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India's solid reply to Australia's 451 in Ranchi Test
India and Australia were seen fighting fire with fire in the ongoing Test match at Ranchi during the first session of play on day 3 on Saturday morning.

For the 90 overs on the first day of the Test, the bowling of Indian squad was made to look amateur, first by Australia's captain Steve Smith and then by the comeback man Glenn Maxwell.

If anything at all could have lifted them, it would have been a better showing with the ball, and then the hope that their batsmen would respond well.

That's exactly what India did on the second day. Even in the absence of Mr Dependable Virat Kohli, who was confined to the dressing room, courtesy, the injury in his shoulder the previous day, the Indian bowling, led by Ravindra Jadeja's second-time five-wicket haul of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, helped dismiss the Australian squad for a score of 451 runs.

The captain Steve Smith, remained not out on an epic 178 and rewrote history by becoming the first Australian and the 5th visiting captain to build up a score of 150-plus in India.

The response of Indian team was at par with that of the Australian team. At stumps on day 2, they were one wicket down for 120, trailing Australia by 331 runs. This is Australia's 8th 400-plus total in the country. 

India began watchfully, playing the remaining 8 overs before tea even as Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins made the ball seam off the surface. KL Rahul settled in with 3 boundaries while Vijay was content in playing for the break. However, after tea both batsmen showed just how easy batting was on this surface.

Rahul led India's reply with his 4th half-century of the series. He pushed, drove and flicked with panache. In Pune, he showed us how he can stand up in adversity. In Bengaluru, he proved to us that he is perfectly capable of scoring consistently. In this match he took it just a notch further.

That is, before Cummins surprised him with a slow bouncer and kindled some confidence in Smith who persisted with the bowler for the speed generating. Vijay batted with a subdued approach before getting into his elements. Once Rahul got out he picked up his first boundary after 51 deliveries, that's some Test cricket patience. 

Brief score on day 2 at stumps: India 120/1 (KL Rahul 67, Murali Vijay 42*; Pat Cummins 1/22) in reply to Australia 451 all out (Smith 178*, Maxwell 104, Jadeja 5/124).

Brief score on day 3 post lunch: India 209/2 (Pujara 53*, Kohli 3*;Nathan Lyon 0/61).

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