India Vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4: India Lose Openers After A Positive Start, Trail Australia by 309 Runs

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. First innings, Australia 338/10, Steve Smith (131), Ravindra Jadeja (4/62). First innings, India 244/10, Shubman Gill (50), Pat Cummins (4/24). Second innings, Australia 312/6 d, Cameron Green (84), Steve Smith (81), Navdeep Saini (2/64). Stumps day 4, second innings, India 98/2, Rohit Sharma (51), Shubman Gill (31), Josh Hazlewood (1/11). The third session of day 4 was shared between the two teams as 98 runs were scored at the loss of two wickets in 34 overs. India needs 309 runs to win while Australia is in the hunt of seven wickets to clinch the third Test match.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the proceedings with the bat for the visitors. The openers had a shaky start to their innings, a couple of reviews were used to counter the on-ground umpire’s decision. The two batsmen got comfortable as they faced several overs. The opening pair started putting the bad balls away and conjured 71 runs for the first wicket partnership. The Aussies got the first wicket of the last session in the form of Gill as the 21-year-old batsman edged the ball to the wicket-keeper on Josh Hazlewood’s bowling. Rohit continued punishing the bad deliveries and registered his 11th Test half century. Gill’s departure brought Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease. The two batsmen stitched a small partnership of 21 runs for the second wicket. The 33-year-old opener fell prey to Pat Cummins in the 31st over. Cummins bowled a short ball down the leg which the Indian vice-captain couldn’t resist playing and was caught at deep fine leg by Mitchell Starc. Sharma’s wicket brought Ajinkya Rahane to the crease.

Pujara and Rahane finished the third session with the bat for the visitors. In the third session of day 4, 34 overs were bowled, 98 runs were scored at the run rate of 2.88 runs per over.