In the 4th Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the hosts won the toss and chose to bat against the Indian team at the Gabba. Stumps day 1, third innings, Australia 274/5, Overs 87, Marnus Labuschagne (108), Tim Paine (38*), T Natarajan (2/63). The third session of the day belonged to the Aussies as they scored 120 runs in 33 overs at the fall of two wickets.
Marnus Labuschagne and Mathew Wade walked in to bat in the final session of the day. The two set batsmen looked comfortable facing the Indian bowlers and scored runs at regular intervals. The partnership between the two batsmen progressed and started pressurizing the Indian bowlers. Labuschagne drove firmly on Mohammed Siraj’s bowling and completed fifth Test century of his career. After missing out on a couple of tons at the SCG, the right-handed batsman finally reached the three-figure mark in the on-going Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The visitors finally got the long-awaited breakthrough as Wade fell prey to T Natarajan in the 64th over, the southpaw went on to pull on a short of a good length delivery but ended up edging the ball and was caught by Shardul Thakur. Wade’s departure brought Cameron Green to the crease. The centurion Labuschagne also edged the ball while accelerating the innings on short delivery and was caught by Rishabh Pant. Tim Paine came to the crease after Labuschagne’s wicket. Green and Paine looked shaky against the Indian bowlers but eventually got used to the conditions and started putting the bad balls away.
The all-rounder Green and skipper Paine remained unbeaten with 28 and 38 respectively at the end of the third session. The hosts will be expecting a big partnership from the two batsmen tomorrow. In the last session, 120 runs were scored, 32 overs were bowled at the run rate of 3.64 runs per over.