Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of Australia vs India, Test Four, Day 3 at Gabba, Brisbane.
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Australia 239/6 after 83 overs: The new ball was taken, but Shardul and Sundar forged a brilliant fifty-point grandstand – the highest to date in Indian innings. The partnership is worth 54 out of 102 deliveries with Sundar batting 35 out of 74 balls and Thakur over 23 out of 48 deliveries. Awesome from the graduates and they’re not in the mood to throw it away. Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins bowling well, but thanks to the drummers, they negotiated without much fuss.
Australia 224/6 after 77 overs: Sundar and Thakur continue to resist the Australian attack but Tim Paine will be eager to reclaim the new ball and allow his pacers to do the job. The new ball will be available in 3 overs and it will be a challenge for the inexperienced tail to blunt it and bring India closer to Australia’s first innings total. At the moment, Sundar and Thakur are playing cricket safely. Remember, Sundar had opened first class cricket heats for Tamil Nadu.
India 205/6 after 71 overs: Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur play their shots, the latter getting his first tries with a six on the deep back square. Thakur takes the risk of pushing the limits but Sundar plays to the merits of the ball and leaves the deliveries well. India is in desperate need of a partnership as it cannot allow Australia to pocket a huge lead. Only a smaller deficit will allow India to bounce back in the game.
India 187/6 after 67 overs: India continues to slide and this time it is Rishabh Pant who must leave and what a beautiful reflex catch from Cameroon Green to the gully … Back length of Hazlewood and Pant tried to guide him on the cordon but did not managed to get enough of it as Green took a good hold and the Australians are escatic. India in great difficulty.
India 175/5 after 65 overs: Washington Sundar and Pant try to forge a position with the spinner declaring his positive intention with a crisp drive halfway through and the timing was absolutely brilliant. Pant, meanwhile, continues to play his game as he gets the occasional limit and it will be interesting to see how he approaches Nathan Lyon with India having lost half of the squad.
From the talk about racism, the bravery of Mohammed Siraj sparked in discussions of questionable sportsmanship cricket from Tim Paine, Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya, Vijay Lokapally and Shayan Acharya unbox all Sydney Test developments and what they mean for India and Australia before the final test at Gabba.
India 163/5 after 61 overs: WICKET – Hazlewood strikes immediately after lunch and once again an Indian drummer throws his wicket and this time it’s Mayank Agarwal. He did all the hard work of the morning session and was ready and well placed in the middle to play an outrageous shot and come back. Length delivery back, there was width offered and Mayank throws his hands over it, gets a thick outside edge and Smith takes a nice grip on the rebound to leave India Five down. There was absolutely no need to make this move, but Mayank just couldn’t resist the temptation. This test is beyond India’s grasp and they need another miracle to keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Back for the second session and it will be Hazlewood to start the work.
Lunch Day 3 – 161/4 after 60 hours: It’s a split session because, although India lost a few wickets, it did well to recover by games and cut the deficit as it is now lagging behind 208 points. The drummers overnight – Rahane and Pujara were sacked with the latter getting a peach from Hazlewood, but the Indian skipper fell into a conspiracy and was guilty of playing a loose shot. However, Mayank Agarwal in his new role as a mid-order batsman looks good and has come out to beat in a positive way, using his feet well against the spinners. He is joined by Rishabh Pant, who has the ability to attack the Australians. Critical session ahead and India is hoping the Mayank-Pant booth will remain intact. Back in 40 …
India 144/4 after 55 overs: WICKET – The plan worked for Australia and Mitchell Starc strikes to take out Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane. A third slip was in place, Starc drives him all the way up, invites Rahane for the drive and the drummer goes in, plays away from his body, takes a healthy advantage and Wade takes a simple hold. A counter at the start of lunch.
India 126/3 after 47 overs: The partnership continues to grow. Cummins is between Mayank and Rahane, but Cummins plays a relentless line in tandem with Cameron Green. India needs to be careful because it cannot afford to lose another window. The captain was solid in his defense and left the deliveries well …
India 116/3 after 42 overs: Mayank is out of place and he shows good positive intention as he leads Lyon firmly through the covers and runs four. Rahane, meanwhile, was a little more cautious after the fall of Pujara and the Indian skipper will hold the key.
India 105/3 after 39 overs: WICKET – It is the end of the strikes of Pujara and Hazlewood to end his resistance. The ball straightens up just after throwing, just kisses the outside edge of Pujara’s bat, and Paine takes a regulation catch. Mayank Agarwal is the new man.
India 105/2 after 38 overs: Rahane sends Lyon to the deep point for a border to bring the 100 to India and the partnership is worth 45 out of 113 deliveries.
India 89/2 after 34 overs: Top shot from Pujara as he gets on the rebound and directs Starc behind the point for a welcome limit. Rahane and Pujara have started well and must continue.
India 69/2 after 30 overs: Mitchell Starc is playing a tight line and on one occasion he nearly caught Rahane as he forced the Indian skipper into a drive, the ball took a thick outside edge and just dodged a Cameron Green plunging into the ravine. Cummins and Starc don’t let the batsmen get away with it but Pujara in particular is compact in his defense.
India 64/2 after 27 overs: Rahane is up and running with a good drive through the covers but the ball does not reach the limit as the Indian skipper settles for a couple. Cummins then returns to the bowl three consecutive runs to complete the top on a high.
We are all ready for the start of day 3 and it will be Pat Cummins in Ajinkya Rahane
Brisbane test: Australia tightens grip on rainy day
Rohit Sharma’s selection of prying shots anchored India back after his rookie bowling attack restricted Australia to 369 on a second day of reduced rain from the fourth Test on Saturday. With severe thunderstorms preventing play in the after-tea session, India ended the day at 62 for two.
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Rohit was more elegant than ever in his 44 balls out of 74 before Nathan Lyon in his 100th Test urged him to go down the track; he was surprised by Mitchell Starc in the long run. India also lost Shubman Gill (7), who preceded a delivery from Pat Cummins to Steve Smith.
Cheteshwar Pujara (8) and Ajinkya Rahane (2) added two points in the 6.1 overs before the break.
There were six limits from Rohit but he did not violate deliveries in and around the off-stump channel even as Cummins and Josh Hazlewood cast a test spell in cloudy conditions.
No regrets having played this shot off Lyon, says Rohit
Rohit sharma understands the criticism his premature dismissal has aroused, but the Indian vice-captain has “no regrets” about attacking Nathan Lyon, saying it’s his way of putting pressure on bowlers.
Rohit looked in good contact on his 44 of 74 balls but was sacked trying to dominate Lyon in the middle of the wicket, the kind of shots that often resulted in his dismissal even in previous tryouts.
“You still have a plan and I actually have no regrets about playing that shot. It’s something I always love to do — put pressure on the bowlers. Nathan Lyon is a smart bowler and he has played against me which made it difficult for me to get some elevation, ”Rohit said in the post-game virtual conference.
His selection of shots drew criticism from the comment box. India had 62 for two at the stumps while Rohit could have got a big score after a good start.
Rohit understands the disappointment, but in his defense he would explain why he opted for this type of high risk stroke.
“It’s not that (that shot) comes out of nowhere. It’s a shot that I’ve played well in the past. It’s something that I rely on playing and it’s kind of. role that I play in this team. like that it looks bad, but I don’t think too much because my goal is to make it count once I’m there, ”he said .
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant (w), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan
Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (w / c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Throw: Australia won the toss and chose to beat first