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India 280/5 At Tea, Need 127 To Win

India 280/5 At Tea, Need 127 To Win
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After an eventful penultimate day, India are left with a Herculean task at Sydney Cricket Ground. Ajinkya Rahane & Co now need to bat 90 plus overs on the final day to save the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy series. Easier said! However, if Ravichandran Ashwin’s reading is to be trusted, then India should knock off another 309 runs and take 2-1 lead in the four-match series. Because, the SCG “pitch has been quite slow, and it has been good to bat on.” Follow live cricket scores of AUS vs IND, third Test, Day 5.
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11:08 AM IST: Marnus Labschagne into the attack.


11:06 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack now. Australia are hoping to strike a wicket. India have been fighting back. They haven’t given up yet. Hazlewood picked the biggest wicket of the day when he clean bowled Cheteshwar Pujara.

Hanuma Vihari is on 6 of 94 balls.  21 overs left in the day

India 299/5 (111 overs) R Ashwin 24, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 108 to win


11:03 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Another maiden over


11:00 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. Bowls a maiden, 23 overs left in the day


10:55 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to Ravichandran Ashwin. Four after such a long time. Ashwin punches it through mid-off. Next ball four again. This time through point. 8 runs from the over

India 299/5 (108 overs) R Ashwin 24, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 108 to win


10:50 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue and India keep fighting. Australia are looking for wickets. Short Leg, slips and short cover in place. Australia need just one catch then India will be down to injured Ravindra Jadeja and the tailenders 

25 Overs Left, India 291/5 (107 overs) R Ashwin 16, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 116 to win


10:45 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Australia go up in huge appeal for lbw against Hanuma Vihari. Not given but Australia don’t go for review. They have just one review left. A maiden over


10:42 AM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack.  27 Overs left for the day. Hanuma Vihari limps for a single and R Ashwin is peppered with short balls again. He is defending well despite some hostile bowling

India 290/5 (105 overs) R Ashwin 15, Hanuma Vihari 6, Need 117 to win


10:38 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Ravichandran Ashwin surrounded by close in fielders does well to block and defend. A maiden over 28 overs remaining in the day


10:35 AM IST: Pat Cummins into the attack. Bowls a maiden

India 289/5 (103 overs) R Ashwin 15, Hanuma Vihari 5, Need 118 to win


10:30 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack, gives way 1 run. India need 118 to win


10:25 AM IST: Pat Cummins to Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin is taking body blows now. One ball hit his shoulder. This one has hit him on the ribs. Physio out again. Ashwin manages to get a four of the second last ball.

India 288/5 (101overs) R Ashwin 15, Hanuma Vihari 4, Need 119 to win


10:20 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Australia are creating a bit of pressure on India. Runs are getting harder to come by. Just a single of this over

India 284/5 (100 overs) R Ashwin 11, Hanuma Vihari 4, Need 123 to win


10:16 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Bowls a good over, India add 1-run to their total


10:12 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. 34 overs to go after this. India are hanging by thread. Hanuma Vihari is struggling so quick singles are out of question. Ashwin is trying to survive a barrage of short balls. Gets a single of last ball

India 282/5 R Ashwin 9, Hanuma Vihari 4, Need 125 to win


10:07 AM IST: Pat Cummins starts with a short ball to R Ashwin. Ashwin fends it awkwardly and Tim Paine takes a diving catch. Given out by umpire . Ashwin reviews and survives. Ball hit the arm guard. Another short ball and Ashwin is hit on the shoulder.

India 281/5 R Ashwin 8, Hanuma Vihari 4, Need 126 to win


10:00 AM IST: We are back. Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin walk out into the middle. Pat Cummins to start for Australia


9:39 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Hanuma Vihari is struggling to run. He has hurt his hamstring. R Ashwin is at the other end

TEA Break

India 280/5 R Ashwin 7, Hanuma Vihari 4, Nathan Lyon 2/101, Josh Hazlewood 2/26; Need 127 to win


9:35 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. Looks like India are now looking to defend. 

Here’s what happened when Rishabh Pant was batting. Did an Aussie come and scuff the batsmen’s guard. Watch

 


9:34 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Back-to-back maiden overs for Australia

India 279/5 (94) Hanuma Vihari 4, R Ashwin 6, Need 128


9:30 AM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack. Bowls a maiden


9:22 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. R Ashwin tries to defend. The ball balloons in the air and is caught at short leg. Australia go up in huge appeal, given not out. Review also suggests the same. Ashwin survives. Next ball hits a four.

