Pujara's double ton helps India tighten grip

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Updated: Monday, March 4, 2013, 17:47 [IST]
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Hyderabad, Mar 4: Cheteshwar Pujara's double century helped India establish a strong hold on the second Test against Australia here at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday.


India continued to dominate proceedings for the third day in a row and heaped more misery on the visitors after taking a 266-run lead. At stumps, Australia were battling for survival at 74/2 in 32 overs in second innings. They still trail by 192 with two full days remaining.

Pujara double helps India tighten grip

After taking a 266-run advantage, R Ashwin struck twice to send back David Warner and Phil Hughes. Warner was positive in his 26-run stay and was bowled by Ashwin. Hughes' horrendous run with the bat continued as his attempted sweep disturbed the sumps and was out without scoring. He had made 19 in the first innings and fallen to Ashwin.

At tea, India 503 all out

India were bowled out for 503 as the hosts lost seven wickets for 103 in the session between lunch and tea on the third day of the second Test against Australia.

Australian spinners shared seven wickets to trigger India's collapse. India were bowled out in 154.1 overs. India have a lead of 266 and the pitch has already showed signs of turn making it a difficult final session for Australia batsmen.

Captain MS Dhoni made a 43-ball 44 with eight boundaries. Virat Kohli scored 34 as India lost final six wickets for 43 runs. They were 460/4 but Dhoni fell at the same score in search of quick runs. The rest of the batting did not offer much resistance.

Sachin Tendulkar was given out by third umpire for seven runs. On-field umpire Marais Erasmus, not sure whether wicketkeeper Matthew Wade had taken the catch cleanly, referred it to third umpire S Ravi for confirmation. The replays showed a faint edge from Tendulkar's bat down the legside and the catch was cleanly taken.

There are still 28 overs remaining in day's play.

At lunch, India 400/3

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a double century (204, 341 balls, 30x4, 1x6) and Murali Vijay hit 167 (361 balls, 23x4, 2x6) and together broke a 35-year-old record Indian record during the third day of the second Test against Australia on Monday. At lunch, India were 400/3 with a lead of 163.

Australia finally managed to dismiss both Pujara and Vijay in the first session of play. But, by that time, the pair had added a record 370 runs for the second wicket.

Glenn Maxwell got his first Test wicket by removing Vijay for 167. Pujara reached to his second double century in 11 Tests but fell while hooking a James Pattinson delivery. During his knock today, Pujara completed 1,000 Test runs in 18 innings. He is the second fastest to the milestone behind Vinod Kambli, who took 14 innings.

Pujara's magnificent innings ended at 204, two runs short of his highest Test score. Vijay registered his career best Test score. Pujara and Vijay batted for 109.4 overs and scored 370 runs. This is fourth ever highest partnership for India in Tests.

370 is India's best ever second wicket partnership in Tests. Pujara-Vijay beat Sunil Gavaskar-Dilip Vengsarkar's 344, made in 1978 against West Indies at Eden Gardens.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are at the crease. Kohli also completed 1,000 Test runs in 16th Test.

Earlier update

Play began on the third day as India are aiming at a huge first innings lead against Australia in the second Test here on Monday.

Pujara and Vijay's centuries on Sunday gave India the advantage as they took the hosts to 74-run lead. India had ended the second day at 311/1.

India are in a position to bat Australia out of the Test match.

With still Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni to bat, India are well poised for a big total on the third day. Australian bowlers are likely to have another long day in the field.


Story first published:  Monday, March 4, 2013, 9:41 [IST]
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