Ajinkya Rahane steers a ball away from the Australian attack on the second day of the second cricket Test match between Australia and India played at the MCG in Melbourne on December 27, 2020
Ajinkya Rahane steers a ball away from the Australian attack on the second day of the second cricket Test match between Australia and India played at the MCG in Melbourne on December 27, 2020
AFP

Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane reached his 12th Test hundred on Sunday as he led from the front to take India to a comfortable position of 73-run lead against Australia on day two of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Rahane reached his 100 with a boundary off Cummins. Incidentally, his half-century also came off a boundary.

Rahane's performance was hailed by both fans and former cricketers who called his well-built hundred fifty.

India are currently at 268/5 and have taken a lead of 73 runs over the hosts. Ravindra Jadeja is batting at 36 with Rahane.

Earlier, Rahane drew praise for his tactical acumen with former stars hailing his effective bowling changes that put the visitors in a dominating position in the second Test against Australia here on Saturday.

Rahane is leading the side in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, who is on paternity leave.

Whether it was the early introduction of off-spinner R Ashwin or the decision to hold back debutant Mohammed Siraj, all his ploys yielded results and eventually the hosts were all out for 195.

Australia opted to bat but it was India that seized the initiative with Rahane shuffling his bowlers smartly to keep the hosts under the pump.

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal

www.freepressjournal.in