India vs Australia Third Test Day 3 Sydney Match Report January 9 2021

A fine all round performance from Australia helped them take control at the end of Day 3 of the third test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Resuming at overnight score of 96/2, the pair of Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara added 21 more runs, before the former bottom-edged a Pat Cummins delivery on to his stumps for 22.

Hanuma Vihari’s short stay at the crease ended after he was run out brilliantly by Josh Hazlewood at mid off.

Pujara along with Rishabh Pant added 53 valuable runs for the fifth wicket, before the latter was caught at first slip by Warner off Hazlewood for a breezy 36. The dashing left handed batsman had earlier been struck by a Cummins delivery on the elbow and looked uncomfortable, and Wriddhiman Saha ended up keeping wickets for India later in the day.

Things got from bad to worse as the visitors lost Pujara in the very next over, as he gloved a Cummins ball to wicketkeeper Tim Paine for 50.

R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah also carelessly threw their wickets away via run outs as India’s middle order collapse continued. From 195/4, the visitors stumbled to 244 all out, giving the home side a 94 run lead. Ravi Jadeja remained unbeaten on 28, but he also suffered an injury, with a rising delivery striking him on the thumb of his bowling hand. Continue reading “India vs Australia Third Test Day 3 Sydney Match Report January 9 2021”

India vs Australia Third Test Day 2 Sydney Match Report 2021

Ravindra Jadeja’s 4/62, followed by a fine maiden half-century from Shubman Gill as the visitors edged Day 2 of the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

Resuming at overnight score of 166/2, the pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith added 40 more runs before the former was caught at slip by Ajinkya Rahane off Jadeja for 91.

Matthew Wade in trying to attack the left arm spinner was caught at mid wicket by Bumrah.

Bumrah struck twice by dismissing Cameron Green leg before wicket for a duck and then accounting for skipper Tim Paine with a brilliant inswinger.

Neither Pat Cummins nor Nathan Lyon troubled the scorers as both fell cheaply to Jadeja.

Mitchell Starc made a useful 24 before top edging a Saini delivery to Gill.

Star batsman Smith was the last man to fall for a brilliantly made 131, run out by a superb throw from deep square leg by Jadeja.

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Australia thus finished on 338, a decent score but far less then what they would have imagined after being 206/2 at one stage.

Ravi Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/62, while debutant Saini and ace pacer Bumrah grabbed two apiece.

Trailing by 338 runs, India got off to a solid start with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill adding 70 runs for the opening wicket.

The former looked good in his knock of 26, before he chipped one straight back to Josh Hazlewood who completed a simple caught and bowled.

Gill looked in fine touch and made a composed half century, the first of his fledgling test career, before edging a Pat Cummins delivery to Green at gully.

The pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane kept the Australian bowlers at bay, as the visitors ended Day 2 at 96/2, 242 runs behind.

Stumps as the end of Day 2- India 96/2 (Shubman Gill 50, Rohit Sharma 26; Pat Cummins 1/19) Australia 338 all out (Steve Smith 131, Marnus Labuschagne 91. Ravindra Jadeja 4/62, Navdeep Saini 2/65, Bumrah 2/66)

India vs Australia Third Test Day 1 Sydney Match Report 2021

Debutant Will Pucovski and Marnus Labuschagne scored fine half-centuries as Australia ended Day 1 of the rain hit third test at 166/2 against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

India included Rohit Sharma and debutant Navdeep Saini for Mayank Agarwal and the injured Umesh Yadav, while Australia dropped Joe Burns and Travis Head for Pucovski and David Warner.

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India XI for Sydney Test 2020- Navdeep Saini to debut, Rohit Sharma in XI

Team India have officially announced their playing XI for the third test against Australia at Sydney starting January 7, Thursday.

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Navdeep Saini will be making his test debut in place of the injured Umesh Yadav and Rohit Sharma will replace Mayank Agarwal for the Sydney Test starting Thursday.

Agarwal in his last four innings has had scores of 17,9,0 & 5 respectively.

India XI for Sydney Test:

1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 5 Hanuma Vihari, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Navdeep Saini & Mohammed Siraj

India vs Australia Second Test Day 3 Melbourne Match Report- 2020

Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliant 112 and Ravindra Jadeja’s excellent half century helped India take a firm grip at the end of Day 3 of the second Test against Australia at Melbourne on Monday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Second Test Day 3 Melbourne Match Report- 2020”