Debutant Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur scored respective half centuries, as India clawed their way back into the contest from a tight situation at the end of Day 3 of the fourth Test against Australia at The Gabba on Sunday.
Resuming at 62/2, the duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane added another 43 runs before the former edged a Josh Hazlewood delivery to Tim Paine for 25.
Rahane then was joined Mayank Agarwal and the pair stitched together a 39 run stand for the fourth wicket. Skipper who looked solid in his knock of 37 was caught at fourth slip by Matthew Wade off Mitchell Starc.
Mayank’s 75-ball 38 was ended by Josh Hazlewood as Steve Smith held on to a catch at slip at the second attempt.
Rishabh Pant’s brisk knock of 23 ended as Cameron Green took an outstanding catch at gully off Josh Hazlewood, leaving the visitors in a spot of bother at 186/6.
The pair of Sundar and Thakur brought the visitors back into the contest with a fighting 123 runs for the seventh wicket. This was also India’s highest seventh-wicket partnership at The Gabba.
Pat Cummins finally broke the partnership by dismissing the latter bowled for a well made 67. His knock came of 115 balls with nine fours and two sixes.
Navdeep Saini who sustained a groin injury on Day 2 come out to bat and could make only 5 runs before becoming Hazlewood’s fourth victim.
Washington Sundar after scoring a fighting 62, fell to Starc at gully. India were eventually bowled out for 336, giving the home side a 33 run lead.
Hazlewood was Australia’s best bowler with figures of 5/57, while Starc and Cummins claimed 2 wickets each.
David Warner and Marcus Harris ensured that the home side did not lose any wickets. The hosts were 21/0 in their second innings with an overall lead of 54 runs. Warner was unbeaten on 20 while Harris was not out on 1.
Stumps at the end of Day 3- India 336 all out (Shardul Thakur 67, Washington Sundar 62; Josh Hazlewood 5/57), Australia 369 & 21/0) lead by 54 runs.