A pair of unlikely third-day batting heroes Sunday gave India a combating probability of securing the draw they want within the fourth Check towards Australia to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, in simply his second Check, placed on 123 runs for the seventh wicket — a report for India on the Gabba — taking their staff from a precarious 186 for seven to 309 earlier than Thakur was bowled by Pat Cummins for an entertaining 67.
All-rounder Sundar, on debut, batted nicely with the tail till he guided a Mitchell Starc quick ball to Cameron Inexperienced within the gully to fall for 62.
By the point Mohammad Siraj was bowled by Josh Hazlewood, giving him figures of 5-57, India had reached 336, solely 33 runs behind Australia’s first innings whole of 369.
Australian openers Marcus Harris and David Warner survived six testing overs as Australia completed the third day on 21 with out loss, a lead of 54 runs with all 10 second innings wickets intact.
With out Sundar and Thakur, India, would have been in far higher hassle towards an Australia facet who should win the match to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the four-match collection locked at 1-1.
The 2 smashed the earlier seventh-wicket report for India on the Gabba of 58, set by Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar in 1991.
India’s top-order batsmen all squandered possibilities to attain closely, with all however Shubman Gill getting begins however all besides Cheteshwar Pujara falling to rash pictures.
– Defiant stand –
The guests started the prolonged morning session on 62 for 2, with Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane on the crease.
Each males appeared to maintain the scoreboard ticking over, in distinction to Saturday afternoon, the place they had been extra intent on survival.
They noticed off Starc and Cummins however Hazlewood was launched into the assault and produced an excellent over which led to Pujara’s downfall.
Hazlewood had Pujara in hassle when a brief ball adopted him as he tried to evade it, the ball hitting his glove and falling simply wanting Cameron Inexperienced within the gully.
However two deliveries later Hazlewood bought a ball to angle in, then straighten barely to catch the skin fringe of Pujara’s bat and Australia’s captain and wicketkeeper Tim Paine took a routine catch.
Rahane and Mayank Agarwal steadied the ship however with the lunch break in sight, Rahane could not resist enjoying at a large ball from left-arm paceman Starc angling throughout his physique and edged a snug catch to Matthew Wade at fourth slip.
The Indian captain, on 37, threw his head again in disgust on the method of his dismissal earlier than trudging off.
The Indians started the second session at 161 for 4 with the harmful Agarwal and Rishabh Pant on the crease.
Nonetheless, like Rahane, each Agarwal and Pant fell to injudicious pictures.
Agarwal slashed at a large supply from Cummins’ second ball after the resumption to fall for 38, caught at second slip by Steve Smith.
Then to compound India’s issues, Pant did the identical to Hazlewood, solely to be caught within the gully by Inexperienced for 23.
At that stage Australia had been answerable for the Check however Sundar, enjoying his first Check, and Thakur, in his second, had different concepts and defied the bowling assault with a combination of strong defence and enticing stroke making.
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