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Australia Vs India Live Score (TEST)

Date: Thursday, 03 January, 2019 IST Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney Match Status: Match Ended

Australia drew with India

622/7
Overs
167.2
R/R
3.72
Fours
63
Sixes
4
Extras
20
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Rishabh Pant (W) not out 159 189 15 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 26 0 123 1
Josh Hazlewood 35 11 105 2
300/10
Overs
104.5
R/R
2.87
Fours
39
Sixes
0
Extras
11
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Mitchell Starc not out 29 55 3 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammed Shami 19 2 58 2
Jasprit Bumrah 21 5 62 1
6/0
Overs
4.0
R/R
1.5
Fours
1
Sixes
0
Extras
0
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Usman Khawaja not out 4 12 1 0
Marcus Harris not out 2 12 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammed Shami 2 1 4 0
Jasprit Bumrah 2 1 2 0
  • A gigantic total posted on the board by India! What an effort by their batting unit. Cheteshwar Pujara led the charge on Day 1 and formed crucial partnerships. This morning, he continued and forged substantial stands with Vihari and Pant as he got to 193. Was unlucky to miss out on a double century but he had done his job. If the Aussies thought that once Pujara departed the Indians would relent, they couldn't have been more wrong. Ravindra Jadeja joined Rishabh Pant in the middle and forged a 200-plus stand and smashed the listless bowling attack of the hosts to all parts. Nathan Lyon bowled tirelessly to pick a 4-wicket haul and apart from him, it was a pretty dismal outing for the Aussie bowlers. Stay tuned for Australia's reply...
  • 167.2 OUT! Bowled 'em! The 204-run stand has finally been broken. And with that, INDIA HAVE DECLARED ON 622/7. A flatter one aimed at the off stump, Jadeja dances down the wicket and misses his lofted shot over long on. The off stump is disturbed and Jadeja has to go for a well played 81. Virat Kohli says the total is enough and calls his players back. The crowd is happy and so are the tired Aussie players.
  • 167.1 Single taken down to the third man region off this flatter one outside off. Pant gets to the other end.
  • 166.6 Short of a length outside off, Pant cuts it away for a single to deep point and keeps strike. 621/6
  • 166.5 FOUR! What an incredible shot. Was in no position to play this one and has managed to hit it away for a boundary. Full toss way down leg side and Pant lifts it away in front of square on the leg side for a boundary. Incredible shot! Also brings up the 200-run stand between these two.
  • 166.4 This is atrocious now! Pant attempts the reverse hit off a bowler of Hazlewood's pace. Misses the ball though and the crowd gets into it.
  • 166.3 FOUR! 150 for Rishabh Pant! It comes up in style as he smashes the short of a length ball in front of square leg for a boundary. Removes his helmet and celebrates in style.
  • 166.2 Down the leg side and Pant doesn't connect bat on ball.
  • 166.1 FOUR! Fuller length ball outside off, Pant lifts it over cover and the ball runs away for a boundary. 149 now! Highest score for an Indian keeper in away Tests.
  • 165.6 Another front foot defense to end the over. 608/6
  • 165.5 Fuller ball on off and middle, Jaddu comes ahead and defends.
  • 165.4 Flatter one on off and middle, punched off the back foot.
  • 165.3 Flatter ball on middle, defended towards mid-wicket by Jadeja.
  • 165.2 Flighted outside off again, pushed to deep cover for a single.
  • 165.1 Flighted outside off, Pant comes down the ground to smash it over long on but gets an inside edge that runs past the leg stump and fine on the leg side. Gets a couple.
  • Drinks break. This has just been carnage from the Indians. They are driving home the point that they are here to dictate terms over the hapless Aussie bowlers. The hosts are just going through the motions and would be dreading facing a few overs at the fag end of the day after two long days in the field. That is, if India decide to declare. There is no real reason why they must though, as they lead the series 2-1 now. Last hour of play on Day 2 coming up! Nathan Lyon to bowl now.
  • 164.6 Short ball on the leg side, Pant turns it away to fine leg for a single. Keeps strike. 605/6
  • 164.5 Beaten! Good ball! Length ball outside off and angling away, Pant tries to cut but misses the ball.
  • 164.4 Bouncer on the middle stump, pushed away to deep mid-wicket by Jadeja. The batsmen want two but then decide against it.
  • 164.3 Length ball and Jadeja wants to clear his front leg and smash it but the ball is bowled wide outside off. Ravindra can only just reach the ball as it goes off the under part of the bat to slip.
  • 164.2 Short and wide outside off, Jadeja cuts hard but straight to the point fielder.
  • 164.1 Length ball outside off, guided towards third man by Pant.
  • 163.6 FOUR! Make it 16! Slapped away in front of square this time. Short length ball at pace but Jadeja is seeing the ball like a hawk now. He rocks back and lifts it over the head of mid-wicket for a boundary. 4 fours in this over. 600 comes up for India! 602/6
  • 163.5 FOUR! Third boundary of this over. Stand and deliver stuff this. Fuller length ball and the southpaw smashes it right back over the head of the bowler for a boundary to the long on fence. 12 off this over so far.
  • 163.4 FOUR! Pulled away nonchalantly. Short of a length and Ravindra Jadeja pulls it away hard and behind square on the leg side for a boundary. No stopping those. Went like a rocket.
  • 163.3 Slower ball this time and Jadeja is too early into his pull. The ball misses his willow and hits him on the thigh pad.
  • 163.2 At the thigh pad once more, flicked away to the square leg fielder.
  • 163.1 FOUR! At the hips, whipped away by Jadeja to the vacant deep square leg fence. All too easy here.
  • Pat Cummins comes on to bowl now.
  • 162.6 Short and quick! Jadeja is in a very awkward position as he tries to fend this away. The ball lobs off the glove probably but falls in no man's land. Single taken. Given as a leg bye. Nothing going the hosts' way here. 586/6
  • 162.5 Fuller length ball outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 162.4 FOUR! Hazlewood isn't impressed! Short of a length ball at the hips, Jadeja swivels and pulls it away fine on the leg side. Deep square leg comes around but Harris cannot stop it as he misfields it and allows it to go for a boundary. Hazlewood is not impressed.
  • 162.3 Wayward outside off stump, left alone by the batsman.
  • 162.2 Length ball outside off, played with soft hands to the off side and the batsmen steal a single. Tired fielders all around.
  • 162.1 Short of a length delivery on middle and Jadeja rises with the bounce to keep it down on the off side. Quick single taken.
  • 161.6 Yorker! Well dug out by Pant. 579/6
  • 161.5 Short of a length ball on the hips, turned away to the leg side for a single.
  • 161.4 FOUR! Shot! Full and Jadeja smashes it right back down the ground to the left of mid off for four runs.
  • 161.3 Excellent ball! Good length delivery, seaming away late. Jadeja who was on the back foot looking to play with a straight bat gets a thick outside edge towards gully. Khawaja misfields there and the batsmen pick up two runs.
  • 161.2 Short of a length outside off, cut away in the gap through covers for a couple.
  • 161.1 Wayward from Starc first up, the ball is hurled well down leg. Paine cannot collect it cleanly and the ball runs fine on the leg side for a couple of byes.
  • Mitchell Starc to operate from the other end.
  • 160.6 Defended watchfully on the front foot to end the over. 568/6
  • 160.5 FOUR! Classy shot! Full and outside off, driven beautifully through the covers by Pant all the way to fence. Timing and placement were magnificent. 150-run stand comes up between these two.
  • 160.4 Wayward! Wide down the leg side and Pant lets it go through.
  • 160.3 Woah! That ball has carried beautifully through to Paine behind. Pant lets a length ball go outside off.
  • 160.2 How is that not out? Hazlewood was pleading for an LBW. Good length ball on middle and shaping back in, Pant gets beaten and rapped on the pads. The umpire says not out and Hazlewood cannot believe it. But the reviews are exhausted too. The only thing that could have saved the batsman there is the height. And replays show that the ball would have been clipping the top of middle. Not a wrong decision one would have to say but looked really close to the naked eye.
  • 160.1 Full delivery on the pads, Jadeja misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. The ball runs down to fine leg for a leg bye.
  • The third new ball is available and has immediately been taken and handed over to Josh Hazlewood.
  • 159.6 Flatter ball on middle, defended from within the crease. 563/6
  • 159.5 SIX! Smashed! Flighted one on off, Pant dances down the track and lifts it over the head of long on for a maximum. Lyon has a puzzled look on his face. The Aussies seem like they have had enough but the visitors are relentless.
  • 159.4 Flatter ball on middle, pushed down the ground and JADEJA GETS TO HIS 10th TEST FIFTY! Well played but in all honesty, it was served on a platter to him. The sword celebration comes out.
  • 159.3 Short and wide outside off, Pant camps back and slaps it through point for a run.
  • 159.2 Fires this one, following the batsman down the leg side, Pant steps back and force it towards the cover fielder.
  • 159.1 Full and floated on off, Pant tries to play straight but it takes the inside edge and rolls to mid-wicket.
  • 158.6 Gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks it away to deep mid-wicket for a single. 555/6
  • 158.5 Flatter one on middle, pushed back off the back foot towards long on for another run. Moves to one shy of his fifty.
  • 158.4 Full toss and Jadeja misses out on this ball as he times it straight towards the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 158.3 Flighted ball on middle, Pant comes down the track and hits it hard to long on for a single.
  • 158.2 FOUR! All kinds of mockery. Pant goes for the reverse hit and gets into position early. He lifts it fine on the off side beating backward point who has to go get the ball from the fence. The 550 comes up with the boundary.
  • 158.1 Short of a length on middle, pushed back down to long on for a single off the back foot.
  • 157.6 Slow through the air, Pant misses the pull and gets hit on the thigh pad. Lyon raises his hand in appeal, looks really tired here. 547/6
  • 157.5 Shorter length, Jadeja stands tall and punches it down the ground for a single.
  • 157.4 Shorter one on middle, the batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 157.3 Flatter one on middle, Jadeja defends it with a straight bat from within the crease.
  • 157.2 Kept out on the off side from the crease.
  • 157.1 Flatter one on middle, Jadeja pushes it towards mid-wicket.
  • 156.6 Outside off, Pant angles it towards the third man region but does not get a single. 546/6
  • 156.5 Short of a length outside off, Jadeja gets to the other end with a punch down the ground.
  • 156.4 Flighted again to Pant, he comes down the ground but can't get under that one. Hits it on a bounce to long on. Single taken.
  • 156.3 Another push down the ground from Jadeja to long on for a single.
  • 156.2 Flighted on middle, Pant goes for a big one but mistimes it and it lands just short of the wide long on fielder. Catch it was the call but no chance there.
  • 156.1 Flatter one on middle and leg, Jadeja rocks back and punches it long on for a single.
  • 155.6 Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it in the direction of mid on. Lyon quickly moves across to his left to stop the ball. 541/6
  • 155.5 Drops this one short and wide outside off, Jadeja rocks back and slaps it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 155.4 Flighted and full on middle, RJ draws forward and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 155.3 Leans forward to a full ball and taps it down in front of square leg.
  • 155.2 Flatter and fuller on the pads, Jadeja flicks but finds the rushing-forward square leg fielder.
  • 155.1 Tossed up ball on middle, Pant gets back and helps it behind square leg for a run.
  • 154.6 Flighted one on middle, Pant drives this along the ground to long on for a single. 539/6
  • 154.5 Quicker one on the pads, Jadeja works it away on the leg side for a single.
  • 154.4 Another defense with a straight bat by Ravindra.
  • 154.3 Fuller one outside off, Jadeja comes ahead and dead-bats this one.
  • 154.2 Flatter ball on the pads, worked away in the gap towards mid-wicket by Pant for a single.
  • 154.1 Flatter ball on middle, defended towards short mid-wicket.
  • Travis Head to bowl now.
  • 153.6 Very easy for Pant here, just turns it on the leg side for a run and keeps the strike. 8 off this over. Runs flowing! 536/6
  • 153.5 Slower one on a length outside off, cut away on the off side. Head at point makes a slight misfield and the ball escapes his grasp as the batsmen steal a single.
  • 153.4 Flatter one on middle, worked towards square leg for a single.
  • 153.3 FOUR! Flighted on middle and Pant just dictates terms here. Goes down on his knee and sweeps this one beautifully in the gap for a boundary to deep backward square leg.
  • 153.2 Flighted outside off, Pant comes ahead and defends the ball onto the ground.
  • 153.1 Short and slow on off, Jadeja cuts it away to deep cover for a single.
  • 152.6 Fires this in on the pads, Jadeja works it away for a single to deep square leg. 11 off the over, the Australian shoulders are dropping. 528/6
  • 152.5 Fuller one on middle and leg, driven to long on for a single.
  • 152.4 FOUR! Flighted ball on middle and Rishabh Pant sweeps this away in front of square leg and all the way to the fence. The fielder in the deep has no chance.
  • 152.3 Short and Pant makes room to cut this ball away in the gap towards point. Takes a couple.
  • 152.2 Flicked away wristily to deep square leg for a single.
  • 152.1 Shorter ball outside off, cut away in the gap towards deep point for a couple of runs. The 100-run stand comes up between these two.
  • Marnus Labuschagne comes from the other end now.
  • 151.6 Defended watchfully back to the bowler. 517/6
  • 151.5 Short and wide outside off, Pant opens the face of the bat towards backward point.
  • 151.4 Flatter ball on middle and Jadeja whips it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 151.3 In the air... but safe. The flighted ball is bowled outside off and Pant comes down the ground, wanting to hit it for a maximum. Does not connect well and the ball goes on a bounce to long off.
  • 151.2 Quicker one on the pads, Ravindra comes ahead and pushes it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 151.1 Flatter one on middle, Jadeja comes ahead and pushes the ball back to the bowler.
  • Nathan Lyon comes back on.
  • 150.6 Uses his feet and forces it back to the bowler who deflects it towards short mid-wicket. They cross and steal a single safely. 514/6
  • 150.5 Another mistimed shot as Jadeja tries to go big. Fails to middle and it rolls to mid-wicket.
  • 150.4 Flighted and outside off, left alone.
  • 150.3 Loopy and on off, it's stroke from the front foot to long off for another run.
  • 150.2 Too full and on middle, Jadeja drives it down to long off for a single.
  • 150.1 How on earth did he miss out on this one? A friendly full toss on middle, Pant swings his bat a bit early and it goes off the inner half to deepish mid on for a run.
  • Usman Khawaja to have a go now...
  • 149.6 This is a flatter ball on the pads once more, this time he gets the flick in the gap for a single. 510/6
  • 149.5 Hurled at the pads, flicked away to the square leg fielder.
  • 149.4 Straight bat presented in defense to this flatter one.
  • 149.3 Flighted outside off, defended into the ground.
  • 149.2 FOUR! Hundred for Pant! His 2nd in Test cricket. Also becomes the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a hundred in Australia. Short and on middle, Pant forces this away and the fielder in the deep square leg region seems to have missed it as he fails to move. Maybe a lapse of concentration. Pant won't mind that as he gets to his landmark. Got his previous one in England, this is in Australia. Well done. Time for him to go blast now!
  • 149.1 In the air... Catchhhhh is the shout!!! Pant wants to do a Sehwag probably, reach his hundred with big blow. But after coming down the track, he miscues his big shot badly. The ball goes in the air and just clears mid off for a couple of runs.
  • 148.6 Flatter one, kept out off the front foot. 503/6
  • Rishabh Pant dives to make his ground in time as he is sent back by Jadeja but it looks like he has hurt his hand in the process. The physio is on the field to have a look. Should be okay to continue.
  • 148.5 Miscommunication! Luckily the throw isn't a direct hit and Pant gets in with a dive. The ball was a flatter one on middle and Jadeja pushed it towards the leg side and Pant wants a single. He is sent back by his partner and has to make it back in time with a dive.
  • 148.4 Short and outside off, cut away to deep point for a single.
  • 148.3 Flatter one on middle and leg, Jadeja jams it away on the leg side for a quick single.
  • 148.2 Much better! The ball is shorter this time and Pant rocks back to place it behind backward point. Three runs taken, good running that!
  • 148.1 Lots of air given there, Pant comes dancing down the ground and wants to smash it over long on but the ball gets the inside half of the bat and goes onto his pads. Not the time to lose your head when you are so close to a landmark.
  • 147.6 Flatter one outside off, Jadeja cuts but it goes straight to the point fielder who makes a tumbling stop. 498/6
  • 147.5 Another loopy one outside off, driven down the ground for a single by Pant. Moves into the 90s.
  • 147.4 Flighted outside off, driven to mid off for a single by RJ.
  • 147.3 Another quicker one on middle and leg, Jaddu pushes it towards deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 147.2 Flatter ball on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 147.1 A juicy full toss outside off, but hit straight to cover-point. Jadeja must not have expected that gift to come his way.
  • Marnus Labuschagne to bowl from the other end.
  • 146.6 Hurled in on off stump, defended from within the crease by Pant. 494/6
  • 146.5 Short this time and Ravindra cuts the ball hard towards deep point for a single.
  • 146.4 Airy outside off, Jadeja comes ahead and defends this one.
  • 146.3 On the pads this time, flicked away towards square leg and Pant moves on to 89 with a single.
  • 146.2 Flatter one outside off, Pant wants to drop it towards point and run through but is sent back.
  • 146.1 Shorter one to start off, Jadeja backs off and pushes it back down to long on for a single.
  • The umpires and the players make their way back to the middle. How many overs more will they bat? Jadeja to face the first ball from Nathan Lyon who is bowling his 50th.
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • Another grinding session for Australia. With very little to no help from the surface, their bowlers failed miserably as India continued their march towards a big first innings total. Cheteshwar Pujara was unlucky not to get to his 4th double century as he was hunted down by Nathan Lyon. But as has been the norm in this innings, fall of a wicket has not hampered the touring team's momentum much. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja are now amidst a 73-run stand and it appears that Virat Kohli might declare soon after Tea once Pant gets to the three-figure mark. Do join us shortly for the last session.
  • 145.6 Quicker and fuller on off, forced down the ground to long on for a single. That will be Tea on Day 2. 491/6
  • 145.5 Stands back to a short ball and slaps it to deep cover for one.
  • 145.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 145.3 Lunges to a full ball and dead-bats it back to the bowler.
  • 145.2 Flatter and shorter on off, punched to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 145.1 Short and outside off, cut through to deep point for a single.
  • Last over before Tea will be bowled by Travis Head...
  • 144.6 Angled on the pads, it's tickled away to deep square leg for a single. 487/6
  • 144.5 A terrific yorker outside off, Pant is beaten by pace as he fails to dig it out.
  • 144.4 Stifled appeal for an lbw! Full and drifting down the leg side, Pant wants to flick but his bat comes down late. He is struck on the pads, they appeal but it's missing leg.
  • 144.3 Good length on off, Jadeja inside edges his attempted back foot punch and the ball rolls behind square leg for one.
  • 144.2 Wayward! Waste of energy. Starc digs in a bouncer way down the leg side. A comfortable leave for Jadeja and Paine has to stretch to collect the ball to his right.
  • 144.1 Back of a length ball on off, angling in, Jadeja gets back and plays it down to mid-wicket.
  • 143.6 Too full this time, on off, Jadeja eases it down to long on for a run. 485/6
  • 143.5 Shortish and on off, turning in, Jadeja punches it back to the bowler.
  • 143.4 Gets forward and knocks it down with the spin to long on for a couple of runs.
  • 143.3 Strides forward to a full ball and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 143.2 Loopy and turning in from off to leg, Pant clips it behind square leg for a run.
  • 143.1 Shortish and around off, Pant packs a punch from the back foot and Shaun Marsh at extra cover makes a fine diving stop.
  • 142.6 A back foot punch this time, through the gap at covers for three runs. 11 from the over, India are 19 short of 500. 481/6
  • 142.5 Four leg byes! Runs continue to come for India. This time Starc serves a good length ball around leg, angling down, Pant fails to flick and it goes off his pads to fine leg for a boundary.
  • 142.4 FOUR! Lovely shot! Moves to 81... A length ball outside off, Pant gets forward and unfurls a delightful square drive for a glorious boundary.
  • 142.3 Angling in on a length around off, Pant blocks it to the off side.
  • 142.2 Swing and a miss! Starc delivers it on the shorter side outside off, staying low a bit, Pant tries to pull but it goes under his bat.
  • 142.1 Fuller length delivery on middle and leg, Pant flicks but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
  • Mitchell Starc runs in...
  • 141.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 470/6
  • 141.5 Goes on the back foot and punches it to mid-wicket.
  • 141.4 Leans forward to a full ball and flicks it to short leg.
  • 141.3 Darts in around middle and leg, Jadeja tries to flick from the crease but misses.
  • 141.2 Full and outside off, reverse swept down towards third man for a run.
  • 141.1 Quicker and flatter down the leg side, Pant fails to flick it.
  • 140.6 SIX! Jadeja sends it packing over cow corner! 50-run stand comes up! Cummins delivers it on a length around off, Ravindra senses the opportunity to free his arms and dismisses it into the stand. 469/6
  • 140.5 Quick single. Lands it on a length around off, cutting back in, Pant goes hard at it and gets it away off the inside half to mid on. Rushes across to the other end as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
  • 140.4 On a length and outside off, left alone that time by Pant.
  • 140.3 Good shot this time. Fuller and outside off, Pant forces it through covers for a brace again.
  • 140.2 A mistimed shot! Width on offer outside off, Pant throws his bat at it and in the process loses his shape. Fails to middle his shot properly and it flies over point. The sweeper cover fielder runs across to his right to make a sliding stop and they take a couple.
  • 140.1 Pitches it up and outside off, Pant drives it down the ground but straight in the direction of mid off.
  • 139.6 Taps it down on the off side for a quick single. All too easy. 458/6
  • 139.5 FOUR! Wow, what a shot! Loopy and full around middle and leg, Rishabh gets down on one knee and reverse sweeps it with authority through point for a boundary.
  • 139.4 Around off, helped off the front foot to short leg.
  • 139.3 Down the leg side, Pant tries pulling but fails to connect.
  • 139.2 Walks down the track but fails to connect with his flick shot. Is hit on the pads in the process.
  • 139.1 Tossed up ball around leg, played down to short leg.
  • Marnus Labuschagne is into the attack with nothing happening for Australia.
  • 138.6 Goes fuller than the last ball and it's down the leg side, Jadeja once again fails to flick and is hit on the pads. Overambitious appealing from Australia. Nothing doing. Pitching outside leg and going down too. 453/6
  • 138.5 Bowls length this time, around leg, Jadeja tries flicking but misses.
  • 138.4 Bouncer around leg, Jadeja bails out at the last moment as he initially was looking to play the horizontal-bat shot.
  • 138.3 FOUR! What a shot! Cummins digs in a short delivery as per the plan, it's in line of the stumps, Jadeja picks it early, hops back to create room and whacks it over point. 450 comes up!
  • 138.2 Short and outside off, cut off the back foot to deep cover-point for one.
  • 138.1 Speeds in from 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on off, Pant defends it off his front foot.
  • 137.6 Shorter around off, skidding back in, Pant hangs back and keeps it out at the last moment at cover-point for a run. 448/6
  • 137.5 Flatter and fuller on the pads, Jadeja gets forward and flicks it past the left side of the square leg umpire for a run.
  • 137.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 137.3 FOUR! Pant continues to chance his arms. Advances down the track and tries to play the inside-out shot over covers. But maybe the connection ain't proper and it flies over wide mid off for a boundary.
  • 137.2 Short and outside off, Pant goes back and plays it down to point. Paine is quite vocal behind the stumps, trying to lift his players.
  • 137.1 Flighted and full on middle, Pant is on the front foot as he defends it back.
  • 136.6 Another half-tracker is pulled through square leg for one. Both the batsmen are at ease. 441/6
  • 136.5 Here comes the bouncer. Around leg and Jadeja takes the challenge to play the pull shot. Connects well to send it to deep backward square leg for a run.
  • Short leg comes in now along with a leg gully. So, Jadeja will be expecting some short stuff now.
  • 136.4 Bouncer this time, RJ not in mood to listen to any chin music and hence ducks underneath it.
  • 136.3 Good length ball on middle and off, Ravindra defends it off his back foot to the off side.
  • 136.2 The line is straight and it's angling down, Jadeja tries working it on the leg side but misses and is hit on the thigh pad. Paine puts in an appeal from behind the wickets, seeing that Pat also turns to appeal but the umpire is not interested.
  • 136.1 Stands back to a short ball and punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 135.6 Good running between the wickets! Loopy and full around off, Pant pushes it with gentle hands towards cover-point and pinches a run. 438/6
  • 135.5 Quicker and around leg, Jadeja walks forward and eases it down to long on for a run.
