Twitter Erupts As Washington Sundar And Shardul Thakur's Record 7th Wicket Stands Leads India's Fightback in Brisbane

Twitter Erupts As Washington Sundar And Shardul Thakur’s Record 7th Wicket Stands Leads India’s Fightback in Brisbane

Washington Sundar, Nathan Lyon
Washington Sundar. Image Credits: Twitter

A record-breaking 123-run-stand for the 7th wicket between Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur has helped India stage yet another brilliant comeback in the Test series, leaving Australia with all the running to do to enforce a result at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Starting the day at 2/62 in reply to Australia’s 369, India needed a big third-wicket partnership from their experienced duo of skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. The duo survived a few nervy calls in the first hour- especially Ajinkya Rahane who poked behind the wickets in no man’s land off Mitchell Starc on two separate occasions- but their luck finally ran out as Josh Hazlewood, after having caught Cheteshwar Pujara off-guard with a sharp bumper, one that came in at disconcerting bounce at the Indian No.3, produced a peach of a delivery to induce an outside edge off his bat.

Ajinkya Rahane, after having survived a few close calls early-on in the innings, but just as it looked like he was finally getting into a good rhythm, he once went about driving a wide delivery away from his body and this time, he wasn’t as lucky as he was on the first two instnces as the ball went straight into the hands of slip.

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Josh Hazlewood after dismissing Rishabh Pant [Image Credits: Twitter]
With the score reading 4/144 and still a lead of more than 200 to erase, India needed the duo of Rishabh Pant and Mayank Agarwal to stitch a big partnership.

Mayank Agarwal looked pretty good during his stay at tbe crease, especially against Nathan Lyon but the opener-turned middle-order batsman could not convert his 38 into a big knock as he fell to Josh Hazlewood immediately after the Lunch break.

Hazlewood chipped in with yet another crucial scalp in the form of Rishabh Pant and with India still 173 runs behind Australia’s total, and two inexperienced batsmen in the form of Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur at the crease, it looked like the hosts would notch up a series-defining lead.

India, Australia, Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur [Image Credit: Twitter]
However, as has been the case throughout this Australian tour, just when everyone thought that India was dead and burried

However, Sundar and Shardul showed remarkable grit and resilience besides their obvious talent with the bat as they broke Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar’s record for the 7th wicket partnership for India at the Gabba.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar : Twitter]

The duo not only broke the previous record of 58 but also went on stitch a 100+ stand as they helped India narrow in on Australia’s first innings total of 369. And, in the process, they also proceeded to notch up their maiden half-centuries. Sundar became the first visiting No.7 batsman since 1911 to score a half-century in Austalia. Thakur, on the other hand, brought up his half-century in disdainful manner as he smoked Nathan Lyon for a six over his head.

The 123-run-stand was finally broken by Pat Cummins, who knocked over Shardul Thakur with a perfect pitch-up delivery, one that knocked his off-stump. Washington Sundar smashed Nathan Lyon for a ‘no look’ six shortly after the dismissal. Australia, however, mopped up the last three wickets cheaply but by then India had made a significant dent into their first innings total, eventually handing them a 33-run lead.

In response, Australian openers survived the last few overs with the score reading 0/20.

 

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