India 279/5 (92) Hanuma Vihari 4, R Ashwin 6, Need 128


9:21 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood bowls a maiden as Australia build up pressure.


9:15 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack 2 runs of this over as India try and rebuild. But with Hanuma Vihari struggling with hamstring injury, it looks like an uphill task for India.


9:08 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. HUGE WICKET!!! A length ball angled in hold it’s line. Dislodges the bails. 1 run and a wicket came of this over

Cheteshwar Pujara b Hazlewood 77 (205b, 12×4). India 272/5 (88.2) Hanuma Vihari 3, Need 135


9:05 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara takes a quick single but looks like Hanuma Vihari has hurt his hamstring. Physio is out to check on Vihari. We are back after treatment.

India 272/4 (88 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 77, Hanuma Vihari 3, Need 135


8:59 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Cheteshwar Pujara edges the first ball. But soft hands mean ball goes past the second slip for four. 

India 271/4 (87 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 76, Hanuma Vihari 3, Need 136


8:51 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Lyon has created chances but has been unlucky as Australia have dropped a few. India add 2 runs to their total

India 266/4 (85 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Hanuma Vihari 3, Need 141


8:50 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Hanuma Vihari is off the mark. The next hour crucial for both sides. 2 runs came of this over

India 264/4 (85 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Hanuma Vihari 1, Need 143


8:43 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Maiden over and time for DRINKS


8:38 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara hits three consecutive fours. First one is full and Pujara drives it straight. Second four is cracked through covers. Third four is through mid-on. 12 runs of the over. Lead now under 150.

India 262/4 (83 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 70, Hanuma Vihari 0, Need 145


8:34 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Back-to-back maiden for Australia


8:31 AM IST: Second new ball taken and it’s Pat Cummins into the attack. Australia know they have a chance. Cummins gets the ball to come in sharply. Bowls a maiden


8:25 AM IST: A HUGE WICKET FOR AUSTRALIA. A wicket maiden for Nathan Lyon

Rishabh Pant c Pat Cummins b Nathan Lyon 97 (118b, 12×4, 3×6) India 250/4 (80) Cheteshwar Pujara 58


8:20 AM IST: Cameron Green into the attack and Cheteshwar Pujara welcomes the youngster with a four. Partnership is now worth 148. Australia are eying new ball which is an over away now.

India 250/3 (79 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 58, Rishabh Pant 97, Need 157


8:16 AM IST: Nathan Lyon is going for runs. And Rishabh Pant is now eying his century. Two fours of consecutive balls and Pant is just 3 runs away from century

India 246/3 (78 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 54, Rishabh Pant 97, Need 161


8:09 AM IST: Cameron Green to continue. Rishabh Pant hits two fours in this over. 8 runs of this over

India 236/3 (77 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 52, Rishabh Pant 88, Need 172


8:08 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue.

Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his half-century with a four. Flicks it off his pads for a boundary. Pujara 51 (171b, 7×4); India 227/3 (76), Rishabh Pant 80


8:04 AM IST: Cameron Green into the attack. Six overs to go for the second new ball. Green is pulled for 3 runs by Rishabh Pant. 5 runs of the over

India 223/3 (75 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 48, Rishabh Pant 80, Need 184


8:00 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. 1 run from this over. Lyon figures are 27-8-76-1


7:56 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara hits the first ball for four over slips. 6 runs of the over

A single brings up 6,000 Test Match runs for Pujara 

India 217/3 (73 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 47, Rishabh Pant 76, Need 190


7:52 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. 2 runs of the over. India have started well post lunch. They have been positive and have kept the scoreboard ticking


7:48 AM IST: Mitchell Starc hits Rishabh Pant on helmet of a well-directed short ball. Physio is out to check on Pant. 3 runs came of this over. Target now is under 200 runs.

India 209/3 (71 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 41, Rishabh Pant 74, Need 198


7:40 AM IST: We are back for the second session. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are in the middle. Mitchell Starc to start


7:12 AM IST:  It’s LUNCH

Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant  have added 104 runs for the fifth wicket. Australia have dropped a few chances today, especially of Nathan Lyon. But India have  looked positive. Two more sessions to go.


