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6.05pm native time/12.35pm IST: Stumps: India lose openers, Australia strengthen grip
Loads of critiques later, Australia lastly removed Rohit Sharma as he pulled a straight ball to high-quality leg for 52. On one other day, a kind of pulls may have gone over the identical fielder, however on this event it went straight to him. India finish the day on 98 for two; they want one other 309 runs to win, or must survive 97 overs tomorrow to attract this. With that, it is the tip of one other full day of Check cricket which has put Australia nicely on prime. Keep in mind, Jadeja could not be capable of bat together with his fractured thumb so the hosts are solely three wickets away from opening India’s tail. Given the form of high quality Australia’s assault possesses with no weak hyperlinks, India have an enormous process forward of him and no rain in sight to save lots of them. I depart you all with this evaluation from Ricky Ponting of Rohit’s dismissal:
“I mentioned earlier within the day that when the brief ball is on the road of the physique of Rohit Sharma he pulls the ball up. He has fairly low fingers and a low again carry, will get inside the road of the ball and the one manner it will possibly go is up within the air. He is hit this fantastically. It is gone flat and it is gone quick, nevertheless it picks out Mitchell Starc at high-quality leg. Low fingers from beneath the bounce of the ball, up it goes, completely straight to him.”
Ricky Ponting on Channel Seven
5.20pm native time/11.50am IST: Two critiques in 4 balls now
Each by India this time, they usually lose one because the opening partnership is damaged. Shubman Gill will get a thick edge to the keeper, he appears behind as nicely if the catch is taken, however critiques it for some cause. How usually do you see a batsman assessment a caught behind after a thick edge? That is a kind of. The replays fairly clearly present the sting and deviation, together with on HotSpot, and India are a assessment down.
Three balls later, Pujara is given out lbw by Paul Wilson. However as quickly as Pujara sees the finger up, he critiques it and factors to his pad, referring to the peak, whereas Rohit Sharma. Good assessment from Pujara, as a result of ball-tracking reveals that was going over the stumps, having hit him on the thigh pad. Dramatic over from Hazlewood who’s jagging the ball into the batsmen. India 71 for 1.
4.40pm native time/11.10am IST: India shut in on fifty opening stand
And this is Sid Monga:
Solely 11 occasions within the historical past of India’s Check cricket have India managed two 50-run opening stands in the same Test outside India. This one is simply eight in need of it, which is an encouraging signal, however Australia have been very near getting a wicket. India’s management fee up to now has been 77%, they’ve been not in command of 21 deliveries, and often in Check cricket, this a lot brings two wickets. Do not be shocked if a wicket falls quickly
4.10pm native time/10.40am IST: Two critiques in three balls
And each go in India’s favour; one utilized by Rohit Sharma and the opposite by Tim Paine. Each occurred within the eighth over, bowled by Josh Hazlewood, who first beat Rohit by jagging a ball sharply into him and struck him in entrance of the stumps. Umpire Paul Reiffel gave it out, however Rohit went for a assessment after a chat with Shubman Gill, and since Rohit was hit across the knee roll, ball-tracking confirmed the ball would have gone over the stumps.
Solely two balls later, after Rohit practically chopped on in between and took a single, Paine reviewed when Australia thought that they had Gill caught behind. One other one got here in sharply from Hazlewood, went previous the pad, hit the pads and into Paine’s gloves. Gill had a smile on his face as Australia appealed after which reviewed towards Reiffel’s resolution, solely to see there was no edge on Hotspot or Snicko and ball-tracking additionally confirmed the ball going over once more.
After 9 overs, India 26 for 0.
3.05pm native time/9.35am IST: Extra crowd hassle
Sadly, we had some crowd hassle on the finish of the third day’s play and there is extra of it now. Siraj introduced one thing to the umpires’ discover and was pointing to the stands on the leg aspect, and he was joined by his captain Ajinkya Rahane, together with Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal. The bottom safety and police made their manner into the stands, spoke to a set of spectators after which escorted them out. It is actually unlucky that abuse makes its manner into the bottom. This is Gnasher with more details.