  • 135.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 135.3 Leans forward to a full ball and blocks it sensibly.
  • 135.2 Gets back and works it through square leg for a run.
  • 135.1 Catch it is the shout. But it's safe. Pant advances down the track for a big shot but ends up miscuing it big time over extra cover. The fielder runs in the deep as the ball lands safely. They take a couple of runs.
  • 134.6 Bouncer to end the over, the southpaw just moves out of the way and lets it go. 433/6
  • 134.5 Yet again a shorter ball, Jadeja gets on top of the bounce and pushes it to cover. He comes out for a single but the cover fielder, Labuschagne is quick to the ball and has a shy at the striker's end. Jadeja would have been back in time though.
  • 134.4 Another effort ball and Ravindra ducks under the ball once again.
  • 134.3 Bouncer on middle, Jadeja ducks.
  • 134.2 Length ball on the hips, worked towards the leg side while on the toes. No run though.
  • 134.1 Edged but safe! Short length outside off and angling away from the left-hander, Pant goes for the cut off the back foot. Gets a thick edge that flies wide of backward point and down to third man for a single.
  • Pat Cummins has been called on for a bowl.
  • 133.6 Lots of air on this one, the southpaw comes ahead and pushes it back down the ground. 432/6
  • 133.5 Flatter one on the pads, pushed away to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 133.4 Quicker outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 133.3 Flatter one outside off, Ravindra prods ahead once more to defend.
  • 133.2 Looped up on off, Jadeja comes ahead and defends it onto the ground.
  • 133.1 Flatter and on off, punched off the back foot to covers for a run.
  • Drinks break. The first hour of the second session has been done and the talking point will be the fact that Pujara has been undone by Lyon finally and he did not get his 200. Pant though did get to his half century and it has been easy going for the Indians. The hosts are sitting back and waiting for mistakes from the batsmen. It is up to the visitors' batsmen how they want to go now, whether to play the ball around or go for the big shots. Also, a question would be, how much will be enough? Let's wait and watch.
  • 132.6 Another short of a length delivery, Jadeja rides the bounce and pats it back down the ground. 429/6
  • 132.5 Wide outside off this time, left alone by the batsman.
  • 132.4 Bouncer on middle and leg, RJ ducks under the ball.
  • 132.3 Wide down the leg side, Jadeja shoulders arms to it.
  • 132.2 Back of a length ball around off, Jadeja shuffles across and tucks it in front of square leg. Straightaway calls for two and completes it quite easily.
  • 132.1 Fullish and outside off, Pant reaches out and drives it crisply to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 131.6 Slightly airy on the stumps, Ravindra comes ahead and dead-bats it. 426/6
  • 131.5 A front foot defense to this flatter ball on middle and leg.
  • 131.4 Flatter one outside off, pushed to the cover region by Jadeja.
  • 131.3 Beats the diving short mid-wicket fielder to his right and gets a single to long on. That will bring up the FIFTY for Pant! His 3rd in Test cricket. Good innings this, curbing his natural instinct to go for the big shots and played around Pujara. Deserved this too. Well played. Coming to the ball, it's a length ball on middle, Pant stands tall and pushes it past the diving mid-wicket fielder. It travels to long on and the batsmen cross for a run.
  • 131.2 Quicker ball on middle, defended back down the ground towards the bowler off the front foot.
  • 131.1 Flatter ball outside off, pushed away to deep cover for a single.
  • Some sightscreen issue. Jadeja does not seem too happy. The cloth covering of the roller placed there has flown and is distracting the batsman. It is sorted out though and now we are ready to go.
  • 130.6 FOUR! Easy-peasy! Short and down the leg side, Rishabh stands back inside the crease and helps his pull shot down to fine leg for a boundary. Moves to 49! 424/6
  • 130.5 Outside off, an easy leave.
  • 130.4 A touch short around off, Jadeja moves across and plays it down to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 130.3 Greets the new batsman with a bouncer, Jadeja ducks at the last second.
  • 130.2 The line is straight and Pant turns it through square leg for a run.
  • 130.1 A length ball outside off, Pant gets forward and taps it down to the off side.
  • Ravindra Jadeja walks in next.
  • 129.6 OUT! No 200 for Pujara! Very soft dismissal to what has been a stellar knock. Lyon has his third and he takes a simple catch of his own bowling to deny the Indian number 3 a double century. Pujara had not got runs off the last few overs and was looking a little scratchy post the dropped catch. This one was a flatter one on a length and Che gave the charge to it, trying to get to the pitch of the ball and flick it away towards mid-wicket. He did not manage to get there and also failed to close the face of the bat. The ball hence went right back to the bowler who took a good catch, staying low. Pujara has to go, cannot believe what has just transpired. Forget the wicket for a moment though, what a monumental innings it has been. Coming into the series, all the talk was about keeping Kohli quiet but the bigger nail for the Aussies has been this man, Pujara. The way he has flattened the hosts' attack, wanting to play for long periods of time and outscoring every other batsman on display stood out. And what better than to get the highest score of the series so far in the all-important final game. One has to stand up and applaud the effort. Disappointed about missing out on a personal milestone but can be really proud of the work he has done for his team in this knock. 418/6
  • 129.5 Flatter one outside off, CP comes ahead and dead-bats this one.
  • 129.4 Full outside off, driven hard but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 129.3 Another flighted one outside off, Pujara comes down and pushes the ball to mid-wicket.
  • 129.2 Well outside off with some air, Che comes ahead and pads it away.
  • 129.1 Short and slow outside off, cut away for a single to deep point.
  • 128.6 Length ball on top of off stump, played back down the ground by Che presenting a straight bat. 417/5
  • 128.5 Another bouncer at 134.4 kph, this is pacy and Pujara ducks under it to let it go.
  • 128.4 Seems like the ball got stuck in the wicket there. Hazlewood attempted the short ball and Pujara was early into his pull. He gets hit on the right shoulder when the ball comes through.
  • 128.3 Short length ball on middle, Pujara just defends it back down onto the ground.
  • 128.2 Outside off and coming in after landing. Well left after gauging the movement and length.
  • 128.1 Bouncer towards the rib cage, Pujara gets on top of the ball and plays it down towards the leg side.
  • 127.6 BEATEN! Turn and bounce! This would make the Indian spinners happy. The ball is short and outside off. Rears up off the length and bounces a lot more than Pant expects it to, beating him as he tries to cut. Paine appeals but then goes silent. Lyon has his hands on his head. 417/5
  • 127.5 Another quicker ball on middle, the southpaw defends it with a straight bat.
  • 127.4 Flatter one hurled in at the pads, Rishabh works it to square leg.
  • 127.3 Fuller outside off, pushed towards cover but there is no single available as the fielder moves quickly to the ball.
  • 127.2 Quicker one once more on middle, watchfully played back to Lyon.
  • 127.1 Flatter ball on off stump, Pant defends it towards cover.
  • 126.6 Drops it on a good length and gets it to shape in towards off, Pujara blocks it from the middle of the bat. 417/5
  • 126.5 Wide outside off, on a shorter side, Pujara drops his wrists and sways away from the line easily.
  • 126.4 Short and around leg, it's pulled behind square leg for one.
  • 126.3 FOUR! Beautiful shot! A length delivery straighter in line, Pant flicks it with nice timing through mid-wicket and it just races away. Head gives the chase but the ball wins the race.
  • 126.2 Good length this time, on off and angling away, Rishabh punches from the crease to point.
  • 126.1 Starts the spell by angling across a full ball outside off, Pant is on the front foot as he pushes it to mid off.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back on.
  • 125.6 Well outside off, similar to the dropped catch delivery earlier this over. This time though, Che lets it go through. 412/5
  • 125.5 Quicker one on the pads, pushed to the mid-wicket fielder on the front foot.
  • 125.4 Fuller ball on middle, pushed down to long on with a straight bat for a single.
  • 125.3 Comes down the track and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. Gets to the other end after that scare.
  • 125.2 Dropped! Pujara has been dropped on 192. Oh dear! Nothing going Australia's way. It's well outside off and on a shorter length. He has played the late cut before and got it wide of slip on occasions yesterday. This time though, he gets a thick edge and it goes very close to Khawaja at slip. Usman puts out his right hand in the air and gets to the ball but cannot hold on. Really went very quickly to him. Tough chance but it has come and gone. A very good effort though from Usman Khawaja to get a hand to it. The Indian number 3 will be thanking his stars.
  • 125.1 Well outside off and left alone by Pujara.
  • 124.6 Another one outside off, pushed away towards backward point. A slight misfield allows for a single. 410/5
  • 124.5 Another quicker one outside off, Pujara opens the face of the bat towards backward point.
  • 124.4 Flatter ball outside off, pushed to the cover-point fielder.
  • 124.3 Comes down the track this time and Che pushes it to the extra cover fielder.
  • 124.2 FOUR! Short and treated with disdain! Pujara rocks back and pulls this over mid-wicket for a boundary. Into the 190s now.
  • 124.1 Hurled in on middle and off at 101 kph, Pujara pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 123.6 From over the wicket this time. Flatter and on off, punched from the crease to the right of the cover fielder. Dot ball to end the over. 405/5
  • 123.5 Use of the feet again by Che. He walks forward and clips it in front of square leg for an easy run.
  • 123.4 Fullish and on middle, Pant rotates his wrists and pushes it down through mid on for a run.
  • 123.3 Goes slower through the air and drops it on a fuller length around off, Pant leans forward in defense.
  • 123.2 Walks down the track to a full ball and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 123.1 Lets the ball to spin back in and eases it off his pads to square leg.
  • 122.6 Looped up a little quicker on the pads, CP turns it away towards mid-wicket for a single. 402/5
  • 122.5 Quicker on middle with a slightly shorter length. Pujara defends it back down.
  • 122.4 Flatter ball on the pads, flicked away to deep square leg for a run.
  • 122.3 Flatter one on middle and leg, Che works it towards mid-wicket and after some confusion, the batsmen take a single. It brings up the 400 for the visitors. In a very strong position now.
  • 122.2 Falls short of Hazlewood! For some reason, Pant has lost his patience. He goes for the lofted shot over mid on to this loopy one on middle. The ball isn't timed well and luckily for Pant and India, it does not carry to Josh in the deep at long on who was rushing forward. Did well eventually to have his body behind to stop the ball from racing away. Single taken. The Indian keeper would have had his heart in his mouth for some time there.
  • 122.1 Slightly flighted outside off and turns in a bit. Pant pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 121.6 Flatter and fuller outside off, Pujara pads it away on the off side. 398/5
  • 121.5 Goes on the back foot and blocks it safely.
  • 121.4 Loopy one wide outside off, turning back in a bit, Che allows it through to the keeper.
  • 121.3 Flighted and wide outside off, Pujara gets across and defends it softly to the off side.
  • 121.2 Tossed up ball outside off, a gentle off spinner, Pujara takes his front leg outside the line and pads it away.
  • 121.1 Slower loopy full ball on middle, Pant gets forward and bunts it down to long on for a run.
  • 120.6 Oooh! Would surely have been close there. The ball is patted away on the leg side and Pant wants a quick single. Labuschagne goes after the ball quickly and hence, Pujara sends his partner back. Pant seems to be stranded as he turns back a little slowly. The throw from the bowler was off target else it would have been mighty close, possibly even curtains for the Indian keeper-batsman. 397/5
  • 120.5 Quick one outside off, Che drives the ball down the ground where the bowler moves to his left and makes a good save.
  • 120.4 Flatter ball on middle and leg, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 120.3 Full toss, on leg stump. Pant calmly pushes it down the ground to long on for a single.
  • 120.2 Flatter outside off, plays it to cover on the back foot.
  • 120.1 Fuller length one on the pads, pushed away to mid-wicket.
  • 119.6 Slower through the air outside off, Pujara comes down the ground but hits his drive straight to mid off. 396/5
  • 119.5 Short this time, the batsman goes back and cuts it away to deep point for a single.
  • 119.4 Flatter outside off, Rishabh pushes ahead and drives this to cover.
  • 119.3 Airy on off and middle, Pant defends it coming forward.
  • 119.2 Slightly short outside off, Che rocks back and pushes it through point for an easy single.
  • 119.1 Quicker and fired in at the pads, no fuss as Pant just pushes it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 118.6 Flighted once more on middle, RP turns it away for a single to deep square leg and keeps strike. 393/5
  • 118.5 Slower through the air on middle, Pant pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 118.4 Flatter one on middle, turned away towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 118.3 Shorter one on the pads, worked away along the ground to square leg for a single.
  • 118.2 Flighted a little outside off, Rishabh comes ahead to defend but misses the ball as it rears up and gets him on the pad. No appeal though.
  • 118.1 Flatter ball on the pads, Pant misses his flick and the ball goes off the thigh pad towards short leg.
  • Marnus Labuschagne to continue from the other end.
  • 117.6 Wide outside off, Rishabh cuts it away for a single to deep point. 390/5
  • 117.5 Quicker one fired in on leg stump, Pant keeps it out to mid-wicket.
  • 117.4 Outside off, once more in the flatter trajectory, pushed towards cover by the southpaw.
  • 117.3 Flatter ball again, on middle, defended back down the ground on the front foot.
  • 117.2 Flatter ball drifting on leg stump, pushed out towards mid-wicket.
  • 117.1 Looped up on off, Pant defends with soft hands.
  • Welcome back, the players and umpires are making their way back to the field. Nathan Lyon to start proceedings. Rishabh Pant on strike.
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Since the fall of Vihari's wicket, Rishabh Pant joined arms with the 'New Wall of Indian cricket' and has taken India to a place where they can dictate terms in this match. Ideally, they'd look to score some quick runs and play for maybe a session and a half more before looking to declare. For the Aussies, they will still have to keep their heads up and try to bowl out the Indians to find a way back in here. Easier said than done. There is no help off the pitch and though there is quite some turn, not a lot of trouble has been caused due to the bounce not being a lot. Will the hosts stage some resemblance of a fightback in the post-Lunch session or will we see India continue in their merry ways? Join us in some time to find out.
  • 27 overs, 86 runs and 1 wicket. It has been all too easy for the Indians in the opening session of Day 2. Pujara has looked solid as ever and I can only recall a single false shot played by him, that too because of a clever knuckle-ball bowled late on in the session by Hazlewood. The runs have flowed, he has moved on from 130 to 181 and the Aussies look lost for ideas. The only wicket to fall was that of Vihari and that too for a debatable decision. The Snicko-RTS technology proved him to be out though the video replays suggested otherwise, and this will be a point for discussion maybe later. The fact of the matter is that it didn't matter as much today because of the situation the visitors were in.
  • 116.6 Flatter ball on off stump. CP calmly defends this one from within the crease back to the bowler. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 2! 389/5
  • 116.5 Slightly airy outside off, Che stands back and pushes this one back down the ground.
  • 116.4 Flatter ball on the pads, worked away towards square leg for another single.
  • 116.3 Starts just outside leg stump and turns a bit. Pant misses his flick and gets hit on the pad but it was outside the line and there is no worry about LBW.
  • 116.2 Quicker one fired in full outside off, Pujara drives through covers for another run.
  • 116.1 Flatter ball on the stumps, flicked away to deep square leg for a single.
  • 115.6 Flatter ball on middle, Pujara trudges forward and defends this ball. 386/5
  • 115.5 FOUR! Starting on off, and spinning down leg. Pujara gets a faint tickle to this ball and it runs away fine on the leg side for a boundary. The fielder at short fine leg seems too tired and does not put in a dive.
  • 115.4 Flatter ball outside off, Rishabh pushes the ball to deep cover for a run.
  • 115.3 Airy ball on off stump, Pant comes ahead and dead-bats.
  • 115.2 Flatter one outside off, Che comes down the track and flicks the ball towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 115.1 Flatter ball on middle, defended off the back foot by Pujara.
  • 114.6 Flatter and quicker on middle, Pant keeps it out towards mid-wicket. 380/5
  • 114.5 On leg stump once more, Pant misses his flick as the ball goes off his trousers and into Paine's hand. Slight appeal but nothing much there.
  • 114.4 Going down leg and Pant lets the ball go once more.
  • 114.3 Spinning after landing on middle and leg, going down leg. Left alone.
  • 114.2 Slightly shorter on off, Pant opens the face of the bat and pushes it to deep point for a couple. Brings up the 50-run stand.
  • 114.1 Short and wide outside off, cut away to deep point for a single.
  • Labuschagne comes on now to bowl some leg spin.
  • 113.6 Advances down the track and flicks it in front of square leg for a single. 377/5
  • 113.5 Loopy and on middle, Pujara clips it off his pads but finds the square leg fielder.
  • 113.4 Goes on the back foot and strokes it down through mid off for a run.
  • 113.3 Pant has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 113.2 Flighted delivery, landing full around leg, Pant gets down on one knee and sweeps it down to fine leg. They appeal as the batsmen cross a couple of times. Given as runs. Just a reminder, Australia have no reviews left.
  • 113.1 Tossed up ball on middle and leg, Pant fails to keep it out and is hit on the pads.
  • 112.6 A touch short around off, Pujara pushes his weight on the back leg as he punches it to covers. 373/5
  • 112.5 Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot by Che.
  • 112.4 Nearly deceives the batsman with a slower one. Fuller and outside off, Pujara is early into his shot but luckily for him his chip shot goes safely over covers for a couple of runs. The replays show that it was a knuckle delivery.
  • 112.3 Back of a length delivery in the channel outside off, Pujara has nothing to do with it.
  • 112.2 A defensive shot off the back foot by Pujara.
  • 112.1 Full in length and outside off, Pujara pushes it out to covers.
  • 111.6 Flatter on off, blocked safely from the crease to end another over. 371/5
  • 111.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 111.4 Flighted and outside off, Pant covers his stumps and allows it through.
  • 111.3 Rishabh has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 111.2 Poor line. Straying down the leg side, easy pickings for Pujara as he nudges it to fine leg for three runs. The stand now moves to 42 in no time.
  • 111.1 Tossed up ball on off, Pant gets back and strokes it with the spin through covers for a run.
  • 110.6 Lands it full and around off, Pujara brings down a straight bat and keeps it out off the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket. 367/5
  • 110.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 110.4 Full and angling into the batsman from outside off, Che defends it off his front foot towards mid on.
  • 110.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 110.2 A rare lapse in concentration for Pujara. Hazlewood bowls it short outside off and manages to lure the batsman into a square cut. But there is some extra bounce as it beats the outside edge of Pujara's bat.
  • 110.1 A length ball on off, Pujara defends it from the crease.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back on.
  • 109.6 Lets the ball spin back in from around off and then eases it through the gap between backward square leg and the fielder standing in front of square leg for a run. 367/5
  • 109.5 Loopy and on off, Pujara hurries down the track and brings his bat and pad together in defense. Pushes it out to covers.
  • 109.4 Short in length and outside off, Pant gets back and punches it to sweeper cover for one.
  • 109.3 Gentle hands on this occasion. Pujara works it with the spin to square leg and pinches a single.
  • 109.2 Tossed up ball on middle, Pujara turns it off his pads but finds square leg.
  • 109.1 Comes from 'round the wicket for the right-hander. Bowls it full and around off, Pujara gets forward and defends it on the leg side.
  • 108.6 Once again a length ball has been angled into the batsman, Che is on the front foot as he pushes it off the inside half to mid on for a brisk run. 364/5
  • 108.5 Angles in a length ball on off, Pujara hits it firmly back to the bowler who makes a good stop in his followthrough.
  • 108.4 Hurls it in the channel outside off, Pujara watches the line closely before making a leave.
  • 108.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 108.2 Sliding down the leg side, Pant flicks it through square leg for a run. An interesting spot from the on-air commentator. Pant's back leg moves back as his trigger movement rather than his front leg getting forward and that's the reason he becomes a prime contender for an lbw. Starc seems to have spotted that and hence working over it.
  • 108.1 Four leg byes! Starc looks for a full yorker length ball but gets it all wrong. It goes down the leg side, Pant fails to flick but still it clips his pads and speeds past the keeper to the fine leg fence.
  • 107.6 FOUR! Shot! He does play that stroke superbly. Only slightly short around by Lyon, Pujara picks it early. He immediately goes on the back foot, superb transfer of weight and then cuts it through cover-point for a boundary. 358/5
  • 107.5 Loopy and full around off, Che draws forward in defense.
  • 107.4 Fuller and flatter on the pads, Pujara works it off his pads again, this time straight to the fielder in front of square leg.
  • 107.3 Allows the ball to spin back in from around and then works it softly to square leg. Finds the fielder.
  • 107.2 Flatter and shorter around off, turning away, Pant moves back and punches it down to long on for a run.
  • 107.1 Flighted and full around off, Pant defends it off his front foot.
  • 106.6 Pant has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total. 353/5
  • 106.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 106.4 FOUR! Good cricket all around! First up a great inswinging yorker, approaching the batsman on the full at 150.6 kph. Pant does well to keep his eyes on the ball and pushes it back with a straight bat. It finds the sweet spot and hurries down the ground for a boundary, beating the effort of the mid on fielder.
  • 106.3 Runs in from 'round the wicket and serves a full and wide ball outside off, Pujara reaches out for it and drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a run.
  • 106.2 Full and on the pads, Che flicks but finds the square leg fielder.
  • 106.1 Back of a length delivery on off, Pant gets back and punches it in the gap at extra cover for a run.
  • 105.6 Pujara has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. End of an eventful over. 346/5
  • 105.5 Walks forward and helps it with the spin to the leg side.
  • 105.4 Drags his length short and bowls it on off, Pant punches it down to long on for a run.
  • 105.3 Tossed up and outside off again, Pant offers no shot.
  • 105.2 Flighted and outside off, left alone.
  • 105.1 Not out! Nothing on the Ultra Edge or the Hot Spot! Lyon bowls it slower through the air and lands it outside off. There is some away spin there as Pant after getting forward tries to play through the line. Fails to middle his shot and Paine appeals after collecting the ball. Lyon is not too sure while Khawaja at first slip backs his skipper. The DRS is taken but to no use. Australia's turn to lose a review, they have exhausted the 2 available reviews now. Only one successful review out of 11 for the hosts in this series. That tells a sorry story.
  • Appeal for a caught behind, not given. Nathan Lyon is not convinced but his skipper is. Tim Paine take the DRS. Here we go again...
  • 104.6 Length ball outside off, Pujara pushes it on the front foot towards mid off to end the over. 345/5
  • 104.5 Short of a length on top of off stump, Pant taps it on the off side while on his toes. Gets to the other end with a quick single. The fielder at point has a shy at the striker's end but Pujara was well inside.
  • 104.4 FOUR! Left-handers do look good when they play shots like those! The ball was full and outside off stump, Pant leans onto his front foot and drives it beautifully wide of mid off and for a boundary. No stopping those, and he holds the pose as well. Excellent shot!
  • 104.3 Another one outside off, looked as if stuck in the surface a bit and Pujara is into his drive a little early. The ball goes in the air wide of cover for a moment but it is safe. A single is taken.
  • 104.2 Fuller outside off again, this time the drive goes straight to the cover fielder.
  • 104.1 FOUR! Pujara making it look all too easy. Around the wicket to Che, too full outside off. The ball is driven through the covers and it runs away from the mid off fielder due to superlative timing.
  • 103.6 Short and flat outside off, pushed to cover off the back foot by Pant. 335/5
  • 103.5 Flatter ball on middle, patted away on to the leg side by Rishabh.
  • 103.4 Flighted outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 103.3 Another flighted one on middle and off, defended with soft hands.
  • 103.2 Airy one on off stump, RP comes ahead and defends.
  • 103.1 Around the wicket to Pant, flatter ball outside off. Pant mistimes his cut shot towards point.
  • Drinks break. The first hour of the morning session has been a sedate one but India will be really happy with the way things have panned out. Although the debatable decision against Hanuma Vihari will be the talking point at the moment. Australia clearly looking clueless with their plans as the touring team is slowly but steadily heading towards their desired first innings total.
  • 102.6 A bit short in length around middle and leg, Pujara turns and works it fine down the leg side. He returns for the second run and Paine after collecting the throw from the deep hits the stumps. More in frustration it seems. 335/5
  • 102.5 Pujara has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 102.4 Gets behind the line of the delivery and bunts it towards mid off for a quick run.
  • 102.3 Spears in a fullish ball on middle and leg, Pant whips it off his pads through backward square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 102.2 Sliding down the leg side, Pujara closes the face and works it behind square leg for a run.
  • 102.1 Good length ball on off, it's defended off the front foot by Pujara.
  • Rishabh Pant, the wicket-keeper batsman and also a part-time baby-sitter of Tim Paine's kids, is in next. Remember that pic?
