Ajinkya Rahane played the captain’s innings during the second Test match against Australia. India looked troubled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as they lost their top three batsmen cheaply. Hanuma Vihari was surrounded for an easy task but he could not play for long. Rahane had to bear the burden on India from the first innings lead. And he did exactly that, when India needed someone to play big innings, Rahane went ahead and scored a century.
In his innings of 112 runs, Rahane was extremely cautious initially but after the day of T2, he went down his groove and started scoring runs independently. His partnership with Ravindra Jadeja provided the platform for India to take a major lead in the second Test. This was one of his special knocks in Test cricket as he saved India from a precarious position. But does he knock on MCG as his best of 112? After playing Day 3, Rahane was also asked the same question and said that his century against England at Lord’s was the most special.
Reading | The bowlers kept India in view of the series-level victory, overtaking Australia by 133/6.
‘It was really special. It is always a century. Rahane said after the match that he still feels that my century against England at Lord’s is my best.
Australia were 133 for six at stumps on the third day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Aiming to incite the ghost of being dismissed the lowest of the series openers 36 times, Australia scored 326 for a 131-run lead in response to Australia’s first innings total of 1956.
Australia were only two runs ahead of the game.
India captain Ajinkya Rahane said, “The game is not over yet, we are yet to take four more wickets. He scored a century on the second day,” told broadcaster Sony Network at the end of the day’s play.
“Credit to the bowlers, they bowled in the right areas,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)
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