The third Test match between Australia and India had its moments. This is the first time of the ongoing Border Gavaskar Trophy series that a match has been stretched to the final day of the game. Australia won the toss and opted to bat first.
The hosts managed to pile up as many as 338 runs on the board in the first innings with the help of Steve Smith’s magnificent 131 and Marnus Labuschagne’s 91. The debutant Will Pukovski also played quite well and chipped in with 62.
Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers as he took 4 wickets to his credit. In reply, India was bundled out for 244. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara scored 50 and 50 respectively. Pat Cummins was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts as he took 4 wickets.
Australia batted extremely well in the second innings and scored 312/6. They declared the innings after a healthy lead of 406 runs. Cameron Green is top-scored for the hosts with 84. Steve Smith also played his part by scoring 81. Marnus Labuschagne chipped in with 73.
India provided a solid start to the game in the form of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. The duo added yet another good partnership in the second innings. The duo added a 71-run stand before Gill departed for 31. Rohit Sharma scored 52 and fell prey to Pat Cummins’ bowling.
Steve Smith shows off his on-field antics
India resumed play on the final day with 98/2. Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Nathan Lyon early on in the innings. However, the likes of Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara defied the odds and added value to the scoreboard.
The duo hunkered themselves at the crease and mounted pressure on the Aussies by playing attacking cricket. Pant, in particular took the game away from the hosts by playing shots all around the ground.
During the game, former Australian captain Steve Smith made the headlines for the wrong reason. Smith used dirty tactics by removing Pant’s batting guard marks. This is disgraceful!
Smith’s dirty tactics became the subject of discussion on social media as netizens took to their respective social media handles to roast Steve Smith for not playing fair.
Former Indian opener and current cricket analyst Aakash Chopra took to Twitter to express his opinion. He wrote: “Shoes can be used for many things. Removing an opponent’s batting guard mark too…. Not for taking sharp catches though…. #Smith #Pant #AusvInd.”
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Pant plays top knock for India
Rishabh Pant was the pick of the batsmen in the second innings for India. The left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman played an aggressive style of cricket as he took the bowling attack to the cleaners.
Pant top-scored for the visitors with 97 including 12 fours and 3 sixes. Cheteshwar Pujara scored a terrific 77. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin stood there at the crease and survived the Aussie bowling attack. The third Test ended in a pulsating draw.