  • 101.6 OUT! The third umpire spots a spike as the ball goes past the bat. He asks the on-field umpire to remain with his decision and Vihari has to walk off. It was an airy ball just outside off and spinning in, Vihari went for the sweep. The ball bounces a bit more than normal, and catches Hanuma on the bicep and lobs to Labuschagne at short leg who takes it easily. The Aussies appeal and umpire Gould raises his finger immediately. The batsman is surprised and signals the 'T' instinctively. Vihari then has a discussion with his partner and seemed to say that he felt the ball went off his bicep so he went for the review. Replays roll in and the Snicko shows the ball taking the faintest of edges of the bat and then going onto hit the batsman's arm. What was interesting was the fact that Vihari went up immediately after the decision. Maybe a few more replays or Hot Spot should have also been considered because even Nathan Lyon felt that the batsman wasn't out and that the ball had gone off the arm. But what is done is done and there was a slight murmur spotted on the Snicko which rules the decision in favor of the bowler, and Vihari's first innings vigil has ended. A good innings, coming to a tame end. India lose a review as well. 329/5
  • Hanuma Vihari has been given out caught at short leg. He takes the DRS and walks up to his partner gesturing that it came off his left arm. Looking quite confident. Even Lyon is seen gesturing the same. Let's see...
  • 101.5 Defended off front foot by Vihari.
  • 101.4 Shorter one outside off, cut away in the gap for a single by CP.
  • 101.3 Flatter outside off, Che comes ahead and pads it away.
  • 101.2 FOUR! Great use of the footwork as he drives this one against the spin towards cover. Good timing, the fielder chasing it almost stops it but unfortunately, the following hand pushes the ball into the ropes. That brings up the 150 for Pujara, his 7th 150-plus score in Tests, also the fifth by an Indian at the SCG. Brings up the 100-run stand too between these two. It is also the first time in his small Test career so far that Vihari has been involved in a 100-run stand.
  • 101.1 Lots of air outside off, Pujara comes down the track and hits it back towards the bowler.
  • 100.6 Length ball outside off, even quicker this time. 147.3 clicks. Well defended from within the crease though by HV. 324/4
  • 100.5 Quick, at 144.1 kph outside off. Left alone this time by the batsman.
  • 100.4 Oohh! Almost played on there! Wide outside off, Vihari goes for a cut without much footwork. The ball gets the inside edge and luckily for him, goes back onto his pads.
  • 100.3 Outside off, left alone by Vihari.
  • 100.2 Good batting this! The very next ball on length on top of off is played with soft hands towards point who is a bit deep on the circle. A quick single taken.
  • 100.1 FOUR! Thank you says Pujara. Short and wide outside off, a loosener to start off with. Che just rocks back and lofts it over the head of point. All the way to the fence. Moves to 146.
  • Change at both ends. Mitchell Starc replaces Josh Hazlewood at this end.
  • 99.6 Maiden over to start off for Lyon. Full and outside off, Vihari presses forward and dead-bats. Done with 100 overs, India continue to be on top! 319/4
  • 99.5 HV stays back and defends this one with a little air outside off.
  • 99.4 Another front foot defense to this one outside off stump.
  • 99.3 Flatter one outside off, Hanuma gets forward and defends it to cover.
  • 99.2 Some air on this outside off, Vihari comes ahead and plays it along the ground towards short leg.
  • 99.1 Flatter ball outside off, Vihari pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Nathan Lyon is the first bowling change of the morning.
  • 98.6 Pushes this one a little further ahead, Vihari is forward as he places his drive through covers and gets to the other end. Also, keeps strike for the next over. 319/4
  • 98.5 Outside off on a slightly shorter length, Vihari stands in his crease and punches this one. The ball goes to point.
  • 98.4 Really full this time and straight, Pujara flicks it away beautifully through mid-wicket and gets three runs till the ball comes back. Good shot and good running between the wickets!
  • 98.3 Length ball and drifting on to the hips, Pujara mistimes his flick towards the square leg fielder. No single available hence.
  • 98.2 Short of a length aimed at the rib cage, fended down into the ground on the leg side by Che on his toes.
  • 98.1 Length ball outside off, slightly coming in. Pujara makes a good leave.
  • 97.6 Length ball outside off to end the over, a solid defense towards cover-point with the bat a bit away from the body. 315/4
  • 97.5 Another bouncer, ducks under it again.
  • 97.4 Bouncer, well-aimed. Vihari keeps his hands nice and low as he ducks out of the way.
  • 97.3 Short of a length outside off, Pujara rocks back and cuts it through the cover-point region. Gets a single.
  • 97.2 Very full outside off, Che walks into this drive down the ground to mid off.
  • 97.1 Length ball outside off, Pujara is ahead in defense.
  • 96.6 Good ball to end the over. On the off stump and middle stump line once more and a perfect length too. Vihari prods ahead to it and comfortably defends. 314/4
  • 96.5 Fuller length outside off, Vihari comes ahead and defends this ball with a straight bat.
  • 96.4 Bouncer! HV ducks under it as the ball goes down leg.
  • 96.3 This one is well outside off, left alone. There is also excellent carry on this ball outside off, almost flew through after landing.
  • 96.2 Good bowling! On the money again on off stump and slightly fullish than the last time. Hanuma gets his bat down in time and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 96.1 Good ball, on the off stump line and on a good length. Vihari doesn't seem too bothered as he pushes it away defensively towards mid on.
  • 95.6 A little outside off, Pujara hangs his bat out in defense. Maiden over, second in a row for Cummins. 314/4
  • 95.5 Short of a length outside off, defended calmly from within the crease.
  • 95.4 Another effort ball from Cummins. Well aimed but equally well adjusted to by the batsman as he sways and leaves.
  • 95.3 Goes for the really full ball this time, Pujara is ahead as he drives this to mid on.
  • 95.2 Length ball outside off, Che pushes it towards point off the back foot.
  • 95.1 Bouncer first up! Pujara lets it go over his head as he ducks.
  • 94.6 Short length ball going down the leg side, Hanuma chases after it but doesn't connect. Paine makes a good take down the leg side with a dive to his left. 314/4
  • 94.5 Bouncer! Vihari ducks under it.
  • 94.4 Good fielding! Excellent dive from Nathan Lyon, considering he has done the bulk of the bowling yesterday. Saves a run for his team. Fuller length ball outside off, Pujara drives and finds the gap through the covers. The outfield seems a bit slow and the ball doesn't have the legs to reach the fence. Would have just trickled over if not for Lyon's effort. He pulls it back and then Head, who has also run in from widish mid off, sends the ball back in play.
  • 94.3 Strays onto the pads on this occasion, Hanuma misses his flick and the ball rolls off his pads towards fine leg. Runs through for a leg bye.
  • 94.2 Fuller length outside off, Vihari gets this punchy-drive through the gap in the covers. Double taken.
  • 94.1 Short of a length and coming in slightly with the angle, Vihari pushes it back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • 93.6 Goes on to the pads, the batsman tries to turn it away behind square on the leg side but finds the fielder. Maiden over, second in a row. Building pressure from both ends. That's more like it from the Aussies. 308/4
  • 93.5 Hurled in outside off, calmly defended by Pujara back down the ground.
  • 93.4 Length ball outside off, Che comes ahead and dead-bats.
  • 93.3 Bouncer! Ducks under it and evades the ball.
  • 93.2 Well outside off, on a good length. Pujara gauges and then lets the ball go.
  • 93.1 Slightly fuller length outside off, Pujara takes a stride ahead and defends on the front foot.
  • 92.6 Outside off on a length, HV shoulders arms and lets the ball go. Maiden over, a testing one. 308/4
  • 92.5 Really well aimed bouncer this time, Hanuma sways out of the way and lets the ball go.
  • 92.4 Outside off and left alone once more by the batsman.
  • 92.3 Lets the ball go outside the off stump this time. Much better to watch the ball and take some time early on in the day.
  • 92.2 Another play and a miss! This one looks like it's landed on the seam or on a crack and taken off. Vihari who is hanging back goes nowhere with his footwork as he tries to push this through covers. Is beaten comprehensively on the outside this time.
  • 92.1 Play and a miss! Perfect line and length outside off, Vihari plays a loose shot outside off and the ball cuts in a bit beating him on the inside. The length wasn't short enough to attempt that shot.
  • 91.6 Length ball outside off, keeps a bit low. Defended from within the crease. 308/4
  • 91.5 Good ball! Hit the deck hard here and the ball seems to have come in slightly, maybe hitting a crack. Pujara pushes it back towards the bowler. Post playing the ball, the batsman goes and taps the pitch where he feels the ball bounced to settle it down.
  • 91.4 Drifting onto the pads, Pujara flicks it through the square leg region and comes back for a couple.
  • 91.3 Short of a length above off stump, a nice back foot defense from Che.
  • 91.2 On a length outside off, defended with soft hands.
  • 91.1 Good length ball just outside off, Pujara stands tall and defends.
  • Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.
  • 90.6 Another bouncer to end the over, HV lets it go. 306/4
  • 90.5 Slightly short outside off, Vihari tries to push the ball in the gap and get a single. Pujara sends him back as the ball is close to the fielder at cover-point.
  • 90.4 Length ball on middle, Hanuma pats it back.
  • 90.3 Bouncer first up to Vihari. The batsman sways out of the way after ducking.
  • 90.2 First runs of the day! Full and outside off, Pujara pounces on the ball and drives it through cover on the front foot. Three runs are taken.
  • 90.1 Length ball just outside off first up, defended coming half-ahead by Pujara.
  • The batsmen and the fielders are out in the middle. Josh Hazlewood to bowl first up and Cheteshwar Pujara to take strike. Let's go...
  • Pitch Report - Brendon Julian feels that there will be some variable bounce from the surface on Day 2. Expects the cracks to widen under the hot sun and cause little problems for the batsmen. Feels that India did really well to score 300-plus on the first day and batting will just become more difficult from here on. Signs off by saying it is very hot out there.
  • As for the hosts, the second ball is still new and that gives a glimmer of hope. Every batsman needs to come back and start afresh on a new day and the best time to dismiss someone is early on in the day. There might just be a little moisture for the first half an hour on the surface as well. That said, Nathan Lyon did get the ball to talk and the pitch is deteriorating quite rapidly. Early wickets are the key, else the prospect of India winning their first ever series Down Under looks imminent. Trust the hosts to come up all guns blazing, even if they go down, they would always go down fighting. There are no qualms regarding the weather, it is quite sunny and the forecast is for it to remain the same over the entire day's play. Join us for what should be a good watch, action in just some time from the SCG.
  • Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the final Test between Australia and India. We had a Day 1 where the visitors' batting dominated what looked like a tired Aussie bowling line up. 303 scored in the day, the fastest they have played all series gives a testimony to that fact. Yet again, the Indian number 3, Cheteshwar Pujara has been a thorn in the hosts' plans and given them a really long day. He was first given company by the 2-Test youngster Mayank Agarwal and then towards the end of day, by Hanuma Vihari who played his shots well and increased the scoring rate in the final session. The Indians ideally would want more of the same to continue and to post a total that would deflate Australia, before having a go at them towards the end of the day today.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • 100 runs is all India need then, one believes, to pocket this series. With the pitch already starting to deteriorate, batting is just going to get tougher. Even if Australia do bat well, overhauling 400 and then getting into a winning position with thunderstorms forecast is going to be a monumental effort. The cards are with India. Just a matter of declaring 'SHOW.' Maybe, if the first session on Friday sees a collapse, the visitors will have a chance. Join us on Friday at 10.30 am local (2330 GMT, previous night) for all the Day 2 action. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Win the toss, win the match. That has been the mantra in the first three games of this series. Looks like the fourth is heading the same route. India made good use after getting an opportunity to bat with Mayank Agarwal doing well against the new ball again. And Pujara - well, he reminds me of my luck when I used to play business games or monopoly in my childhood. I used to have a lot of money and build a house in every city or town. Che is doing something similar. Owned Adelaide, won the MCG over and has taken the SCG by storm now. Australia simply do not have a clue. They got Kohli cheaply but that barely has affected the score or the run rate.
  • No swing, then Starc is not the king. He was brilliant in the first over of the match - swinging the ball like a banana - but then it seemed like the fruit salad had disappeared. The Aussies barely found any movement on this benign pitch and the Indians profited. All the bowlers looked tired after a gruelling series and a forgetful year and that showed in their bowling. The pace was up in the first session but after that, the speeds started to go up and down. Tired bodies. Typical Hazlewood pitch, as he picked up 2 wickets on his home ground but the rest, including the never-say-die fighter Cummins, struggled.
  • The reaction of Tim Paine after losing the toss said it all. He was frustrated that he could not make the first use of the wicket and opined that the Aussies had two sessions to make the pitch count after being asked to bowl first. Josh Hazlewood started well, getting Rahul cheaply but after that, it has just been another grinding day for them.
  • India's day. Lokesh Rahul's wicket on the 9th ball of the morning seems to be a lonnggggg time ago and Pujara has deflated the Aussies again.
  • 89.6 Full and straight, flicked to Marnus Labuschagne at short mid-wicket. STUMPS ON DAY 1! 303/4
  • 89.5 Full and well outside off, Vihari gets a long way across and pads it away. Lyon appeals for LBW but that was not coming back enough.
  • 89.4 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 89.3 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 89.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 89.1 On middle and off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 88.6 Outside off, on a length, Hanuma feels for it but misses. End of Cummins for the day. Not the best one for him. Tried hard but found no success. 300/4
  • 88.5 Effort ball from Patrick. Bangs it around middle, right around that left arm-pit of Vihari. The batsman has no clue as he tries to fend it. Gets a thick inside edge and luckily for him, the ball hits his body. Else short leg was ready to have India 5 down.
  • 88.4 A short ball but wide down the leg side, left alone.
  • 88.3 A bouncer around off, HV ducks.
  • 88.2 Down the leg side, Hanuma tucks it to the leg side but is not in control. The ball flies uppishly but does not carry to leg gully.
  • 88.1 A bouncer on middle, Vihari ducks.
  • 87.6 On middle and leg, helped towards short leg. 300/4
  • 87.5 A short ball, on middle, pulled straight to short fine leg where Pat Cummins fumbles and concedes a single. 300 UP FOR INDIA! This is the first time in this series that 300 has been scored on the opening day!
  • 87.4 Down the leg side, helped straight to short fine leg.
  • 87.3 Full and around off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 87.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 87.1 Around middle, helped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Nathan Lyon to bowl too. 27-5-83-1 so far.
  • 86.6 Slower ball outside off, HV is early into the shot and spoons it back to the bowler. 298/4
  • 86.5 Back of a length outside off, punched back to the bowler.
  • 86.4 A bouncer outside off, a tired one, just 133.1 kph, Hanuma sways away.
  • 86.3 On middle and leg, helped through square leg for a single.
  • 86.2 Smart batting. Quietly pushes this towards cover with soft hands and crosses over.
  • 86.1 IN THE AIR... FOUR! Cummins nearly strikes first ball! Full and outside off, Vihari pushes at this away from his body but is not able to control it. The cherry flies but there is no one to take it. There is a man at deep point but he barely has time to move. Sweet timing.
  • Pat Cummins to have a go now. 17-2-56-0 so far.
  • 85.6 On middle, flicked straight to square leg. 292/4
  • 85.5 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 85.4 Around off, played straight to point.
  • 85.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 85.2 Down the leg side, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • 85.1 FOUR! That second new ball is fetching runs. Short and outside off, Vihari gets behind the line and punches it behind point for a boundary!
  • 84.6 Outside off, steered through point for a single. 287/4
  • 84.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 84.4 Landed outside off, a touch short, Vihari sways away from the line.
  • 84.3 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 84.2 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper.
  • 84.1 FOUR! Classic timing! On a length outside off, Vihari punches this behind point and gets a boundary!
  • 83.6 Around off, ducked under that bouncer did Pujara. 282/4
  • 83.5 A short ball outside off, Pujara takes his eyes off the ball as he looks to fend and gets hit on the gloves.
  • 83.4 On a good length around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 83.3 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 83.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 83.1 Down the leg side, clipped through square leg for a couple.
  • 82.6 Around off, driven straight back to the bowler once more. 280/4
  • 82.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 82.4 Full again, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 82.3 Full and around off, watchfully played out.
  • 82.2 FOUR! Sensational batting. On a good length outside off, Vihari punches it behind point and gets a boundary! Moves to 22 from just 28 deliveries! 50-RUN STAND IS UP AS WELL!
  • 82.1 A bouncer around middle, Vihari sways away.
  • 81.6 On middle and leg, flicked through square leg for a couple. 276/4
  • 81.5 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 81.4 Full and outside off, Vihari leans and drives it wide of mid off. The fielder gives it a good chase and manages to save a run for the side.
  • 81.3 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 81.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 81.1 Landed outside off, tight line, angling away, Vihari watches it closely and lets it go.
  • Mitchell Starc to bowl from the other end.
  • 80.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 271/4
  • 80.5 FOUR! Easy pickings. Half volley and that too, on the pads. Help yourself. Flicked to the mid-wicket fence.
  • 80.4 Full and outside off, the tempter, Pujara does not fall for it and lets it go.
  • 80.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 80.2 Down the leg side, helped through fine leg for a single.
  • 80.1 Good length delivery on off, Vihari plays it to covers.
  • Time for the second new ball. Will Australia take it? YES. THEY DO. Josh Hazlewood to make the first use of it. 17-7-37-2 so far.
  • 79.6 Massive appeal for LBW! Not out! Close, was it? Full and around off, Pujara comes down the track to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Lyon appeals loud and hard, Ian Gould thinks for a while but then shakes his head. Paine looks at his bowler and he slyly indicates bat. 266/4
  • 79.5 Floated on leg, Pujara flicks it to the leg side.
  • 79.4 Flighted delivery on leg, Cheteshwar nudges it to the leg side.
  • 79.3 Tossed up on leg, Vihari flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 79.2 Floated on middle, Pujara flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 79.1 Tossed up on off, Pujara comes forward and pads it away.
  • 78.6 Works this through mid-wicket for a run. 264/4
  • 78.5 Floated outside off, turning away, left alone.
  • 78.4 Well tossed up outside off, eased towards point.
  • 78.3 Around off, punched towards cover.
  • 78.2 On middle, pushed down to long on for a single.
  • 78.1 Tossed up outside off, Vihari reaches out and pushes it towards point.
  • 77.6 Floated on off, Pujara comes on the front foot and looks to defend but gets hit on the pads and it lobs to Tim Paine. A muted appeal from the keeper but it came off the pads. 262/4
  • 77.5 Flighted delivery on middle, the batsman dances down the track and hits it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 77.4 Floated on off, Cheteshwar comes down the track and flicks it to short mid-wicket who makes a good stop and saves runs for the team.
  • 77.3 Tossed up on middle, Vihari flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 77.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 77.1 Tossed up on middle, Pujara flicks it to square leg.
  • 76.6 Outside off, punched through the covers for one more. 258/4
  • 76.5 Outside off, eased through the covers for a run.
  • 76.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 76.3 Outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • 76.2 FOUR! That is a very poor ball and Pujara takes full toll. A high full toss, around middle, the centurion dispatches it out of his presence with a pull over mid-wicket!
  • 76.1 Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 75.6 Loopy delivery on off, the batsman defends off the front foot. 250/4
  • 75.5 Floated on off, Cheteshwar keeps it out.
  • 75.4 Tossed up on middle, Pujara flicks it to the leg side.
  • 75.3 Flighted delivery on middle, the batsman offers a forward defense on this one.
  • 75.2 Tossed up on off, Pujara defends it out.
  • 75.1 FOUR! 250 up for India. What a shot! Full on middle, Pujara dances down the track and drives it through mid on for a boundary.
  • 74.6 Full and outside off, Pujara comes down the track and drives it through the covers but Shaun Marsh at short extra cover dives to his right and takes some sting off the ball. Just a single. 246/4
  • 74.5 Full and just outside off, well blocked out.
  • 74.4 Full and just outside off, well blocked out.
  • 74.3 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 74.2 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 74.1 Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
  • Marnus Labuschagne is back. 1-0-12-0 so far.
  • 73.6 Floated on off, the batsman blocks it well. 243/4
  • 73.5 Flighted delivery on off, Vihari keeps it out.
  • 73.4 Tossed up on off, the batsman defends off the back foot.
  • 73.3 Floated on middle, Pujara flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 73.2 GOOD RUNNING BETWEEN THE WICKETS! Full on off, Vihari drives it through covers. The fielder chases it and stops it comfortably. The batsmen get three runs.
  • 73.1 Tossed up on off, Hanuma defends off the back foot.
  • 72.6 FOUR! 100 for Cheteshwar Pujara. 18th hundred for him. 3rd hundred in the series. Century at Adelaide. Century at Melbourne. Century here. What a series he is having. Full delivery on leg, Pujara flicks it through square leg where Lyon dives but in vain. It races away to the boundary. 239/4
  • 72.5 Length delivery on middle, the batsman flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 72.4 Outside off, Vihari shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 72.3 Length delivery on middle, Vihari pushes it to mid on.
  • 72.2 Length delivery on off, Pujara taps it towards point for a single. He moves to 96.
  • 72.1 Bowls a bouncer outside off, Pujara does well to let it go through him.
  • 71.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total. 233/4
  • 71.5 That's hit the batsman on his pads.
  • 71.4 Comes down the track and pads it towards short leg who shows great anticipation to throw it back to Paine. Pujara gets back in though.
  • 71.3 Outside off, spinning in, watchfully blocked.
  • 71.2 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 71.1 Full and outside off, Rahane looks to defend and does so nicely.
  • 70.6 Wide down the leg side, Hanuma lets it go. 232/4
  • 70.5 FOUR! Confident shot to get off the mark! Back of a length outside off, Vihari gets on top of the bounce and punches it with beautiful timing through the covers!
  • 70.4 A short ball around off, Vihari sways away from the line.
  • 70.3 On a good length around middle, tucked towards square leg.
  • Hanuma Vihari comes in at number 6, replacing Rahane.
  • 70.2 OUT! Beauty of a delivery from Mitchell Starc. Ajinkya Rahane departs! First real good delivery today to get a wicket. Outside off, short of a length delivery, it rises off the deck, Rahane looked to fend at it but it keeps on rising. He is no position to play that ball as both his feet are in the air and gloves it. It goes towards Tim Paine who jumps and takes a very good catch. Starc gets his first wicket of the day. Timely one for Australia with the second new ball around the corner.
  • 70.1 Full on middle, Rahane drives it straight back towards the bowler where he gets a hand to it and hits the stumps at the non-strikers end.
  • 69.6 Around off, Pujara gets across and nudges it towards square leg. 228/3
  • 69.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 69.4 Short and outside off, Rahane cuts and gets an outside edge. It is in the air but in the gap between cover and point. Two runs taken.
  • 69.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 69.2 Outside off, a touch slower, defended from the crease.
  • 69.1 Flighted on middle, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 68.6 Good length delivery on off, the batsman keeps it out. Big over for India. 11 runs off it. 224/3
  • 68.5 Full on off, Ajinkya plays it towards point. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 68.4 JUST MISSES THE STUMPS! Length delivery on off, Pujara looks to punch but gets an inside edge which goes past the off stump. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen cross ends. Nervous 90 moment for Cheteshwar Pujara.
  • 68.3 Good length delivery on off, the batsman defends off the front foot.
  • 68.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Pujara. He moves into the 90s. Short outside off, Pujara cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 68.1 FOUR! Good start to the over. Full on middle, Pujara flicks it through mid on for a boundary.
  • 67.6 Loopy delivery on middle, Rahane easily keeps it out. 213/3
  • 67.5 Short outside off, Rahane cuts it to covers.
  • 67.4 Flighted delivery on off, the batsman blocks it well.
  • 67.3 Tossed up on off, Rahane defends off the back foot.
  • 67.2 Floated on off, Ajinkya blocks it off his back foot.
  • 67.1 Tossed up outside off, Rahane comes down the track and plays it to covers.
  • 66.6 Bowls it down the leg side, the batsman lets it go. 213/3
  • 66.5 Good length delivery on off again, Pujara keeps it out.
  • 66.4 Good length delivery on off, Cheteshwar defends off the back foot.
  • 66.3 Length delivery on off, Pujara defends it out.
  • 66.2 Length delivery on off, Pujara taps it towards point. Two runs taken.
  • 66.1 On a length outside off, defended to the off side.
  • 65.6 Outside off, the batsman leaves it alone. 211/3
  • 65.5 Tossed up on middle, Rahane offers a forward defense on this one.
  • 65.4 Floated on off, Ajinkya defends off the back foot.
