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Aus v Ind 3rd Test Day 3: Australia take total control after Cummins burst

Australia's Pat Cummins was wrecker-in-chief
Australia's Pat Cummins was wrecker-in-chief

Australia took control of the third Test against India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the third day of the match on Saturday.

At close of play on third day, Australia was on 103 for two to gain an overall lead of 197. India was bowled out for 244 in their first innings after resuming play at 96 for two.

India was doing well, yet slowly, with captain Ajinkya Rahane (22) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50: 176b, 5x4) at the crease. But three run-outs that of Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah putting paid to India's hopes.

Pujara added 53 runs for the fifth wicket with Rishabh Pant (36). But Pant got injured before he got out as a Pat Cummins delivery hit him on his left elbow. Ravindra Jadeja who remained unbeaten on 28 from 37 balls but was hit on his thumb by a rising Mitchell Starc delivery.

Both Pant and Jadeja did not take field when Australia's second innings began. Wriddhiman Saha kept in place of Pant in the second innings. For Australia the best bowlers were Cummins (4-29) and Josh Hazlewood (2-43).

In their response Australia lost two early wickets in the form of David Warner and Will Pucovski. At stumps Australia was sitting pretty with an impressive lead.

Match Summary - Australia v India, 3rd Test Day 3, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Sydney Cricket Ground

Australia 1st Innings 338 (105.4)

India 1st Innings 244 (100.4)
Fall of wickets: 3-117 (Ajinkya Rahane-54.4 ov), 4-142 (Hanuma Vihari-67.2 ov), 5-195 (Rishabh Pant-87.4 ov), 6-195 (Cheteshwar Pujara-88.2 ov), 7-206 (Ravichandran Ashwin-92.2 ov), 8-210 (Navdeep Saini-94.5 ov), 9-216 (Jasprit Bumrah-96.3 ov), 10-244 (Mohammed Siraj-100.4 ov)

Australia 2nd Innings
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Will Pucovski-5.5 ov), 2-35 (David Warner-9.2 ov)

Close of Play - Stumps - Day 3 - Australia lead by 197 runs.


Match Details

Start Time: 23:30

Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Officials: Paul Reiffel, Paul Wilson, Bruce Oxenford, Claire Polosak, David Boon