Pat Cummins eventually proved to be the partnership-breaker for Australia as he knocked over Shardul Thakur for 67 to give the home side a much-needed breakthrough after the latter and Washington Sundar defied the odds to stitch a record 7th wicket 123-run-stand for India at the Gabba in Brisbane.
The dismissal eventually came in the 103rd over as Cummins knocked over Shardul Thakur’s off-stump with a fullish length delivery.
The dismissal came after the duo of Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar batted for close to 40 overs to help India recover from a precarious position that the visitors had found themselves when they had come together at the crease.
In the process, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar broke former the record for the 7th-wicket stand held by Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar (58) at the same venue during the 1991/92 tour.
Thakur and debutant Sundar had come together at the crease after India had lost the trio of Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, and Rishabh Pant within a space of a 12-over period as they reduced to 6/186 in response to Australia’s first innings total of 369.
The duo, even though they had a combined experience of one Test prior to this Test, looked at complete ease against the famed Australian attack as they soon notched up a 100-run-stand and in the process completed their respective half-centuries.
The 123-run-stand has helped India chip away at Australia’s first innings total of 369 and at the time of writing, they were just 41 runs in arrears albeit at the cost of one more wicket in the form of Navdeep Saini.
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A breakthrough for Australia!
— ICC (@ICC) January 17, 2021