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Rain hampers India's progress, lead by 15

Press Trust of India  |  Adelaide 

Rain hampered play on day three of the opening Test before took a 15-run lead in the first innings by bowling out for 235 runs here on Saturday.

The visitors had scored 250 runs in their first innings.

Inclement weather first delayed play by 45 minutes in the morning session, and then there were two more delays in the first session before lunch was taken at 1.12 pm local time.

During the first 20 minutes of play, starting from overnight 191 for seven, crossed 200 in the 91st over but managed to sneak in a breakthrough before rain came again. (15) was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah (3-47) as covers came on.

Play was held up for 55 minutes thereafter, and the number of overs for the day were reduced to 79. On resumption, the remaining one-hour session was cut short again after 40 minutes but this time made good used of the overs.

Both Bumrah and Ishant Sharma (2-47) were guilty of bowling shorter to the tail-enders, and it didn't change this morning either. (24 not out) made good use of this, hitting two fours and a six, as he put on 31 runs for the ninth wicket with (72).

Head's immaculate knock came to an end when he edged (2-58) behind, and the very next ball, the pacer finished things off with out caught similarly for a first-ball duck.

Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant finished with six catches, while Head faced 167 deliveries in all, inclusive of six fours.

were happier of the two sides having added 44 runs in just 10.4 overs of play. In their bid to get the lower order out quickly, India were guilty of leaking easy runs.

An early lunch was taken at the last rain interval.

On day one, Cheteshwar Pujara's 16th Test century saved India the blushes. On day two, the Indian bowling attack worked hard to restrict the Australian batsmen with Head the only one to cross the 50-mark.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 08:45 IST