Australia set India daunting target to win 3rd Test with racial slurs surfacing in Sydney!
Galatta | Jan 10, 2021, 03:15 pm
Things are heating up in the 3rd Test between India and Australia, in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and it is not just on the cricketing terms. The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), is known for a number of unsavoury memories between India and Australia and it looks like that affair is not going to end very soon. Today, the 4th day of the 3rd Test between India and Australia, saw another tight contest between bat and ball but will more be remembered for the racial slurs directed by a section of the spectators, against the Indians! About 6 drunken spectators were evicted from the SCG after they racially abused Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj, which lead to a stoppage of play for a few minutes. After being subject to abuse, Siraj let his captain Ajinkya Rahane know about it, who in turn complained to the on-field umpires. The umpires immediately alerted the authorities, who immediately sent off the 6 people in question from the ground! Play subsequently resumed.
The Australian batsmen put up quite a strong showing and despite the Indian bowlers chipping away at the Wickets, went on to post a huge total. Steve Smith was well on his way to a second century of this match, before his nemesis of this tour - Ravichandran Ashwin, prised him out! However, Cameron Green showed off his calibre and unfurled a flurry of shots, carting all the Indian bowlers to different parts of the ground! He went on to notch up his maiden half-century in Test cricket as Australia's lead swelled rapidly. He was ably supported by his captain Tim Paine. Bumrah, who had been toiling away for the entirety of the innings without reward, got one to nip back into Green, taking a faint edge through to the substitute keeper Saha. The umpire gave it out but Green reviewed anyway, with the ruling going against his favour. Australia had however already stretched their lead to over 400 and Tea was taken. Paine declared during the break, giving his bowlers a crack at the Indian batsmen before the end of the day!
While the Australian followers would have expected India to fold meekly, with two of their 11 players already battling injuries, the Indian opening batsmen showed a lot of resolve! Rohit Sharma and Gill came together to put on the highest opening stand of the series so far, of 71. Hazlewood bowled a testing line outside of off stump and eventually got Gill to edge one behind. An unsure Gill reviewed the decision but had to unfortunately return to the pavillion. The Australian bowlers proved their skill once again, even in unhelpful conditions and got Rohit Sharma out almost immediately. Sharma was fluent as he got to his maiden overseas half-century but fell to a mistimed shot off his favourite stroke, the pull shot! Almost immediately, Pujara was struck on the pads and given out LBW for a Duck but he reviewed almost immediately with an expression of disbelief and the decision was overturned, as ball tracking showed the ball to be going over the stumps! Pujara and Rahane took India to stumps without any further loss of Wickets, to end the day on 98/2! On a slow track, India will either have to score 309 runs or bat out 90 Overs on Day 5, to win or draw the match! Stay tuned for updates...