The end of day 2 has put India in the pole position when it comes to the first test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The unbeaten partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel for the eighth wicket has made India a strong favorite to reach the World Test Championship finals as well.
Indian batting order showed a strong determination and applied themselves on the pitch on the second day as well. On a pitch where other premier batsmen struggled to score, Rohit Sharma continued his sublime batting. He not only scored a prolific century but also became the first ever captain in Indian colors to score a century across all formats.
Starting the day from 77 for the loss of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin played out the first session of the day precariously. Though Ashwin departed at an individual score of 23, Rohit Sharma kept on scoring runs on the other end. At lunch, India were 151 for the loss of three wickets.
In the post lunch session, India lost Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav cheaply and suddenly the score read 168/5. Virat Kohli’s struggle in the test format continued as he was dismissed for a paltry 12 runs. Rohit Sharma stood tall at the other end to register his first test century as an Indian skipper. However, Rohit Sharma and debutant Srikar Bharat fell soon after tea.
Australia were happy but their happiness was short lived as Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel took the matter to their hands. On a pitch which was termed “not suitable” for left handers, both scored an unbeaten half century to stretch India’s lead to 144 at the end of the day.
Ravindra Jadeja was at 66* and Axar Patel was on 52* when the umpires called the stumps. Australia will repent for giving two lifelines for Ravindra Jadeja. Steve Smith, on both occasions, had dropped the catch. Even on the penultimate ball, Steve Smith had an opportunity to dismiss Jadeja but he failed to complete the catch. India will look to stretch the lead on Day 3 before inviting Australia to bat for the second time.
Here’s a look at fans reacted:
Excellent from Axar and Jaddu. Specially after Rohit got out. All the 3 allrounders have done well and still counting.
— Subhendu Kumar Sahoo (@Subhendu0772) February 10, 2023
Rohit & Jaddu-Axar duo brilliant batting today 🙌
Hoping for 200+ lead tomorrow
— Adlee (@ImAdlee225) February 10, 2023
Well made 50s from two left-handers have shut Australia's door of making a comeback into the game
— Mrinango C.Borty (VK fan) (@ViratKo66279185) February 10, 2023
Gud to see smith is giving tough competition to Virat Kohli..
— Kumardeepak (@geekydeepak888) February 10, 2023
Ye century 💯 dekhne k liye aakhen taras gayi thi, what an innings @ImRo45 Calm & Composed #RohitSharma𓃵#BGT2023 #INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/l3b8PzZPL5
— Munaf Patel (@munafpa99881129) February 10, 2023
The maestro is back to his work!! Congratulations @ImRo45 on the fabulous century 🔥🙌#INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/u3T46ObgAS
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 10, 2023
𝐑𝐑𝐑 💥 🔥
The trio of Rohit, Ravindra & Ravichandran have helped India get ahead in this Test.@ImRo45 has led from the front with his 100 while @ashwinravi99 & @imjadeja have got us important breakthroughs.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/JTipYmxpKt
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 10, 2023
Impressed with how Todd Murphy has bowled. There's help in the pitch but you still have to pitch it on the right length with the right pace and he's done that consistently, and earned bit of luck. Dream debut for him with family watching from the stands. #INDvAUS #BGT2023 pic.twitter.com/GDJmPlehZH
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 10, 2023
Making a comeback after a knee surgery that kept him out for almost six months, and it's as if he never went away! Same accuracy, control and speed, also imp scalps of Marnus and Smith. Well bowled @imjadeja 👏🏽 #INDvAUS #BGT2023 pic.twitter.com/U65KAA3DCv
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 9, 2023
Super comeback by Jadeja!
A brilliant half century today and a five wicket haul in the first innings. Very important contributions to keep #TeamIndia🇮🇳 ahead in the game.#INDvAUS #Jadeja @imjadeja @BCCI @GCAMotera pic.twitter.com/oKZSAbB2PM
— Dhanraj Nathwani (@DhanrajNathwani) February 10, 2023
Sorry, but SKY shouldn't be playing Tests. Not when India has Sarfaraz Khan making improbable numbers in Ranji. Not when SKY is an absolute freak of a player in an entirely diff format. #INDvAUS
— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) February 10, 2023
How badly the Aussies messed up their selection with all that fuss over the left-handers on this wicket! And here’s @imjadeja and @akshar2026 – two lefties – scoring a half-century each and are still unbeaten. #INDvAUS
— Rahul Rawat (@rawatrahul9) February 10, 2023
India steadily but surely inching towards the victory ✌️
— Shital Shelke (@PurwiShelke) February 10, 2023
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