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India vs Australia: India reach 98/2 in 407-run chase; have a mountain to climb on final day

Australia look set to seal victory on Day 5 of the third Test in Sydney.

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Josh Hazlewood celebrates the wicket of Shubman Gill

India ended Day 4 of the third Test against Australia in Sydney on a steady note but are staring at what looks like an almost-certain defeat. The hosts batted with intent to set India a huge target of 407 and in reply, the Indian openers began steadily before both Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma lost their wickets.

At the end of the day’s play, India finished on with more runs required to win and needing to bat out an entire day to draw the Test. It is noteworthy that India are without ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as well and Australia will hence, most probably need to pick up 8 more wickets only.

Labuschagne, Smith, Green and Rohit hit fifties

Tim Paine and Cameron Green

Beginning from their overnight lead of 197, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith showed no discomfort in keeping the scoreboard ticking. Both batsmen got their fifties but were dismissed before they got to triple figures. Cameron Green then compiled an exciting 84-run knock to accelerate the innings along with captain Tim Paine. Australia declared after Green’s wicket and set India 407 to win.

In reply, the Indian openers began positively and guarded their wicket well. Just as it looked like the assured batsmen would outlast the day without a wicket, Shubman Gill was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood and Rohit Sharma was sent back after a fifty by Pat Cummins. Pujara and skipper Ajnkya Rahane then saw out the day. By the looks of it, Day 5 is set to see a win for Australia.

Scores

Australia – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Will Pucovskilbw b Saini62110
David Warnerc Pujara b Siraj58
Marnus Labuschagnec Rahane b Jadeja91196
Steve Smithrun out (Jadeja)131226
Matthew Wadec Bumrah b Jadeja1316
Cameron Greenlbw b Bumrah021
Tim Paineb Bumrah110
Pat Cumminsb Jadeja013
Mitchell Starcc Gill b Saini2430
Nathan Lyonlbw b Jadeja03
Josh Hazlewoodnot out16

Total – 338 all-out in 105.4 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Jasprit Bumrah25.4662
Mohammed Siraj25671
Ravichandran Ashwin24740
Navdeep Saini13652
Ravindra Jadeja18624

India – 1st innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmac & b Hazlewood2677
Shubman Gillc Green b Cummins50101
Cheteshwar Pujarac Paine b Cummins50176
Ajinkya Rahaneb Cummins2270
Hanuma Viharirun out(Hazlewood)438
Rishabh Pantc Warner b Hazlewood3667
Ravindra Jadejanot out2837
Ravichandran Ashwinrun out (Cummins/Labuschagne)1015
Navdeep Sainic Wade b Starc313
Jasprit Bumrahrun out (Labuschagne)02
Mohammed Sirajc Paine b Cummins610

Total – 244 all-out in 100.4 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Mitchell Starc19611
Josh Hazlewood21432
Pat Cummins21.4294
Nathan Lyon31870
Marnus Labuschagne3110
Cameron Green5110

Australia – 2nd innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
David Warnerlbw b Ashwin1329
Will Pucovskic (sub) Saha b Siraj1016
Marnus Labuschagnec (sub) Saha b Saini73118
Steve Smithlbw b Ashwin2963
Matthew Wadec (sub) Saha b Saini411
Cameron Greenc (sub) Saha b Bumrah84132
Tim Painenot out3952

Total – 312/6 decl in 87 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Japsrit Bumrah21681
Mohammed Siraj25901
Navdeep Saini16542
Ravichandran Ashwin25952

India – 2nd innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmac Starc b Cummins5298
Shubman Gillc Paine b Hazlewood3164
Cheteshwar Pujaranot out929
Ajinkya Rahanenot out414

Total – 98/2 in 34 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Mitchell Starc6270
Josh Hazlewood8111
Pat Cummins9251
Nathan Lyon9220
Cameron Green2120

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