India Vs Australia 3rd Test Day 2: India Gets Rid Of Labuschagne, Smith Continues To Dominate

Akshay Sonawane
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In the 3rd Test match of India tour of Australia, the hosts won the toss and chose to bat against the Indian team at the Sydney Cricket Ground. At lunch day 2, first session, after 84.5 overs, Australia 249/5, Marnus Labuschagne (91), Steve Smith (76*), Ravindra Jadeja (2/43). The first session of the day belonged to the Indian team, as they grabbed three wickets and conceded 83 runs in 29.5 overs.

Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne walked out to bat in the first session of day 2 with a good total on the scoreboard. The two batsmen looked comfortable against the Indian bowlers in the early hours of the play. The visitors finally got a breakthrough after Labuschagne fell prey to Ravindra Jadeja in the 71st over. Labuschagne gathered a 100-run partnership with Smith and was inching towards the triple-figure mark before he edged the ball to Ajinkya Rahane. Labuschagne’s dismissal brought Mathew Wade (13) to the crease. The southpaw kept dancing down the track and sweeping before he was caught by Jasprit Bumrah on Jadeja’s bowling.

Cameron Green walked out to bat after Wade’s departure, the all-rounder couldn’t open his account against the Indian seamers who were bowling with the new ball. Green was struck on his pads right in front of the stumps on Bumrah’s bowling just two balls before the lunch.

Jadeja grabbed two wickets while Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini pocketed a wicket each. Amidst the fall of a wickets, Smith kept on scoring runs at his pace and scored his first half-century of the series. In the first session of the day, 29.5 overs were bowled and 83 runs were scored at the run rate of 2.78 runs per over.