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Last Updated Saturday March 04 2017 01:49 PM IST

India 72/2 at lunch on day one against Australia

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India 72/2 at lunch on day one against Australia KL Rahul plays a shot as Asutralia's Peter Handscomb drops the catch during the first day of the second test match between India and Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. PTI

Bengaluru: Australia picked up a wicket at the stroke of lunch even as opener KL Rahul closed in on a half century to help a cautious India reach 72 for two in the second cricket Test here on Saturday.

Rahul was an unbeaten on 48, helping India recover from the early loss of Abhinav Mukund, who was picked at the last minute in place of an injured Murali Vijay.

The players walked off for lunch after off-spinner Nathan Lyon's dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara in the 28th over at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Coming off a humiliating defeat in Pune, India trail the four-match series 0-1.

While a confident Australia took off from where they left in the last game, removing Mukund for a duck in the day's third over.

Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was the one who gave the visitors the initial breakthrough, as he trapped the batsman who figured in the playing XI after a gap of five and a half years.

Rahul and Pujara (17) added 61 runs in 25 overs to steady the innings.

However, Lyon sent back Pujara when he got an inside edge and the ball lobbed up for Peter Handscomb to complete a catch at forward short-leg, tilting the scales slightly in favour of Australia after the first session's play.

Pujara did not look very comfortable during his stay in the middle, while luck smiled on Rahul, who got a reprieve on 30 by Handscomb.

India 72/2 at lunch on day one against Australia Australian player Mitchell Starc with team mates celebrate the wicket of India's Abhinav Mukund during the first day of the second test match between India and Australia at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Saturday. PTI

Rahul faced 93 balls and struck eight boundaries during his stay in the middle.

Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat.

Australia have named an unchanged XI, while India have brought in Mukund and Karun Nair. Mukund is making a comeback to the Test side after five and a half years, replacing Vijay, who suffered a last-minute shoulder injury.

Nair, who had scored a triple century in his last Test, also got a chance after India decided to drop Jayant Yadav for an extra batsman.

Teams:

India: Abhinav Mukund, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Starc, Steve O'Keefe, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

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