Ishant Sharma manages to get David Warner’s edge and the ball flies to Ajinkya Rahane at gully. The Mumbai batsman made the dive at the right time, but couldn’t hold on to the catch.
David Warner and Matt Renshaw have got Australia off to a positive start. They have scored 22 runs in seven overs without losing a wicket.
Well, have the Australians taken a big step towards taking a 2-0 lead, or is it too early to tell? Nevertheless, India will be very disappointed with their score of 189 runs in the first innings.
Nathan Lyon was the star of the Australian bowling line-up with figures of 8/50. KL Rahul was the only Indian batsmen, who got set, but got dismissed due to a poor shot in the end.
He would have carried his bat, had he not been out caught for 90 runs to Nathan Lyon. If Australia manage to get a lead of 50 runs, India could be under a lot of pressure.
Best performance for an overseas in India? #Lyon At least, I haven't seen better. Have you?— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 4, 2017
Like lambs to Lyons. Bundled out in less than a day & under 200 after winning toss, India have played into Aus hands. All uphill from here— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 4, 2017
Nathan Lyon picks up his sixth wicket! Jadeja snicked the ball onto his pads and the ball looped to Steve Smith at slip. Rahul may get stranded at the other end before he gets to his century!
India: 188/8 after 70 overs.
In the last match it was all about O'Keefe and this time Lyon has taken over. He picks up his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests as Wriddhiman Saha nicks a delivery to Steve Smith at slip.
Saha goes for one run and India have lost their seventh wicket before reaching 200. Rahul is going strong at 86 though.
India: 180/7 after 66 overs.
Nathan Lyon finds the glove once again! Ashwin tried to tuck the ball on the leg-side, but instead gave a low catch to David Warner, who made no mistake.
Ashwin goes for seven runs and India are in deep trouble at 174/6 at the end of the 62nd over.
India have improved their performance as compared to the first Test, but it may not be enough. The Australians have constantly kept the pressure on the Indian batsmen and have picked up wickets in regular intervals. India have lost three wickets for 96 runs in this session.
The home side have looked vulnerable against spin yet again. Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair misjudged the pace of the ball and got out stumped.
Looking at the way the wicket is behaving, India will have to find a way to reach 300 runs. But, it will be really difficult for them to make it from their present situation.
Karun Nair was batting brilliantly until he got deceived in the sir by Steve O'Keefe. Nair is-judged the line of the ball and got out stumped for a well-made 26 runs.
India have lost another wicket just before a break. Rahul (76) and Ashwin (0) have to form a big partnership for India to post a decent first innings total.
India: 160/5 after 58 overs.
India’s new batting line-up is probably going through it’s worst phase ever. Rahane, who looked to play against the spinners, stepped out confidently and completely missed the delivery and got out stumped for 17 runs.
He dived back as soon as he missed the ball, but he danced down too far down the wickets. Matthew Wade still managed to hit the stumps on time, even after fumbling the ball.
India: 119/4 after 48 overs.
This situation is like a deja vu for KL Rahul. All the Indian batsmen were struggling to put bat on ball in the Pune Test but Rahul managed to find a way to bat on the wicket in the first innings.
Today, the wicket is much better to bat on, but still the Indian top-order has struggled and Rahul has batted confidently.
But with Rahul at 61, attempted to play a sweep shot knowing that Australia’s best fielder David Warner is standing at leg slip.
Fortunately for Rahul, Warner failed to hold on to tough chance! On an any other day Rahul could have been back in the hut as Warner is one of those players who doesn’t know how to drop catches!
India: 107/3 after 44 overs.
Nathan Lyon has got the big fish in the Indian team! Lyon pitched the ball on the off-stump line and Virat Kohli expected the ball to turn outside the line of the stumps and didn’t offer a shot.
But, unfortunately, the ball crashes into his pads and he is trapped plum in front of the wickets.
Kohli reviews the decision, but to no avail. He goes for 12, India in a little trouble at 89/3 after 34 overs.
