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.
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.
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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