The hosts Australia are in the very good position against the visitors India at the stumps of the fourth day of the ongoing Sydney Test. They are not far away to win this third game of the four-match Test series and taking the 2-1 lead in this series.
Starting the day on their overnight score of 103/2, the hosts Australia managed to score 312/6 before declaring the third innings of this match. The home team set the 407 runs target for the visitors India in the fourth innings of this match.
Chasing down that mammoth target, the visitors ended the day on 98/2. While India is still 309 runs away to win this Test, Australia are eight wickets away from the victory.
Brief Scores: Australia – 338 (Steven Smith 131, Marnus Labuschagne 91; Ravindra Jadeja 4/62) & 312/6 decl. (Cameron Green 84, Steven Smith 81; Navdeep Saini 2/54)
India – 244 (Shubman Gill 50, Cheteshwar Pujara 50; Pat Cummins 4/29) & 98/2 (Rohit Sharma 52, Shubman Gill 31; Josh Hazlewood 1/11)
Latest Status (at the stumps of day 4) – India need 309 runs to win (Target: 407 runs)
Australia vs India, 3rd Test (Day 4): Stats Review
India – chasing 407 runs target in the 4th innings
i) Australia have set the 407 runs fourth-innings target for the visitors India. Only four times a team have successfully chased the 400+ targets in the fourth innings of a Test match. While India have scored 400+ runs in the fourth innings of a Test match for thrice, they have claimed only one Test victory among those as they successfully chased 403 runs target in the fourth innings against the hosts West Indies during the Port of Spain Test in April 1976.
i) Steven Smith scored played another brilliant knock of 81 runs.
– 8th 50+ score against India in home Test career
- It was Steven Smith’s 8th Test 50+ score against India in Australia. It was the second most number of 50+ Test scores for an Australian batsman against India in Australia. Ricky Ponting is the record holder in this list with 14 times 50+ Test scores at home against Men in Blue.
– 22nd 50+ score against India in international career
- Meanwhile, it was Steven Smith’s 22nd 50+ score against India in international career. In international cricket history, he became the third most 50+ scorers as an Australian batsman against India. The top two names in this Aussie list are Ricky Ponting (36 times) and Matthew Hayden (28 times).
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill
i) After the 70 runs opening partnership during the second innings of this Test match, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill again put the 71 runs opening partnership in the fourth innings of this match.
– 50+ opening partnerships in both innings of this Test match
- It was the only second time when Indian openers put 50+ partnerships for the 1st wicket in both innings of a Test match in Australia. The first such record happened during 1968 Sydney Test where Farokh Engineer and Syed Abid Ali put the 56 and 83 runs opening partnerships respectively.
– 71 runs opening partnerships in 4th innings of this Test match
- It was the only fourth time when the Indian openers put a 50+ opening partnership in the fourth innings of a Test match in Australia.
|Opening Partners||Partnership runs||Venue||Year|
|Farokh Engineer & Syed Abid Ali||83||Sydney||1968|
|Navjot Sidhu & Krishnamachari Srikkanth||52||Adelaide||1992|
|Navjot Sidhu & Krishnamachari Srikkanth||82||Perth||1992|
|Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill||71||Sydney||2021|
– 1st time 50+ opening partnership in the 4th innings of an away Test since June 2006
- Last time, the Indian openers put a 50+ opening partnership in the fourth innings of an away Test during the June 2006 Basseterre Test against the hosts West Indies when Wasim Jaffer and Virender Sehwag put the 109 runs opening partnership. In overall, it was the 16th time when the Indian openers managed to put 50+ opening partnership in the fourth innings of an away Test.