Aus v Ind 4th Test Day 3: Thakur, Sundar lead fightback; Hazlewood claims fifer
India fought back to end the third day 54 runs behind Australia in the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy on Sunday.
At Gabba, India resumed at 62 for two, they were finally bowled out for 336 to hand Australia a lead of 33 runs. Australia finished on 21 for no loss when stumps were drawn.
India lost Cheteshwar Pujara (25) early. Later, captain Ajinkya Rahane (37: 93b, 3x4) took charge in a 39-run fourth wicket partnership with Mayank Agarwal (38: 75b, 3x4, 1x6).
Rahane fell to an indiscreet shot. Then, Agarwal fell soon after and Rishabh Pant (23) was dismissed too.
With India at 186 for six, it seemed that Australia would gain a huge lead. But Washington Sundar (62: 144b, 7x4, 1x6) and Shardul Thakur (67: 115b, 9x4, 2x6) had other ideas. The pair added a record 123 runs for the seventh wicket. Finally, when Thakur fell, the floodgates opened. The rest of the tail did not wag much and India was finally bowled out for 336.
For Australia the best bowler was Josh Hazlewood (5-57). The other wicket-takers were Mitchell Starc (2-88) and Pat Cummins (2-94).
Armed with a lead of 33, Australia began their second innings confidently. Australia ended the day at 21 for no loss.
Match Summary - Australia v India, 4th Test Day 3, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Gabba
Australia 1st Innings: 369
India 1st Innings: 336 (111.4)
Fall of wickets: 3-105 (Cheteshwar Pujara-38.5 ov), 4-144 (Ajinkya Rahane-54.6 ov), 5-161 (Mayank Agarwal-60.2 ov), 6-186 (Rishabh Pant-66.3 ov), 7-309 (Shardul Thakur-102.3 ov), 8-320 (Navdeep Saini-107.4 ov), 9-328 (Washington Sundar-108.5 ov), 10-336 (Mohammed Siraj-111.4 ov)
Australia 2nd Innings: 21-0 (6)
Close of Play: Australia lead by 54 runs
Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (captain & wicket-keeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan
Start Time: 12:30
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Gabba, Brisbane
Officials: Bruce Oxenford, Paul Wilson, Paul Reiffel (TV Umpire), Claire Polosak (Reserve Umpire), David Boon (Match Referee)
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