After more than 30 balls, boundaries kept coming from Thakur’s bat with proper cricketing shot like a complete batsman. Rahane hits his half-century with a six off Cummins’ over. Ajinkya Rahane not only rescued India from the slump by playing responsibly when the wickets were falling, but was dropped as vice-captain due to his poor form and re-entered the team after 512 days.
The Rahane-Thakur partnership dominated Australia from the start against the bowlers. Thakur’s performance in this should be highly appreciated. He struggled with the Australian bowlers in the beginning but after settling down he fearlessly started hitting the overs of Cummins and Starc Boland. That too, Tagore had bowled a straight boundary in the stark over.
Lucky for Rahane too, Cummins’ no ball saved his wicket. Rahane-Thakur’s 100-run partnership saw India skip the ball. Rahane, who was swinging towards a century, was dismissed for 89 by a brilliant catch from Green at slip.