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India take over favouritism for second Test

Tue, Mar 7, 9:47am by Senior Writer

India have assumed favouritism ahead of the fourth day of the second Test in Bangalore after a crucial partnership between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane helped the hosts turn their fortunes around.

Australia had been $1.56 favourites after days one and two, after dismissing India for 189 in the first innings and then making 276 themselves, a lead of 87.

But a patient Indian reply saw them get to 4-213 at stumps on day three, a lead of 126 runs with six wickets in hand. They look in a decent position to set Australia a competitive chase as the pitch looks to improve as the Test wears on.

India are now $1.66 favourites to win the Test, with Australia out to $3.25 and the draw priced at $6.30. The draw no bet option has Australia at $2.80 and India at $1.40.

The last session on Monday was the first session for the series where a wicket hasn’t fallen, with Pujara and Rahane coming together at 4-120 and building an as-yet-unbeaten 93-run stand.

Pujara is on 79 and according to Sportsbet is $1.57 to make his 11th Test century. Rahane is on 40 and his line in terms of runs made is at 62.5. He is $1.65 to be the next man out, with Pujara at $2.19.

Their partnership was crucial after Josh Hazelwood took 3-57, including the controversial wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who was adjudged lbw despite a suggestion he may have hit the ball.

The review did not conclusively say that Kohli, who has endured a nightmare run this series with four knocks of 15 or less, had hit the ball and the on-field decision stood. The Indian skipper was furious with the decision.

In terms of India’s second innings total, Sportsbet have the line at 353.5, offering $1.88 for a total above and below that number. That would leave Australia a chase of around 270.

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