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10-Jan-2021 07:32:00 GMT
Aus vs Ind - 3rd Test, SCG, day 4

India make steady start after Australia set 407-target

India 244 (Gill 50, Pujara 50, Cummins 4-29) and 98 for 2 (Rohit 52) need 309 runs to beat Australia 338 (Smith 131, Labuschagne 91, Pucovski 62, Jadeja 4-62) and 312 for 6 dec (Green 84, Smith 81, Labuschagne 73)

Sydney: India lost openers bid to chase 407 in the final session on Day 4 of the ongoing SCG Test on Sunday.

The likes of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill once again looked comfortable against the Australian bowlers.

Meanwhile, Team India finished on 98/2 at stumps.

India's opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill were once again on the charge as they came out to bat on Day 4.

The duo shared a 71-run stand in the fourth innings before the latter departed.

Rohit and Gill have become the fifth Indian opening pair with 50+ stands in both innings of an away Test, the first such stand post 2006. The two batsmen added 70 runs for the first wicket in 1st innings.

Rohit showed his class in the fourth innings with a magnificent half-century.

This turned out to be his 11th fifty in Test cricket.

Interestingly, this is his first Test fifty as an opener away from home.

Rohit, who looked set for a hundred, departed soon after completing his fifty (52).

He was outfoxed by Pat Cummins with the short ball.

Earlier in the day, the hosts declared on 312/6 with skipper Tim Paine and all-rounder Cameron Green doing the damage.

Australia resumed with an overnight score of 103/2 as Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith arrived in the middle.

Although the former departed on 73, Smith (81) carried on in the second session.

The likes of Green and Paine took control in the second session before Australia announced the declaration.

Star batsman Steve Smith duly capitalized on his incumbent form and fired a fifty in the second innings.

In the first innings, Smith scripted history by slamming his 27th ton in Test cricket.

Smith now owns a century and half-century in a Test most times (10) in world cricket.

He has become Australia's ninth-highest run-scorer (7,449), having surpassed David Boon (7,422) on the tally.

After Smith was dismissed, both Green (84) and Paine (39*) kept the scoreboard ticking.

They clearly eyed the declaration by mustering as many runs as they can.

In the process, all-rounder Cameron Green registered his maiden fifty in Test cricket.

The 21-year-old made his presence felt with a blistering knock in the second session.

Meanwhile, skipper Paine remained unbeaten eventually.

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