India vs Australia, Live Cricket Score, Fourth Test Day 3 in Sydney: Kuldeep Castles Paine, Australia Six Down
Handscomb till now has looked solid but he will have to keep continuing this way. Aussies have to fight it out in the middle or this match is as good
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Handscomb till now has looked solid but he will have to keep continuing this way. Aussies have to fight it out in the middle or this match is as good as over for them. It's 208/6.
With Cummins on the crease, one thing is for sure that he won't throw his wicket away. Handscomb will have to stick it around with him. Australia are 203/6.
OUT: There is a wicket in the first over after tea. Kuldeep has castled Tim Paine for 5. Australia are in deep trouble at 198/6.
TEA: This session belonged to India where they bagged four wickets. From here on it will be difficult for the Aussies to save the match, unless the rain intervenes. Australia are 198/5 at tea.
OUT: That's the end of Travis Head. Kuldeep bowls a full toss and Head hits it back to Kuldeep. He departs for 20. Australia are 192/5.
India would look to bag another wicket before tea. But even then, India have clearly moved ahead in the match. This partnership is worth 36 as Australia move to 188/4.
There is a little partnership building between Handscomb and Head and have made 25 together. But Australia need a lot more from them. It's 177/4.
This is excellent bowling by Jadeja as he is making the batsmen playing every ball. This spell has brought a lot of uncertainty in the batsmen's minds. Australia are 163/4.
This has been a good session of play for the Indians where they have looked like picking up wickets every ball. Meanwhile Australia have moved to 159/4.
OUT: That's disaster for Australia. What a great catch by Rahane as he dives forward to dismiss Labuschagne. Shami bowls one on the pads and the batsman flicks right in the hands of the fielder. He departs for 38. Australia are 152/4.
Labuschagne has been brilliant all day. He is dealing in boundaries at the moment as he hits Shami for a crisp straight drive. Australia are now 152/3.
OUT: Jadeja has done the trick again as Marsh edges one straight to Rahane at slip. He departs for 8 as Australia are 144/3. Great bowling by the left-hander.
Spinners are suddenly bowling with a lot of sting, especially Jadeja. A wicket is around the corner for India as Australia move to 136/2.
OUT: A loose shot by Harris sees him chop one on the leg stump as Jadeja strikes. The batsman goes for 79. This is the opening that India were looking for. Australia are 128/2.
Welcome back after lunch. India have a big task at their hands of breaking this partnership. Jadeja starts the proceedings for India as Australia are 127/1.
FIFTY PARTNERSHIP, LUNCH: Another good stand for the Australians as Harris and Labuschagne bring up fifty partnership and make Indian bowlers toil hard. And with this, umpires call lunch. Australia are 122/1.
Shami has been bowling well and getting it to reverse just a bit. But that is not enough to cause trouble for batsmen on this pitch. Australia are 119/1.
Kuldeep decides to come around the wicket for Labuschagne and the batsman sweeps. The ball hits short leg fielder Viahri on his inner thigh. But the fielder seems fine. Australia are 115/1.
Now Labuschagne and Harris are building a little partnership here. The only way to get wickets on this pitch is to keep attacking the batsmen. Australia are 111/1.
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Day 2 round-up One by one, India's batsmen piled on the misery on helpless and hapless Australia bowlers, making them toil for 167.2 overs before declaring on 622 for 7. Pujara scored 193, Pant was unbeaten on 159 while Jadeja scored 81, all but ensuring India will win their first ever series in Australia. And no team has ever lost a game after scoring 600 or more in first innings in Test history. At stumps on the second day, Australia were 24 for 0 with Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja in the middle, trailing India by 598 runs.
India began the day on 303 for 4, which meant the only way Australia could have fought back was through some quick wickets in the first session. They did get one, when Hanuma Vihari was caught at bat-pad off Nathan Lyon, the third umpire sticking with the on-field call despite a review. The 101-run stand for the fifth wicket was broken, but bigger partnerships were to follow. Pujara kept batting and batting, going past his 150. Pant too seemed to have got a hang of India's approach - keep batting, keep grinding. He was relatively sedate initially and gave good company to Pujara, taking India to 389 for 5 by lunch. Pujara seemed set for a double-ton but was slightly jittery in the 190s. He was dropped by Usman Khawaja at slip off Lyon on 192, but one run later, came down the track to chip a return catch to Lyon. A marathon 373-ball effort had ended, and Pujara walked off to a standing ovation. But that was certainly not the end of the torture for Australia's bowlers. Pant went past his half-century, and opened up in the company of Jadeja. The shots gradually began to come out, and Pant raced to his century off 137 balls. His first 50 had taken 85 balls, the next 50 came off 52. It was the first century by an Indian wicketkeeper in Australia. At the other end, Jadeja was having some fun too. He took a special liking to Pat Cummins, who he slammed for a straight six, celebrated his half-century in typical talwar style. He even hit four fours in an over off Cummins to take India past 600. With each passing ball, one almost felt bad for Australia's bowlers. For the second consecutive match, they were forced to take the third new ball. It only traveled faster to the boundary, as Pant played some audacious strokes. He even tried to reverse-scoop Josh Hazlewood, albeit he didn't connect.
The bowlers were tiring, and India could have gone on and on. A century was there for the taking for Jadeja. A double-ton, for Pant. Jadeja, though, fell 19 short when he stepped down and missed a Lyon delivery, prompting Virat Kohli to declare. It was Lyon's fourth wicket - a small consolation after bowling 57.2 overs. Hazlewood (35), Cummins (28) and Mitchell Starc (26) had plenty of work as well. Australia then had a tricky 10-over period to negotiate. They should have lost Khawaja for nought, but Pant dropped a sitter after Mohammed Shami found the edge. It was a small blip on an otherwise brilliant day for India.