Hyderabad: Australia's propensity to make the sweep shot a go-to option on turning tracks came back to bite them on Monday (March 4) as India assumed command of the second Test.
The middle day of a Test is generally considered the moving day, and so it turned out at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. The game hadn't been in the balance when play began on the third morning - India were well clear of Australia in the ascendancy stakes - but by the time the dust settled after six hours of gripping action, India had Australia in a bind after having opened up a 266-run lead on the first count.
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara had extended their second-wicket stand to an Indian record 370 - India's fourth highest partnership ever - and not even a late flurry of wickets triggered by Glenn Maxwell, the debutant offspinner, and Xavier Doherty could prevent India from opening up a potentially game-sealing advantage. Pujara completed his second double ton in only his 11th Test, along the way becoming the second quickest Indian to 1000 Test runs in 18 innings (Vinod Kambli had crossed 1000 runs in 14 innings), while Vijay was dismissed for 167, their partnership primarily responsible for India's imposing 503.