India 253/6 at Tea, Trail Australia by 116 Runs on 3rd Day


The partnership between Sundar and Thakur was the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India at The Gabba. Australia have taken the 2nd new ball and its only a matter of time that they come back to bat for the 2 time in this test.

On the cover drives he hit, Shardul said, "Honestly, I have not done practice for that but it was one of the days when I was batting really well".

For India, Shardul Thakur was the top scorer with 67 runs while Washington Sundar scored valuable 62 runs. "They nearly bowled the way those batsmen would have wanted them to bowl", said the legendary batsman.

They saw off Starc and Pat Cummins but Josh Hazlewood was introduced into the attack and produced a brilliant over which led to Pujara's downfall.

India finished the session on 161 for four, with Mayank Agarwal on 38 and Rishabh Pant on four, still 208 runs behind Australia's first innings total of 369.

Drafted into the playing XI because of injuries to India's frontline bowlers, the duo smashed maiden test fifties to deny Australia a substantial first innings lead. "I don't think the Aussies were anywhere near aggressive enough", he added. Thakur and Sundar broke Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar's 58-run partnership record for the seventh-wicket set in 1991.

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Praising that partnership, Ponting said: "The batsmanship has been a real standout and their application and concentration".

Having played exceedingly well in the first session, Agarwal sort of threw his wicket away on the second ball after lunch.

"That's why I thought the Aussie quicks had to be more aggressive because the more aggressive you are to less-skilled tail-end batsmen the more likely you are to bring out a poor shot in them". To win the series, they need to score runs quickly on Monday with the aim of setting a big target and then bowl out India. The hosts are leading by 54 runs.

Lyon, whose cameo innings grew in confidence when he pulled Thakur behind square for a boundary and drove the next ball straight down the ground for another four, was dismissed for 24 from 22 deliveries when he attempted a sweep to a straight ball from Sundar that rattled his stumps.

India again showed great resilience to roar back after an aggressive first hour from Australian opening batsmen David Warner and Marcus Harris, who took advantage of some poor bowling to score freely.