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). First innings, India 244/10, Shubman Gill (50). Second innings, Australia 312/6 d, Cameron Green (84). Day 5, lunch, second innings, India 206/3, Rishabh Pant (73*), Cheteshwar Pujara (41*)Rohit Sharma (51), Josh Hazlewood (1/20). The first session of day 5 belonged to the Indian team as they scored 108 runs in 36 overs at the loss of one wicket. India needs 201 runs to win while Australia in the hunt of seven more wickets to clinch the third Test match.
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara started the proceedings with the bat on day 5 for the visitors. The Aussies struck early in the first session of the day when the hosts got rid of the Indian skipper in the 36th over of the match. Rahane edged the ball to Mathew Wade at short leg on Nathan Lyon’s delivery. The Indian captain’s departure brought Rishabh Pant to the crease. After showing respect to the initial deliveries the southpaw faced, he started stepping down the track and took over Lyon. Pujara was solid with his defence while Pant was in complete control with his lofted shots. Pant went against Lyon despite the open field, smashed two consecutive sixes and completed his third Test half-century with a single on the offside. The wicket keeper’s promotion has worked out for the visitors so far, the left-handed batsman was dropped earlier but took his time and scored some valuable runs for the team. The two batsmen stitched a partnership of 104 runs for the fourth wicket.
Two sessions more to go before the Test match concludes. The Indian team will be hoping for this on-going pair to continuing till the last session. In the first session, 36 overs were bowled, 108 runs were scored at the run rate of 3 runs per over.