Play resumed quickly, fortunately, and after clobbering Siraj for 2 consecutive sixes, Inexperienced took on Bumrah as nicely earlier than he obtained a faint edge to Saha whereas trying one other massive swing. A promising and spectacular knock of 84 involves an finish and Australia are 312 for six at tea, with a lead of 406. Replace: Whereas sipping some tea, Australia determine they’ve sufficient and have declared to set India 407.
2.55pm native time/9.25am IST: Go Inexperienced!
Australia are accelerating, lead is approaching 400, is there a declaration across the nook? Gnasher has had his eyes on Cameron Inexperienced:
It has been match for the way forward for Australia’s batting. Cameron Inexperienced has adopted Will Pucovski with a maiden Check fifty – after which marked the second by launching Mohammed Siraj miles again over deep midwicket. He has not had many probabilities in his early Assessments to open his shoulders. It has been a wonderful response from Inexperienced to his first-innings duck the place he was labored over by Jasprit Bumrah. He has been troubled by Bumrah once more, and his fifty got here up with a thick edge that flew vast of gully, however in any other case has been largely assured. It will likely be one other satisfying tick within the field for Tim Paine and Justin Langer in a match the place a number of elements of the jigsaw puzzle have slotted into place with the batting, though Matthew Wade’s disappointing Check could now come into the highlight.
2.35pm native time/9.05am IST: The second new ball
Australia have been scoring at 5 an over this session regardless of the autumn of Steven Smith, and aided by the dropped catch of Paine, when he was on 7. Curiously, India take the second new ball after 82 overs as a substitute of 80 in all probability as a result of Siraj and Saini have been getting some reverse swing. Bumrah with the brand new ball now, Cameron Inexperienced is approaching his fifty, Paine batting with a strike fee of practically 80, Australia 270 for five and a rising lead of 364.
In the meantime, India’s poor fielding present continues. One other catch has been dropped off Bumrah’s bowling right now, after Vihari dropped Labuschagne on the second ball of the day. This time Rohit Sharma at first slip has put down Tim Paine. A size ball obtained respectable bounce, Paine pushed at it with arduous fingers and obtained a thick edge, the ball went to Rohit’s left and he put in a dive with each fingers attending to the ball however could not maintain on. Paine dropped on 7 and now he has began accelerating. Why Rohit at first slip, you ask? That is as a result of Chetehswar Pujara, India’s common first slip, was off the sphere, in all probability to nurse his injured finger.
1.35pm native time/8.05am IST: Change of tempo, change of resolution
Steven Smith clearly got here with a unique strategy after the lunch break. His first two balls within the session he smacked for a six and 4 off Siraj on the leg aspect and confronted solely two dot balls in his 12-ball keep within the session earlier than Ashwin flighted one outdoors off and obtained it to show a protracted technique to lure Smith lbw in entrance of the stumps. The on-field resolution was not out after a giant attraction nevertheless it’s been overturned as a result of ball-tracking says it is “hitting” leg stump. Smith is visibly sad with one thing; it could possibly be the shot he performed or the projection ball-tracking confirmed. Irrespective, Australia’s lead over 300 now as Tim Paine joins Cameron Inexperienced.
Gnasher takes inventory simply as play resumes within the second session:
It was a sedate scoring fee from Australia within the first session, however they’ll just about play this on the tempo they need. Suspect we’ll see some acceleration this afternoon. They in all probability have already got sufficient runs, so possibly 100 extra after which look to have a bowl after tea? The pitch is hard to attain shortly on and indicators that uneven bounce will likely be play extra of a job as the sport goes on, nevertheless it’s nonetheless doable to outlive for prolonged durations so Australia will need a good variety of overs obtainable within the fourth innings. Nonetheless, it might seem seemingly that India will likely be a batsman down until Ravindra Jadeja is ready to maintain a bat after his dislocated thumb.
