India vs Australia Test 4: Hosts Throw Away A Good Start At SCG

India is having a great day at Sydney in the fourth test. After declaring their inning for 622 Australia resumed the play with a good spark. After a promising morning session, Australia faced the death of England bowlers and was pushed back.

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In the next 2 ½ hours Indian bowlers gave big blows to Australian team clinching their five wickets. Before an early end due to bad lighting Australia were reduced to 236 for six wickets. The third day of the play at the Sydney Cricket Ground was disappointing for the hosts.

In the game after lunch, India picked up four wickets that work in their favour. The fifth wicket was pegged after lunch that made way for Pat Cummins to join Peter Handscomb. Cummings added unbeaten 38 runs to the team total before the seventh wicket. Before the game can progress any further conditions got darker with the rain taking over and umpires declaring the game.

Australia will begin on day four an hour early. The hosts are behind India by 386 runs. India showed their play during the second session when they picked up five wickets leaking only 76 runs. Marcus Harris who could have gotten the chance to make his maiden century fell short by 21 runs when Jadeja hit him on the stamps. Harris reached the highest score by an Australian batsman in the series at 79. Shaun Marsh who joined next was not able to contribute much and was taken by Jadeja off the pitch.

Marnus Labuschagne who is backing for the first time in the Test of the ongoing series showed a confident game and scored 38 runs before he threw away his promising start. His wicket was taken by Mohammed Shami. Tavis Head and Handscomb were able to help Australia deal with attack from Shami and Jadeja to add 40 runs before the fifth wicket fell. However, Kuldeep Yadav was able to crack the partnership between the two and took fifth wicket. He also led skipper Tim Paine back to Pavilion before he can save his team.

Looking at the game of the Austrian side, it is evident that the team has a disappointed play even after a good start. Harris with his 72 gave the team a solid platform to build upon that none of the middle order was able to contribute.

Team Australia is at 236/6 at the end of the day three trailing India by 386 runs. The early game tomorrow morning will decide if the hosts have a winning chance.