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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Aussies left to rue DRS misfortune on day three


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India is in a strong position to take out the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after a dominant day three batting performance.

The tourists were left to lament their loose strokeplay in their first innings, but showed terrific control to finish the day on 3/151 with an overall lead of 166 runs with seven wickets in the second innings.

The day began with Australia looking to potentially take a lead with Travis Head and Mitchell Starc at the crease, but Starc was quickly dismissed, with Jasprit Bumrah tempting the left-hander into a booming drive.

Unfortunately for Australia, Head was unable to get the level of fluency he showed late on day two, potentially due to the multiple wet weather stoppages.

Eventually, Mohammed Shami got in on the Indian wicket-taking act, with both Head and Josh Hazlewood falling in identical fashion in consecutive deliveries, as Australia was dismissed for 235, 15 short of India’s first-innings tally.

While Head scratched around for 72, Australia’s number 10 Nathan Lyon threatened to steal Australia a first-innings lead with an enterprising innings of 24, which included two fours and a six.

Rash strokeplay was the downfall of the Indian top order in the first innings and the tourists came out looking far more considered. 

With India’s lead of 15 perhaps 30 runs short of what they envisioned beginning the day, the opening pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul came out determined to give the tourists a solid platform to begin the second innings.

After a 63-run opening stand spanning 19 overs, Vijay perished once again for 18, flashing outside the off-stump at a wide Starc delivery.

Vijay’s opening partner KL Rahul, although supremely talented, has caused his own downfall in the Test arena so far in his young career, and once again gave his wicket away far too easily after looking in ominous form during his innings of 43.

Despite India’s improved batting effort, the home side might be ruing the addition of the DRS for this series after having decisions against first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara overturned twice.

Interestingly, both decisions came under the watch of Nigel Llong who first gave Pujara out for supposedly nicking Nathan Lyon through to the keeper, before he was again adjudged to have been out LBW off Lyon in the final session.

Along with the shortage of runs when it came to the review system, Australian captain Tim Paine could lament his bowling choices, particularly to Kohli.

The Indian skipper’s troubles with Australian paceman Pat Cummins were well documented after the first innings, but Cummins was kept out of the attack until Kohli was well-established.

Australia’s spearhead Mitchell Starc was also curiously left out of the attack for close to two hours on day three, prompting further questions about his health, before he returned to bowl a short spell at the end of the day.

Nathan Lyon’s terrific spell on day three was finally rewarded with the prized wicket of Kohli was caught at bat-pad by Aaron Finch late on in the day.

The tourists will resume day four with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease looking to build on their terrific start to the second innings.

India is in a strong position to take out the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after a dominant day three batting performance.

The tourists were left to lament their loose strokeplay in their first innings, but showed terrific control to finish the day on 3/151 with an overall lead of 166 runs with seven wickets in the second innings.

The day began with Australia looking to potentially take a lead with Travis Head and Mitchell Starc at the crease, but Starc was quickly dismissed, with Jasprit Bumrah tempting the left-hander into a booming drive.

Unfortunately for Australia, Head was unable to get the level of fluency he showed late on day two, potentially due to the multiple wet weather stoppages.

Eventually, Mohammed Shami got in on the Indian wicket-taking act, with both Head and Josh Hazlewood falling in identical fashion in consecutive deliveries, as Australia was dismissed for 235, 15 short of India’s first-innings tally.

While Head scratched around for 72, Australia’s number 10 Nathan Lyon threatened to steal Australia a first-innings lead with an enterprising innings of 24, which included two fours and a six.

Rash strokeplay was the downfall of the Indian top order in the first innings and the tourists came out looking far more considered. 

With India’s lead of 15 perhaps 30 runs short of what they envisioned beginning the day, the opening pair of Murali Vijay and KL Rahul came out determined to give the tourists a solid platform to begin the second innings.

After a 63-run opening stand spanning 19 overs, Vijay perished once again for 18, flashing outside the off-stump at a wide Starc delivery.

Vijay’s opening partner KL Rahul, although supremely talented, has caused his own downfall in the Test arena so far in his young career, and once again gave his wicket away far too easily after looking in ominous form during his innings of 43.

Despite India’s improved batting effort, the home side might be ruing the addition of the DRS for this series after having decisions against first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara overturned twice.

Interestingly, both decisions came under the watch of Nigel Llong who first gave Pujara out for supposedly nicking Nathan Lyon through to the keeper, before he was again adjudged to have been out LBW off Lyon in the final session.

Along with the shortage of runs when it came to the review system, Australian captain Tim Paine could lament his bowling choices, particularly to Kohli.

The Indian skipper’s troubles with Australian paceman Pat Cummins were well documented after the first innings, but Cummins was kept out of the attack until Kohli was well-established.

Australia’s spearhead Mitchell Starc was also curiously left out of the attack for close to two hours on day three, prompting further questions about his health, before he returned to bowl a short spell at the end of the day.

Nathan Lyon’s terrific spell on day three was finally rewarded with the prized wicket of Kohli was caught at bat-pad by Aaron Finch late on in the day.

The tourists will resume day four with Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara at the crease looking to build on their terrific start to the second innings.

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