Adelaide, Dec 8 (IESports) After bowling out Australia for 235 runs, India posted 151/3 in their second innings to take 166 runs lead on day three of the first Test of four-match series here at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
At stumps, Cheteshwar Pujara (40) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) were on the crease.
India started their second innings cautiously as Murali Vijay and KL Rahul put on 63 runs for the opening stands in 18.3 overs. Mitchell Starc removed Vijay for 18 runs.
KL Rahul was dismissed by Josh Hazelwood for 44 runs, reducing India to 76/2.
Skipper Virat Kohli and Pujara added 71 crucial runs for the third wicket partnership, taking India past 150 runs mark. Kohli was dismissed by Nathan Lyon for 34 runs.
Earlier in the morning, the match started after 45 minutes of its scheduled time due to rain. Australia added 44 runs in their overnight score of 191/7 to take their runs tally to 235 runs, giving India 15 runs lead.
Jasprit Bumrah gave India its first breakthrough of the day in the form of Mitchell Starc’s wicket. He was caught behind by Rishabh Pant for 15 runs.
Then, Mohammed Shami removed Travis head (72) and Josh Hazlewood (0) in two consecutive deliveries.
Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin bagged three wickets each while Ishant Sharma and Shami bagged two wickets each.
Travis Head was the highest run-getter for the Aussies with his 72 runs followed by Usman Khawaja’s 28 runs.
During Australia’s first innings, wicketkeeper Pant equaled MS Dhoni’s record of taking six catches in an innings in one Test.