A pair of unlikely third-day batting heroes Sunday gave India a combating likelihood of securing the draw they want within the fourth Test towards Australia to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, in simply his second Test, placed on 123 runs for the seventh wicket — a file for India on the Gabba — taking their group from a precarious 186 for six 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 brief ball to Cameron Green within the gully to fall for 62.
By the time 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 complete 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.
Without Sundar and Thakur, India, would have been in far better 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 two smashed the earlier seventh-wicket file 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.
Both males regarded to maintain the scoreboard ticking over, in distinction to Saturday afternoon, the place they have been extra intent on survival.
They noticed off Starc and Cummins however Hazlewood was launched into the assault and produced a superb 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 Green within the gully.
But two deliveries later Hazlewood obtained a ball to angle in, then straighten barely to catch the surface 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 taking part in at a large ball from left-arm paceman Starc angling throughout his physique and edged a cushty 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 damaging Agarwal and Rishabh Pant on the crease.
However, 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 Green for 23.
At that stage Australia have been in charge of the Test however Sundar, taking part in his first Test, and Thakur, in his second, had different concepts and defied the bowling assault with a combination of stable defence and enticing stroke making.
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