  • 65.3 Tossed up on off, Ajinkya comes down the track and plays it to point.
  • 65.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Rahane flicks it towards short leg.
  • 65.1 Full and outside off, Rahane comes down the track and works it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 64.6 Good length delivery on off, the batsman keeps it out. 211/3
  • 64.5 Length delivery on middle, Pujara flicks it to the leg side.
  • 64.4 Bowls a bumper down leg, Cheteshwar ducks underneath it.
  • 64.3 Good length delivery on middle, Pujara looks to defend but gets extra bounce on this one and is hit on his glove.
  • 64.2 Good length delivery on middle, Pujara keeps it out.
  • 64.1 A bit too straight, flicked towards long leg for a single.
  • 63.6 Floated on middle, Pujara flicks it to mid-wicket. Good over for India. 8 runs of it. 210/3
  • 63.5 Tossed up on middle, the batsman pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 63.4 Flighted delivery on leg, Pujara nudges it to the leg side.
  • 63.3 FOUR! Second boundary in this over. Tossed up on middle, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it through mid on for a boundary. This is good batting from him.
  • 63.2 Floated on off, Cheteshwar keeps it out.
  • 63.1 FOUR! Good shot from Pujara. Floated on off, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Finally he gets that shot right.
  • 62.6 Length delivery on middle, Rahane tucks it to mid-wicket. 202/3
  • 62.5 Length delivery on middle, Pujara flicks it towards square leg for a single.
  • 62.4 Bowls a bouncer, Pujara does well to duck under it.
  • 62.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 62.2 Landed outside off, moving away, watchfully pushed towards cover.
  • 62.1 Full and outside off, Rahane leans into the drive and eases it wide of mid off, through the covers. Two runs taken. 200 UP FOR INDIA! Still 167 balls scheduled for the close.
  • 61.6 Loopy delivery on middle, Cheteshwar defends off the back foot. 198/3
  • 61.5 Floated on off, Pujara comes down the track and pads it away.
  • 61.4 Tossed up on off, Pujara blocks it well.
  • 61.3 Flighted delivery on middle, Rahane flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. That is a single after 14 dots against Nathan Lyon.
  • 61.2 Tossed up on off, Rahane comes down the track and plays it towards the bowler.
  • 61.1 Floated on off, Rahane defends off the back foot.
  • 60.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 197/3
  • 60.5 Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 60.4 On middle and off, worked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 60.3 Full and around off, Pujara looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 60.2 Back of a length outside off, watchfully kept out.
  • 60.1 On a good length around off, defended watchfully.
  • Pat Cummins is back. 13-2-47-0 so far.
  • 59.6 Tossed up on middle, Rahane looks to defend but the ball spun in sharply and he got an inside edge onto the pads. It goes to the leg side. Second consecutive maiden over from Nathan Lyon. 195/3
  • 59.5 Floated on middle, the batsman defends off the back foot.
  • 59.4 Flighted delivery on middle, Rahane keeps it out.
  • 59.3 Floated on off, Ajinkya blocks it well.
  • 59.2 Flighted delivery on off, Rahane goes back and defends off the back foot.
  • 59.1 Tossed up on off, Rahane defends off the front foot.
  • 58.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 195/3
  • 58.5 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 58.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 58.3 On middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 58.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 58.1 A bouncer on middle, Pujara ducks.
  • 57.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 195/3
  • 57.5 In the same line and the same channel, Ajinkya shows the same reaction.
  • 57.4 Landed outside off, Jinx comes forward and dead-bats it.
  • 57.3 Full again, pressed towards cover.
  • 57.2 Fuller again, outside off, Rahane defends watchfully.
  • 57.1 Tossed up around middle, punched back to the bowler.
  • 56.6 Good length delivery on middle, Cheteshwar keeps it out. 195/3
  • 56.5 Length delivery on middle, Ajinkya flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 56.4 FOUR! Amazing shot from Rahane. Short outside off, Ajinkya rises on his toes and cuts it over point for a boundary.
  • 56.3 Length delivery on middle, Pujara nudges it towards the leg side for a run.
  • 56.2 Length delivery on off, Cheteshwar defends off the back foot.
  • 56.1 THAT WAS CLOSE! Good length delivery outside off, Pujara looks to defend but it kept low on him and missed the off stump by a whisker.
  • 55.6 Tossed up on off, Ajinkya keeps it out. 189/3
  • 55.5 Loopy delivery on off, Rahane defends off the back foot.
  • 55.4 Floated on middle, Rahane looks to pull but gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 55.3 Flighted delivery on middle, Ajinkya blocks it well.
  • 55.2 Tossed up on off, Rahane offers a forward defense on this one.
  • 55.1 Short on off, Rahane cuts it towards point. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 54.6 On middle and leg, helped through mid-wicket for a single. 187/3
  • 54.5 A bouncer outside off, Rahane sways away from the pull.
  • 54.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 54.3 A bouncer outside off, left alone.
  • 54.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 54.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 53.6 Tossed up on leg, Cheteshwar nudges it towards fine leg. The batsmen pick up a couple. 186/3
  • 53.5 Wide outside off, the batsman lets it go.
  • 53.4 Floated on middle, Pujara gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 53.3 Flighted delivery on off, Cheteshwar comes down the track and blocks it.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Poor delivery from Nathan Lyon. Bowls short, Pujara latches onto it and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 53.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Pujara comes down the track and defends it.
  • Nathan Lyon to continue.
  • 52.6 Bowls a bouncer, Rahane does well to duck under it. 180/3
  • Ajinkya Rahane walks in at number 5, replacing his skipper.
  • 52.5 OUT! Massive wicket for Australia. And it has come in the form of a bonus. Short of a length delivery on leg, Kohli looks to help it through the leg side and a boundary was around the corner. But unfortunately for him, he cannot get it cleanly. The ball hits the lower part of the gloves and goes towards the keeper who dives to his left to take it nicely. So a quick wicket for the Aussies after the break.The 54-run stand is broken.
  • 52.4 Length delivery on middle, Kohli pushes it to short mid-wicket.
  • 52.3 On middle, Kohli blocks it well.
  • 52.2 Length delivery on leg, Pujara flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 52.1 Length delivery on off, Pujara looks to defend but gets an outside edge past slips. It goes towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • The Indians are already out in the middle. The Aussies, not quite yet. Waiting outside the boundary not sure for whom. Eventually, they tread out. It will be Josh Hazlewood to start off proceedings to Cheteshwar Pujara. 13-6-27-1 so far.
  • ... DAY 1, FINAL SESSION ...
  • What can the hosts do? Well, just try and be relentless and hope that they get a wicket from somewhere and then try to force a collapse. Looks like another long and tiring session awaits. 38 overs left. Join us back at 3.30 pm local (0430 GMT).
  • Full marks to Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. It would have been so easy to get carried away on a nice sunny afternoon and a flat-looking deck. But both batsmen have held their composure and done the basics right. Time now for them to bed in and make this a near-fruitless day for the Aussies.
  • It will be harsh to say that the Aussies did not try hard. They kept the Indians quiet with some relentless short pitched bowling but the visitors were quite up to the task. And later, when the heat started to get onto the bowlers, the runs came.
  • Wonderful session for India. Lost only Mayank Agarwal and accumulated 108 runs in 28 overs. The only positives for Australia were the wicket and the over-rate.
  • 51.6 Around off, watchfully defended. TEA ON DAY 1! 177/2
  • 51.5 Full and around middle, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 51.4 FOUR! FLAMBOYANT! Full and wide outside off, Kohli reaches out and drives it through the covers for a boundary! 50 OF THE PARTNERSHIP COMES UP!
  • 51.3 Full and around off, worked towards short mid-wicket again.
  • 51.2 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 51.1 Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket.
  • 50.6 FOUR! Third boundary in the over! A long hop again, Pujara has all the time in the world to rock back and pull it through mid-wicket! 173/2
  • 50.5 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 50.4 FOUR! Another half tracker. In the middle of the pitch, Pujara goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket. Result is the same!
  • 50.3 Full and around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 50.2 FOUR! HALF CENTURY FOR PUJARA! His 21st in Tests, 8th against Australia. Gets a free gift, a long hop, Che rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket! Another watchful innings and his good form continues...
  • 50.1 Not a bad start. Floated around middle, very full, watchfully defended.
  • Interesting. With 6 minutes to go to Tea, Tim Paine has gone to Marnus Labuschagne, the leggie.
  • 49.6 Full and around off, wristed towards short mid-wicket. 161/2
  • 49.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 49.4 On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 49.3 Outside off, nice late cut from Che. He gets it past Josh Hazlewood at backward point and runs towards the other end. But Kohli is not running! He is walking in the middle of the pitch, doing some gardening before he looks up in time to see that Hazlewood has got to the ball near the ropes. Now he starts to run and completes two swiftly.
  • 49.2 Plays that very deftly and late, allowing the ball to come in and then working it through fine leg. Two runs taken.
  • 49.1 Full and outside off, Pujara comes down the track to defend but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 48.6 Fuller in length outside off, Virat shoulders arms. 156/2
  • 48.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 48.4 EDGED, FOUR! Indecision from the skipper. On a length outside off, Kohli's initial thought is to try and defend. But then, he tries to withdraw his bat. Is late and the ball runs off the middle of the bat past the lone slip to the third man fence. The stand is worth 30 now.
  • 48.3 Full and outside off, Kohli gets forward and defends towards cover.
  • 48.2 A shorter ball, outside off, left alone.
  • 48.1 On a good length outside off, Kohli shoulders arms.
  • 47.6 Floated outside off, Cheteshwar comes down the track and defends. 152/2
  • 47.5 FOUR! IMPERIOUS! A short ball, on middle, Pujara rocks back and pulls it through square leg. 150 UP FOR INDIA!
  • 47.4 Tossed up outside off, watchfully kept out.
  • 47.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 47.2 Short and outside off, cut through point but Pat Cummins does extremely well to slide to his left to sop.
  • 47.1 Full and around off, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 46.6 A wide ball outside off, short in length, Virat gets across but then lets it go. 148/2
  • 46.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 46.4 Around off, watchfully kept out.
  • 46.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 46.2 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 46.1 FOUR! Not totally convincing. A short ball, around middle, Kohli swivels to pull but is too early into his shot. The cherry goes off his gloves, past Paine and trickles into the fine leg fence. The stand moves to 22.
  • 45.6 Once again Pujara is out of his crease, looking to pad-block but misses. The ball flies off the pad over a leaping short leg. 144/2
  • 45.5 Comes down the track and keeps his bat behind the pad, thrusting the ball away, Another LBW appeal from Lyon, turned down.
  • 45.4 A touch short, pushed uppishly, but well wide of the bowler towards mid on.
  • 45.3 Around middle, flicked uppishly, wide of short leg for a single.
  • 45.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 45.1 A short ball outside off, spinning in, Pujara goes back and plays it against the turn through the covers for a single.
  • 44.6 Full and around off, well blocked out. 142/2
  • 44.5 Full and outside off, VK walks into the shot and pushes it towards point.
  • 44.4 Outside off, the skipper gets a good stride forward to push it towards cover.
  • 44.3 Full and outside off, Virat is watchfully behind this one on the front foot, to defend.
  • 44.2 A short ball outside off, Kohli looks to pull but is a tad early into the shot. The ball goes off the bottom edge through mid-wicket and he runs back for the second.
  • 44.1 Outside off, Kohli shoulders arms.
  • 43.6 Fuller in length, CP is down the track to meet the ball, pushing it towards mid on. 140/2
  • 43.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 43.4 Once again he is down the track to defend the ball towards mid on.
  • 43.3 Natural variation. Tries to bowl the off spin, hits the crack and then straightens past the outside edge of Che's bat as he looks to defend.
  • 43.2 Comes down the track this time and blocks it towards short mid-wicket once more.
  • 43.1 Short and outside off, turning in a mile, Pujara goes back and punches it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 42.6 A touch wider than the previous one, VK lets it through again. 140/2
  • 42.5 Fuller in length, watchfully let through.
  • 42.4 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 42.3 Landed on a length outside off, Kohli shoulders arms.
  • 42.2 Full and around off, solidly defended.
  • 42.1 On a good length around off, watchfully defended.
  • Pat Cummins is back on. 9-1-37-0 so far.
  • 41.6 Once again Pujara is out of his crease, pushing the ball towards mid on once more. 140/2
  • 41.5 Comes down the track this time and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 41.4 Around off, turning in, worked in front of short leg.
  • 41.3 Goes back and across and helps it with soft hands through square leg for a single.
  • 41.2 Similar ball, this is flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 41.1 Full and outside off, worked wristily back to the bowler.
  • 40.6 Full and just outside off, solid as ever is Cheteshwar as he pushes this right under his eyes towards mid on. 139/2
  • 40.5 Holds his length back again, Che stands tall and pushes it towards cover.
  • 40.4 Back of a length outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 40.3 A bouncer now, Pujara ducks.
  • 40.2 Full and just outside off, carefully blocked towards point.
  • 40.1 On a good length around off, defended watchfully.
  • 39.6 Full and outside off, a bit of flight, watchfully worked towards short mid-wicket. 139/2
  • 39.5 This time he stays in his crease, allows the ball to turn and works it with the spin through fine leg for a single.
  • 39.4 Jumps down the track and pushes it towards cover.
  • 39.3 Full and around off, worked in front of short leg.
  • 39.2 Close. Quicker one outside off, Che initially looks to pad it away, then tries to defend but in the end, does neither. Is beaten.
  • 39.1 Full on middle, Pujara comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket but Pat Cummins dives to his left to stop the ball.
  • 38.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 138/2
  • 38.5 Full and outside off, well watched out.
  • 38.4 A bouncer now, VK ducks.
  • 38.3 Outside off, Virat looks to defend but gets a bottom edge towards gully.
  • 38.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 38.1 Full and outside off, Kohli looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 37.6 FOUR! FANTASTIC! Finally Pujara finds the gap. Tossed up outside off, Che comes down the track and drives it through mid off. Calls Kohli though for a quick single but he need not bother. The fielder dives to his right but misses. The stand moves to 12. 138/2
  • 37.5 On middle, once again use of the feet from Che, pushed straight to mid on this time.
  • 37.4 Comes down the track and flicks but cannot beat short mid-wicket.
  • 37.3 Fuller in length, pushed towards point.
  • 37.2 Around off, watchfully flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 37.1 Full and outside off, Kohli leans and pushes it towards long on for a single.
  • 36.6 A bouncer to end the over, Pujara ducks. 133/2
  • 36.5 Hitting that Hazlewood length in the corridor of Josh, pushed towards point.
  • 36.4 Back of a length outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 36.3 Full again, blocked back to the bowler.
  • 36.2 A short ball outside off, Pujara lets it be.
  • 36.1 Full and straight, pushed towards mid on.
  • 35.6 Around off, spinning in, Kohli goes back and carefully turns it past leg gully for a couple through fine leg. 133/2
  • 35.5 Quicker one, pushing this through, outside off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 35.4 Full and around off, worked uppishly, just wide of short leg, towards short mid-wicket.
  • 35.3 Goes back to defend this one to the off side.
  • 35.2 Around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 35.1 Full on middle, Pujara comes down the track and whips it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 34.6 A bouncer outside off, Virat sways away. 130/2
  • 34.5 Tighter line, watchfully defended outside off.
  • 34.4 FOUR! FABULOUS! Just 4 balls to get off the mark. Too full in length, outside off, Kohli leans and places this beautifully past a diving short extra cover for a boundary to get going. That will boost his confidence, as if he was short of it.
  • 34.3 Full again, but a bit wider outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 34.2 Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 34.1 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • 'BOO! BOO! BOO!' goes the crowd. Any surprises for whom? Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, is in at number 4. He might have a message or two for the ones booing... watch out Australia...
  • 33.6 OUT! Caught! Greediness... gets the better of Agarwal. This is what confidence can do sometimes. Nathan Lyon has the last laugh. Or shall we say - the GOAT has the last bleat? Having been hit for two sixes in 2 overs so far, Lyon invites Agarwal for another challenge. 'Hit me if you can, again.' Mayank accepts the invitation and jumps out once more. This time though, he is not to the pitch of the ball. Looks to clear long on but gets more height than distance. Mitchell Starc at long on has plenty of time to get underneath it and take the catch comfortably. Agarwal will be disappointed but he played really well. The 116-run stand is broken at last. 126/2
  • 33.5 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 33.4 SIX! Top quality shot. Flighted outside off, Agarwal jumps down the track and looks to go over mid off. Does so and clears the ropes with ease as well.
  • 33.3 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 33.2 Huge, massive, roaring appeal for LBW. Not out. Full and outside off, Pujara comes down the track and looks to defend, with his bat behind the pad. Is hit on the pads and technically, he is not offering the shot and impact does not matter. However, it might not have done enough to hit the stumps.
  • 33.1 Landed outside off, worked with the turn towards mid on.
  • 32.6 Dabs this behind gully for a run. 119/1
  • 32.5 Landed outside off, let through.
  • 32.4 Around off, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 32.3 FOUR! Cracking shot! Short and wide outside off, Pujara rocks back and lashes a cut behind gully!
  • 32.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 32.1 Full on middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
  • Josh Hazlewood returns. 8-3-17-1 so far.
  • 31.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 113/1
  • 31.5 Plenty of TURN on that, the ball spinning in, Cheteshwar stays back and defends.
  • 31.4 Comes down the track again and thrusts his pad forward, pushing the ball towards cover.
  • 31.3 Full and outside off, Pujara comes down the track and eases it through the covers for a couple. 100-RUN STAND IS UP!
  • 31.2 ALMOST A RETURN CATCH! Lucky escape for Agarwal. Around off, Mayank punches this back to the bowler and it is nearly a caught-and-bowled chance. However, luckily for the batsman, Lyon is moving to his right and the ball is to his left. Cannot react in time and it slips through. A single to long off.
  • 31.1 SIX! Attacking the spinner! Flighted outside off, Agarwal is straightaway off the blocks. Gets to the pitch of the ball and sends it sailing over long on. There is Mitchell Starc stationed over there and he tries taking a one-handed leap to his left but cannot even touch the ball.
  • Nathan Lyon is back on. 2-0-6-0 so far.
  • 30.6 Another short ball, this is pulled beautifully all along the ground through square leg for a single. 104/1
  • 30.5 The batsman does well to stand tall and play that short delivery.
  • 30.4 A bouncer now, MA ducks.
  • 30.3 Full and around off, Mayank drives this through mid on and gets a couple.
  • 30.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 30.1 FOUR! That is a terrific shot! 100 UP FOR INDIA! A short ball, around off, Agarwal swivels and pulls. The good thing about that shot is that he keeps it all along the ground. Long leg has no chance as the ball races through square leg.
  • 29.6 Peter Siddle in action again. Outside off, short in length, Agarwal gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers. Substitute Siddle gets to the ball and manages to stop it before crossing the ropes. Or does he? The umpire wants to check it upstairs and replays show that it is touch and go. From one angle, it seems like when Peter has tried to stop the ball, his left foot has touched the rope. But another angle seems to indicate that when the foot has touched the rope, the hand is off the ball. The benefit of doubt is eventually given to the fielder. Three runs taken. 97/1
  • 29.5 The batsman does well to stand tall and play that short delivery.
  • 29.4 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 29.3 Gets a bit straighter and MA promptly pushes it through the vacant mid on region. By the time mid off can get across, two runs are taken.
  • 29.2 FOUR! ELEGANT! SECOND TEST FIFTY FOR MAYANK AGARWAL! Full and outside off, Agarwal leans and drives it through the covers. Substitute Peter Siddle races after it, slides and then returns the ball. But replays show that while trying to push the ball back, his foot touches the ropes. Well played, young Mayank. Looking confident and hungry.
  • 29.1 A bouncer around middle, ducked under.
  • 28.6 Around off, coming in, pushed towards mid-wicket. 88/1
  • 28.5 Around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 28.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 28.3 Around off, pushed to the off side.
  • 28.2 A short ball, around middle, Mayank swivels and pulls it through long leg. The ball races to the fence but Mitchell Starc hares to his right and slides to stop the ball. Just a single.
  • 28.1 Sweet timing again. Full and outside off, Agarwal leans and drives it through the covers. Gets a couple.
  • 27.6 A good bouncer, right at the body, CP ducks and wears it on the arm. 85/1
  • 27.5 On middle and leg, tucked off his hips through square leg. Two runs taken.
  • 27.4 Looking for that back of a length, is Starc, Cheteshwar looks to punch but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 27.3 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 27.2 Full and tempting, outside off, inviting the drive, Pujara resists.
  • 27.1 Around off, defended from his crease.
  • 26.6 Another bouncer down the leg side, barely any reaction from Agarwal. 83/1
  • 26.5 A wild bouncer down the leg side, Agarwal ducks.
  • 26.4 Fuller than the previous one, Mayank is brilliant in his defense.
  • 26.3 Around off, on a length, watchfully blocked out.
  • 26.3 FIVE WIDES! This is really short, right in the middle of the pitch, Mayank does not even bother ducking. No way Tim Paine could have got to that even with his highest leap. That just took off.
  • 26.2 Back to a bouncer length, outside off, Agarwal hops and defends.
  • 26.1 A rare full ball in the last hour or so. But Pujara is not surprised. He is ready for it. Leans and flicks it through mid-wicket. Gets three runs.
  • 25.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 75/1
  • 25.5 Lovely shot. Fractionally short of a length outside off, punched behind point. Three runs taken as the ball stops near the ropes. Pujara moves to 20.
  • 25.4 A short ball, around off, Agarwal gets on top of the bounce and punches it wide of cover for a single.
  • 25.3 Stays back in his crease and blocks it.
  • 25.2 Pushes this straight to point.
  • 25.1 Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • Mitchell Starc it will be from the other end. 9-0-27-0 so far.
  • 24.6 Full and around off, well blocked out. 71/1
  • 24.5 IN THE AIR... JUST WIDE! Almost into the trap. A short ball, at the body, Agarwal gets across and looks to fend but is not on control. The ball flies but finer than leg gully, towards fine leg. A run taken.
  • 24.4 A length ball again, helped towards leg gully.
  • 24.3 Back of a length outside off, Agarwal plays that really well, getting right behind the line to defend.
  • 24.2 Around middle, helped wide of leg gully towards fine leg for a single. The stand moves to 60.
  • 24.1 On a good length outside off, punched towards point.
  • Welcome back. A longgggggggggggg day awaits us. 66 overs left in the day. With the way the Aussies are bowling, reckon that those might not get bowled even with an extended 30 minutes of play at the close. Out come the players. Will Australia continue the short-ball barrage? Pat Cummins to start the session to Cheteshwar Pujara...
  • ... DAY 1, SESSION 2 ...
  • The first session goes to India then. Can Australia find out ways to break through this batting line-up? Or will run-scoring get easier after Lunch? Join us for the second session at 1.10 pm (0210 GMT).
  • To be fair, Australia have not bowled badly. But this is the difference between the two sides. When there is help from the pitch and weather, both have excelled. When there is none, the Kangaroos have struggled to pick up wickets and today was no different. After swinging the ball prodigiously for the first 30 minutes, the hosts simply could not get any of it for the rest of the session. After conceding a few runs, they resorted to their back-up plan - bowl short and restrict the run-scoring. They have succeeded in doing that but Agarwal and Pujara are happy to play with their patience and have not thrown it away yet.
  • Clearly a bat-first pitch. Survive the first 2 hours and the next 2 days are yours. Mayank Agarwal is demonstrating the ideal way to see off the new ball while Pujara is showing how comfortable he is getting by bedding in almost every second pitch that he gets. It would have been a terrific session for India had they not lost Rahul but they will take this score for now.
  • As has always been throughout this series, the first session of a match has been competitive again. Australia started with a bang, India then eased their way out of trouble before the hosts found some method of quietening them down. However, despite a good second hour, the wickets column still reads 0 in that passage.
  • 23.6 Full and around off, watchfully pushed back to the bowler. LUNCH ON DAY 1! 69/1
  • 23.5 LOOKS SAFE. IS SAFE. SAFE AS A HOUSE, IN FACT. Outside off, Agarwal stayed back to defend but the ball took the bottom edge and went back. Tim Paine gathered it on the bounce and then whipped the bails off. Appealed in excitement as he saw Agarwal losing his balance a touch. It was referred upstairs but one replay was good enough to suggest that Agarwal never left his crease.
  • An appeal. For what is it? Stumped. Looks safe.
  • 23.4 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 23.3 Outside off, turning in, pushed through the covers for a run.
  • 23.2 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
  • 23.1 Full and outside off, Agarwal comes down the track and drives it straight back to Lyon who slips while trying to field and concedes a single down the ground.
