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Australia vs India, Ist Test, Day 3: As it happened: India stay ahead of Australia

Indian batsmen look to extend the lead

Adelaide, December 8: India have maintained the grip over Australia on Friday (December 7) and they extended it to the Day 3 on Saturday (December 8) -- first closing the Australian innings early and then batting better in the second innings when their turn came. India made 151/3 at close for a lead of 166.

So far, the first Test remained a battle of attrition with the Indian bowlers producing a spirited effort to restrict Australia to 191/7 at the Adelaide Oval on Day 2. R Ashwin was India's lead act taking three wickets while Travis Head held the Aussies together with a gritty fifty. India will have to sustain that hold over the Aussies to place themselves in a winning position in this Test. Here's the Day 3 Live Update from MyKhel.

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01:58 pm

Stumps -- Day 3: India are 151/3 and lead by 166. Pujara (40) and Rahane (1) are at crease.

01:43 pm

Wicket no 3: Lyon snaffles Kohli. A turning ball from the rough outside the off stump has resulted in a bat-pad catch. India are 147/3, leading by 162

01:10 pm

50 partnership between Kohli and Pujara -- 54 off 152 balls. India are slowly marching to command here.

12:46 pm

Pujara and Kohli slowly but surely inching ahead and India are in lead by 127 runs at this stage. Not much in the pitch for the bowlers either.

12:04 pm

What Indian batsmen in this innings has done is batting without getting cagey. Even without a flurry of fours, India have managed to move the scoreboard with regular singles and twos. Pressure on Australia

11:47 am

Plays resumes and we are in the final session of the day and we have 32 overs to be completed

11:36 am

Tea and India are 86/2 and lead by 101 runs.

11:13 am

Wicket No 2: Rahul gone again for a loose shot. 44. India are 80/2 and lead by 95 runs. Kohli is the new man

11:08 am

KL Rahul gets a reprieve through DRS as an appeal for a caught behind off Lyon was overturned.

10:56 am

Pujara is solid and Rahul is all in positive mood right from the word go here

10:43 am

Wicket NO 1: Murali Vijay chased a wide delivery outside off from Starc and Peter Handscomb at second slip makes no mistake. India are 63/1 and ahead by 78 runs.

10:23 am

India bring up 50 through a beautiful cover drive by Rahul off Cummins. Before that the Indian opener had slammed the Aussie fast man over the covers for an incredible six.

10:18 am

Here comes spinner Nathan Lyon. But before that we had some exchanges between Cummmins and KL Rahul and Hazlewood and Vijay. After all, this is not a silent series.

09:41 am

Both Vijay and Rahul are cautious and they have added 4 runs in 6 overs. Lot of leaves and solid defence.

09:14 am

Play has resumed and Starc opening the bowling against Rahul and Vijay

09:03 am

Play to resume in about 15 minutes. 61 overs left for the day, of course weather permitting

08:58 am

Covers are coming off and the drizzle seemed to have stopped. Umpires are having a chat. We will have to wait

08:13 am

Lunch has taken at Adelaide. It's drizzling and the covers are back on ground. India are ahead by 15 runs.

08:03 am

Australia all out for 235. Shami dismisses Hazlewood off the first ball for a duck. India lead by 15 runs

08:02 am

Wicket No 9: Travis Head departs for 72 as his prod away from body results in a catch to Pant behind the wicket. 235/9

07:50 am

Australia are 220/8 and 30 runs adrift now and it's been a slight drizzle again Adelaide but not in the threatening proportions as yet

07:30 am

Play resumes at Adelaide.

07:14 am

Play to resume in about 15 minutes

07:12 am

Stopped raining and covers are coming off. Cross your fingers.

06:56 am

Not much rain but the covers are still on and the entire square covers are back in place. Doesn't look good.

06:37 am

OH! The rain has returned to halt the play at Adelaide. We will have to wait. Australia trail by 46 runs at this stage.

06:35 am

Wicket NO 8: Starc c Pant b Bumrah 15 and Australia are 204/8

06:29 am

200 up for Australia.

06:14 am

Players are walking out and the proceedings are about to resume at Adelaide.

05:53 am

Play to begin in about 30 minutes from now, so decide the umpires after an inspection of the outfield

05:43 am

Rishabh Pant spoke to Fox Sports: "Loving Australia right now. Love bounce that's on offer on pitches here, good for stroke making. My father was a wicketkeeper, so I also chose to be a keeper. I got goosebumps when I was told I was debuting. I'm still learning from MS Dhoni, he helps me in any kind of situation. Gilchrist was my idol, I used to watch him. I love him as a person, haven't spoken to him much but am sure he'll be there to help me. I keep my concentrations up by chirping behind, else in Tests you can become lazy at times."

05:37 am

Hello all, it was raining in Adelaide and a wet outfield has delayed the start of play on Day 3. We will update you soon as we get an information on resumption.

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Story first published: Saturday, December 8, 2018, 5:30 [IST]
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