In the 3rd Test match of India tour of Australia, the hosts won the toss and chose to bat against the Indian team at the Sydney Cricket Ground. First innings, Australia 338/10, Steve Smith (131), Ravindra Jadeja (4/62). At tea, day 3, second innings, India 224/10, Shubman Gill (50), Cheteshwar Pujara (50) Pat Cummins (4/29). The second session of the day belonged to the Aussies as the hosts picked six wickets while conceded just 64 runs. India trail Australia by 94 runs.
Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara walked in to bat in the second session of the day, the former was able to keep the scoreboard ticking while Pujara was still defending most of the deliveries which he faced. Both the batsmen survived the spell of short deliveries by the Aussie bowlers. Pant and Pujara conjured a partnership of 53 runs for the fifth wicket before the former edged the ball to David Warner on Josh Hazlewood’s bowling in the 85th over. Pujara continued his steady innings and went on to score his first half-century of the series after a string of low scores, but the Test specialist couldn’t add much after completing the milestone. He was caught behind the stumps on Pat Cummins’ bowling in the 83rd over. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were at the crease after losing the wicket of two set batsmen. Ashwin fell short of the crease while taking a quick single, Cummins was quick enough with his throw which sent the off-spinner back to the pavilion. India started losing their wickets after regular intervals as Navdeep Saini and Jasprit Bumrah lost their wickets in quick succession. Jadeja was left with the tail-ender Mohammed Siraj, to score quick runs the all-rounder started attacking the Aussie bowlers. Siraj couldn’t survive the wrath of the Aussie bowlers as the tail-ender edged the ball to the Australian skipper. India wrapped up their innings after putting a total of 244 on the scoreboard before tea.
Cummins pocketed four wickets and conceded 29 runs while Josh Hazlewood picked two. Nathan Lyon took one wicket. In the second session, 21.4 overs were bowled, 64 runs were scored at the loss of six wickets at the run rate of 2.95 runs per over.