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Twitter Reactions: Jadeja’s 5-wicket haul & Rahul-Vijay stand keep India in the hunt on Day 2

Ravindra Jadeja India
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: BCCI)

In what was an exciting day of cricket at Ranchi, both teams seemed poised quite nicely at stumps on Day 2. Australia with the number of runs on the board hold a slight edge as of now but Team India was guided to a splendid start by the openers and they ended the day with 120 runs on the board for the loss of one wicket.

Earlier in the day, Australia resumed from their overnight score of 299/4. Glenn Maxwell went on to smash his first ever century in Tests. Coming into the XI after being on the sidelines for the first two Tests, Maxwell left no stone unturned to make a statement to the Aussie selectors.

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However, once he got out, Indian bowlers capitalized and didn’t allow the other batsmen to get going. Matthew Wade and Steve O’Keefe did try but couldn’t convert their starts. The Australian tail didn’t disturb India much this time as the innings was bundled for 451 runs. Skipper Steve Smith stayed not out playing an outstanding captain’s knock of 178 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja went on to pick another five-wicket haul as he led the rampage from the Indian bowling side. Umesh Yadav also continued to bowl well as he got 3 wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin managed to get the lone wicket of Shaun Marsh yesterday.

For the first time in a while, Indian openers provided a solid start. KL Rahul continued his consistent run with another half century while Murali Vijay was also looking fluent in his approach. Both put up a 91-run partnership for the first wicket before Rahul gloved one to Wade.

At the end of the day, the hosts were 120/1 trailing by 331 runs, with two of their most reliable batsmen Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease. While India would be happy with the proceedings throughout the day, Australia still hold a competitive edge.

Here are some of the reactions from Twitter that came up during the course of the day’s play:

https://twitter.com/altcricket/status/842680022209040384

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