HIGHLIGHTS


⚬ Australia ended the rain-curtailed day at 236 for 6, still 386 runs behind India.


⚬ The home team were left reeling after Kuldeep Yadav and Jadeja shared 5 wickets between them.


⚬ India are 2-1 up in the series


Indian bowlers were unrelenting on a track that had been defined as a “road” on air by Michael Clarke before the third day’s play at the SCG. Using the weapons of canny spin bowling and reverse spin, the visiting side, led by Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja pushed the home team into disarray.

The two spin bowlers shared five wickets among them in the two and a half sessions that were bowled on a rain-curtailed day. The Australians tried and tried hard to get under the skin of the slower bowlers, at times even using their feet unnecessarily, but it all went in vain.

The Australians started aggressively in the morning session scoring 95 runs in 30 overs with only the loss of Usman Khawaja’s wicket. The opener struggled to read the variations dished out by the spinners, especially Kuldeep and tried to play shots too many. After a luck-filled innings – he was dropped by Rishabh Pant yesterday evening and was almost dismissed by Jadeja in the first ball today as KL Rahul attempted an athletic dive – he came down and played one to midwicket, which resulted in his undoing.

Marcus Harris’s wicket in the second session paved the way for India to get back into the game. He had smashed the bowling to all corners in the morning session, but he was undone by a fuller and a wider delivery by Jadeja that was chopped on to the stumps. Shaun Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne too fell in quick succession.

The former edged Jadeja to slip, whereas the latter was out dismissed after Ajinkya Rahane’s low catch at mid-wicket. Soon after Australia lost the track and as Tim Paine, who was set up beautifully by a googly, perished in the first over after Tea. Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins then combined to take Australia to stumps without further damage.

With rain around the corner, poor light cut short the famous Pink Day at the SCG, but with the home side trailing India by 386 runs still, their looks hardly any respite.


Brief Scores: India 622/7d. lead Australia 236/6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28*, Cummins 25*; Kuldeep 3-71, Jadeja 2-62) by 386 runs.

 

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