The third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia is being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Today is the 5th and last day of the match. The Indian team had scored 98 runs for 2 wickets by the end of the fourth day’s play, while Ajinkya Rahane (4 *) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9 *) were at the crease. Today, India has started playing ahead of this score.
In the second over of the 5th day, Nathan Lyon gave a big blow to India by getting captain Ajinkya Rahane (4) caught by Matthew Wade. Rahane could not add a single run to his score yesterday. Score- 102-3
Game started on day 5
The game started on the 5th day. Ajinkya Rahane (4 *) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9 *) at the crease. First over to Pat Cummins.
407 is the goal
The target has got 407 runs. India has not been able to win by scoring such a big target in the fourth innings in Test cricket. On the other hand, in 2008, Australia lost in a Test match in the homeground after taking the lead while batting first. In front of a tough challenge, Rohit Sharma (52 runs) and Shubman Gill (31 runs) started off well by adding 71 runs.
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India have fallen to two wickets
By the end of the day’s play, Team India had stepped up and lost the wickets of both openers by 98 runs. Captain Ajinkya Rahane (4) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) were at the crease during the stumps. On the last day of the match, India will have to score 309 runs in almost 90 overs while Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant are injured. Obviously Rahane-Pujara will be on the verge and they have to enter a marathon partnership.
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Play hard and then …
Chasing the target, Rohit Sharma was on 13, when the on-field umpire gave him LBW out of Josh Hazlewood. However, on taking DRS, the umpire had to change his decision. Gill hit a couple of fours in Pat Cummins’ over after a slow start and then completed the half-century of the team’s runs in the 19th over with a four over Cameron Green. However, when it seemed that both the openers were frozen, Gill handed a catch to wicketkeeper Tim Paine off Hazelwood. Similarly, Rohit also started dominating by hitting 5 fours and 1 six that were caught on the boundary in the circle of putting six on short ball.
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Leaking catches, missed opportunities
In the second innings, India’s fielding was extremely poor. Marnus Labuschen (73 runs) did not add to his score of 47 on the third day as Hanuma Vihari dropped his catch off Bumrah at square leg. Rohit and Rahane also leaked catches, which were taken advantage of by Steve Smith (81 runs) and Green (84) and brought the team to a strong score of 312 for six.