India Vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4: Australia With A Comfortable Lead After First Session

Akshay Sonawane
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In the 3rd Test match of India tour of Australia, the hosts won the toss and chose to bat against the Indian team at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia 338/10, Steve Smith (131), Ravindra Jadeja (4/62). Second innings, India 244/10, Shubman Gill (50), Pat Cummins (4/24). Third innings, day 4, after 64 overs, Australia 182/4, Marnus Labuschagne (73), Steve Smith (58*), Navdeep Saini (2/47), Mohammed Siraj (1/20). The first session of day 4 belonged to the Aussies as they scored 79 runs in 35 overs at the loss of two wickets. Australia lead by 276 runs.

Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith walked out to bat in the first innings of day 4. The two batsmen looked comfortable against the Indian bowlers though the scoring rate gradually low than yesterday. Labuschagne completed his yet another half-century in the early overs of the session on day 4. They kept on scoring runs at a steady pace with minimal risks and kept the scoreboard ticking. Labuschagne and Smith went on to stitch a partnership of 103 runs before the former departed. Labuschagne edged the ball while playing it on the leg side on Navdeep Saini’s bowling and the catch was completed by Wriddhiman Saha. Mathew Made (4) came in to bat at number 5 in the 47th over. Saini got the second wicket of the morning in the form of Wade as the southpaw was sent back to the pavilion cheaply. Cameron Green joined Smith at the crease, the two conjured 44 runs for the fifth wicket partnership before the lunch break on day 4.

The Aussie camp will be looking forward to adding on to the lead for the visitors in the fourth innings. Saini pocketed two wickets and conceded 47 runs while Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Siraj took one wicket each. In the first session of day 4, 35 overs were bowled, 79 runs were scored at the run rate of 2.26 runs per over