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Ind Vs Aus Perth Test Day 2: Kohli, Rahane Power India's Counter-Attack In Response To Australia's 326

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| December 15 , 2018 , 20:39 IST

Virat Kohli & Co. displayed some all-round performances on day 2 of 2nd test between India and Australia. After losing both their openers for eight runs, team India managed to score 172/3 on Saturday, in reply to Australia's 326 in the first innings.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane led from the front and were still present at the end of the day on a score of 82 and 51, respectively. As a result of good batting, India came back into the match, and still trail Australia by 154 runs with seven wickets in hand.

The hosts Australia resuming from 277/6 on a difficult pitch, captain Tim Paine and Pat Cummins put on a half-century stand for the seventh wicket before the team collapsed on 326.

Aussie did well to get the openers out cheaply with a wicket on each before and after lunch leaving the visitors in trouble at 8/2.

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India's modern wall Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli kept their heads down to do some damage control. Pujara as usual anchored himself to the crease, while Kohli checked his aggression in the face of some very tight, disciplined bowling from Australia.

Till Tea, India had managed to score 70/2 in 32.0 overs without losing another wicket, however, the ball was still clearly in Australia's court.

 After Pujara fell, with the score reading 82/3, India managed to actually push back against the relentless Australian bowlers.

India's vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane counter-attack which eased the pressure on the Indian captain. The last hour of the final session was the most productive one for the visitors as both batsmen played more freely, while a tired set of bowlers looked less threatening.

The match is evenly poised, but a lot depends on whether the home team can get some early wickets to gain the upper hand, especially considering that any lead in the first innings could prove to be decisive in the match.

Brief scores: India (First Innings): 172/3 (Virat Kohli 82 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 51 batting) vs Australia (First Innings): 326 (Marcus Harris 70; Ishant Sharma 4/41).