Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar heroic knock of 67 and 62 runs reduce their deficit by 33 run Fourth Test match, at The Gabba in Brisbane.

Score Australia: 21/0 (6 overs); lead by 54 runs
India: 336/10 (111.4 overs) | Thakur 67(115) | Sundar 62 (144) | Hazlewood 5/57

Australia is desperate for wickets on day three at the Gabba as it intends to keep its chances of winning the Border-Gavaskar Series against India alive.

The visitors put in a poor start to the Day, Mitchell Starc started the morning from around the wicket, with the field set for the bouncer but hope set for getting some outswing. He moved back to over the wicket to Ajinkya Rahane in the next over.

Hazlewood accounted for 5 wickets for Cheteshwar Pujara (25), Mayank Agarwal (38) and Rishabh Pant (23), Navdeep Saini (5), Mohammed Siraj (13).

Josh Hazlewood: There are a few cracks but not much happening. There is a touch of swing, our plan is to get through today and come back again to bat tomorrow. It was good fun, I am pretty happy with my performance. Tucked into a couple of burgers (laughs), it came out nicely.

Brilliance of Sundar and Thakur keep the deficit to 33 runs for the hosts, it could have been a bigger lead, if not for the 123-run seventh-wicket stand between Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur. They came in at 186 for 6 and then put some of their better bats into shame – with a display of conviction, determination and focus.

Australia has finally taken the crucial wicket of Washington Sundar, who helped stage a turnaround for India, Test debutant Sundar registered his maiden half-century and was dismissed by Mitchell Starc after scoring 62 runs off 144 balls. Meanwhile, Shardul Thakur also scored his maiden half-century, posting 67 from 116 deliveries. Thakur lost his wicket to delivery by Pat Cummins.

That makes an interesting day of cricket to an end. At 186 for 6, the match was decisively turning towards the hosts, but the 123-run seventh-wicket stand has assured that the visitors are right back in it. A day to remember for Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, but at 54 for 0 (effectively), it’s still Australia who have the upper hand. A couple of hours of Warner in the middle and this lead could run at a good rate. That’s exactly what Australia would want, what with the not so great weather forecast being predicted.

Three days of punches and counter-punches, we’re all set for a thrilling finish. India will bat last and wouldn’t want to be chasing anything more than 250, especially with the cracks beginning to open up. It’s anyone’s game at the moment, the weather could still have the final say, but the Border-Gavaskar trophy is set for a thrilling finale.

Australia Playing XI:: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane ©, Rishabh Pant(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj.

First Test: Australia won by eight wickets

Second Test: India won by eight wickets

Third Test: Test drawn Full Scorecard

Fourth Test: January 15-19, Gabba, 11am AEDT


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