  • 22.6 A bouncer to end the over, Cheteshwar ducks. 65/1
  • Well, Pujara signalled towards the dressing room that he was fine but it is a norm these days. The physio runs out, asks you dozens of questions, makes absolutely sure that you are not concussed and then takes the next call.
  • 22.5 OUCH! On the helmet! Second one of the morning. Not surprising with this barricade of short stuff from Australia. It is on a short length outside off and Pujara ducks, but surprisingly, taking his eyes off the ball. Gets hit on the vizor. He immediately signals towards the dressing room with a thumbs up that he is fine.
  • 22.4 Full and just outside off, coming in, watchfully defended.
  • 22.3 A short ball, down the leg side, helped past leg gully towards long leg for a single. Agarwal moves to 40 now.
  • 22.2 Tight lines, around off, watchfully defended.
  • 22.1 On a good length outside off, coming in, left alone.
  • 21.6 Around off, well blocked out. 64/1
  • 21.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 21.4 Full and around middle, worked wide of mid on for a run.
  • 21.3 Goes back this time and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 21.2 Comes down the track again, thrusts his pad forward and manages to push it wide of silly point.
  • 21.1 Full and outside off, Pujara is straightaway down the track, whipping the ball towards mid on.
  • Time for spin. Nathan Lyon has been brought on with around 10 minutes to go for Lunch.
  • 20.6 Back of a length outside off, pushed towards cover. 62/1
  • 20.5 Landed outside off, allowed to go through.
  • 20.4 Fuller in length, pushed towards the off side.
  • 20.3 A bouncer now, Agarwal sways away.
  • 20.2 Back of a length around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 20.1 On a good length outside off, watchfully defended towards cover.
  • 19.6 A bouncer again, once more Paine has to leap to collect. Pujara does not even bother to duck. 62/1
  • 19.5 Back of a length outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 19.4 Outside off, pushed wide of cover for a single.
  • 19.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 19.2 A wild bouncer, way too high, MA ducks while Paine leaps. The batsman immediately looks at the square leg umpire for the wide call but only one bouncer for the over is signalled.
  • 19.1 Interesting. Australia now have a short leg and a silly point for Agarwal. The length is short as expected and Mayank goes deep in his crease to fend it away. Was not a million miles away from silly point.
  • 18.6 Outside off, left alone. 61/1
  • 18.5 50-RUN STAND! You might look at the run rate and say well, easy going. It has not exactly been that way to be honest. On a good length outside off, MA leans and pushes it through the covers. Nathan Lyon gets to the ball from cover, dives and pulls it back, throwing it to Travis Head running with him from cover. Three runs taken.
  • 18.4 Another bouncer, ducked under.
  • 18.3 A terrific short ball around off, Mayank looks to fend it away but the ball goes off something to the keeper. Shoulder.
  • 18.2 EDGED, FOUR! On a length outside off, Agarwal pushes at it and gets a healthy outside edge. Luckily for him, it flies between second slip and gully to the third man fence.
  • 18.1 A bouncer on middle, harmless and ducked under.
  • 17.6 A short ball again, Agarwal plays it nicely too, tucking it wide of Nathan Lyon at leg gully for a single. Moves to 30. 54/1
  • 17.5 A short ball down the leg side, MA nearly tucks it to the keeper.
  • 17.4 A length ball now, watchfully played out.
  • 17.3 Outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 17.2 A nice bouncer and this time Mayank sways away.
  • 17.1 A short ball, around middle, Agarwal plays that reasonably well, rising with the bounce and then fending it down.
  • 16.6 On a good length around middle, helped towards leg gully. 53/1
  • 16.5 In the air... but safe in the end. Full and wide outside off, CP looks to drive but cannot quite control it. Almost gives a catch to Usman Khawaja at point. Lands just short.
  • 16.4 A bouncer on middle, Cheteshwar ducks.
  • 16.3 Similar ball, but this one comes in nicely, played towards short leg.
  • 16.2 Outside off, in the corridor of Hazlewood, Pujara understands that he is not welcome there and lets it go.
  • 16.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Josh Hazlewood returns. 4-1-9-1 so far.
  • 15.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 53/1
  • 15.5 Another short ball, exploiting his back foot technique, this time MA rides the bounce well.
  • 15.4 On middle and leg, helped past short leg for a run towards mid-wicket.
  • 15.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 15.2 Another short ball, Mayank looks to tuck it fine but the ball goes wide of leg gully towards fine leg. A single taken.
  • 15.1 A good short ball, around off, Agarwal rises with the bounce and plays it in front of short leg.
  • 14.6 Outside off, left alone. 51/1
  • 14.5 Good length delivery around middle, watchfully pushed back.
  • 14.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 14.3 THIS NEARLY CUTS HIM INTO HALF! Sensational bowling from Hazlewood. On a good length outside off, Pujara looks to play at this one again but while the previous one came in, this one moved away. Beat the outside edge.
  • 14.2 NOT OUT! Waste of a review from Paine and Paine alone. Decent delivery from Cummins, landing on a length outside off and cutting back in off the seam. Pujara looked to play at it but was beaten. Tim Paine dived to his left to collect and then appealed as an afterthought. Everyone else from the slips joined him as good students supporting their class monitor. Paine was very serious though. Walked to his bowler and asked. 'There was some noise,' replied Cummins. That was enough for the skipper. Up went the 'T' sign. Sadly for him and Australia, nothing on the Hot Spot or the Snickometer. The ball had clipped the right pocket of the trouser.
  • Is that caught behind? Tim Paine seems the most confident and the only confident person as he appealed for a caught behind. This review against Pujara is solely his call. No one else is even remotely sure.
  • 14.1 On a fuller length outside off, watchfully defended.
  • A bit of a break in play as Agarwal gets his helmet and head checked. Mitchell Starc has a kind word with Agarwal, asking his well-being. Mayank looks okay but because of the norm of checking for concussion these days, the delay is a lengthy one.
  • 13.6 EDGED, FOUR! That is a good quality short ball from Starc to end the over. It is around middle and Agarwal cannot help but play at it. He rises, with both his feet in the air and so does the ball. Now, in that pose, you have no control on the shot. Neither does Mayank. Goes through with his attempted defense and the ball bounces high, takes the glove, hits the helmet and rockets over the slip cordon to the third man fence. 50 UP FOR INDIA. The stand is worth 41. 51/1
  • 13.5 A short ball again, down the leg side, Mayank misses his tuck.
  • 13.4 Around off, jumping with the bounce, fended to the off side.
  • 13.3 That is a good short ball and is equally well played. Around middle, Agarwal rises with the bounce and fends it down in front of short leg.
  • 13.2 Around off, blocked from the crease again.
  • 13.1 On a good length outside off, defended towards cover.
  • 12.6 Action replay of the previous delivery. 47/1
  • 12.5 A short ball, around middle, helped straight to leg gully. Both he and Kohli were out playing that shot in the second innings of the third Test.
  • 12.4 Around off, Agarwal comes forward and pushes it towards cover. Nathan Lyon runs to his right from point and dives spectacularly. Keeps the batsmen to a single.
  • 12.3 Gets squared up. Not many balls have beaten Mayank today. This one did. On a fuller length around middle, MA looks to flick but the ball swings away late and induces a leading edge. Goes past Usman Khawaja at second slip and for some reason, they do not run. There was a single on offer.
  • 12.2 A bouncer, around middle, Agarwal ducks.
  • 12.1 On a length around off, cutting back in off the seam, watchfully defended.
  • 11.6 IN THE AIR... SAFE! A rare nervy moment for the youngster. A short ball, around leg and middle, Agarwal is caught by surprise and looks to fend. He has no idea where the ball is and it flies off the handle. Luckily for him, there is no leg gully. A single taken. 46/1
  • 11.5 On a good length outside off, left alone.
  • 11.4 A short ball, down the leg side, Mayank lets it go.
  • 11.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 11.2 FOUR! There is that push-drive again! Mayank Agarwal is not a tall guy but his strides are really big. On a good length outside off, Agarwal leans and just pushes it. Away she goes to the cover fence.
  • 11.1 On a good length around off, solidly defended with a hop to the off side.
  • 10.6 A wild bouncer outside off, Pujara ducks. Paine has to leap to collect. 41/1
  • 10.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 10.4 Full and outside off, solidly defended.
  • 10.3 A rib-tickler, down the leg side, Mayank looks to tuck but misses. The ball goes off his ribs past short leg and a single is taken. Leg bye signalled.
  • 10.2 FOUR! Jeez, that is just a push! This guy is hungry. And confident. And hence, shots like these are being played. Not a bad ball at all. But this is what quality batting can do. Score off non-bad deliveries. Full and outside off, coming in slightly, Agarwal gets a good stride forward and defends. Yes, just defends. But so sweet is his defense that the moment the ball meets the bat, it goes past mid off. Then it continues to go and tease the fielder. He tries his best but comes second best! The stand moves to 30.
  • 10.1 On a good length around off, solidly defended.
  • 9.6 On the shorter side, around leg stump, Agarwal plays that nicely, riding the bounce and tucking it towards long leg for a run. 36/1
  • 9.5 Yorker length outside off, dug out towards point.
  • 9.4 Fuller in length outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 9.3 On a good length around middle, angling away, defended towards cover.
  • 9.2 Back of a length this time, watchfully let through.
  • 9.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • Mitchell Starc is back on. 3-0-13-0 so far.
  • 8.6 FOUR! Lovely shot. Full and wide outside off, Pujara leans and drives it behind point. Quick outfield. Pujara moves to 12. His first boundary. 35/1
  • 8.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 8.4 Around a good length outside off, defended towards the leg side.
  • 8.3 Similar ball, but this is a touch wider outside off. Shouldered arms to.
  • 8.2 Around off, on a good length, Cheteshwar looks to defend but the ball scoots off the inner half of the bat towards short mid-wicket.
  • Oh dear... problems again for Pujara. Cummins is halfway through his runup but is interrupted. Sight screen issues.
  • 8.1 On a good length outside off, left alone.
  • 7.6 Landed outside off, coming in, left alone. 31/1
  • 7.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 7.4 Around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 7.3 Full and around off, CP drives it straight down the ground. Hazlewood gets down and manages to take some sting off it with his right hand. Mitchell Starc gets across from mid on but cannot prevent the single. There seemed to be a run out chance as Pujara had to run around the bowler but in the competition of who was slower - Pujara or Starc - the latter won the race.
  • 7.2 This particular shot describes Pujara's mental state. Head totally still. Mind not fluxed. No confusion. Knows where his off stump is. Knows which balls to play and which not to. On a good length outside off, coming in, Cheteshwar defends it watchfully.
  • 7.1 On a good length outside off, left alone.
  • Some distraction for Pujara. It is near the sight screen. Umpire Ian Gould is sorting it out.
  • 6.6 FOUR! CRISP! No stopping this one! Half volley outside off, Agarwal reaches out, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through the covers. 30/1
  • 6.5 Good timing again. Half volley around middle and leg, Mayank gets forward and drives it past mid on. Mitchell Starc gives it a good chase and keeps the batsmen to two.
  • 6.4 Similar ball, similar shot, same result.
  • 6.3 Full and just outside off, coming in, watchfully defended towards cover.
  • 6.2 Much better shot. One can see the result when the foot meets the pitch of the ball. Full and outside off, not as wide as the previous one, but not entirely dissimilar either. However, this time, Agarwal gets a good stride out, reaches the pitch of the ball and drives it through the covers. Two runs taken.
  • 6.1 Loose. Too loose a shot after having shown so much of patience. A gentle loosener from Cummins, full and wide outside off, Agarwal reaches out to drive but misses. No feet movement.
  • First change in the bowling. Australia's shining star in a dark 2018 is here. Patrick Cummins to bowl his first ball of 2019.
  • 5.6 Back of a length outside off, pushed towards backward point. 22/1
  • 5.5 A bouncer, around middle, Cheteshwar ducks.
  • 5.4 On a length outside off, coming in, Pujara, unlike Rahul, is unfazed. Knows where his off stump is and lets it go.
  • 5.3 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 5.2 This is on a length around off, defended from the crease.
  • 5.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 4.6 Down the leg side, Mayank misses his flick. 22/1
  • 4.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 4.4 Outside off, half volley, driven through the covers for a single.
  • 4.3 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 4.2 On middle and leg, helped past short leg for a couple.
  • 4.1 Full and around off, swinging in, Agarwal leans and drives it past wide mid off. Three runs taken.
  • 3.6 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple now. 16/1
  • 3.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 3.4 Full on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 3.3 Around off, on a length, watchfully pushed towards point.
  • 3.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 3.1 On a good length outside off, left alone.
  • 2.6 One more leave outside off. 12/1
  • 2.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 2.4 Yorker outside off, well dug out.
  • 2.3 Full and around off, driven straight back down the ground. Good timing. Two runs taken.
  • 2.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 2.1 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 1.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 10/1
  • 1.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 1.4 A short ball to welcome Pujara, he is a bit surprised but manages to defend it in front of short leg.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara walks in at number 3, replacing Rahul.
  • 1.3 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Ball number 9. Wicket number 1. Australia have struck early. Once again, an Indian opening stand has been dislodged cheaply. Rahul's tentativeness outside the off stump continues. He is not sure which balls to play and which ones to leave. His two boundaries came off edges and this one again, he is unsure. The ball lands on a good length outside off and then moves away slightly. Takes the outside edge and is stored into the bucket-like hands of Shaun Marsh at first slip.
  • 1.2 Around off, confidently defended from the crease.
  • 1.1 FOUR! Well controlled. Full and outside off, Rahul looks to defend but gets an outside edge due to the away movement. However, he plays it with soft hands, hence the edge does not carry. Goes onto the ground and then eludes a diving second slip to the third man fence.
  • Josh Hazlewood to share the new ball with Starc.
  • 0.6 Another play and a miss! Oh boy, Starc is reminding us of the Starc of 2015, 2016 and 2017. He swings it in, then swings it away, which way do I play? After beating Agarwal on the outside on the previous ball, Starc now beats him on the inside. On a length outside off, MA looks to feel for this one but the ball moves back in to beat the inside edge. Superb opening over from Mitchell Starc. 6/0
  • 0.5 BEATEN! Starc is smiling. No, he is not sledging. But just enjoying his cricket. That is good to see. On a length outside off, Mayank looks to defend but is a bit tentative. The ball goes away off the seam and beats the outside edge.
  • 0.4 Now an inside edge. This is the Starc which Australia want to see. But for more periods of time. Full and around off, swinging in a mile, the Karnataka-based lad looks to flick but is late. The ball goes off the inside edge towards fine leg and a single is taken.
  • 0.3 Hmmm.... more swing. This one comes in, Rahul looks to flick but is defeated by the late swing. Gets a leading edge which does not carry to point.
  • 0.2 EDGED, FOUR! A bit streaky to start from Rahul. Some swing on offer here for the left-arm speedster. Full and outside off, the opener plays a loose shot, away from his body, trying to guide it through third man but gets a thick inside edge instead, wide of a diving Usman Khawaja at gully to the third man fence!
  • 0.1 LBW appeal first up. But nothing much to look into it. Full and down the leg side, Agarwal misses his flick and is hit on the pads. Starc appeals but it was comfortably going down leg. A leg bye taken.
  • The players spread themselves out in the middle. Mitchell Starc has the brand new cherry in his hand. Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are the openers. The latter to face Starc. Here we go...
  • Australian captain, Tim Paine, says that he too would have batted first. Hopes that his bowlers can bowl in the right areas and get good bounce from this track. On Australia's scenario, he says that the team needs to forget what has happened in the past and focus on playing good cricket. Informs that Australia have left out Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh and got in Marnus Labuschagne and Peter Handscomb. On being asked about the batting order, Tim stresses that Khawaja will open, Labuschagne will bat at number 3, Shaun Marsh at 4, Travis Head at 5 and Peter Handscomb at 6. On being asked about him not batting in the top 6, Paine says that they did discuss for a while but then have gone with this decision.
  • Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says that it looks like a pretty good wicket with grass coverage. Adds that it is going to get tougher and tougher as the days go by, hence the decision. Is not too bothered abut the series win and is looking no further than winning this Test, maintaining the level of intensity that they have shown so far. On the team changes, Kohli says that they have got forced ones. Newly become father Rohit Sharma is back in India and is replaced by KL Rahul which also means that Hanuma Vihari drops down the order. The other change, he adds, is Kuldeep Yadav coming in place of Ishant Sharma.
  • TOSS - Time then for the first international toss of 2019! Tim Paine flips the coin, Virat Kohli calls Heads and it is a Head. INDIA ELECT TO BAT FIRST.
  • PITCH REPORT- Brendon Julian doing the pitch report observes that it looks very patchy with plenty of moisture. Predicts that it will start turning from Day 3. However, also forecasts some help for the seamers in the first two sessions today.
  • WEATHER REPORT - It is a bit overcast to start off right now, but the forecast is not worrying, at least for today and tomorrow. However, thunderstorms are predicted for Saturday and some showers for Days 4 and 5.
  • Australia's batting. Does he have a good strike-rate? Is he flamboyant? Does he rotate the strike? He has done so well in the BBL. Let us get him into the Test side! These are the talks going around the town. Sadly, no one is talking much about the technique. The hosts have decided to drop Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh even before the toss. Let's see what the Indians have thought about...
  • Wait... wait... wait...Australia are also playing this Test. Why haven't they been mentioned so far in this opening text? Because they have not done much things worth remembering in the whole of 2018, let alone this series! Their fast bowlers have been good as per the stats - but if you look deeply, barring Pat Cummins, both Starc and Hazlewood have been average, neither generating enough reverse swing. Nathan Lyon has been a bit under-par as well.
  • With the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the bag, India will not be too much under pressure but their main aim would be to win the series. Plenty of off-field talks. No Ishant. No Rohit. Will Ashwin play? Will Kuldeep feature?
  • Okay. Time to get down to business. The SCG Test. The one where Steve Waugh played his final game. The one which will not be remembered by many cricket fans due to the 'MonkeyGate' issue. The one which could be remembered by many Indian fans in the near future should they win or draw - A Test series win Down Under.
  • Good morning! Good afternoon! Good evening! Which part of the world are you in? Does not matter. The first day of international cricket in 2019 is upon us. And it is so hectic that unless you sleep for more than 20 hours, you are going to catch at least some match at some point of time! Australia-India. New Zealand-Sri Lanka. South Africa-Pakistan! Wishing you all, a very happy and prosperous 2019!!!

Australia Vs India Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Once India came back onto the field though, they bowled beautifully and also were aided by the conditions as well as some variable bounce on the wicket. Picked up 3 wickets really quickly but the last wicket stand between Starc and Hazlewood frustrated them a bit by adding 42 runs. The runs wouldn't matter as much as the fact that they wasted a good junk of overs when they batted. It finally came to an end with Kuldeep finding Hazlewood in front of the stumps and picking up his fifth. Follow-on has been enforced, now we will have to wait and see how Australia bat in their second dig. Will they resist and save the Test or will India bowl them out and take the series 3-1? Should be a fun period of play coming up. About 35 overs left to be played in the day.
  • The Australian innings could be termed as one which went up and down like alternating current. The first three batsmen all made good contributions and batted really well in the first session on Day 3 but then the hosts lost their path in the second and final sessions. The final session was curtailed by bad light and the same continued today as we lost the first session to bad light and rain.
  • Now then, will Virat Kohli enforce the follow-on? We're still waiting for the official words. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav takes the ball as a souvenir and is leading his team off the park. Big moment for the young man. Bowled superbly on a pretty much unresponsive surface. Here comes the much-awaited verdict - INDIA HAVE ENFORCED THE FOLLOW-ON! After almost three decades Australia will be following on at home. Great achievement, especially for a team coming from the subcontinent.
  • 104.5 OUT! There is no inside edge and the on-field umpire's decision will prevail as the Ball Tracker shows the ball to be going on to clip the top of leg stump. Kuldeep has five! His 2nd one in Tests and the first in away Tests. He has bowled really nice and deserved this one. Slower ball and this one doesn't turn, holds its line. Hazlewood plays down the wrong line and gets rapped in front of the wickets. The umpire's finger goes up straightaway. Hazlewood reviews but the replays roll in and show that he has to leave. AUSTRALIA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 300 AND TRAIL INDIA BY 322 RUNS NOW.
  • Review time! Josh Hazlewood has been hit on the pads and the finger has gone up after the lbw shout. Is there any inside edge? If not, that looks out. Let's wait and watch...
  • 104.4 Flighted beautifully outside off, left alone by the southpaw.
  • 104.3 Lots of air there, Starc goes to drive but checks it in the end. The ball goes slightly in the air but well away from the fielder at short cover. Single taken as mid off is deep. 300 is up for the Aussies.
  • 104.2 Straighter one and a little quicker on off stump, Mitchell keeps it out from the crease.
  • 104.1 Slower one outside off, Starc pushes it to mid off from the back foot.
  • 103.6 Slower ball on middle stump, Hazlewood reads it well and keeps it out. 299/9
  • 103.5 Ouch! That would have hurt if there was no arm guard. Short of a length ball aimed at the body, Josh tries to duck but fails to get out of the way. The ball hits him on the arm and luckily he's wearing a guard.
  • 103.4 Good pacy ball on length aimed at middle and leg stump. Hazlewood keeps it out watchfully.
  • 103.3 Length ball on the middle stump, whipped away by Starc through mid-wicket. Agarwal gives chase with his shin pads on and manages to save it inside the fence right at the end. Three runs taken.
  • 103.2 Fuller and outside off, driven to mid off.
  • 103.1 Way wide down the leg side, Starc looks to go after it but cannot connect. Rishabh Pant makes a good diving stop to his right.
  • Virat Kohli is forced here to bring his pacer. It's Mohammed Shami running in from 'round the wicket.
  • 102.6 Flighted outside off, driven hard towards cover by Hazlewood. This partnership is getting really frustrating now for the Indians. 296/9
  • 102.5 Lofts the flighted one over the head of mid on this time. The height is more and not the distance so the ball does not reach the fence. A couple taken though. Hazlewood playing some decent shots here.
  • 102.4 Fuller outside off, Josh comes ahead and defends onto the ground.
  • 102.3 Lofted shot for a couple by Hazlewood. Flighted outside off, Josh looks to lift it over cover but checks his shot in the end and the ball goes wide of mid off for a couple.
  • 102.2 Lots of air outside off, driven hard through the covers by Starc. Kohli dives and parries the ball but can't prevent a single.
  • 102.1 Flighted outside off and really slow through the air. Left alone as the ball turns wide away.
  • 101.6 Quicker and flatter on off, Hazlewood defends it with an angled bat. 291/9
  • 101.5 Fuller and on off, defended watchfully by Josh.
  • 101.4 Plays with the spin on the leg side, finds mid-wicket.
  • 101.3 FOUR! Fine shot! Loopy and full around middle, Hazlewood gets forward and lifts it over mid on for a boundary.
  • 101.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 101.1 Tossed up ball on middle, swept well on the leg side but straight to the fielder.
  • Change in bowling. Ravindra Jadeja is back on after a one-over experiment with Hanuma Vihari who was seen going off the field after the previous over.
  • 100.6 Fuller and quicker this one, driven back down the ground towards the bowler. 287/9
  • 100.5 Fuller and flighted outside leg stump, Starc misses his flick and gets hit low on the front pad but it is outside the line of leg stump. No worries there. These two have now been together for 10 overs there.
  • 100.4 Flatter ball outside off, driven through covers for a single by Hazlewood.
  • 100.3 Edged and in the air! But lands safe at the point region. Flighted outside off, Starc wants to hit it over mid off but gets a thick outside edge and in the air. The ball luckily falls in no man's land and Starc gets to the other end.
  • 100.2 Flighted on middle, Starc lifts it in the air, just wide of Kuldeep. The ball runs down towards long on, doesn't reach the fence and the batsmen get a couple of runs.
  • 100.1 Flighted outside off, Starc comes ahead and defends the ball onto the ground.
  • 99.6 Flatter one on middle, defended back down the ground off the front foot by Hazlewood. We're done with 100 overs in this innings. The bowlers must be tiring although they got some break due to the rain interruptions. 283/9
  • 99.5 Goes short this time, cut away to deep cover for a single by Mitchell.
  • 99.4 Fuller and quicker outside off, Starc comes ahead and defends this ball.
  • 99.3 Shorter one outside off, cut away to deep point by Josh for a single.
  • 99.2 Another quicker one outside off, pushed towards the off side by Hazlewood once more.
  • 99.1 Flatter ball outside off, defended back towards cover.
