As it happened – Australia vs India, 3rd Test, Sydney, 4th day


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

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6.05pm local time/12.35pm IST: Stumps: India lose openers, Australia strengthen grip

A lot of reviews later, Australia finally got rid of Rohit Sharma as he pulled a straight ball to fine leg for 52. On another day, one of those pulls could have gone over the same fielder, but on this occasion it went straight to him. India end the day on 98 for 2; they need another 309 runs to win, or need to survive 97 overs tomorrow to draw this. With that, it’s the end of another full day of Test cricket which has put Australia well on top. Remember, Jadeja may not be able to bat with his fractured thumb so the hosts are only three wickets away from opening India’s tail. Given the kind of quality Australia’s attack possesses with no weak links, India have a massive task ahead of him and no rain in sight to save them. I leave you all with this analysis from Ricky Ponting of Rohit’s dismissal:

“I said earlier in the day that when the short ball is on the line of the body of Rohit Sharma he pulls the ball up. He has quite low hands and a low back lift, gets inside the line of the ball and the only way it can go is up in the air. He’s hit this beautifully. It’s gone flat and it’s gone fast, but it picks out Mitchell Starc at fine leg. Low hands from underneath the bounce of the ball, up it goes, absolutely straight to him.”

Ricky Ponting on Channel Seven

5.20pm local time/11.50am IST: Two reviews in four balls now


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