PHOTOS: India fightback against Australia as skipper Virat Kohli stays off the field on Day 2

India showed grit and gave Australia a tough fight in the absence of their aggressive skipper Virat Kohli on the second day of the third Test here on Friday.

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Ranchi, March 17: India showed grit and gave Australia a tough fight in the absence of their aggressive skipper Virat Kohli on the second day of the third Test here on Friday (March 17).

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Hosts lost the wicket of opener Lokesh Rahul (67) to finish the second day's play at 120/1 in their response to Australia's first innings total of 451.

Playing his 50th Test, opener Murali Vijay looked rock solid to remain unbeaten on 42 along with Cheteshwar Pujara on 10 not out at stumps.

(Video: Jadeja does a Dhoni)

The opening duo of Rahul (67) and Vijay led India's fightback with a 91-run stand before the Karnataka right-hander was sent back by pacer Pat Cummins caught behind by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

Earlier, India came back strongly with the ball as hosts restricted Australia to 451. Leading from the front, Aussie skipper Steve Smith scored 178 and remained unbeaten till the end.

Glenn Maxwell was the second Australian who slammed a ton in the first innings. He scored his maiden Test hundred before Ravindra Jadeja got him caught behind the stumps.

Jadeja was the most effective Indian bowler as he returned with another five-wicket haul in the second consecutive game.

Here are the images from the second day's play:

Glenn Maxwell slams maiden Test ton

Glenn Maxwell slams maiden Test ton

Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell reacts after completing his century during 2nd day of 3rd Test against India in Ranchi on Friday.

Maxwell gets emotional

Maxwell gets emotional

Glenn Maxwell became emotional, while skipper Steve Smith looks on, after completing his century during 2nd day of 3rd Test against India in Ranchi on Friday.

Jadeja gets rid of Maxwell

Jadeja gets rid of Maxwell

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after taking the wicket of Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell during 2nd day of 3rd Test in Ranchi on Friday. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Jadeja celebrates fall of Matthew Wade's wicket

Jadeja celebrates fall of Matthew Wade's wicket

Jadeja was also the pick of the Indian bowlers in the first innings. He completed another five-wicket haul by grabbing four wickets on the second day and was almost unplayable.

Jadeja grabs another five-for

Jadeja grabs another five-for

Jadeja raises the ball to acknowledge the audience after picking up 5 wickets for 124 runs from 49.3 overs in the first innings. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Rahul-Vijay give hosts a strong start

Rahul-Vijay give hosts a strong start

The opening duo of Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay led India's fightback with a 91-run stand before the Karnataka right-hander was dismissed for 67.

Image Courtesy: BCCI

Cummins gets rid of well-set Rahul

Cummins gets rid of well-set Rahul

Pacer Pat Cummins removed Rahul by getting him caught behind by wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.

Kohli stayed off the field

Kohli stayed off the field

Virat Kohli during practice in the morning of day two of the third test match between India and Australia held at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

Image Courtesy: BCCI

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