The third Test match between Australia and India had its moments. While healthy cricket was played between the heavyweights, Indian pacers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were racially abused by a crowd member at the SCG stands.
The incident happened during the second and third day of the match. As if that wasn’t enough, a certain group of spectators once again came up with racial slurs when Siraj was fielding at the square-leg on Day 4. This is totally unacceptable by any means.
Siraj walked up from the square leg region to the umpire and had complained of racial slurs. As per the reports, Siraj was labelled as ‘brown dog’ by the spectators. Indian stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane had a chat with umpire Paul Reiffel and soon after that, Pujara and Mayank joined the discussion.
Siraj had pointed towards the direction of the stands from where he received racial abuses. The play was stopped for close to 10 minutes and after which the security officials of the stadium immediately spring into action to force a group of 4 men out of the stadium.
Paine and Ashwin involve in a hilarious banter
A cricket match without any spice would be boring. However, during the SCG Test, there were plenty of moments that kept the spectators at the edge of their seats.
One of the most talked-about subjects was the hilarious conversation between Tim Paine and Ravichandran Ashwin. While Paine was keeping the wickets, he tried to unsettle Ravi Ashwin by saying some words.
While Australian Test captain said something to Ashwin, the latter who was batting didn’t keep quiet as he replied him back with a sharp statement. The conversation between the two went viral.
”I cannot wait to get you to Gabba Ash, mate,” Tim Paine said when Ravi Ashwin was batting. Responding to Paine, Ashwin said: “Yeah, I can not wait to get you to India, it might be your last series.”
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SCG Test ends in a draw
Australia managed to score 338 in the first innings. Steve Smith scored a brilliant 131 while his partner Marnus Labuschagne scored an impressive 91. The debutant Will Pukovski scored 62 to his name.
Ravindra Jadeja was the top bowler for the visitors as he took 4 wickets. On the other hand, Aussies bowled really well and restricted India to 244. Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets. Gill and Pujara scored 50 and 50 respectively.
Australia played really well in the second innings and scored 312/6 (declared). Cameron Green scored 84 while Steve Smith scored 81. The hosts set up a target of 407 for the visitors. India played really well in the second innings and ended up scoring 334/5 as the match ended in a pulsating draw.
Pant top-scored for the visitors with 94, Pujara scored 77, Rohit Sharma scored 52. Hanuma Vihari and Ravi Ashwin showed impeccable defiance down the order as they faced 161 and 128 balls, scoring 23 and 39 respectively. Smith was named the man of the match for his batting display in both innings.