Indian openers KL Rahul (67) and Murali Vijay put on-a 91-run stand for the opening wicket to lead India's bounceback on Day 2 after Aussies Skipper Steve Smith unbeaten 178 had propelled Australia to 451 all out in their first innings of the 3rd test at JSCA international stadium in Ranchi.
India were at Lunch break 193/2 in 70 overs, Indian middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 40.
Indian opener KL Rahul (67) and Murali Vijay put on a 91-run partnership for the opening wicket to lead India's bounce back on Day 2 after Aussies skipper Steve Smith's unbeaten 178 had propelled the visitors to 451 all out in their first innings of the third Test at JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi. Rahul fell to a searing shot delivery from Australia's comeback bowler Pat Cummins but Vijay (42*) and middle order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (10*) made sure the hosts didn't lose any more wickets as the Indians ended the day on 120/1 in 40 overs, trailing the Kangaroos by 331 runs.
Both Indians gave the Indians the perfect start after poor batting displays by the Virat and company in the opening two Tests.
Australian seamer Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood tested Rahul and Vijay for a brief period before tea but post the second session both Rahul and Vijay looked at ease. Rahul struck nine boundaries and once again looked good for a ton before getting an unplayable delivery for Pat Cummins.
The Kangaroos spinners Steve O' Keefe and Nathan Lyon were not allowed to settle down as they both went for above three runs for above three runs per over and goes without wicket.
Captain Steve Smith Leads From Front
In the beginning, a big century from captain led Australia to a formidable first innings total of 451.
The visitors skipper unbeaten 178 was the bedrock of the tourists' innings which also featured a maiden Test century by explosive all-rounder Glenn Maxwell.
After resuming in the morning on 299 for four wickets, Smith and Maxwell put on a 191-run crucial partnership to help the tourists post the biggest innings total so far in the four Test match series.
Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja claimed his eighth five-wicket haul in his 29th game to return with figures of five for 124.