As it happened – Australia vs India, 3rd Test, Sydney, 3rd day

Welcome to our live report of the third day of the Australia-India Test from Sydney. Join us for updates, analysis and colour. You can find our traditional ball-by-ball commentary here

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6.03pm local/12.33pm IST: Stumps

Australia end the third day 197 ahead, with eight wickets in hand, and both Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith looking at their pristine best as they pick apart India’s insipid – and temporarily depleted – bowling attack in the final session. India’s day hasn’t ended too far from where it had begun in terms of the deficit, but a collapse of 6 for 49 at the end of their innings and the ease of Australia’s scoring in the final session has pushed them decidedly behind in the match. The relentlessness of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood was responsible for that, as they were bowled out for 244, 94 short of Australia’s first innings score, while also losing the immediate services of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja who were both hit on their hands by bouncers and went off for scans. A long day ahead tomorrow on a progressively misbehaving pitch.

5.10pm local/11.40am IST: Leg trap today

India have stuck to their guns in terms of bowling strategy, with four fielders in the leg-side infield and a slant into the stumps. But that restrictive strategy has gone the opposite way and played right into Labuschagne’s hands so far. This is his wheel on 34 off 44. Four boundaries through the square leg region tell the story. The execution of this plan hasn’t gone well for India today.

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