| On Updated : Dec 18, 2020 7:31 PM IST

WATCH: Marnus Labuschagne funny ‘leaving the ball’ compilation vs India

The clone of Steve Smith has been at the top of his game at this point in time. Though, he had luck going his way in the first innings, he hung in their and proved his greatness with a hard fought 47 off 119 balls which helped Australia to reduce their deficit. In the process, Marnus Labuschagne left the ball well and it turned out to be an enjoyable sight for the fans watching the game.

Marnus Labuschagne’s comical leaves

Australia started their innings in a cautious manner after bundling out India for 244 runs in the first innings. Australian openers were excellent in nullifying the Indian new ball bowlers but scoreboard was still which kept Indian bowlers in the game as well.

Jasprit Bumrah gave the breakthrough for India when he trapped Mathew Wade in front of the wicket and the other opener Joe Burns followed him soon after which left Australia's two best batsmen and arguably the best batsmen in world cricket at the moment to rescue their team but Steve Smith was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin which left Australia in deep trouble.

Marnus Labuschagne on the other end kept the scoreboard ticking and mixed caution with intent to perfection. He was leaving the balls in his own way which left the fans in splits.

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Match evenly poised

Though, Australia have conceded a first innings lead of 53 runs, they are certainly in control of this game considering the fragility of the Indian middle order. India are leading by 63 runs at the moment and they would at least need another 350 runs to start thinking about the victory.

Australia have a potent bowling attack to bundle out Indians for a cheaper target which is highly likely at this point in time. India have already lost their opener Prithvi Shaw and have finished the day with only 9 runs on the board. A long day awaits Indians and Australians will be hoping to bowl out India for below 150 runs and chase it by end of day 3.

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