Australia names ODI squad for series against India

Australia names ODI squad for series against India

With two full days play left in the game and Australia still 386 runs adrift of India's score, the visitors will fancy their chances of winning the four-match rubber 3-1.

Pujara went past fifty by taking three fours in an over off Marnus Labuschagne - one of two players brought into Australia's line-up alongside Peter Handscomb, with Mitch Marsh and Aaron Finch dropping out.

The stand between the two batsmen had accumulated 101 runs by then.

Kohli announced his arrival at the crease with a four punched through extra-cover but fell straight after tea when a Hazlewood delivery down the leg-side caught his glove and flew to Tim Paine behind the stumps.

Khawaja arrived at the venue on Friday morning with high hopes of Australia's quicks running through India, who resumed at 4-303.

Travis Head (20) added 40 runs for the fifth wicket with Handscomb for the fifth wicket and brought some respite to the desperate Australian middle order.

Rahane plucked a far more remarkable catch to dismiss Labuschagne, who flicked the ball off his pads with handsome timing but bad placement.


OUT! Just when things started to look good for Australia, Kuldeep Yadav has struck. Labuschagne went for the flick towards Rahane but the Indian vice-captain had to dive low to his right with nearly no reaction time.

Australia got an early breakthrough with Josh Hazlewood tempting Rahul into a defensive shot that took an outside edge and carried to Shaun Marsh at first slip, and he was gone for nine.

Cheteshwar Pujara caught all eyes on the second day too, falling eventually for 193 while Rishabh Pant hit his second Test century and also the second overseas.

India captain Virat Kohli declared at the fall of Jadeja's wicket for 81, bowled by Lyon in the 168th over, which ended a 204-run partnership with Pant, who finished 159 not out. After a heroic ton by Cheteshwar Pujara and a record-making century by Rishabh Pant posted a mammoth total on the scoreboard (622/7), before declaring in the third session of the day.

The latter half of the second session and the rest of the third saw the pitch providing assistance to the spinners and sure enough, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav shared five wickets between them.

Senior batsman Usman Khawaja was also called up after a layoff of almost two years as Australia look to find the formula to turn around a poor run of form in time for their World Cup defence in England later this year.

India has never won a test series in Australia.

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