After a 40-minute lunch break, India resumes on 1-6 in Day 2 of the 2nd Domain Test Match Series v Australia.
Cheteshwar Pujara now joins in at three alongside KL Rahul at the crease.
KL Rahul may have added two runs before he had to leave on eight.
He couldn’t believe that fast straight-ish yorker from Josh Hazlewood where it knicked the stumps.
With India two wickets down, Virat Kohli came into the middle and fired off with quick runs.
Kohli stood up straight regarding his stance whenever he finds the loose ball.
As long as his head stays still, Kohli can execute well with maximum power & a flat bat.
On the other hand, Pujara always goes deep using his feet and let his bat block or whack with his eye line.
Kohli & Pujara reached their 50 run-partnership as India moves past 70 & still trails by 256 runs.
Tea: India 2-70
Yes, India may have gone slow and steady.
They saw what happened when KL Rahul got out very early through a super yorker from Josh Hazlewood.
It may have been a few steps forward & backward which took a blow to their opening vital men.
But Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara kept the Australian fast bowling cartel quiet for this middle session.
India will need to keep going such as blocking good balls.
Quick singles will be the way to go plus some boundaries needed to reduce the trail target that Australia asked a while ago.
On the other hand, Australia’s fast bowling displays between before & after lunch worked.
But for most of the time, they have run tired with a lack of firepower needed to pressure the Indians.
Even the change of tactics from lead spinner Nathan Lyon didn’t split the Kohli-Pujara stand.
Safe to say, it’s a good time for Australia to reflect what went right & wrong so they can add some spice after 20 minutes.