India were rescued from a precarious position by lower-order batsmen Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur who hit stunning fifties against the Australian bowling attack on Day 3 of the fourth and final Test at the Gabba. Their knocks meant Australia’s lead was reduced to just 33 runs when at one stage, a lead in excess of 100 seemed imminent. The duo shared a partnership of 123 and shared 16 fours and 3 sixes between them.
At the end of Day 3, Australia found themselves 54 runs ahead with all 10 wickets intact. With two days left and rain forecast for two days, it seems like a draw might be the probable result. However, without the two lower-order batsmen, the same would have been very far away by the end of today.
Washington Sundar hits spicy six off Nathan Lyon
The highlight of Washington Sundar’s knock of 62 runs was a stunning no-look six he hit off Australian spinner Nathan Lyon. After losing his partner Thakur, Sundar took on Lyon and smoked him over deep-midwicket. What was remarkable was that his head did not follow the ball at all making for a clean ‘no-look’ six.
Sundar’s knock as well as Thakur’s were even more incredible considering the fact that the former was making his debut after not playing first-class cricket in the last three years and the latter had played just one Test where he lasted 10 balls (that he bowled) before getting injured.