12.35pm native time/7.05am IST: Lead of 276 at lunch
It is Steven Smith as soon as once more. After a century within the first innings, his unbeaten 58 has stretched Australia’s result in a cushty 276 after the primary session. He has been slower right now in comparison with the third day however Australia do not have to fret about time right here, nonetheless 5 periods to go on this match. What’s vital is that he has ensured Australia did not go down the slippery slope of one other collapse after Wade’s dismissal. No. 6 Cameron Inexperienced is preserving him firm on 20.
For the India bowlers, there was a time when Bumrah and Saini have been bowling in tandem and have been attending to reverse the ball. Saini’s spell particularly was excellent; each he and Bumrah threatened Inexperienced’s outdoors edge for a while and obtained the ball into him too. There have been a few near-chances too: a look from Smith fell simply in need of Shubman Gill at backward sq. leg and a thick outdoors edge from Inexperienced went vast of Pujara at first slip. However since then, Siraj and Ashwin have changed Saini and Bumrah and have gone again to bowling nearer to the stumps with the packed leg-side area.
11.30am native time/6am IST: Saini’s double blow
He goes vast of the crease, will get some further bounce together with his excessive launch, is presumably aided by this uneven pitch, and Saini has Labuschagne caught down the leg aspect for 73, his second fifty within the sport. In keeping with TV graphics, it was the widest supply Labuschagne confronted down the leg aspect this morning. A extremely good catch with a full-length dive from Saha.
Subsequent in is Matthew Wade at No. 5. Loads of eyes on him after his first-innings wicket that was much like his dismissal on the MCG; on each events he threw his wicket away towards the spinners. However this time he will get a very good supply from Saini. He goes across the wicket and will get the ball to straighten just a bit bit outdoors off from a again of size to induce Wade’s outdoors edge for a simple catch to Saha. Australia 148 for 4, and Ajinkya Rahane brings Bumrah again into the assault.
What’s Steven Smith as much as in the meantime? Cracking cowl drives for fours, not too far-off from one other fifty.
10.10am native time/4.40am IST: Jadeja out of the sequence
Large blow for India: Ravindra Jadeja has been dominated out of the sequence with a dislocation and a fracture. He will likely be out for 2 to a few weeks in line with the TV commentators. “Ravindra Jadeja has a dislocation in his left thumb. Rishabh Pant nonetheless has some ache in his elbow. He’s presently being handled,” says the replace from the BCCI. It means India are left with 4 bowlers this sport of which one is a debutant and one other made his debut within the final sport. And Ashwin and Bumrah have already stunned 100 overs within the sequence.
So as to add to that, Hanuma Vihari, stationed at sq. leg has dropped Marnus Labuschagne on the second ball of the day. Labuschagne flicked the ball from Bumrah straight to sq. leg, the place all Vihari needed to do was put his fingers collectively between his legs. Regulation catch dropped early within the day.
9.50am native time/4.20am IST: What goal will Australia set India?
A lead of 197 runs and eight wickets in hand. And who’s on strike? Steven Smith (29*) and Marnus Labuschagne (47*). Australia nicely on prime right here in circumstances good for batting, India with an inexperienced assault that’s now with out Ravindra Jadeja due to the damage he sustained yesterday on his left thumb whereas batting. The pitch is a bit up and down due to some footmarks, which is the one factor India will hope will work for them. In any other case Australis are all set to additional prolong their lead towards the ball 29 overs previous right here.
Gnasher provides from the bottom:
Morning from the SCG. One other superb day right here. Until India strike early, seems like will probably be a case of seeing what kind of goal Australia wish to set. Bat till round tea? There could possibly be a number of different issues occurring right now as nicely. We await injury updates on Pant and Jadeja, additional information of the crowd abuse that emerged last night and the latest on the Gabba Test.
Vishal Dikshit is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo
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