07:42am: WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT? The RAIN is coming down again! The floodlights are currently on.

07:36am: Remember Sachin Tendulkar terming revealing that he was surprised with Australia’s defensive mindset yesterday? Well, that tweet has NOT gone down well with Aussie head coach Justin Langer.

ALSO READ: Justin Langer slams Sachin Tendulkar’s criticism of Australia’s defensive mindset

07:33am: Here’s another update from our Contributor, Chetan Narula at the Adelaide.

07:30am: We’re underway after the rain delay. New batsman Nathan Lyon will face Jasprit Bumrah.

07:15am: UPDATE: It’s stopped raining, covers are coming off and play to begin in 17 minutes from now.

06:50am: The full square covers are being dragged back on. :(

06:57am: It is still raining in Adelaide. Clouds are clearing on the West side. Hopefully, we’ll get some action back soon.

06:44am: It has stopped raining, the covers are coming off!

06:38am: RAIN! What a time for India to get a wicket. The heavens have opened up once again, this one is much heavier, covers have come on, players are off the field and there’s going to be another delay!

06:34am: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah got the aggressive Mitchell Starc into the drive, but he missed it, got the edge to give Pant a simple catch behind. Starc departs for 15, Bumrah gets his third.

06:28am: 200 up for Australia in the 90.3 over. There’s a slight drizzle at Adelaide.

06:20am: Three runs from the first over of the day coming from the bat of Mitchell Starc, who drove one nicely off Ishant Sharma, not before Starc was beaten by a beauty.

 

05:50am: Here’s an update from Cricket Australia — If there’s no further rain then play will begin at 11:15am local time, that’s about 25 minutes from now.

05:45am: While the ground staff are busy clearing the water at Adelaide, why don’t you relive one of the greatest knocks by Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman Adelaide. Yeah, we’re talking about December 2003.

ALSO READ: Best of India in Australia: Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman script historic win at Adelaide

05:39am: Fourth umpire Gerard Abood says the umpires will come out for inspection in the next 10 minutes.

05:38am: Rishabh Pant has just spoken to FOX Cricket. “Loving Australia right now. Love the bounce that’s on offer on pitches here, good for stroke making. My father was a wicketkeeper, so I also chose to be a keeper. I got goosebumps when I was told I was debuting. I’m still learning from MS Dhoni, he helps me in any kind of situation. Adam Gilchrist was my idol, I used to watch him. I love him as a person, haven’t spoken to him much but am sure he’ll be there to help me. I keep my concentrations up by chirping behind, else in Tests you can become lazy at times,” Pant said.

05:28am: UPDATE: Players are walking out. The ground staff it pushing the water off and the covers are coming off.

05:10am: BAD NEWS! Rain has delayed action at Adelaide.

Day 2 action

Travis Head hit a stubborn half-century to keep Australia in the hunt Friday after their top order slumped under sustained pressure from India’s bowlers, leaving the first Test in Adelaide finely poised.

Batting on his home ground, Head kept his cool in the humid conditions to be 61 not out at stumps on day two, with Mitchell Starc unbeaten on eight.

His efforts helped steer Australia to 191-7 in reply to India’s 250.

Brief ScoresAustralia 191/7 (Travis Head 61*, Peter Handscomb 34; R Ashwin 3/50, Ishant Sharma 2/31) trail India 250 (Cheteshwar Pujara 123, Rohit Sharma 37; Josh Hazlewood 3/52, Pat Cummins 2/49) by 59 runs

Day 2

Report: R Ashwin keeps India ahead despite Travis Head fifty

Gallery: IN PICS: India vs Australia, 1st Test: Day 2

Kaushik: R Ashwin rewarded for his unmatched persistence

Narula: The best Indian Test bowling attack makes its presence felt

Video: We really bottled up Australia on Day 2: Ravichandran Ashwin

Video: Match Highlights: India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 2 

Quotes: Match is evenly poised: Ashwin

Quotes: Australia are in a decent position: Marcus Harris

Reactions: Ponting questions Finch’s role as opener in Tests

Reactions: Would be wrong to drop gifted Shaun Marsh for 2nd Test: Michael Vaughan

Stats: Australia cricketer Shaun Marsh breaks unwanted 130-year-old record

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