After India’s star pair Pujara and Rahane departs in the first session India started climbing the big run chase of Australia with a 4th gear speed. India’s tail enders and part-time batsmen Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur played out the second session with not heavy load but with ease comfortness on field.
Earlier in the session hard seemed batsman Mayank Agarwal got caught behind in the very second bowl of the first over after lunch; Agarwal scored 38 runs. Washington Sundar came in and with Rishabh Pant both started building a partnership for India as an only recognized batsmen pair left.
Rishabh started his attacking mode and hit some boundaries for the sake of extra pressure; he scored 23 runs in 29 balls and got caught by Green following the delivery bowled by Hazlewood. Nothing was left for the India rather than taking the inning as long as they can with a last pair of part-time batsmen Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar.
With no expectations both stood up strong for India and surprisingly put highest 7th wicket partnership on board. Both the batsmen showed needed intent and proved that Indian team can remain strong in any condition just like the previous match. Australian bowlers may have succeed in dismissing some of the best batsmen but they struggled sweeping these tail enders and that’s what both of them created on field.
Washington Sundar scored 38 runs and Thakur scored 33 runs both have hit 5 fours and Thakur have hit a six at third man in the starting of his innings. Both remained not-out in the second session and will continue in the last session of the day.
Day 3, Session 1
AUS 1st Inns: 369/10
IND 1st Inns: 161/4 (Rohit 44, Sundar 38, Hazlewood 21-43-3)