Australian Nathan Lyon, left, congratulates his team-mates after taking the share of India’s Rohit Sharma. Photo / AP
Nathan Lyon was in the midst of competition in his 100th Test, the dangerous inaugural Rohit Sharma sent off for India in his third match on Saturday after playing a superb role with Australia.
India was 62-2 on the second day of the decisive match in Gapa in response to Australia 369. Torrential rain flooded the stadium during a tea break, and after two stadium checks, the referees canceled play without throwing the ball into the field. Evening session.
India’s casualty-exhausted attack did exceptionally well to clear Australia by lunch on Day Two, with Thangarasu Natarajan (3-78) and Washington Sundar (3-89) receiving three wickets on their debut and Shardul Thakur 3-94 returning.
Pat Cummins grabbed Australia’s first wicket with his second ball in the match, with Shopman Gil (seven) striking forward and bouncing off the second slip, with Steve Smith getting a big chance.
Opening match Sharma (44) and No. 3 Chichwar Bogara combined to move the total from 11 to 60 and were starting to outperform the Australian bowlers before Lyon hit the ball.
Sharma tried to face the veteran, but missed and crossed a hold on the field to Mitchell Stark, who ran from a long distance and started catching a slider.
Bogara did not exit at 8 out of 49 deliveries and India’s captain Aginkia Rahani was in the second half as clouds loomed over Gaba. They are not back on the field and play is due to start half an hour early Sunday.
The series is tied 1-1 and India only needs a tie to retain the Border-Javaskar Cup. But India’s inexperienced bowling attack kept the tourists in the competition despite the loss of speed by spear leader Jaspert Bomrah and Major Ravichandran Ashwin.
Australia resumed Saturday at 274-5, and the roles were steadily evolving in a 98-round partnership between captain Tim Payne (50) and Allorround Cameron Green (47) until India caught three wickets for four runs in 14 handovers to reduce the hosts to 315-8.
Thakur gets a major breakthrough, when Pine chases an outside player and is caught on a second slip by Sharma. Sundar throws Green the next time with an uninterrupted delivery turning the other way, straightening and hitting the edge.
When Thakur cornered a Cummins lbw with a full ball bumping around ankle height, the Aussies were in danger of an embarrassing hitting collapse.
But the 39-round wicket stance between Leon and Stark stopped that and helped Australia cross the 350 mark before hitting Sundar again near lunch.
Leon, whose small roles had grown confident as he pulled Thakur behind the square to the boundary and led the next ball straight to the ground for another four, was knocked out for 24 of 22 deliveries when he attempted to sweep a straight ball from Sundar that shook. Stumps.
Stark finished unbeaten at 20 when countryman Josh Hazelwood missed for 11.
India’s Rapid Attack led by Muhammad Siraj in its third test, performed admirably despite dealing with another injury. Navdeep Saini left the field on Friday with a ball remaining in eighth place due to a groin strain and was unable to run on Saturday morning.
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