IND vs AUS Sydney Test: The third Test is being played in Sydney between India and Australia. Australia gave the target of 407 runs to Team India. In response, by the end of the fourth day’s play, India have scored 98 runs for 2 wickets. 309 runs are still needed to win. Captain Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara are unbeaten.
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Team India has to bat 90 overs on Monday for the fifth day. No more than 288 runs have been chased at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) so far. Australia last won a match against South Africa in 2006 by scoring 288 for 2 wickets in the fourth innings.
Rohit’s First Fifty Abroad as an Opener
Rohit Sharma was out after putting his first fifty abroad as an opener. He was caught by Pat Cummins at the hands of Mitchell Starc. Rohit scored 52 runs off 98 balls. This was his overall 11th Fifty. He partnered 21 runs for the third wicket with Pujara. In the second innings, Josh Hazlewood gave India the first blow. He dismissed Shubman Gill for a personal score of 31 runs. IND vs AUS Sydney Test.
71-run Opening Partnership Between Rohit-Shubman
Rohit and Shubman made a 71-run opening partnership for the second time in a row. In the first innings too, both had a partnership of 70 runs. Earlier, Australian captain Tim Paine declared the second innings for 312 after losing 6 wickets. Australia took a 406-run lead by adding a 94-run lead in the first innings.
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Opening Partnership of First 50+ Runs in Fourth Inning in 14 Years
This is India’s first 50+ run partnership in its fourth inning in 14 years outside its home country. Earlier in 2006, Wasim Jaffer and Virender Sehwag partnered 109 runs against West Indies at Bestare. In the second innings, both batted 22.1 overs. At the same time, both batted 26.6 overs in the first innings. 16 years ago, Team India’s openers batted for over 20 overs. In 2004/05, Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir batted 23.2 overs in the first innings and 23.4 overs in the second innings against Pakistan in Bengaluru.
Rohit Misses Tim Paine’s Catch
In the 75th over of the Australian innings, Rohit Sharma gave up Penn’s catch at first slip. Jasprit Bumrah’s good length went to slip with the edge of the bat of the ball pen. Rohit could not manage to catch this low catch. At this time, Penn was batting for 7 runs.
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103 Run Partnership Between Smith-Labushen
Earlier, Labushen and Smith partnered 103 runs off 224 balls for the third wicket. Labushen marks his 10th FIFTY of Test career. He was out for 73 off 118 balls. Saini catches him in the hands of Riddhiman Saha. Labushen also scored 91 runs in the last innings. Saini then also sent Matthew Wade to the pavilion. Wade could not do anything special and was dismissed for 4 runs. Saini has taken 4 wickets in his debut test so far. He also took 2 wickets in the first innings.
Team India in Trouble, Jadeja’s Finger Fracture
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has a fracture in the thumb of his left hand. According to media reports, he will not come to bat in this Test. With this, he is also expected to be out of the fourth and final Test in Brisbane from 15 January. However, there is also good news for the fans of Team India. Rishabh Pant’s elbow injury is not serious and he can come to bat in India’s second innings. On the third day, both were injured on Australian pacers short ball.
Saha Doing Wicketkeeping in Place of Pant
Wriddhiman Saha is substituting wicketkeeping as a substitute fielder in place of Rishabh Pant. Pant’s hand (Elbow) was hurt during the Indian innings. At the same time, Ravindra Jadeja also suffered a left thumb injury during batting. Both were taken to the hospital for scans.
Rahane-Pujara Can Save the Match for India
The Indian team needs 309 runs to win on the fifth and last day, while they have eight wickets left. It is possible for Team India to save the match on the strength of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, but it is also difficult. However, it will not be easy to avoid defeat on Sydney’s uneven pace pitch, as the team will not get the services of injured Ravindra Jadeja who is in good form in the second innings.