Trouble mounts for India. Lyons the tormentor this time— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 4, 2017
KL Rahul brings up his second fifty of the series in 105 balls. The Karnataka batsman has played a very positively so far. He has pounced on the loose deliveries and respected the good balls.
The 24-year-old has to go on to get a big score for his team!
India: 82/2 after 32 overs.
Nathan Lyon has struck at the stroke of lunch for Australia! Pujara, who looked unsure about the line of the ball, tucked the delivery onto his pads and the ball looped up for a simple catch for Handscomb at short leg.
Pujara was playing another gritty innings, but unfortunately falls for 17 runs this time. The players walk off the field as India take lunch at 72/2.
KL Rahul has looked in terrific touch right from the word go. Mitchell Starc got rid off Abhinav Mukund in the third over of the day, but that didn’t disturb Rahul’s plans.
He continued to bat positively and has scored 48 runs (8 boundaries) off 93 balls so far.
Pujara's falls at stroke of lunch whetting the appetite of the Aussies -- for food and match play! Rahul's been excellent so far— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 4, 2017
Mukund makes a duck after missing the last 56 Tests for IND— Swamp (@sirswampthing) March 4, 2017
4th most Tests missed by any player who then made a duck on return#INDvAUS
Oh could be a costly drop, this one? Kl Rahul just checked his shot while presenting a catch to Peter Handscomb. As Rahul pushed the ball in the air, Handscomb leaped to his left and put it down.
It’s a difficult chance, but the fielder is there to grab these chances. Rahul survives on 30 runs.
India: 38/1 after 16 overs.
Homeboy KL Rahul has looked in terrific touch so far. He has assessed the pitch quickly and has been on point for all his shots this morning.
Rahul already has four boundaries to his name and has raced to 25 runs in no time.
India: 29/1 after 14 overs.
It’s a belter of a pitch at Bengaluru, but speedster Mitchell Starc still manages to get an early wicket for his team. Abhinav Mukund, who came into the team instead of the injured Murali Vijay, gets beaten for pace and gets out LBW for a duck.
However, KL Rahul has looked positive right from the first over of the Test. He cracked Starc for two boundaries in the first over and is looking good at the moment.
After getting out due to a poor shot in the first innings at Pune, he has to redeem himself in this match.
India have struggled for a good opening partnership all season— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 4, 2017
India's recent opening Partnership:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 4, 2017
16 vs Eng
39 vs Eng
7 vs Eng
38 vs Eng
152 vs Eng
2 vs Ban
12 vs Ban
26 vs Aus
10 vs Aus
11 vs Aus
Well, India have got off to a good start in the second Test as far as the toss is concerned. Steve Smith called the wrong side of the coin and Virat Kohli had no hesitation to opt to bat first.
India have made two changes. As expected, Karun Nair replaces Jayant Yadav and Abhinav Mukund comes into the team instead of Murali Vijay, who has sustained a shoulder injury.
The Australian team is playing an unchanged eleven.
India going horses for courses again. Knowing them, this won't be a reaction to Pune, just what is perceived to be right here— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 4, 2017
Batting first on a pitch that looks full of runs at least for now. Time for Indian batting to redeem itself— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 4, 2017
Welcome to the coverage of the second Test between India and Australia from Bengaluru. After a heavy defeat in the first Test at Pune, the home side will be raring to go in this match.
The Indian side, who lost by 333 runs, were out-batted, out-bowled and outplayed on the field as well. Coming into the second Test, Virat Kohli’s team may have a few changes.
Since, they failed to score over 110 runs in both the innings of the first Test, the Indian team management may replace Jayant Yadav with an extra batsman – Karun Nair. The Karnataka batsman hasn’t played a Test after scoring 303* in his last match against England in December.
The Australians on the other hand will be hoping that their star off-spinner in the first match, Steve O'Keefe, will continue to deliver for the Baggy Greens.
Here’s what India’s head coach Anil Kumble had to say in the pre-match press conference.
Take a look at some of our preview pieces as India get ready to take on Australia: