Australia take charge in third Test against India with lead of 197 in Sydney

Marnus Labuschagne ended the day 47 not out with Australia heading towards a healthy second-innings lead  - Getty 
Marnus Labuschagne ended the day 47 not out with Australia heading towards a healthy second-innings lead – Getty
  • Day 3 close: Australia 338 (S P D Smith 131, M Labuschagne 91, W J Pucovski 62, R A Jadeja 4-62) & 103-2 v India 244 (C A Pujara 50, S Gill 50, P J Cummins 4-29)

Australia lost both openers in the last session however remained in control on 103 for 2 with a lead of 197 perform at the close of play on the 3rd day of the 3rd Test versus India on Saturday.

Pat Cummins had actually taken 4-29 as Australia rolled through the Indian batting order on a warm afternoon at Sydney Cricket Ground to dismiss the travelers for 244, the last 6 wickets toppling for the addition of simply 49 runs.

“It was a good day, woke up this morning hoping we wouldn’t still be bowling by the close of play and to have a lead of 200, yeah, great day,” stated Cummins.

The most considerable intervention from the speed attack, nevertheless, may be the shipments from Cummins and Mitchell Starc that led to Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja leaving the ground for scans on their left elbow and thumb respectively.

Wriddhiman Saha changed Pant behind the stumps and was quickly in action to assist India eliminate Australia’s brand-new opening collaboration inside 10 overs at an expense of 35 runs.

The reserve snaffled up a simple catch off a pearl of a shipment from Mohammed Siraj that debutant Will Pucovski might just edge behind for 10.

David Warner followed for 13 quickly later on, caught in front by Ravichandran Ashwin while trying a sweep slog to leave Australia’s hopes of a great rating once again in the hands of first-innings centurion Smith and Labuschagne.

The set had actually placed on a collaboration of 68 by the close of play with Smith on 29 not out and Labuschagne, who scored 91 in the very first innings, unbeaten on 47.

Australia celebrates Pat Cummins' wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara of India during day three of the third Test Match between Australia and India at the SCG in Sydney, Australia -  Shutterstock
Australia commemorates Pat Cummins’ wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara of India throughout day 3 of the 3rd Test Match in between Australia and India at the SCG in Sydney, Australia – Shutterstock

It was the breaking of the collaboration in between Cheteshwar Pujara and Pant that activated the collapse that ended India’s hopes of batting deep into the day and getting near to Australia’s first-innings tally of 338.

They resumed on 96-2 however Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari left reasonably inexpensively in the opening session to leave Pujara and Pant trying Australia’s lead in the face of some great bowling.

Josh Hazlewood required the development when he had the hurt Pant captured in the slips for 36, and in the next over Cummins lastly winkled out Pujara after the batsman had actually scored a half century from 176 balls.

Regardless of some great fielding, Indian fans will be aggrieved that 3 of their batsmen were abandoned a day when they required to inhabit the crease for as long as possible.

All-rounder Jadeja scored 28 not out in spite of his injury, as the tail-end wickets toppled around him. India will be frantically hoping he has actually not made his last contribution to the match.

“It’s tough, especially losing Jadeja because we are one bowler short at the moment,” stated Pujara. “We need to pick up a couple of wickets in the morning and not allow them too many runs in the first session.”

The hard-fought series is connected 1-1 after the very first 2 Tests with the last clash arranged to begin at the Gabba next week.

Cricket Australia are pushing ahead with those strategies in spite of reports of issues in the India camp over the level of seclusion they will sustain in Brisbane, which entered into 3 days of lockdown on Friday after a Covid-19 case was discovered in the city.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.