  • Drinks Break. Quite a fast moving hour of play there. India will be very happy about picking up 3 wickets but also will know that it could have been all over had they held onto a catch that was put down by Vihari. The last-wicket stand is getting slightly frustrating and they would want to break it quickly. Meanwhile Starc and Hazlewood would look to continue Australia's first innings for as long as possible and put some thoughts into Kohli's mind. Hanuma Vihari to bowl after the break...
  • 98.6 Another shorter one outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover by the batsman. 281/9
  • 98.5 Shorter length outside off, Starc defends after the ball takes its trajectory.
  • 98.4 Flatter and quicker outside off, defended by Starc on the back foot.
  • 98.3 Gets forward to drive it through wide mid off for a run.
  • 98.2 Fullish and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 98.1 FOUR! Nice shot! Tossed up delivery around off, turning back in, Hazlewood goes down on one knee and plays a lap sweep behind square leg for a boundary. Kohli getting anxious, this stand is eating up some time here.
  • 97.6 Shorter one outside off, defended back down the ground from within the crease. 276/9
  • 97.5 Flatter one to follow the slower ball, Mitchell comes a bit ahead to keep it out.
  • 97.4 FOUR! Cut away in the gap and for a boundary. Shorter one outside off and slower through the air. Enough time for Starc to rock back and cut it away.
  • 97.3 A flatter one on middle and slightly turning away. The batsman stays back and defends from the crease.
  • 97.2 Good flight yet again, Starc comes ahead and pushes it towards cover defensively.
  • 97.1 Nicely flighted outside off, played towards point by Starc.
  • 96.6 Another one that beats the bat! Straighter one again which goes past the outside edge as Hazlewood tries to defend. 272/9
  • 96.5 Flatter one on off and middle, Josh prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 96.4 Beaten! This one doesn't come in and holds its line outside off to beat the outside edge of Hazlewood's bat who was trying to keep this out.
  • 96.3 Slightly slower through the air, Josh comes ahead and dead-bats.
  • 96.2 Fired in on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 96.1 Airy ball outside off, coming in after landing. Defended by Hazlewood.
  • 95.6 Quicker one hurled in outside off, defended back down the ground off the back foot by Starc. 272/9
  • 95.5 Flatter one outside off, goes off the outside edge but along the ground. Runs wide of slip for a single.
  • 95.4 Straighter one this time, pushed down the ground to the right of mid on. A couple of runs are taken.
  • 95.3 Lots of air outside off this time, the batsman drives it hard but straight to Pujara at cover. There is a slight misfield but no run taken.
  • 95.2 Another one with some flight outside off, defended on the off side by Josh.
  • 95.1 Flatter ball outside off, Hazlewood comes ahead and defends the ball.
  • Yes indeed, it is a change of ends for Kuldeep and he has another chance to go for his fifth. Let's see what he can do. What does this tell? Michael Clarke feels that Virat Kohli is trying to rest his fast bowlers. Clear signs that he wants to enforce the follow-on...
  • 94.6 Keeps his length short around off, Starc punches it back to the right of the bowler. Jadeja makes the stop. 269/9
  • 94.5 Allows the ball to spin back in from outside off and turns it in the gap at mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 94.4 Leans forward and pushes a full ball back to the bowler.
  • 94.3 Full and outside off, driven to covers.
  • 94.2 Flatter and on off, defended from the crease to the off side.
  • 94.1 Too full and on off, Starc gets forward and pushes it to mid off.
  • 'I can't believe my eyes' says Michael Clarke on air. Poor Kuldeep Yadav had a chance to get five wickets but surprise, surprise. Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack. Maybe a change of ends? Could be the only reason I could think of.
  • 93.6 Length ball on off, Josh defends it in the direction of mid on to end a fiery over by Bumrah. 267/9
  • 93.5 Fuller this time, on middle and leg, it's worked by Hazlewood behind square leg for a brace.
  • 93.4 Here comes the bouncer! It's nicely directed also. Around middle and leg, Hazlewood ducks at the last second.
  • 93.3 Bumrah seems to be setting up Josh here. Delivers yet another cracking yorker at 148.8 kph, Hazlewood probably was expecting it. Does well to block again. Watch out for the bumper!
  • 93.2 Bumrah bowls fire! Clocks 147.4 kph and it's a terrific yorker in the blockhole. Credit to the number 11 batsman for digging it out safely.
  • 93.1 Full and angling in on middle and leg, Hazlewood exposes all his stumps and then pushes it down with a straight bat to mid on.
  • 92.6 Outside off this time and turning away, left alone by Mitchell. 265/9
  • 92.5 Slower through the air outside off, Starc comes ahead and defends.
  • 92.4 DROPPED! Sitter put down by Vihari at mid-wicket after he did well to get under it from mid on. Could have been Kuldeep's first fifer outside India. Lots of air on this one outside off, Hazlewood goes for the slog sweep but gets a top edge and the ball goes high in the air. Hanuma Vihari has all the time in the world to come under the ball there but he is not stable till the end. His feet were still moving as he comes under it. With his hands above his head, he tries to take it the 'Aussie way', but closes his hands a little too early and the ball pops out. Kuldeep is disgusted. A chance goes begging.
  • 92.3 Very slow outside off and turning away, Josh looks to cut it but mistimes it towards cover.
  • 92.2 The wrong 'un! Hazlewood has enough time to read it and keep it out in the end.
  • 92.1 Flighted ball on middle and leg, Hazlewood comes ahead and defends this ball.
  • 91.6 Short of a length, defended back down the ground from within the crease. 264/9
  • 91.5 FOUR! Cracking shot! Full outside off and Starc gets a small stride forward and plays a smashing cover drive. The fielders were mere spectators there.
  • 91.4 Lovely slower ball! Starc just manages to read it in time and keeps it out in the end. A smile on his face after playing it, surely did not pick it up early. Bumrah drops this exactly how he got the wicket of Shaun Marsh in the previous Test, but this time the batsman manages to keep it out.
  • 91.3 Short of a length outside off, Starc rides the bounce and defends the ball.
  • 91.2 Length ball and on middle and leg, flicked away towards mid-wicket by Starc. The batsmen take a couple here, wonderful running putting pressure on the deep fielder.
  • 91.1 Around the wicket, on a length outside off. Defended back down the ground.
  • 90.6 Too full and on off, Hazlewood keeps it out on the off side. 258/9
  • Josh Hazlewood walks in at no. 11.
  • 90.5 OUT! Given lbw! Lyon has decided not to review it and walks back. A nicely flighted one by Kuldeep on off, dipping onto the batsman who goes down on one knee for the sweep shot. But Lyon fails to make any connection and is hit flush on the front boot. The Indians appeal and umpire Gould raises his finger. Nathan, surprisingly, doesn't review it. The replays suggest that it's a conventional chinaman delivery and maybe the impact was a shade outside the line of off stump. So close. Must have reviewed it. What convinced the umpire there? When Lyon got hit on his boot it appeared outside the line but once he was through with his attempted shot, his front foot straightened and that looked quite adjacent to the stumps. This is what Ian Gould also saw, we guess. Anyway, India are not wasting any time in running through Australia's lower half, unlike previous Tests.
  • 90.4 Tossed up and wide outside off, left alone by Nathan.
  • 90.3 Beauty to beat the bat! Absolute jaffa! Wrong 'un around off, Lyon tries to defend expecting it to spin back in but it turns the other way to beat the outside edge.
  • 90.2 Bowls the same delivery on the middle stump line, Starc nicely flicks it against the turn to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 90.1 Full and flighted outside off, spinning away, Starc gets forward to cover the line and leaves it alone.
  • 89.6 Well defended by Nathan this time to end the over. A wicket maiden! 257/8
  • 89.5 Oooh! Flies past the outside edge! Give this guy conditions suiting him and he will ensure he does magic with the ball. Lands this on a length and makes this straighten. Lyon, playing his first ball, wants to feel it but is beaten on the outside. Lovely bowling.
  • Nathan Lyon walks in next.
  • 89.4 OUT! Chopped on! Handscomb plays on and India have their second of the morning. Bumrah is elated, his first wicket of the innings. A short of a length ball, closer to the off stump than all the previous three, Handscomb is forced to defend from the crease. The ball swings in just a little bit more and takes the inside edge, goes onto the back pad and then onto the stumps. Handscomb can't believe it and smashes his pads with his willow in disgust. Caught on the crease and the deviation with pace does the trick. Fourth bowled of the innings. Australia still need 166 to avoid the follow-on.
  • 89.3 This time it is on a short length and coming in with the angle, defended off the back foot by Peter.
  • 89.2 Closer to off stump than the previous one but still not close enough to make the batsman play.
  • 89.1 Wide outside off on a length, left alone by Handscomb.
  • 88.6 Shortens the length on middle and leg, worked away on the leg side for a single. Handscomb keeps strike. 257/7
  • 88.5 Back to over the wicket, a wrong 'un to start off. PH is down the ground and pushes it back to Kuldeep.
  • 88.4 FOUR! What was that? That looked like a helicopter-whip! On a shorter length outside off and turning in, Handscomb stands back in his crease and whips it away wide of the fielder at mid-wicket. Once it beats him, there's no stopping the ball.
  • 88.3 Flighted this one beautifully outside off, Handscomb comes down the ground but is beaten in flight. He adjusts well in the end to push it towards mid-wicket.
  • 88.2 FOUR! Nice shot from Handscomb! Well controlled sweep to this full one outside off. Peter takes a big stride and sweeps it away square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 88.1 Flatter one coming from off stump towards middle, flicked away to the square leg fielder.
  • Yes, Kuldeep Yadav is on for a bowl now.
  • 87.6 Well outside off, left alone by the southpaw. 248/7
  • Kuldeep Yadav is seen warming up. Will we see him with the new ball?
  • 87.5 Bouncer this time, Mitchell ducks under it and lets it fly through.
  • 87.4 Around the wicket here and on a fuller length outside off, pushed back down the ground towards mid on by MS. Wanted a single but it's not available.
  • 87.3 On the pads once more, flicked away to the vacant square leg region and a couple is taken.
  • 87.2 Just short! A length ball on leg, seems to have stuck in the pitch. Starc who was trying to defend on the leg side gets a leading edge and the ball goes in the air back towards the left of Bumrah on his followthrough. Lands just in front of him.
  • 87.1 Fuller one outside off, push-driven to mid off by Starc.
  • 86.6 Good length ball on off stump to end the over, defended from within the crease by the batsman. Maiden over. 246/7
  • 86.5 Oooh! The variable bounce again! Well outside off this time though and Handscomb manages to stay nice and low to defend it.
  • 86.4 Well outside off and coming in late. Handscomb judges and leaves it well in the end.
  • 86.3 Short of a length ball outside off, defended off the back foot by PH.
  • 86.2 Fuller this time a tad outside off, Peter comes ahead and drives it down the ground towards mid off.
  • 86.1 Length ball outside off, good start from Shami. Handscomb defends it solidly.
  • 85.6 This is on middle and leg and straightens after landing on a length. Starc misses the push on the leg side and gets hit on the sides. 246/7
  • 85.5 Beaten! Outside off, lovely delivery with some late shape on it. Starc goes for a drive without much foot movement, gets beaten on the outside.
  • 85.4 Length ball outside off, kept out back down the ground by MS.
  • 85.4 FIVE WIDES! A bouncer gone too high and wide! The ball is down leg and almost delivered at halfway down the pitch. Rises so much that even a fully outstretched Pant cannot reach that one. Runs away behind for five wides.
  • 85.3 Another effort delivery angling across the batsman, he chooses to let it go this time.
  • 85.2 Short of a length ball outside off, defended off the back foot by Mitchell Starc towards point.
  • 85.1 FOUR! Shot! It went back just as it came! Full and pacy outside off, Starc drives back down the ground with a straight bat. Brilliant timing, no chance for mid off to chase that.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is unleashed from the other end.
  • 84.6 Hurled down the leg side, Handscomb shoulders arms to it. 237/7
  • 84.5 Another short length ball at the hips, this time Mitchell Starc helps it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 84.4 Outside off on a short length, left alone by Starc.
  • Mitchell Starc is the new batsman in.
  • 84.3 OUT! Timberrrrr.... the off stump takes a knock. This has kept super low. Unfortunate for Cummins, the second time it has happened to him in this series, the other instance being the second innings in Perth when Bumrah got through his defense. After two balls down leg, Shami gets his line right and lands it in the line of the off stump. The ball doesn't rise at all and Pat, who was on the back foot, cannot get down in time to keep it out. India pick up their first wicket of the day on the sixth ball. Should pump them up. It is a big wicket too, Cummins has been batting really well of late.
  • 84.2 Yet another one down the leg side. Slightly back of a length and moving past the batsman who makes a leave. Pant flies to his left to collect the ball. Shami still warming up.
  • 84.1 False beginning! Hurls it down the leg side, Cummins moves away from the line.
  • Second new ball has been taken! Mohammed Shami to steam in now...
  • 83.6 Another front foot defense to end the over. 236/6
  • 83.5 Fuller one on middle, defended by the batsman coming ahead.
  • 83.4 Flatter ball to start off with, pushed towards mid-wicket by Handscomb off the inner half of the bat.
  • Finally, for the first time on Day 4 the batsmen and the fielders make their way out to the middle. Jadeja to continue, Handscomb on strike. This will be a 2-hour session. A minimum of 58.3 overs shall be bowled today, weather permitting. Session 3 timings - 1610 local to 1800 local, the latest play can go through to is 1830 local.
  • Update 1330 local - Here comes the most promising news of the day so far. RAIN HAS STOPPED and the covers are coming off. The umpires return to inspect the conditions and if no more rain, the first ball of Day 4 will be bowled at 1350 local time, only 20 minutes more. The Indian players are seen warming up. Get ready, folks.
  • Update 1310 local - The umpires are out for an inspection, there seems to be no rain but the worry is still about the poor light conditions prevailing. Won't be an immediate start post Lunch. And as I type... DRIZZLE IS BACK! Stay tuned for more updates.
  • ... Day 4, Session 2 ...
  • Update 1230 local - LUNCH HAS BEEN TAKEN ON DAY 4 and we have lost the entire morning session to rain. Play will resume post Lunch at 1310 local if there is no more rain. The covers are still on as of now.
  • Update 1220 local - The rain continues. The wait continues. The word coming in is that Lunch will be at the normal time, which is 10 minutes away from now. Let's be hopeful of some action in the afternoon session.
  • Update 1136 local - The covers are still on along with a slight drizzle. The wait goes on, looks like we are set to lose an entire session here. Pretty dark out there too.
  • Update 1112 local - The rain has picked up pace, bigger covers are being brought on. A longer delay on the cards. More updates here as and when we get it. Stay tuned.
  • Update 1051 local - Rain returns. Covers are back on. Repeat the drill. Frustrating.
  • Update 1039 local - The rain has stopped and the light is considerably brighter now. The covers are being taken off and the umpires are in the middle for an inspection. Play will resume at 1100 local if there is no further rain.
  • Update 1012 local - Scratch all that, it has now started to rain and there will be a longer delay. The full covers are being laid out too. Stay tuned for more updates.
  • Update 1010 local - The umpires are out there in the middle, there does not seem to be any rain but the light is still poor to continue. There will be another inspection in 10 minutes.
  • Update 0955 local - The groundstaff have covered the surface here. The floodlights are on as well with the place being quite dark as of now, and the start will be a delayed one.
  • PITCH REPORT - Brett Lee spots a rough patch on the wicket that he feels Kuldeep will be targeting while bowling today. Still feels that the surface is flat and a good one to bat on. Could have a bit for the seamers too today with the overhead conditions but shouldn't be a hindrance to batsmen if they play well, he says.
  • What remains to be seen is the tactic of Virat Kohli, even if India do manage to knock off the remaining 4 wickets early on. Will he be confident enough to put the Aussies in to bat again, without giving his bowlers a break and try to bowl them out? Or, will he opt to bat once more and set a total surely out of the sight of the hosts and then try to bowl them out in the 4th innings in whatever time is left? The forecasted weather for today is for it to remain cloudy throughout the day with a few spells of sparse rainfall. This will have a say in the outcome too. Coming to the cricket only though, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have been the wreckers-in-chief in this innings so far, picking up 5 wickets between them with a rare sight of Jasprit Bumrah going wicketless. But with the second new ball available, one would be foolish to rule him out of coming to the party. Can Pat Cummins and Peter Handscomb hang on there or will the Indian juggernaut continue on its merry way? All the action coming up from the SCG soon. Hopefully, the weather holds up and stays kind.
  • Hello and welcome to Day 4 of the final Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. A day where we should get a fair idea of what is going to be the result of this game. As things stand, one thing remains clear. India are massive favorites to lift the trophy but the scoreline is yet to be determined. The chances of Australia fighting back and winning this Test has reduced even more after play yesterday, where the Aussies lost track and now still trail by 386, needing 187 to first wipe out the chance of being asked to bat again here. The good factor for them is that in the series so far, the hosts' tail has wagged and frustrated India to no end. If that is the case here, it will help the Kangaroos go a long way in trying to save themselves from defeat here and not going down 3-1.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • Looking forward to Sunday then. The hosts will look to take the first innings total as close to the Indian total as possible. The visitors, on the contrary, will look to clean up the last four wickets quickly before taking a call on the follow-on possibility. The rain is another factor that will be on Virat Kohli's mind with some thunderstorms forecast on Days 4 and 5 of the Test as well. He will also have to consider the workload of the bowlers before taking a decision. As for now, all we know is that there will be an early start on Day 4. Join us for all the action at the SCG beginning at 1000 local (2300 GMT, previous night). Until then, it's goodbye from us. You can switch tabs to follow up on an exciting ODI going on between New Zealand and Sri Lanka where the visitors are chasing a target of 320 to stay alive in the series. Cheers!
  • Australia will be disappointed with the way the day panned out, especially after having a brilliant morning session. They lost their way post that and also lost a lot of wickets. Four in the middle session and one early on in the final session saw them 6 down for 198. Since then, Handscomb and Cummins took the responsibility and tried to take the hosts to safer shores when bad light stopped play.
  • A curtailed day then. We still had around 16 overs to be bowled in the day after the Jadeja one, but the light deteriorated very quickly and play had to be stopped even with only spinners bowling. A day that Indians would be happy with though, having picked up 6 Australian wickets and the fact that the hosts still need another 187 runs to avoid the follow-on. The Indians will have time to reassess and see what their plan of action will be on the last two days of the Test, the main thought being whether to bat again or put Australia in, if they do bowl them out under 423.
  • Update 1701 local - The remainder of the day's play has been called off due to poor weather conditions. The rain picked its pace and there would have been no chance of any more play today. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 3!
  • Update 1636 local - Now the groundsmen are covering the pitch as it has started to drizzle at the SCG. Not looking good at the moment. We will be really lucky to get in any more overs today. Stay tuned and be positive.
  • Update 1627 local - BAD LIGHT HAS STOPPED PLAY! The umpires once again have a chat and are looking concerned about the fading light. This time they have decided that it's not conducive to carry on. Off go the players. The groundsmen are out with the covers. They have put it beside the playing area, not covering it yet. Maybe, not expecting some rain immediately. Stay tuned for more updates.
  • 83.3 NOT OUT! The original decision will remain as the Ball Tracker shows the ball to be missing leg stump. Flatter delivery on middle and going on with the angle. Handscomb misses his flick and the ball goes on to hit his front pad which seems to be outside the line of the stumps. It then goes onto the back pad. There is a loud appeal from Jadeja and Kohli consults the close-in fielders asking him - If the ball hit the willow. He then goes upstairs. Replays show that the ball did not hit the bat but it was going well down the leg side and even the impact was on the umpire's call. India lose a review. In all honesty, a poor review as it even looked like so to the naked eye.
  • Review time! Handscomb has been rapped on the pads but the umpire has not entertained the lbw shout from the Indians. Virat Kohli asks his players whether there is bat involved or not before taking the DRS. To be honest, that looked like going down to the naked eye. Let's see...
  • 83.2 Flatter one down leg side, flicked away to backward square leg.
  • 83.1 Flighted on middle and off, Handscomb comes ahead to defend this.
  • 82.6 Slower full ball around off, Cummins defends it closer to his body. 236/6
  • 82.5 Pat has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 82.4 FOUR! Delightful shot! He is a treat to watch. Surely needs promotion in the batting order. Full delivery, landing outside off, Cummins takes a big stride forward and crunches a cover drive for a boundary.
  • Another close-in fielder being brought in, the 12th man comes in with the necessary accessories and helps him on with it.
  • 82.3 Four byes! Right through keeper's legs. Full and floated outside off, turning back in just a little. Cummins tries to defend off his front foot but it beats the outside edge and Pant is late in closing his legs. It hurries behind him to find the fence.
  • 82.2 Full and around off, Pat gets forward and defends it off the inner half of the bat to short leg.
  • 82.1 Flatter and shorter on middle, punched off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 81.6 Very full this time, the batsman moves forward and presses this ball down with his willow. Good over. 228/6
  • 81.5 Flighted one on off, Handscomb comes ahead and dead-bats.
  • 81.4 Flatter ball on the pads, worked away towards the square leg fielder by PH.
  • Here is a case. Virat Kohli wanted to take the second new ball but he was told by the umpires that if he brings in his pacers, then they might have to consider the natural light which is fading with every second. It's a bit gloomy out there. India are continuing with their spinners for the moment.
  • 81.3 Fuller one on middle and leg, Handscomb comes ahead to defend this ball.
  • 81.2 Flatter one on middle, pushed back towards the bowler off the back foot.
  • 81.1 Flatter one outside off, pushed towards the cover region by Peter.
  • 80.6 Another flatter delivery ending up on middle, pushed towards mid-wicket by the batsman. 228/6
  • 80.5 Spinning down on the pads, worked away towards square leg.
  • 80.4 Cummins comes well ahead to smother the spin on this delivery flighted outside off.
  • 80.3 Sharp turn from outside off and gets Pat on the pads again but the ball is doing too much, so not much of an appeal.
  • 80.2 A front foot defense after covering the spin on the ball by Cummins.
  • 80.1 Flatter ball on middle, flicked away to the on side wristily.
  • The second new ball is available now and has not been taken by the Indians.
  • 79.6 Slightly outside off, driven down to mid off by the batsman. 228/6
  • 79.5 Flighted slightly this time, Handscomb comes forward to dead-bat this ball.
  • 79.4 Another front foot defense to this ball on middle stump.
  • 79.3 Fuller and quicker on middle stump, defended back down the ground by the batsman.
  • 79.2 Flatter one on the pads, worked away to the leg side towards mid-wicket.
  • 79.1 Fuller one on middle, defended coming half-ahead by Handscomb.
  • 78.6 FOUR! Lots of turn on this one flighted on off stump. Pat Cummins sweeps it down the leg side and away from the leg slip fielder. The ball runs away to the fence for a welcome boundary. 9 runs off this over. 228/6
  • 78.5 Flatter one on the pads, turned away to square leg with the turn for a single by PH.
  • 78.4 Peter comes down the ground and digs his defense onto the ground.
  • 78.3 Leg slip in place now. Works this flatter one on the middle stump line towards mid-wicket.
  • 78.2 Oooh! Keeps low and turns a long way as well. The ball landed outside off and turns in a long way before going off Handscomb's pads fine on the leg side for a couple of leg byes.
  • 78.1 Flighted ball outside off and turns in a long way, Handscomb tries to work it on the leg side. Gets a thick inside edge that runs down fine on the leg side for a couple of runs.
  • 77.6 FOUR! In the air but well away from Jadeja who dives to his right but cannot reach the ball in time. Flighted ball on middle, Cummins lifts it back down the ground, slightly in the air but away from Jadeja. No fielder that straight and mid on has no chance to chase the ball. Boundary for the Aussies. 219/6
  • 77.5 Flatter ball on the pads, flicked away to the square leg fielder.
  • 77.4 Another slower one on middle, Cummins comes ahead once more to pat it down.
  • 77.3 Slower this time on off, Cummins is half-ahead to defend this ball onto the ground.
  • 77.2 Another quicker one on middle, Pat is watchful in defense.
  • 77.1 Flatter ball on middle, Cummins defends watchfully.
  • 76.6 Lots of flight on this one, PH comes down the ground and takes it on the full as he drives to mid off. 215/6
  • 76.5 Flatter one on the pads, worked away towards square leg by Handscomb.
  • 76.4 Flatter one on middle, worked away wristily towards mid-wicket.
  • 76.3 Ooh! Beaten! Wrong 'un there and Handscomb surely did not pick that. Stays back in the crease to defend but the ball goes the other way and Peter is bamboozled.
  • 76.2 Quicker one on middle and leg, pushed towards short leg.
