Day 2 of the Boxing-Day test saw India dominate over the Aussies to take an edge in the game. Ajinkya Rahane finished unbeaten on 104 as India ended day 2 of the Boxing-Day test on 277 for 5 leading by 82 runs. Ravindra Jadeja is batting alongside him on 40 as the duo added an unbeaten century stand to help India dominate in the final session of play. This happened after India resumed the day on 36 for 2 and there was some good confident and positive batting from all the batsmen throughout the day.
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Virat Kohli after praising the Indian bowlers on Day 1, paid a tribute to Ajinkya Rahane for his gritty ton. Another great day for us. Proper test cricket at its best. “Absolutely top knock from Jinks @ajinkyarahane88” wrote Kohli while praising Rahane for his century.
Virat Kohli Praises Ajinkya Rahane Post His 12th Test Ton
Another great day for us. Proper test cricket at its best. Absolutely top knock from Jinks👌@ajinkyarahane88
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 27, 2020
It was Rahane’s 12th Test ton, his second at the MCG and his eighth overseas for Team India. He played according to the situation and displayed immense patience and concentration to take India to a position of strength in the Test match.
Ajinkya Rahane came into bat at 64 for 3 with Hanuma Vihari (21) as the visitors went to lunch at 90 for3. The first session thus belonged well and truly to the Aussies.
Rahane added two fifty-plus partnerships and an unbeaten century stand with Ravindra Jadeja (40*) in the next two sessions. Starting their second session at 90 they reached 189 for 3 at tea with Rahane getting strength to strength during his innings. He first added a 52-run stand with Vihari and then joined in for a 57-run stand with Rishabh Pant who scored 29 off 40 deliveries.
Rahane was given a life just after getting to his century as Travis Head dropped him at gully. He added a 104-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja who himself has looked comfortable with the bat on 40 not out off as many as 104 deliveries.