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05-Jan-2019 06:50:00 GMT
Aus v Ind - 4th Test, SCG, day 3

Rain Forced Early Close but India on Driver Seat

Sydney: Australia blew a solid begin with one more best request batting breakdown at Sydney on Saturday, leaving themselves a mountain to move to remain in the fourth and last Test against India.

At the point when play was surrendered late in the day because of rain, they were 236 for six, still 386 behind with Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) battling a rearguard activity after some delicate rejections dove the hosts into major dilemma.

Australia went to lunch at 122 for one yet docilely surrendered soon a while later, losing three wickets for 24 runs, with spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav doing the harm.

Yadav finished the day with 3-71 and Jadeja 2-62.

While forceful freshman opener Marcus Harris blasted a vocation best 79, senior players Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and captain Tim Paine all neglected to convey when required most.

India took a stranglehold on the match over the opening two days, incorporating a huge 622 for seven announced on the back of hundreds of years from irrepressible Cheteshwar Pujara and livewire Rishabh Pant.

They lead 2-1 after triumphs in Adelaide and Melbourne and are quick surrounding a memorable first-historically speaking arrangement win since they originally visited Australia in 1947-48.

Captain Virat Kohli's presentation left Khawaja and Harris to confront 10 apprehensive overs previously stumps on Friday, when they slithered to 24 without misfortune.

Brief scores:
Australia 6 for 236 (Harris 79, Kuldeep 3-71, Jadeja 2-62) trail India 7 for 622 dec (Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Agarwal 77, Lyon 4-178) by 386 runs

Khawaja was dropped by Pant behind the stumps on nothing yet neglected to take advantage of his second life.

On multi day when the Sydney Cricket Ground was an ocean of pink to stamp a bosom disease mindfulness activity, he was rejected for 27 in the wake of confounding a shot off wrist-spinner Yadav with Pujara taking a simple catch.

At the opposite end the modest Harris, who has appeared of brightness in his short four-Test vocation, rapidly found a notch with some fresh shots around the ground.

He endure a narrow escape on 24 when a drive to a jumping KL Rahul fell exactly readily available and achieved his second Test 50 with a solitary before smacking three fours of every one Yadav over.

Harris went to lunch on 77 however included only two more before slashing a Jadeja conveyance onto his stumps, blowing a brilliant opportunity to press on and make Australia's first century of the arrangement.

Up until now, none of Australia's batsmen has achieved three figures over the four Tests, with Harris' 79 the most astounding anybody has scored. Interestingly, India have had a field day, arranging five centuries.

Australia bet by picking unpracticed all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne to come in at number three and he settled in well, breaking seven limits in an a la mode 38.

Be that as it may, he was asked to take a hike by a blinding reflex catch from Ajinkya Rahane at mid-wicket off Mohammed Shami's knocking down some pins.

Swamp scored a century in Sydney against England this time a year ago, yet was out for eight, stimulating an edge to Rahane at slip from a turning ball off Jadeja.

The day deteriorated when Travis Head was gotten and knocked down some pins by Yadav just before tea for 20 and as tempest mists accumulated overhead Yadav clean rocked the bowling alley Paine for five in the first over after they returned.

It was left to Handscomb, reviewed as an expert in handling turn, and paceman Cummins, who made a gutsy 63 in the third Melbourne Test, to attempt and fix the harm.

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