Indian middle order batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane led team India's resistance versus Australia in the hosts' second innings during the second Test in Bengaluru on Monday, as the Virat and company led side took a crucial 126-run lead over the Aussies at the end of the third day's play. After the dismissals of openers Abhinav Mukund, KL Rahul, skipper Virat Kohli and all - rounder Ravindra Jadeja left India reeling at 120/4, the mumbai batsmen ( Rahane ) and Pujara set up an unbeaten 93-run partnership stand to give the Indian team a fighting chance of winning the Test.
The Saurashtra batsmen ( Pujara ) was unbeaten on 79 at stumps, while Rising Pune Supergiant batsmen ( Rahane ) was 40 not out. In the beginning, KL Rahul scored a gusty 51 to give the host a solid start.
The Kangaroos began the day from their overnight total of 237/6. The looked on course to set up big lead, but lost their remaining four crucial wickets for just seven runs to fold their innings at 276. all - rounder Ravindra Jadeja finished with six wickets from the innings, the finest bowling figures by an Indian bowler in the series.
Australian seamer Josh Hazelwood dismissed the host opener Mukund just after lunch, following a good start by the team India. After Rahul's dismissal from a spinner Steve O'Keefe delivery, Captain Virat Kohli was adjudged lbw under controversial circumstances, with Hazelwood claiming his wicket, Jadeja was dismissed soon after by Australian speedster.
Despite, just when another middle - order collapse loomed ahead of Virat and company, Pujara and Rahane showed immense maturity to steady the innings.