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India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4 Highlights: IND 309 runs away from victory

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4 Highlights: Set an improbable victory target of 407, India reached 98/2 at stumps with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 11, 2021 5:08:46 am
India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4 Highlights.

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4 Highlights: Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara helped India end on 98/2 on the fourth day of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

At the close of play, Rahane and Pujara were batting on 4 and 9, respectively, after Rohit Sharma (52) and Shubman Gill (31) had put on 71 runs for the opening wicket in their second innings. Earlier in the day, Steve Smith missed out on a second hundred but rookie Cameron Green flayed a hapless Indian attack to help Australia set an imposing 407-run target after declaring their second innings on 312/6 at tea. If poor bowling wasn’t enough, Mohammed Siraj was once again subjected to abuse by Australian fans leading to a 10-minute halt in proceedings.

Australia v India Test Series 2020/2021

3rd Test, SCG, Sydney, 06 Jan, 2021

IND 244 / 10 (100.4)

vs

AUS 338 / 10 (105.4)

IND 334 / 5 (131.0)

2nd Inn

AUS 312 / 6 (87.0)

BatsmenRB
Hanuma Vihari23 161
Ravichandran Ashwin39 128
BowlersORWKT
Mitchell Starc22.0 66 0
Josh Hazlewood26.0 39 2

India need 73 runs to win

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India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 4 Highlights:

12:33 (IST)10 Jan 2021
India still need 309 more runs to win

That's stumps! India end the fourth day on 98/2 with Rahane (4*) and Pujara (9*) in the middle. Earlier, Smith and Green's knocks upped the ante for Australia to set a target of 407. Now, Australia need eight more wickets. India need 309 more runs.

12:30 (IST)10 Jan 2021
ICYMI | Cummins sends Rohit packing on 52
12:16 (IST)10 Jan 2021
FIFTY! WICKET!

Rohit hits his 11th Test half-century in style as he slaughters all off Lyon's spin to send the ball racing to the ropes! But right after, he gets a standing ovation from his team-mates, he plays a pull-shot, and gets caught out by Cummins. IND: 92/2 (30.2 overs)

12:13 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Cummins puts pressure on India

Pat Cummins comes back into the attack as Australia look for another wicket before stumps. Rohit, although settled, takes his time to readjust himself to his pace and takes a single off the last ball of the over. Pujara is on the other side on 8*. IND: 87/1 (29 overs)

11:46 (IST)10 Jan 2021
WICKET!

Australia have their breakthrough! Hazlewood sends Gill back to the pavilion on 31 after a review confirmed that the batsman had indeed nicked the ball straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Paine. Next up, Cheteshwar Pujara. IND: 71/1 (23 overs)

11:27 (IST)10 Jan 2021
India cross 50-run mark

Both the India openers -- Rohit (22*) and Gill (30*) -- look settled now, choosing their shots carefully. The run-rate is below 3.00 but the visitors wouldn't be all that worried about it as they still have a day left to chase their target of 407. IND: 53/0 (19 overs)

11:09 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Cricket Australia statement

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11:01 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Soft Hands from Gill

FOUR, outside edge and he's safe, there was only one slip, Gill plays with soft hands the ball goes past the slip, wouldn't have carried through. Score after 13 overs, IND- 39/0

11:00 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Change in attack

Nathan Lyon, right-arm off break, comes into the attack. He is bowling his deliveries a lot slower and flatter than his usual nature. Let's see if this works.  

10:36 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Australia review!

Gill has been given NOT OUT for caught behind but Paine wants to see it again, nothing on the hotspot, nothing on ultra edge, ball tracking, wickets missing, NOT OUT, Australia lose the review. Score after 8 overs, IND- 25/0

10:34 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Rohit Sharma survives

Rohit saves himself with a smart review!

10:33 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Gill creams through the gap

FOUR, nice and lovely shot, on the up, Gill gets on back foot and punches it through covers. India need to continue this positive approach.

10:28 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Rohit and Gill resume for India

Rohit and Shubman Gill are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Starc will open the attack. India need these two to be at the crease at least till the end of play tonight. What would be the mindset of Indian dressing room? Will India go for draw or win.

10:03 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Fans removed after play halted at SCG

Play was stopped for more than eight minutes at the SCG on Sunday after further issues with the Sydney crowd. After allegations of abuse surfaced on Saturday, Mohammed Siraj charged in to stop play while fielding on the fine leg boundary just before tea. Umpires and security guards attended the boundary, before six people were removed from their seats by NSW Police. WATCH-

09:52 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Australia have declared

Australia have declared and India need have been set a target of 407 runs to win the match. India have four sessions to bat

09:41 (IST)10 Jan 2021
WICKET! Tea Break

Edged and Bumrah finally get a wicket! Green swings across the line to go big but gets a faint tickle through to Saha. That's tea - and what an innings from Cameron Green.

09:35 (IST)10 Jan 2021
There is a stop in play!

Siraj along with skipper Rahane are having a word with umpire Paul Reiffel. India had complained about racial abuse last evening. The police have arrived and a few spectators are being asked to get up and leave. Right sorted then and back to live-action. 

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09:27 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Back to back sixes!!

Even mishits from Green are traveling the distance. Ever since he has reached his 50, this lad has exploded. Will Paine declare the innings after his 100? How impressive has Cameron Green been in his first Test series? Score after 86 overs, AUS- 301/5

09:22 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Fans Speak:

"India's discipline has just been off in this match from the word go. Too many balls on the pads & short outside off, continious singles on offer thoughout. Senior pros-Rohit & Rahane, should consult the bowlers more regularly on field pushing about consistent lengths," says Sid Sharma on Twitter.

08:54 (IST)10 Jan 2021
Fifty partnership

Fifty partnership between Paine and Green, off just 67 balls. Australia extend lead past 350

Australia Squad: Playing- David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India Squad: Playing- Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini

Bench: Mayank Agarwal, T Natarajan, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, Prithvi Shaw