India vs Australia:- 4th Test, Day 03 Report

Recent Stories

India vs Australia:- 4th Test, Day 03 Report

05 Jan 2019 050 Views Yash Mittal

No pitch is flat for the Aussies these days and the third day accentuated it to the hilt as the home side crumbled after an impressive start given by Harris and Khwaja to finish at 6-236 on a rain-marred third day at the SCG.

On a pitch where the Australian bowlers toiled hard to claim seven wickets for a better part of two days, Indian bowlers as a group showed how consistent lengths and relentless lines could reap you awards on a flat track.

After an impressive start by the Aussie openers, especially, Marcus Harris, who made a pristine 79, Indian bowlers regrouped with the old ball.

By sticking to their discipline- which includes maintaining the shiny side of the ball- Mohammad Shami and the duo of Kuldeep and Jadeja became a mighty threat in the Post Lunch session and picked up five wickets for a mere 126 runs.

The wear and tear of the pitch that is reminiscent of a third day's pitch coupled by Aussie batsmen's brain-fade- especially Shaun Marsh and Tim Paine, did play a part but credit should not be taken by the hostile environment that the Indian bowling group created their discipline.

But, the moment of the day arrived through brilliant tactical nouse by Virat Kohli. Marnus Labuschagne was proving equal to the task with delightful on-drives and flicks surviving the old-ball threat from Shami.

India had two mid-wickets in place to catch the erroneous flick, but the Aussie No.3 dissected the gap with ridiculous ease and backed it up by an on-drive.

The next ball, Kohli placed himself to silly mid-on and had Rahane moved to the right, closer to square-leg. Shami ran in to get the ball reverse a bit, Labuschagne tried to flick it but found Rahane, who completed a great diving catch and a beautifully planned wicket.

With rain around the corner, Travis Head looped the ball straight to Kuldeep Yadav and was followed by Tim Paine, who failed to move his feet, only to see his stumps castled.

In the end, it was left to Pat Cummins to restore calm amidst the hara-kiri to take his side unscathed at 6-236 before inclement weather conditions brought a halt to the proceedings. 

Match in Brief-

Australia [6-236, Harris 79, Kuldeep 3-71] trail India [d7-622, Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Lyon 4-178] by 386 runs

Yash Mittal

Bharat Army Cricket Writer

MOST RECENT

India to bounce back in the second ODI

20, Jan 22

After the first win against India, hosts South Africa are now leading the 3-match ODI series 1-0 and keeping in mind that to stay in this series India have to win the next one-day match. Let’s discuss the positives that Team India can take.

Thank You Skipper

18, Jan 22

Kohli has come a long way in terms of taking the Test side to the number one position for a long time and has been the most successful Indian skipper in the longer format. As his captaincy era ends, all we can say as cricket fans is, Thank You.

Virat Kohli - The monk shows up, AGAIN!

12, Jan 22

Virat Kohli once again failed to cross the three figure mark in his latest international outing but he may well have scored the greatest 79 that has ever been made in Test match cricket.

Time for India to right the wrongs of the past at Cape Town

10, Jan 22

As India take on South Africa in the 3rd test, the upcoming five days will serve as a moment of truth for Kohli's men as they aim to add another glorious chapter to their already rich legacy. Will India win at Cape Town?

Spread the tell a friend