India’s first innings reply to Australia’s 320 runs ended in 283 and except for Kohli’s century and Ajinkya’s 50, there weren’t too many other meaty contributions. Rishabh Pant though, scored a quick 36 off 50 to take the team total to 283. Nathon Lyon picked 5 wickets, reminding India that they missed a trick by not playing R Jadeja. His batting would have been handy down the order.
Although the lead of 37 may not be a lot, under the circumstances it’s crucial. Australia has begun well in the second innings, scoring 33 runs for no loss in 12.1 overs. The hosts now have a lead of 76 runs with two days and a session to go. Given the fact that batting last on this pitch can be tricky, its advantage Australia.