Ravindra Jadeja and Shubman Gill fight back for India after Steven Smith ton


Australia lost eight wickets for 132 runs to be bundled out for 338


Smith roars back to form with century at SCG

WATCH: Smith roars back to form with century at SCG

India 96 for 2 (Gill 50, Rohit 26) trail Australia 338 (Smith 131, Labuschagne 91, Jadeja 4-62) by 242 runs

After what initially looked like Australia’s day in the first hour and then India’s as they took quick wickets, the second Test at the SCG remained finely balanced with a fighting century from Steven Smith, a crucial four-for from Ravindra Jadeja, an impressive maiden half-century from Shubman Gill and some tight bowling from the hosts to end the day. India were still trailing Australia’s 338 by 242 runs after they dominated the day scripting Australia’s collapse of 132 for 8 around Smith, who was run out for 131.

In reply, a steady stand between Gill and Rohit Sharma – India’s third opening combination in as many matches – of 70 gave India a platform before both fell in quick succession for 50 and 26 respectively. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara used straight-bat techniques with caution in the last hour without bothering much about the scoring rate in their stand of 11 runs in 12.5 overs.

Gill and Sharma also used compact technique against the good balls and the necessary scoring shots when the bowlers erred. The ball hardly moved around and the lack of edges or batsmen getting beaten would have left Mayank Agarwal feeling a little unlucky especially watching Sharma score freely on the flattest track of the series so far.

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