  • 76.1 Flighted outside off and Handscomb comes down the pitch to defend it, smothering the turn.
  • 75.6 Full and flighted on middle, Pat defends it on the leg side to complete the over. 215/6
  • 75.5 Loopy full on off, Cummins draws forward and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 75.4 Short and on middle, Peter pushes his weight on the back foot and turns it through square leg for one.
  • 75.3 Full and on middle, flicked in front of square leg for a couple.
  • 75.2 Presses forward to a full ball and offers a dead straight bat in defense.
  • 75.1 Handscomb has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 74.6 Another inside edge as Cummins comes ahead to defend this fuller ball on middle. Onto the pads and drops down on the pitch. Good bowling. 212/6
  • 74.5 Oooh! Inside edge onto the pads and runs down towards fine leg. Length ball outside off and comes in a long way as Cummins tries to defend with a straight bat. Lucky it did not go to short leg.
  • 74.4 Shortens the length a bit this time, PC waits back and pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 74.3 FOUR! Shot! The second time he has driven Kuldeep against the turn. It's very full and outside off, Cummins gets a little ahead and drives this in the gap through the covers. Timing is really good and it reaches the fence with ease.
  • 74.2 Another one looped up outside off, well defended by Pat.
  • 74.1 Flighted well outside off, Cummins comes well forward to defend it.
  • 73.6 Fullish and on off, defended off the front foot again to end the over. 208/6
  • 73.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 73.4 Caught on the crease again. Slower full ball dropping on off, Handscomb rather than getting forward defends it from the back foot.
  • 73.3 Full and on off, it's defended back off the front foot.
  • 73.2 Leans forward to a full ball and blocks.
  • 73.1 Tossed up ball on middle, Peter plays back to a delivery which is fuller and helps it towards square leg. Not a good idea.
  • 72.6 Shortens the length, and similar to the third delivery of this over, Cummins misses his flick and gets hit on the thigh pad. No chance of an LBW though as the ball was doing too much there. 208/6
  • 72.5 Ripper! Flighted well outside off and Cummins is drawn into an expansive cover drive. He misses the ball as it turns a long way to beat him. It misses the stumps also. Very, very lucky that! Terrific comeback after being hit for a boundary.
  • 72.4 FOUR! Short and lots of time for Cummins to rock back and pull it over mid-wicket for a boundary. The ball just lands inches inside the fence. A poor ball from Kuldeep that one and Pat took full toll.
  • 72.3 Oooh! Sharp turn again! Flatter one outside off and comes in a long way. Cummins seems to have missed his flick and got hit on the thigh pad. The ball lobs up and falls just in front of a tumbling Rahul at short leg.
  • 72.2 Wrong 'un there! Cummins comes ahead to defend early and does well in the end to cover the spin and pat it down safely.
  • 72.1 Flighted outside off, Handscomb comes ahead and works it away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 71.6 Flatter ball on middle, the batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 203/6
  • 71.5 Angling on to the pads, pushed away to square leg wristily by Pat.
  • 71.4 Fuller ball outside off, defended onto the ground.
  • 71.3 FOUR! Flighted outside off, crunched away through the covers for a superb boundary. Lovely looking shot!
  • 71.2 Going down leg maybe! Beautiful drift on this ball from Jadeja, gets the ball to come in with the drift and Cummins misses his defense to get rapped on the pad. The ball was just going down leg it seems and the Indians drop their appeal.
  • 71.1 Flatter ball on middle, kept out by Cummins coming ahead.
  • Ravindra Jadeja comes on to replace Jasprit Bumrah.
  • 70.6 Another flighted delivery on off stump, the batsman prods ahead and dead-bats. 199/6
  • 70.5 A wrong 'un flighted on middle, Peter reads it and defends it onto the ground.
  • 70.4 Flighted ball on middle, Handscomb comes down the track and defends the ball.
  • 70.3 Shorter length, the ball comes into Cummins. He pushes it away on the leg side and some confusion between the fielders allows him to get to the other end and off the mark.
  • 70.2 Another one slower through the air! This turns a mile and beats Cummins who was trying to defend it coming ahead. The ball gets hit on the pad but it is outside the line of off stump, so no reaction from anyone except the bowler.
  • 70.1 Looped up outside off again, Cummins comes ahead and dead-bats.
  • 69.6 Serves it on a length outside off, Peter stays back and reaches out for it as he pushes it towards the cover region. A maiden again! 198/6
  • 69.5 In the channel outside off, it's left alone by Handscomb.
  • 69.4 Brilliant bowling. Spears in a yorker on off, Peter does well to dig it out on the off side. The Indian pacers have been amazing on this unresponsive surface. Varying their pace and length quite smartly. Something for the Aussie speedsters to learn.
  • 69.3 Slight reverse swing there. On a length and outside off, shaping back in a tad, the batsman makes a watchful leave.
  • 69.2 Another one is slanted into the batsman. On a good length and staying low, Peter keeps his eyes glued to the ball and defends it safely to the off side.
  • 69.1 Angles in a length ball on off, Peter gets forward and defends it close to his body.
  • In walks the batsman in prime form - Pat Cummins. Jasprit Bumrah will continue from this end...
  • 68.6 OUT! Bowled 'em! Gone through the gate! The whole over Kuldeep was bowling varying lengths and this one was the most flighted and fuller one of all. Gives it a large loop outside off and Tim Paine gets undone by the flight. He does not move his feet and goes for the drive away from his body. Leaves a huge gap between bat and pad and the ball goes right through. Takes the leg stump on its way. Poor, poor shot from the skipper, very lazy! Kuldeep picks up his third wicket of the innings and Australia have lost their sixth, in deep trouble now, needing another 225 to avoid the follow-on. 198/6
  • 68.5 Fuller one outside off, it is the wrong 'un. Well defended off the front foot by the Aussie skipper.
  • 68.4 Flatter one on middle and off, Paine defends it back down the ground from the crease.
  • 68.3 Shortens the length a bit, worked towards the square leg fielder.
  • 68.2 Fuller outside off, defended off the front foot this time.
  • 68.1 Sharp turn! Looped outside off on a good length, the ball rips in. Paine does well to push it away towards mid-wicket.
  • We are back after Tea. The players and umpires are out in the middle. The rain has stayed away but it has been a bit overcast. Tim Paine and Peter Handscomb are at the crease. Kuldeep Yadav will start the proceedings after Tea.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 3 ...
  • 28 overs, 76 runs and 4 wickets. India's session no doubt. The way Australia had batted before Lunch had inspired a lot of confidence suggesting they could fight in this game and hold their own but somehow when they came back, they lost their concentration. A loose shot from Marcus Harris was what started all of it as he chopped on, playing away from his body to Jadeja. Shaun Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne followed in quick succession with the latter looking good as long as he was there in the middle. Then a sort of a partnership ensued between Travis Head and Peter Handscomb but with just a little time to Tea, Head departed with a simple return catch to Kuldeep. That leaves Tim Paine and Handscomb with a lot to do after Tea. There are some dark clouds above too. Will there be rain? If not, will the Aussies resist the Indian bowling? Join us in a bit for the final session of Day 3.
  • 67.6 Fullish and on middle at 140.6 kph, it's clipped through square leg for a run. Tea on Day 3. 198/5
  • 67.5 FOUR! Helped on its way and should be a boundary. Bumrah loses his radar and slips a short ball down the leg side, Paine turns and does the rest with ease.
  • 67.4 Digs in a bouncer, Tim evades at the last second.
  • 67.3 On a good length around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 67.2 Goes searching for the blockhole but it's a full toss on off, Peter pushes it wide of mid on and rushes to the other end.
  • 67.1 Handscomb has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 66.6 Nervous moment for the Aussie skipper. Fuller and on middle, Paine flicks it across the line and it's more like a check-shot. Goes aerially but it's not carrying to mid-wicket. 192/5
  • 66.5 Shout for an lbw! Tossed up again, landing outside off and turning back in, Paine gets forward and across to defend but misses. Is hit on the pads, they appeal but the impact is clearly outside off.
  • 66.4 Turn and bounce this time, Tim lunges and defends it with a loose bottom hand.
  • 66.3 Tossed up ball outside off, turning back in, Paine strides forward in defense.
  • Tim Paine, the Australian skipper walks out at number 7.
  • 66.2 OUT! Fine return catch by Kuldeep Yadav and the fifth wicket goes down for Australia. A rank full toss around off, dipping into the batsman, Head shimmies down the track for a big shot probably but it catches the bottom half of his bat and lobs back to the bowler. Kuldeep reacts quickly in his followthrough and goes down to snap a low catch. India celebrate as a disappointed Travis heads back to the pavilion. Soft dismissal really. Still 231 runs away from avoiding the follow-on.
  • Some movement among the groundstaff. It looks like they are readying the covers. It has gotten dark once more.
  • 66.1 Slower through the air, landing full on off and spinning away, Head prods forward and jams it down.
  • 65.6 FOUR! Boundary to end the over! A yorker wide outside off, Handscomb brings his bat down in time and squeezes it out through the gap between first slip and gully for a boundary. This partnership is worth 40 now with Head and Handscomb looking largely untroubled. 192/4
  • 65.5 Drops it on a length and outside off, Handscomb keeps his weight on the back leg and taps it down on the off side.
  • 65.4 Lands it on a good length around off, shaping in, Handscomb once again shows good technique as he covers the line before presenting a straight bat.
  • 65.3 Solid! Angles in a full ball on off, Peter is solidly behind the line as he blocks it to the off side.
  • 65.2 Turns it off his pads to mid-wicket where Rahul makes a good stop.
  • 65.1 Full and angling on middle, defended from the crease to the mid on region.
  • 64.6 Too full and on off, driven through the line to sweeper cover for a couple. 188/4
  • 64.5 Tossed up and wide outside off, Travis has nothing to do with it.
  • 64.4 Full and flighted on off, Head presses forward and defends it towards silly point.
  • 64.3 Walks forward to a full ball and drives it to mid off for a brisk single.
  • 64.2 Another delivery spinning back in from outside off, Handscomb flicks but finds the fielder in front of square leg.
  • 64.1 Big spin for Kuldeep first up! Around middle and turning down the leg side, Peter moves inside the crease and tucks it through backward square leg for a brace.
  • Change of ends for Kuldeep Yadav. Jadeja being taken off after a long spell.
  • 63.6 FOUR! Easy pickings! Bumrah slants in a fuller length ball around off, Head plays it with the angle and flicks it beautifully past the left side of the mid on fielder. No stopping this one. So Australia have managed to score at least one boundary per over in the last 4 overs. 183/4
  • Back to being sunny... some hide and seek here from the Sun.
  • 63.5 Good length ball angling into the batsman, Head turns it off his hips to the leg side but finds the square leg fielder.
  • 63.4 Bumrah speeds in from 'round the wicket for the left-hander. Angles in a full delivery on off, Travis defends it down the ground where the mid on fielder stops the ball.
  • 63.3 Gently pushes a full ball in the gap at covers and crosses for a quick single.
  • There are a lot of dark clouds that have suddenly encircled the stadium. The floodlights have also been turned on. Now it is more like a 'Pink Test'.
  • 63.2 Fullish and angling in on off, Handscomb brings down a straight willow in defense.
  • 63.1 Begins a fresh spell with a fuller length ball on middle, Head eases his flick shot through square leg for a run.
  • Change of heart for Kohli at the last minute as he brings his pacer. Jasprit Bumrah is back on.
  • 62.6 FOUR! Jadeja bowls it in the flatter trajectory on off, Handscomb camps back and forces it in the gap at covers. A tired Shami gives the chase but fails to pull it back. 177/4
  • 62.5 Quicker one, full and on off, Head opens the face of the bat and eases it to the right of the cover fielder. A quick single taken as the fielder misses his shy at the striker's end. Pandya tries to back up the throw and in the process collides with the square leg umpire.
  • 62.4 Leans forward to a full ball and pushes it with soft hands to the cover fielder.
  • 62.3 Fullish and on off, Head drives it to covers again.
  • 62.2 Flatter and shorter on off, punched from the crease to covers.
  • 62.1 Full and flighted outside off, it's stroked confidently off the front foot but straight to mid off.
  • 61.6 Short delivery on off, cut away through cover-point for a single to end the over. 172/4
  • 61.5 Loopy and full on off, defended back watchfully.
  • 61.4 Flatter and shorter outside off, Head tries to flat-bat it but it catches the bottom edge and rolls on the off side.
  • 61.3 Fires it flat and full on off, Head digs it out in the direction of mid off.
  • 61.2 Too full and wide outside off, Head firmly drives it square of the wicket on the off side but finds the point fielder.
  • 61.1 FOUR! Once again the first ball of the over has gone for a boundary! A low full toss on middle, Head gets forward and drills his straight drive past the diving bowler for a boundary.
  • 60.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 167/4
  • 60.5 Sliding down the leg side, Peter plays it off his pads towards backward square leg.
  • 60.4 Fuller and on middle, pushed down to mid on. Pant continues to make some comical sound from behind the stumps.
  • 60.3 Yay! Yay! That's more like it, screams Pant as Jadeja bowls it full and on middle. Handscomb is forward in defense.
  • 60.2 Flatter and shorter this time, outside off, it's punched from the back foot but straight to the point fielder. Pant shouts from behind the stumps - 'Aage daalo thoda sa isse!' Meaning - Bowl a little further!
  • 60.1 FOUR! Bad ball and punished! It's important not to get bogged down. Short and around off, Handscomb goes deep inside the crease and pulls it powerfully past the right side of the mid on fielder.
  • 59.6 Full and flighted outside off, driven firmly with the spin but straight to the cover fielder. 163/4
  • 59.5 Just a bit short around off, Head rocks back to punch it on the off side but fails to beat the diving cover fielder.
  • 59.4 Head has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.3 Judges the spin well. Nicely bowled around off, drifting in and spinning away, Head gets forward and then leaves.
  • 59.2 Flatter and wide outside off, hit firmly through the line but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 59.1 Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot.
  • Time for Kuldeep Yadav.
  • 58.6 Fullish and on middle, Handscomb draws forward and brings his bat down in defense. 163/4
  • 58.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. If you are not watching the match and only hearing Pant from behind the stumps, you might be tricked that the batsman is playing everything from the edge of his bat. That ain't the case though, at least for now.
  • 58.4 Bowls it slower through the air, full and angling in on off, again it's defended off the front foot. Keeping bowling there, shouts Pant from behind the stumps.
  • 58.3 Tossed up ball on off, some extra bounce, Peter lunges and defends it off the higher half of his bat.
  • 58.2 Full and flighted on off, Handscomb is drawn forward in defense.
  • 58.1 Gets on the front foot and pushes it to covers.
  • 57.6 Finds the gap! On a length and outside off, Head drives it on the up and gets it through the gap between extra cover and mid off. A couple. 163/4
  • 57.5 Fuller and angling in from around off, Travis closes the face and works it towards the fielder in front of square leg.
  • 57.4 Slightly short and angling down the leg side, Head glances it off his hips but it goes straight to backward square leg
  • 57.3 This one is on a driving length outside off, Head restrain himself from committing into a shot. Allows it through.
  • 57.2 Width on offer outside off, Head packs a punch from the back foot but finds the cover fielder. Slight fumble by Rahul but no run conceded.
  • 57.1 Bouncer, well-directed from 'round the wicket, Head ducks underneath it. He was bounced out by Ishant in Adelaide and looking at the field placement, India seem to be working on the same plan
  • 56.6 Another one outside off, left alone by the batsman to end the over. 161/4
  • 56.5 Outside off and with a bit of air, well-judged leave by Handscomb to this.
  • 56.4 Shorter one this time, PH rocks back and whips it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 56.3 Flatter one on the pads, worked down on the leg side towards mid-wicket.
  • 56.2 Defended better this time from Peter coming ahead.
  • 56.1 Ooh! Almost caught him in front there! Jadeja looks to drift this one but it lands on middle and straightens. Handscomb comes ahead to defend and luckily for him, gets an inside edge on to his pads. Appeal from Jadeja but the close-in fielder tells him there was bat on it. Would have been plumb in front had it not been for the bat on it.
  • 55.6 Length ball just outside off, defended back down the ground with a straight bat. 159/4
  • 55.5 Three catchers on the leg side for Handscomb. Certainly looks like a plan as Shami hurls this on the pads but Peter controls it well as he works it to fine leg for a single.
  • 55.4 Fuller length ball on the pads, flicked away in the gap this time for a single.
  • 55.3 On the hips once more, Head pushes it towards short mid-wicket where Kohli makes a tumbling stop and prevents the single.
  • 55.2 Just short again! Comes over the wicket this time and bowls it on the pads. There is a backward square leg present precisely for that shot and Head plays it right in his direction. The ball just drops ahead of Vihari there. Good bowling this, to the plan.
  • 55.1 Length ball outside off, Head decides to leave the ball pretty late after judging the line.
  • Drinks break. What an hour of play for the Indians. The first session saw Aussies play attacking cricket but for some reason after the Lunch break, they played differently and have lost 3 wickets in real quick time. Jadeja seems to have come into his own as well as Shami with some reverse swing. Two new batsmen out there, not going to be easy as the momentum is with the visitors.
  • 54.6 A good front foot defense to end the over, better from the batsman this time to get to the pitch of the ball. 157/4
  • 54.5 Just short of Rahane at slip! A genuine outside edge is induced. Flatter one outside off and Handscomb defends lazily from the crease almost like Marsh. The ball spins a bit and goes off the outside edge towards Rahane at slip. Luckily for the batsman, it does not carry. Peter does well to remove his bottom hand off the willow which caused a little less power in it and hence it didn't carry to slip.
  • 54.4 Down the wicket to this one even before the ball is delivered, Handscomb tries to drive but gets it off the thick outside half towards backward point. Risky stuff this.
  • 54.3 Shorter length this time, Travis goes back in his crease and finds the gap through cover-point for a single.
  • 54.2 Flighted on middle, pushed towards mid on by TH.
  • 54.1 Looped outside off, defended on the front foot by Head.
  • 53.6 A good length ball served outside off to end the over. Kept out towards the off side. 156/4
  • 53.5 Length ball outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 53.4 Length ball outside off, defended back towards the bowler off the back foot.
  • 53.3 Length ball again and Head seems to have closed his bat a little early as he works this to deep square leg off the inside half of the bat. Gets a single.
  • 53.2 Short of a length outside off, Head pushes it on the off side but the cover fielder is quick and prevents the single with a diving stop.
  • 53.1 Around the wicket to Head, served on a good length outside off. Travis defends it back towards a straightish short mid on.
  • 52.6 Arm ball around off, on the shorter side but staying low, Peter pushes himself on the back foot and defends it solidly. 155/4
  • 52.5 A real tempter! Bowls it short and wide outside off, Peter watchfully lets it go to the keeper.
  • 52.4 Flatter this time, full and on middle, Handscomb defends it back with a straight bat.
  • 52.3 Flighted one, full and outside off, Peter lunges and blocks it to the off side.
  • 52.2 Slower this time, full and outside off, Handscomb walks forward and then pushes it with an angled bat to point. That came off the outer half of his bat.
  • 52.1 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 51.6 Switches to 'round the wicket and slips a full ball on the pads again. Head clips it to deep mid-wicket and gets off the mark with a run. 154/4
  • 51.5 Full and tailing into the new batsman, Handscomb picks it off his pads and flicks it to deep square leg for a run.
  • Peter Handscomb is in next with Australia losing their way.
  • 51.4 OUT! Brilliant catch by Rahane! Labuschagne has to depart, what a piece of fielding from the Indian vice-captain. Just after the boundary two balls back, the Indian captain Kohli brought himself to a straighter short mid on and moved the short mid-wicket a little squarer which cut down the option for the batter to drive it straight. Now, this one is delivered on a length on middle and leg and Marnus goes for the flick. But he hits it in the air towards Rahane at a square mid-wicket and Jinx goes low on his right and picks it up inches above the ground. Holds onto it beautifully. Brilliant captaincy and brilliant fielding. Could also say that it wasn't a very smart shot either. If you remember, on the last ball of the 48th over, Marnus managed to pierce the gap between two mid-wicket fielders. But this time, he didn't notice the smart adjustment in the field and also didn't bother to keep his shot down. Kohli has really outsmarted him here. Labuschagne goes after showing so much promise. Australia have lost their last 3 wickets for 24 runs and now have two new batsmen out in the middle.
  • 51.3 Length ball on middle, worked towards the bowler.
  • 51.2 FOUR! Textbook straight drive! Just punches this length ball really straight to the left of mid on. Jadeja is quick but the ball is quicker as it beats him to the fence. Really lovely batting from the newcomer.
  • 51.1 Good length ball outside off, pushed off the back foot towards point.
  • 50.6 Fuller outside off, Head comes well ahead and drives this sweetly but straight to the cover fielder. 148/3
  • 50.5 A little outside off, Head opens the face of the bat towards point.
  • 50.4 Shorter length, the batsman rocks back and defends from the crease.
  • 50.3 Ooh! That one turns a bit and takes the inside half of the bat of Head who was ahead in defense. No fielder there as the ball rolls on the ground.
  • 50.2 Fuller outside off, Travis comes ahead and defends the ball into the ground.
  • 50.1 Flatter one on middle, worked towards mid-wicket by Head.
  • 49.6 Good looking shot for no run from Marnus. Fuller length on middle, straight driven back to the bowler. Shami fields and throws it back towards the keeper. 148/3
  • 49.5 Fuller length this time on the pads, worked to mid-wicket on the front foot.
  • 49.4 FOUR! Lifts above the slip cordon and helps it towards the third man fence. No fielder in the deep, very safe shot and really good thinking from the batsman. It was a bouncer outside off and with not too much pace on the wicket, it is easy pickings for a well-set batsman to ramp it over.
  • 49.3 Length ball outside off, slightly slower and going away. Labuschagne defends it off the back foot towards cover.
  • 49.2 Full this time, on middle, it's flicked across the line but has gone straight to one of the two mid-wicket fielders.
  • 49.1 Lovely inswinging yorker on off, Marnus does well to dig it out safely.
  • 48.6 Tossed up and outside off, left alone to end a wicket maiden. 144/3
  • 48.5 Strides forward and defends it on the bounce to silly point.
  • 48.4 Loopy full ball on off, Head is forward in defense.
  • 48.3 Short and wide outside off, Head watches the line closely before making a leave.
  • 48.2 Flighted and full outside off, it's defended off the front foot to the off side.
  • Travis Head is the new batsman.
  • 48.1 OUT! Caught at slip! Marsh is gone for 8, an easy catch for Rahane. It is a flatter ball outside off and the ball doesn't turn much, holding its line in fact. Shaun was playing for the turn that was present in the previous over. The ball though goes straight on and Marsh, who was playing down the wrong line only, manages to get the outside edge on this one. The ball goes into the bucket-like hands of Rahane at slip who pouches it easily. Lazy shot says Michael Clarke on air. Yes it was, Marsh would have been better off coming more to the pitch of the ball there. Doesn't come ahead as much as he should have, getting caught just in front of the crease. Misses out on a chance to score big on a good batting wicket. Anyway, Australia have lost their third, India doing really well after Lunch.
  • 47.6 FOUR! Two mid-wicket fielders were there and yet the ball pierces the gap to find the fence. Lovely batting from Labuschagne. Fuller length ball on the pads, flicked away and Marnus gets it in the gap. Jadeja tries to chase it but the ball was always winning the race there. 144/2
  • 47.5 Length ball on the pads, Marnus pushes it towards mid-wicket.
  • 47.4 Yorker! Good nut from Shami but equally well kept out by the batsman.
  • 47.3 FOUR! Shot! Holds the pose too. Just tells you how good this pitch is to bat on. Not a half-volley and on a good length outside off. Labuschagne comes ahead and drives this beautifully through the covers all the way for a boundary. Bang off the middle of the bat.
  • 47.2 Fuller length ball this time, Marnus flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 47.1 Outside off to start off with, Labuschagne pushes it towards cover off the back foot.
  • Mohammed Shami is back on.
  • 46.6 A good front foot defensive shot from Shaun to end the over. 136/2
  • 46.5 FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Marsh gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through covers. It is in the gap and runs away to the fence. Lovely shot that!
  • 46.4 Defended from within the crease.
  • 46.3 Ooh! Some spin there and the ball beats Marsh on the inside as he was trying to come ahead and defend. The ball hits him on the front pad but well outside the line of the stumps.
  • 46.2 Flatter this time on off stump, pushed back towards mid-wicket by Marsh.
  • 46.1 Fuller one outside off, defended towards the bowler off the front foot.
  • 45.6 Fuller length ball outside off, driven handsomely by Labuschagne off the front foot but straight to the cover fielder. 132/2
  • 45.5 Another bouncer there! The batsman ducks under it once more.
