Rohit Sharma: India vs Australia, 1st Test Highlights: Centurion Rohit Sharma puts India on top against Australia on Day 2 | Cricket News
India now lead the visitors, who were knocked out 177 on opening day, with 144 runs with three racquets in hand in the first inning.
As it happened: India vs Australia, First Test Day 2
Returning man Jadeja (66 not out) and Axar (52 not coming out) added 81 unbeaten runs for an eighth racket to frustrate the Australian pitchers in the final session, after Rohit fell to Pat Cummins in the first round after the tea break.
Debutant Australia off-spinner Todd Murphy Still, had a great day with the ball, making a five-stroke despite India’s brave attempt to hit the ball. He finished the day with five for 82 in 36 rounds.
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22-year-old Murphy regularly hit the ball off course in an attempt to test India’s rise but Jadeja and Axar continued to attack after Rohit was sacked shortly after tea.
Rohit led since his ninth century Experiment to extend Indian domination. The captain defied the spinners to hit his hundreds with the line ahead of Murphy in the second session, and took off his helmet to join in the applause.
He booked a key spot in 61 runs Friday with Jadeja, who stood firm after Rohit’s departure to score fifty after his five batting in the Australian innings. Jadeja, who has three hundred Tests, swung her signature sword with a staff to mark her half-eighteenth century in a five-day format.
Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after half a century of scoring. (AFP photo)
Murphy stood out to the tourists with his remarkable control to take down Indian cricket stalwarts including Virat Kohli, who was 12 points behind.
Murphy, who claimed KL Rahul as the racket in his First Test on Thursday, ensnared Ravichandran Ashwin lbw and was caught at short distance by Cheteshwar Pujara in the first session.
Senior Australian spinner Nathan Lyon ruined his Twenty20 sensation Suryakumar Yadav’s Test debut after he bowled the pitcher at eight to put India in 168 eat 5.
But Rohit, who started the day with his overnight 56 and beat Pat Cummins and Lyon by six each, and Jadeja soon regained momentum with a mix of caution and belligerence.
Cummins took the second new ball after tea to return Rohit the handball, one after he crashed Steve Smith on the second slip.
Murphy quickly secured fifth place when he was trapped by fellow debutant Srikar Bharat lbw – a decision not taken by the referee but successfully reviewed by Australia.
Jadeja, who returned from a knee injury with a score of 5–47 on Thursday, continued with Axar as they frustrated the opponent’s attack in the final hour of play. Axar broke eight boundaries on his way to his Second Test of fifty.
(With input from AFP)