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Australia vs India, 2nd Test: India push hosts on backfoot on Day 3

India took massive strides to level the series as they reduced Australia to 133/6 after securing a 131-run lead on Day 3 of the second Test in Melbourne on Monday.

While Ravindra Jadeja scalped two wickets, Umesh Yadav, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj picked a wicket each as India took control of the game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Earlier, the overnight pair of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja negotiated the first three minutes of the morning to take India’s lead past 100. However, Australia managed to break the partnership as Rahane, after scoring a valiant 112, was run out while going for a quick single.

Jadeja then completed a fine half-century. But Mitchell Starc dismissed the Indian all-rounder for 57 as India lost their second wicket of the morning.

R Ashwin and Umesh Yadav added 19 runs before Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood picked two wickets and a wicket respectively as India were bowled out for 326, securing a 131-run lead.

Australia commenced their second innings in the second session. Joe Burns survived a few close calls in the first couple of overs but a peach of delivery from Umesh did him in. The Indian pacer though had to leave the field after some pain in his calf.

While Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade added 38 runs together, Ashwin dismissed Labuschagne to break the stand. Steve Smith, who got out for 0 in the first innings, and Wade then took Australia to 65/2 at tea.

Jasprit Bumrah provided the team a big breakthrough in the 33rd over as the ball, after deflecting off Smith's thigh, dislodged the bail as India struck early in the final session of the day.

Wade, who had put up a solid resilience, and Travis Head added 27 runs before India scalped three wickets, conceding just a run.

While Jadeja trapped Wade before the wickets to end his resilient 40-run knock and then dismissed Tim Paine, Siraj had Head caught behind the wickets as India reduced Australia to 99/6.

Cameron Green and Pat Cummins then put up an unbroken 34-run stand and put Australia in the lead.

Brief Scores: Australia 195 all out & 133/6 (Matthew Wade 40, Marnus Labuschagne 28; Ravindra Jadeja 2/25) lead India 326 all out (Ajinkya Rahane 112, Ravindra Jadeja 57; Nathan Lyon 3/72) by 2 runs