Tim Paine pulls off a blinder to end Cheteshwar Pujara's show early on the second day

Cheteshwar Pujara left the field after scoring just 17 runs from his willow.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Tim Paine
Cheteshwar Pujara and Tim Paine. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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India and Australia are up on the second day of the Melbourne Test. India ended the hosts’ batting show yesterday on 195 runs and started up with their willow show. Mayank Agarwal walked in with debutant Shubman Gill to take the responsibility. Though Agarwal left the field once again hastily, Gill made his debut looked promising as he scored 45 runs from his bat. Cheteshwar Pujara was the next man in the order, and Australia skipper Tim Paine pulled off a blinder to dismiss him.

Pat Cummins was the man again with the ball in hand and caught Pujara in his magic. Pujara was looking determined enough and delivered in-angler, and it just straightened a touch off the pitch to get an edge. It went too quickly towards the first slip, and Tim Paine also pitched in to catch it. Paine’s full stretched dive led him to complete his action in no time as he caught an exceptional low catch. Pujara had to set foot for the pavilion after scoring just 17 off 70 balls.

Here is how Paine dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara

Talking about India’s game in the second Test, Gill made the best use of his debut as he bagged some significant runs for the team and was lucky enough to be dropped twice. India was up with a great show on the second day where Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc had some scalps under their belt. However, the game looked stable when the stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane walked up the field with confidence. Jadeja and Rahane are up on the field, where the latter has already smashed a half-century to get India going.

On the other hand, Jadeja is looking up to coordinate with the skipper well. India has already taken a bit of lead in the game and will be looking forward to making some mark in this Test. India had a terrible outing against Australia in the first Test where they bundled up on just 36 runs in the second innings, their lowest ever in Test cricket history.