An eventful Day 4 of the third Test match saw Australia post a 407-run target for India, who lost their openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill before the stumps. India need another 309 runs to win with 8 wickets remaining.
India batsman Rohit Sharma departed after scoring 52 (AP Image)
- Australia have set India a 407-run target to win the third Test match
- India lost Rohit Sharma and Shubmna Gill before the stumps were called
- Paine and Green partnered for an unbeaten 104 runs off 116 deliveries
India will need another 309 runs on the final day of the third Test if they want to take a 2-1 lead in the 4-match series which concludes in Brisbane. Chasing a daunting target of 407, India were off to a good start again as openers Rohit Sharma (52) and Shubman Gill (31) stitched 71 runs together. Josh Hazlewood drew the first blood when Gill edged one to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
Another good partnership was on cards but Rohit Sharma fell to Pat Cummins moments after scoring his 11th Test fifty. When the stumps were called, Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 9, while captain Rahane was also hanging around with 4 runs in his kitty. The final few overs of the day saw, chirpy Australia players saying a lot of things to Pujara.
Earlier, Australia started the day with their overnight score of 103 for 2 and were welcomed with a sloppy fielding effort from Hanuma Vihari, who dropped a sitter off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling on the second ball of the day. Labuschagne, who was batting at 47 at that point, capitalise on the mistake and scored 73 before falling to Navdeep Saini.
Matthew Wade (4) flopped for the 2nd consecutive time in the Test and became Saini’s 2nd victim of the day. A 60-run partnership between Steve Smith and Cameron Green flourished thereafter. Smith, the centurion from the first innings, completed another fifty during the process. With that the 32-year-old also equalled Jacques Kallis record of 11 hundred and a fifty-plus score in the same Test match. Smith was batting on 81 when Ashwin and India appealed for a lbw chance against him. The batting heavyweight had to depart after the vistors decided to review the on-field umpire’s decision.
Captain Tim Paine joined Green next and partnered for quick-fire 104 runs off just 116 deliveries. The Aussies had their intention of making India bat in the last season during the time. Green went berserk towards the end moment, seemingly after being given a time limit by his captain to convert his maiden fifty into a hundred. However, the all-rounder fell short by 16 runs and was dismissed moments after round 2 of an uncouth behaviour from SCG crowd.