Ajinkya Rahane scored his 12th Test hundred on Sunday.© Twitter
Ajinkya Rahane, India’s stand-in skipper in the absence of Virat Kohli, smashed his 12th hundred in the ongoing Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday. Rahane came in to bat in the 22nd over when Pat Cummins was in the middle of a fiery spell, where he bowled nine overs on the trot. The India captain weathered the storm and played a gritty knock to take the visitors past Australia’s first innings score of 195 and in a comfortable position in the second Test of the four-match series.
Rahane hit 11 boundaries en route to his 195-ball century.
He steadied the innings initially after India had lost Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession.
Rahane added 52 runs with Hanuma Vihari for the fourth wicket. Nathan Lyon broke the partnership by removing Vihari for 21.
Rishabh Pant then joined the skipper in the middle and runs started coming quickly for India.
Pant scored 29 runs off 40 deliveries with the help of three boundaries before being dismissed by Mitchell Starc.
Rahane then stitched a 100-plus partnership with Ravindra Jadeja to take India’s lead past 50.
For Australia, Starc and Cummins both picked up two wickets apiece while Lyon also chipped in with a wicket. But the star of Adelaide, Josh Hazlewood remained wicketless in the ongoing second Test.
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