Twitter Reacts As Australia Take Further Control Of Proceedings Against India At The SCG

Twitter Reacts As Australia Take Further Control Of Proceedings Against India At The SCG

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. [Image Credits: Twitter]

Australia picked both the Indian openers late in the fourth day as they furthered established their dominance in the third Test after having set India a fourth-innings total of 407 at the SCG. India eventually finished the day at 2/98 in 34 overs and they require a further 309 runs or survive an entire last day in order to save the 1-1 scoreline in the ongoing four-match series.

India started the day on a disastrous note as Hanuma Vihari dropped a sitter at square-leg of Marnus Labuschagne off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Credits: Twitter)

The dropped catch set the tone for what was a rather long day for Team India as Australia batted them out of the game by posting an overall lead of 406.

Marnus Labuschagne made full use of the reprieve as did Steve Smith as the duo racked up their respective half-centuries during their 103-run-stand.

The partnership was eventually broken by debutant Navdeep Saini, who got Labuschagne caught-behind. Saini chipped in with yet another scalp as Matthew Wade’s horror Test continued.

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Matthew Wade nicks off to Navdeep Saini [Image Credits: Twitter]
The southpaw was dismissed for 4 as he edged Saini straight to Wriddhiman Saha.

With two quick scalps, India might have harbored the opportunity to bowl Australia out within a manageable lead.

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Cameron Green [Image Credits: Twitter]
However, Cameron Green had other plans. The debutant, who smashed his maiden Test half-century first stitched a 60-run-stand with Steve Smith before posting another 104-run partnership with skipper Tim Paine.

Green was eventually dismissed for 84 by Jasprit Bumrah, which eventually led to Australia declaring the innings at 6/312.

The opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill once again proceeded to give their side a brilliant start as they became the first opening pair from the proud cricketing nation after Virender Sehwag and Wasim Jaffer to stitch a 50+ stand outside Asia since 2006.

The duo played some imperious strokes during their 71-run-stand even as they survived a menacing spell from Pat Cummins, who dished out one unplayable delivery after another but with little luck.

The stand was eventually broken by Josh Hazlewood, who induced an outside edge off Gill’s bat.

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Rohit Sharma [Image Credits: Twitter]
Rohit Sharma complied a brilliant half-century laced with classy strokeplay. However, for the umpteenth time in his Test career, the Indian opener once again squandered his start as he picked out Mitchell Starc at fine-leg in an attempt to pull Pat Cummins.

 

 

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