  • 45.4 Bouncer on middle! Marnus ducks under it.
  • 45.3 Length ball just outside off, a late defensive stroke from Labuschagne. Lets the ball come onto his bat.
  • 45.2 Length ball on middle, defended back down the ground while being half-ahead by the batsman.
  • 45.1 A fuller length ball going down leg, Labuschagne misses his flick and Pant does well to collect this one diving to his left.
  • 44.6 Defensive front foot prod to end the over. 132/2
  • 44.5 FOUR! Off the mark in grand fashion! Slightly wide outside off this time from Jadeja, Marsh comes down the track and drives this wide of the diving mid off fielder for a boundary. Goes all the way to the cover fence. Good shot!
  • 44.4 Another flatter one on middle, SOS prods ahead and blocks.
  • 44.3 Subtle change of pace there. A little loop given and Marsh comes down the track and pushes it to mid off.
  • 44.2 Comes ahead and dead-bats this one around off stump.
  • 44.1 Flatter one, a bit round-arm this time. Marsh defends from the crease.
  • 43.6 Keeps his line quite wide outside the off stump. Labuschagne is in no mood to chase it this time. 128/2
  • 43.5 Bouncer at 132.2 kph! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 43.4 Diving effort by Pujara. Showing his fitness. No fatigue shown and Bumrah claps. Back of a length ball on middle, Marnus waits on the back foot and then turns it on the leg side. Che at mid-wicket puts in a dive to his right to stop the ball.
  • 43.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 43.2 False shot! Bumrah serves it short and wide outside off, Marnus has a lazy waft at it and misses. The fall of wicket in the last over has probably disturbed his concentration. He needs to regain his composure. Australia want their set batsman to continue. Cannot afford another wicket here.
  • 43.1 In the region outside off, Labuschagne allows it through easily to the keeper.
  • Shaun Marsh is in next with Australia trailing by 494 runs.
  • 42.6 OUT! Chopped on! Marcus Harris has dragged the ball back onto his stumps here. 5 dot balls and Harris wanted to score off this one, goes for the late cut this time. The ball isn't short enough or even wide enough for him to late cut it. Looks like it even has kept a little bit low and spun in as it goes on to take the under edge before bouncing back to knock the top of the leg stump. Marcus cannot believe his luck and India have got a wicket against the run of play. Huge wicket this, the southpaw was looking dangerous and was well-set. Unfortunate for the Aussies as the ominous-looking 56-run stand comes to an end. 128/2
  • 42.5 Flighted outside off, Harris comes down and pushes it towards cover.
  • 42.4 This is flatter and hurled at the pads, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 42.3 Flatter ball outside off, Harris comes ahead and defends.
  • 42.2 Quicker outside off, punched off the back foot to cover.
  • 42.1 Flatter ball on middle, pushed back down the ground by the left-hander.
  • 41.6 Outside off and that is the fourth leave in a row to end the over. 128/1
  • 41.5 Way outside off, Labuschagne wants nothing to do with it.
  • 41.4 Short of a length outside off once more, shouldered arms to by the batsman.
  • 41.3 Well outside off, left alone by the batsman.
  • 41.2 Length ball outside off, Labuschagne comes ahead and defends the ball late.
  • 41.1 Very full on middle and leg, Harris works it on the leg side towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.
  • 40.6 FOUR! Width outside off and taken advantage of easily. Labuschagne makes room and cuts it away for a boundary through cover-point. Vihari gives chase but the ball beats him in the end. 127/1
  • 40.5 Flatter ball outside off, Labuschagne comes ahead and defends this into the ground.
  • 40.4 Fuller outside off, this time Harris drives it in the gap wide of mid off for a single.
  • 40.3 Fuller outside off, driven down towards mid off.
  • 40.2 Quicker outside off stump, defended on the front foot.
  • 40.1 Flatter one on off, Harris pushes it back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • We are back after Lunch. It's bright and sunny currently. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne are at the crease. Jadeja will start the proceedings.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...
  • India's bowling was accurate as they kept asking tough questions. Their spinners bowled a nagging line while their pacers looked lethal, especially when the ball started to reverse. The deficit is exactly 500 now and the current pair which is amidst a 50-run stand will be hoping to carry on for as long as possible. The afternoon session will test their skills truly with Shami and Bumrah making the ball reverse both ways. Do join us in a short while and let's hope that there won't be any rain delay as the radar suggests.
  • 98/1 in 30 overs of entertaining cricket. A good session for Australia. Their openers did well to put together a 72-run stand before Khawaja mistimed his shot to gift away his wicket to Kuldeep Yadav. India would have thought to create further inroads but Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne, the two newbies for Australia, dealt with the world class bowling of the touring team with full confidence and authority. The former, in particular, has batted fluently and is nearing his maiden Test hundred.
  • 39.6 A touch fuller and around leg, Marnus does well to defend it out on the leg side. That will be Lunch on Day 3. 122/1
  • 39.5 Goes straight on, this one. Keeping the batsman on his toes. Guessing game. It's outside off and Labuschagne makes a late leave.
  • 39.4 This is beautiful bowling. Full and around off, shaping away a touch, Marnus keeps it out safely to covers.
  • 39.3 Goes fuller around off, Labuschagne's front foot gets across as he defends it with a straight willow.
  • 39.2 Oohhh... this one stays low around off as Shami hurls it on a good length. Labuschagne defends it quite well.
  • 39.1 Good length ball on off, Harris stays back and eases it through point for a run. 50-run stand comes up!
  • Last over before Lunch...
  • 38.6 Almost sneaks through. A cracking yorker, right in the blockhole, Marnus does really well here to watch it till the very end as he digs it out. 121/1
  • 38.5 A delivery in the zone outside off, Harris delays his shot a bit and then runs it down to third man for a run.
  • 38.4 Angling away from the batsman, on a good length, Harris covers the line and shoulders arms.
  • 38.3 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 38.2 Angles in a length ball around off, Labuschagne pushes it out with soft hands in the direction of extra cover and sets off for a hesitant single. Jadeja attacks the ball and the Australian batsmen are lucky that he didn't pick it up cleanly. You don't want to take chance with his bullet-arm and accuracy. Risky right before Lunch.
  • 38.1 Starts a new spell with a gentle loosener. A touch short and too wide outside off. Marnus has nothing to do with it.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is back into the attack. Watch out for his reverse swinging deliveries, Australia.
  • 37.6 Switches to 'round the wicket and serves it on a length wide outside off. An easy leave for Marcus. 119/1
  • 37.5 Fuller and around off, Marnus strides forward and pushes it with gentle hands to covers for one.
  • 37.4 This one is the in-dipper. Landing on a length outside off, curling back in a shade, Labuschagne covers his stumps and leaves it alone.
  • 37.3 This one is in the channel outside off, goes the other way after landing, Marnus notices that and allows it through to the keeper. Shami has a catcher on the leg side and is playing mind games with the batsman. Instead of taking the ball in, he took it out.
  • 37.2 Digs in a short delivery around middle, Harris plays a controlled pull shot down to deep backward square leg for a run.
  • 37.1 Good length ball on off, Harris defends it nicely by getting half forward.
  • 36.6 Driven towards the mid on region. One run added to the total. 117/1
  • 36.5 Connects with his sweep shot this time and sends it behind square leg for a run.
  • 36.4 Appeal for an lbw! Big turn this time. Kuldeep comes from 'round the wicket and serves a big in-spinning delivery from outside off. Labuschagne tries to defend but misses. They appeal but the point of impact is outside off.
  • 36.3 Another sweep shot. This time it's not clean. Finds the inside edge of the bat, drops on the surface and then loops off the pads. Vihari is seen taking cover at short leg this time as the ball goes wide.
  • Physio comes out. Slight halt in play as Hanuma Vihari gathers himself.
  • 36.2 Ouch! That would have hurt! A tossed up ball landing full outside off, Labuschagne gets down and sweeps it firmly across the line. It strikes Vihari at short leg inside the thigh region. Painful blow and he is down in pain.
  • Kohli is having a chat with his bowler. Regarding some field placement.
  • 36.1 Walks down the track to a full ball, nearly gets beaten in flight but eventually does well to hit it past short extra cover for a run.
  • 35.6 Brings a length ball back into the right-hander. Marnus does well to play close to his body and blocks it on the off side. The ball is clearly reversing and India might like to get in Bumrah here. The spinners have not looked too dangerous. 114/1
  • 35.5 Bouncer to Labuschagne. He sits underneath it at the last moment. Pant jumps to collect the ball.
  • 35.4 The line though is too straight. Length being full assisted the batsman to flick it easily through mid-wicket for a run.
  • A catcher at short cover now.
  • 35.3 Nicely driven! Full and outside off, Harris prods forward and strokes it on the up through cover-point for a couple. This is now Marcus' best Test score.
  • 35.2 Nicely covers the line this time, Harris. Very solid as he strides forward in defense.
  • 35.1 Beaten! Not sure that has happened before with Harris today. Reverse swing there. Shiny side on the outside and it swerves away after landing around off, Marcus tries playing inside the line and misses.
  • 34.6 Flatter this time, full and on off, the batsman does well to defend it on the leg side after getting forward. The pitch seems to be on the slower side, so as a spinner you won't like it too much. 111/1
  • 34.5 A touch short around off, Labuschagne gets back and defends it with the spin to the off side.
  • 34.4 Flighted and full on off, Marnus strides forward and defends it safely.
  • 34.3 Drops it short and wide outside off, Marcus hangs back and slaps it to deep cover-point for a run. India are happy to give a run to Harris, strange!
  • 34.2 Strides forward to a full ball and defends it to the off side.
  • 34.1 Walks down the track to a full ball and helps it down to mid on.
  • Kuldeep back on. A change of ends for him.
  • 33.6 Labuschagne has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 110/1
  • 33.5 Full and reverse swinging, around off, Marnus flicks it to mid-wicket. Telling you, had he missed that he was dead plumb in front. Play straight, quips Shane Warne on air.
  • 33.4 On a good length again, outside off and holding its line, Labuschagne watches the line closely and then shoulders arms.
  • 33.3 Gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it to the off side.
  • 33.2 Good stop by Pant. A length ball sliding down the leg side this time, Marnus fails to flick and it goes behind off his pads. Pant dives across to his left to stop the ball. The bowler puts in a muted appeal for an lbw. Easily going down.
  • 33.1 Starts this spell with a good length ball outside off. Labuschagne stays on the back foot and taps it down on the off side.
  • Mohammed Shami is back into the attack.
  • 32.6 On the pads and it has been worked through backward square leg for a single. 110/1
  • 32.5 Fullish and outside off, Marnus drives it to covers.
  • 32.4 Turn and bounce on this occasion, around off, Labuschagne makes a smart choice to let it through to the keeper.
  • 32.3 Bowls it around off, slower in pace, Marnus sticks back and defends.
  • 32.2 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 32.1 Quicker and fuller on off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 31.6 FOUR! That's a good stroke to end the over! Loopy one, landing full around leg, Labuschagne kneels and nails his sweep shot through square leg for a boundary. The partnership moves to 36. 108/1
  • 31.5 Tossed up outside off, fuller in length, the batsman is forward as he pushes it to mid off.
  • 31.4 Drags his length back a bit, it's around off and Labuschagne gets back to turn it towards mid-wicket, not in the gap though.
  • 31.3 Nicely floated and full on middle, Marnus is on the front foot in defense.
  • 31.2 Advances down the track to a full ball and drives it down to long off for a run. The field is set deep, probably trying to play on the patience of Marcus.
  • 31.1 Slower through the air, wide outside off, trying to tempt the batsman, Harris allows it through to Pant.
  • 30.6 A textbook front foot defense by Labuschagne to end the over. Rushing through the overs, the Indian spinners. 103/1
  • 30.5 Tossed up ball on off, fuller in length, Marnus strides forward and blocks. Pant continues to be very animated behind the stumps.
  • 30.4 Uses his crease to deal with the shorter one outside off. After that Harris runs it down to third man for a run.
  • 30.3 Gets forward to a full ball and drives it to deepish mid off.
  • 30.2 Allows the ball to spin back in and then helps it to mid-wicket.
  • 30.1 Loopy and full on off, turning in, Marcus is forward as he shows a straight bat in defense.
  • 29.6 Goes short with his length outside off, Harris punches it from the crease to sweeper cover for one. Pretty much defensive field set here by the Indian skipper for Marcus Harris. 102/1
  • 29.5 Extra bounce this time. Flighted and outside off, Harris adjusts well at the last moment to keep it out safely on the off side.
  • 29.4 On the pads, it's worked behind square leg for a run.
  • 29.3 Walks down the track and drives it through mid off for a run. 100 up for Australia.
  • 29.2 Full and flighted on middle, driven back to the bowler. A bit strange that Kohli has a long on and long off in place in spite of having so many runs on the board.
  • 29.1 Sees the line to be outside off and decides early to leave it for the keeper. Marcus looking very confident.
  • Meanwhile, the overhead conditions have become slightly cloudy and overcast.
  • 28.6 Extra loop this time, full and on middle, Labuschagne defends it by covering the flight. 99/1
  • 28.5 Flatter and on off, forced back to the bowler. Pant shouts from behind the stumps - 'Ek halka daal!' Meaning - Try a slower one.
  • 28.4 Quicker one, fired in on off, driven to the off side.
  • 28.3 Once again Marnus lunges confidently to meet the ball and pushes it to covers.
  • 28.2 Full and floated on off, Labuschagne is on the front foot in defense.
  • 28.1 Flighted and outside off, turning away a bit, Marnus pushes it out to covers.
  • 27.6 FOUR! Make it three in the over. Goes for the flighted one outside off once more, and Harris smashes this back down the ground to the long on boundary. Was in the air but well away from the fielder at mid on. Moves into the 60s. 12 runs off the over in the end. 99/1
  • 27.5 FOUR! Short of a length and this time Harris rocks back and pulls this through mid-wicket for a boundary. Second of the over.
  • 27.4 Fuller one on middle, pushed to mid off on the front foot.
  • 27.3 FOUR! Air on this one once more and Harris comes down the track and lifts it over mid on. Once it clears the infield there is no stopping that.
  • 27.2 Flatter one outside off, pushed away towards point.
  • 27.1 Lots of air outside off, Harris comes ahead and defends.
  • 26.6 Shorter and quicker on this occasion at the pads, worked away to deep square leg for a single. 87/1
  • 26.5 Well outside off, left alone this time by the southpaw.
  • 26.4 Flatter one on middle, Harris defends on the back foot.
  • 26.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 26.2 Fuller this time, Marcus comes ahead and dead-bats.
  • 26.1 Flatter one on off, defended from within the crease by Harris.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is back into the attack.
  • 25.6 Oooh! That one turned and kept a bit low. Defended well by the batsman though. 86/1
  • 25.5 Slightly shorter length and Labuschagne keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 25.4 Flighted outside off once more, flicked away to mid on by the batsman.
  • 25.3 Fuller one outside off, defended back down the ground off the front foot.
  • 25.2 FOUR! Similar shot, even better timing this time. Full and on middle, Labuschagne gets room and drives this again wide of mid off. This time Pandya cannot get to it.
  • 25.1 Lovely shot! Given air on middle, Labuschagne gives himself room and drives this wide of mid off. Picks up a couple as Pandya, the sub, gives chase.
  • Drinks break. A good competitive hour of play. Batting has looked easy out there so far and the only wicket to fall was gifted by the batsman himself. Not much in the pitch and the Aussies should really take advantage of it. Kuldeep has bowled well so far with quite some variety. The attacking approach has also seen the field relatively spread out already so singles are quite easily available. Labuschagne at no. 3 should look to make the most of this opportunity.
  • 24.6 Yorker! Harris defends it well as he takes it on the full and pushes it back down the ground. 80/1
  • 24.5 Fuller length outside off, flicked away to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 24.4 Fuller one outside off, Labuschagne gets the outside edge on this one. The ball runs to the left of point and he is off the mark with a couple.
  • 24.3 On the middle stump this time, the batsman keeps it out to mid-wicket.
  • 24.2 Angling in outside off as Bumrah delivers from wide of the crease, Labuschagne lets it go.
  • 24.1 FIFTY FOR HARRIS! 2nd of his Test career. Has looked really good here. Absolutely fluent so far. Length ball outside off is pushed away to deep point by the southpaw and he gets to the other end. Needs to go on and make a huge score.
  • 23.6 Slower through the air this time, the batsman comes ahead and defends it onto the ground. 76/1
  • 23.5 Driven through the covers this time as the ball is full outside off.
  • 23.4 Flatter and quicker on off stump, the ball holds its line as Labuschagne defends on the front foot.
  • 23.3 Shorter outside off, Marcus cuts it away through point for a single to the deep.
  • 23.2 Fuller one outside off, driven to Kohli at cover.
  • 23.1 Flatter ball outside off, looks like the wrong 'un as it comes back in a bit. Harris reads it well and defends from within the crease.
  • 22.6 Labuschagne has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Top over by Jasprit! 75/1
  • 22.5 Once again Labuschagne covers the line and pushes it back towards mid on.
  • 22.4 Full and shaping back in from outside off, Marnus defends it by covering the line.
  • 22.3 Oohhh... That's a toe-crusher. Bumrah greets the new batsman with a peach. Hurls it in, a terrific yorker, reverse swinging as well, Labuschagne strides forward but his bat comes down late and it strikes him on his right boot. Only thing he does right there was to take his front leg outside the line of stumps. What a delivery!
  • 22.2 Short again, it's outside off, Harris cuts it square of the wicket on the off side for a run.
  • 22.1 Back of a length delivery around off, angling in, Harris gets back and helps it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • Marnus Labuschagne is in next at 3.
  • 21.6 OUT! One shot too many and Khawaja has hit this straight down mid-wicket's throat. The Aussies came out looking ultra positive today and it had paid good dividends as they scored quick. But the problem with that tactic was that there would always be an odd chance given. Kuldeep gives this air on middle and Khawaja comes down the ground to loft it over mid on for a boundary. But the ball drifts a bit instead of turning. Usman gets it off the inner half and the ball goes straight to Pujara at mid-wicket. Kuldeep strikes! India pick up their first one. Khawaja misses an opportunity to score big on this deck. 72/1
  • 21.5 This time the drive goes a little to the right of Jadeja at the mid off and Harris gets a single.
  • 21.4 Flatter ball outside off once more, driven to Jadeja at mid off by Harris.
  • 21.3 Flatter outside off, driven wide of mid off for a single.
  • 21.2 Flighted again on middle, worked away to mid on.
  • 21.1 Flighted beautifully on middle and very full. Almost yorker length as Khawaja tries to come ahead and push it back down the ground.
  • 20.6 Length ball on middle, Khawaja gets his bat down in time as he pushes it away to deep square leg to get a single and keep strike. 70/0
  • 20.5 Another short of a length ball on top of middle, Marcus gets on top of the ball and pushes it to mid wicket for a single.
  • 20.4 Shorter length outside off, punched towards cover by Harris on the back foot.
  • 20.3 Slower ball! Similar to the one that got Shaun Marsh in the previous game. Well read by the batsman too as he watchfully defends it.
  • 20.2 Short of a length this time, Harris is in the crease as he pushes it to cover-point.
  • 20.1 Length ball outside off, pushed defensively to cover off the back foot.
  • Jasprit Bumrah comes back into the attack.
  • 19.6 Fuller one outside off, pushed to Kohli at covers. 68/0
  • 19.5 Good drift on that one, gets it just on the line of off stump. Khawaja defends it after coming a little forward.
  • 19.4 Looped up outside off, driven to cover after coming down the wicket by Usman.
  • 19.3 Slow through the air and outside off, Khawaja prods ahead and defends.
  • 19.2 Another loopy one on middle and leg, pushed away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 19.1 Fuller one on middle, Harris drives it back to the bowler. Kuldeep moves to his left and stops the ball.
  • 18.6 Well outside off this time, Khawaja lets this one go. 67/0
  • 18.5 Shorter outside off, Harris pushes it towards point and gets to the other end.
  • 18.4 Flatter and quicker on middle, UK pushes it down to long on for a single.
  • 18.3 FOUR! Another reverse sweep but this time it is in the gap! Jadeja is not being allowed to settle here. Lovely innovation from the batsman.
  • 18.2 Fuller one outside off, defended onto the ground by Usman coming ahead.
  • 18.1 Flatter one outside off, Khawaja reverse sweeps this ball but it goes straight to backward point.
  • 17.6 Another short one to end the over, Harris cuts this beautifully square on the off side once more. The ball is in the gap and Shami does well in the deep to cut the ball just in front of the ropes using some footwork. Two taken. 61/0
  • 17.5 Draws the batsman ahead with a flighted one outside off, the ball is driven to mid off.
  • 17.4 Loopy ball on off and middle, defended back with a straight bat by MH.
  • 17.3 Shorter length outside off, Harris cuts this one away square on the off side. The sweeper comes around and cuts the ball to keep it to two.
  • 17.2 Slightly quicker and on middle again, pushed to mid on.
  • 17.1 Lots of air on this ball dropped on middle stump line, Harris pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Kuldeep Yadav replaces Mohammed Shami in the attack. Both spinners in action very, very early. A slip and short leg in place. A different challenge now for the Aussie openers.
  • 16.6 Flatter and quicker on middle, defended back down the ground. 57/0
  • 16.5 FOUR! The Aussies are taking the attack to Jadeja here, a definite plan it looks like. Looped up slightly outside off, Khawaja comes down the ground and lifts this over the head of mid off for a boundary.
  • 16.4 Fuller one on middle, flicked away by Harris towards mid-wicket. Kohli does not field it properly and allows a single as he fumbles.
  • 16.3 FOUR! Well adjusted by Harris, brilliant hands! Jadeja drops this one short seeing the batsman come down the ground but the southpaw adjusts and beautifully plays the cover drive instead and gets it in the gap for a boundary.
  • 16.2 Fuller one outside off, pushed it down to mid off.
  • 16.1 Flatter one outside off, swept away to deep square leg by Khawaja for a single.
  • 15.6 FOUR! Glorious! Slightly overpitched and outside off, Harris strides forward and drives it delightfully past the diving cover fielder for a boundary. 11 from the over, Australia off to a positive start. 47/0
  • 15.5 That's the length Khawaja likes. It's a touch short around middle and leg, Usman turns it in front of square leg and picks up a run.
  • 15.4 Lovely hands! Shami lands it on a length outside off, Khawaja with a minimum front foot movement steers it past point. Jadeja chases it down and prevents a boundary. Two taken.
  • 15.3 Pitches it up and outside off, Usman drives it off his front foot to covers. Looking quite good and positive, Khawaja.
  • 15.2 FOUR! Bumrah tries to go dead straight with his line but the angle takes it down and Khawaja easily deflects it off his pads to the fine leg boundary.
  • 15.1 Serves it on a good length and outside off, Khawaja has his front leg forward to cover the line as he makes a leave.
  • In between the overs... Umpire Ian Gould calls out KL Rahul and praises him for his reaction after the ball dropped in front of him while attempting a catch. Calls him and Says 'Outstanding mate!!' These are the kind of things that help the umpires as well. And also helps the game move on smoothly.
  • 14.6 Shorter one to end the over, Marcus plays it off the back foot towards point. 36/0
  • 14.5 Looped up outside off, defended on the front foot to Jadeja by MH.
  • 14.4 Flatter one on middle, defended back down the ground.
  • 14.3 FOUR! Short outside off, cut away beautifully by Harris this time. Rocks back and deposits this one for four through point.
  • 14.2 Fuller one outside off, pushed to cover.
  • 14.1 Chance! Falls just short and Rahul signals immediately that the ball has bounced in front of him! A really good effort that, but it just did not carry. Loops this one outside off, Harris comes down the track and looks to loft it over mid on but can only lift it as far as to the right of mid on. Rahul moves to his right, dives to take this one but just can't reach the ball. Stands up and immediately says that it had gone to ground. Harris survives a scare.
  • Ravindra Jadeja is the first change this morning.
  • 13.6 Delivers this one outside off stump, pushed away to cover defensively by UK. 32/0
  • 13.5 Good ball! Keeps a trifle low too. On a length and coming back in, Usman Khawaja does well to stay low and keep it out.
  • 13.4 Pushes the length up by a bit, left alone by the batsman.
  • 13.3 Short of a length ball well outside off, pulled away through mid-wicket for a couple by Khawaja.
  • 13.2 Beautifully punched down the ground towards long on by Harris here. Very full and Marcus presents a very straight bat to this ball as he pushes it down the ground. Single taken as Hardik Pandya, the substitute fielder, chases and stops this.