7:02 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Cheteshwar Pujara pads the third ball away. But next ball rocks back and hits a four through covers

India 206/3 (70 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 41, Rishabh Pant 73, Need 201


6:59 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue and bowls a maiden


6:56 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara steps out and pads the ball away.  And next ball steps out again to hit a four

India 202/3 (68 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 37, Rishabh Pant 73, Need 205


6:52 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. With Rishabh Pant attacking, Cheteshwar Pujara has been given a bit of breathing space. He is getting nicely behind the line of the ball while defending. 10 minutes to go for Lunch. India will be happy if they don’t lose a wicket here.

India 197/3 (67 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 33, Rishabh Pant 72, Need 210


6:47 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. An edge of Cheteshwar Pujara but it doesn’t carry to slip.  Just one run from this over


6:44 AM IST: Pat Cummins into the attack. He is coming around the wicket to Rishabh Pant. Pant hits a four of the second last ball through extra cover

India 196/3 (64 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 32, Rishabh Pant 72, Need 211


6:38 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. He is getting the ball to turn, hits Cheteshwar Pujara on pads and Australia go up in huge appeal. Turned down by the umpire, Australia don’t go for review. Replays show the ball was missing stumps. It’s a maiden over


6:35 AM IST: Mitchell Starc to continue. Rishabh Pant hits the first ball for four through covers. And it’s a no ball. Pant pulls the last ball for four. India take 13 runs from the over

India 192/3 (63 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 32, Rishabh Pant 68, Need 215


6:29 AM IST: Nathan Lyon has bowled another good over.  He has seen a catch go down of his bowling. Just one run of this over


6:26 AM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack. 1 run from the over

India 179/3 (62 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 29, Rishabh Pant 59, Need 220


6:23 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Just a single from this over. A catch dropped of the first ball by Tim Paine. The ball hits the glove and goes down. Rishabh Pant survives.


6:17 AM IST: Cameron Green into the attack. 1 run from the over.


6:12 AM IST: Mitchell Strac to continue. Rishabh Pant hits four of the first ball through point. Next ball is short but Pant manages to keep it down and takes a single.

India 173/3 (58 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 27, Rishabh Pant 55, Need 234


6:08 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. First ball for a SIX!!!, steps out and hits it over long-off. Next ball another SIX. A single of the next ball and it’s Fifty Up for Rishabh Pant 50 (64 b, 4×4, 3×6). He has looked to attack Lyon and has succeeded so far. He is forcing Australia to change strategy.  

India 168/3 (57 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 27, Rishabh Pant 50, Need 239 to win the match

 


6:04 AM IST: Mitchell Starc into the attack. Starts with maiden


6:00 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Rishabh Pant has looked to attack Lyon. But this time bowler wins and manages to bowl a maiden

India 155/3 (55 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 27, Rishabh Pant 37, Need 252 to win the match


5:56 AM IST: We are back and Marnus Labuschagne to continue. 3 runs from the over


5:48 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Rishabh Pant edges the first ball for four through vacant second slip. Pant’s approach has forced Australia to change the field. Pant pulls and adds three runs to the total. That brings up 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket for India

India 152/3 (53 overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 26, Rishabh Pant 35, Need 255 to win the match

DRINKS Break


5:41 AM IST: Marnus Labuschagne into the attack and starts with a no ball for overstepping. He is getting the ball to turn. Last ball of the over is a full toss and is driven for four by Cheteshwar Pujara.

India 144/3 (52 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 26, Rishabh Pant 28


5:40 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. He is getting the ball to reverse swing a little. A well directed short ball has Cheteshwar Pujara fending. The ball lands safely.  Another maiden for Hazlewood. His figures are 12-6-12-1


5:35 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Rishabh Pant has now decided to attack Lyon. Third ball goes for four through covers and the next ball is hit straight back for four.

India 138/3 (50 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 22, Rishabh Pant 27


5:32 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Hazlewood has settled into a nice rhythm. He is making the ball come in. Cheteshwar Pujara is as watchful as one can be. 1 run from the over


5:28 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Rishabh Pant is beaten of the first ball. Second ball Pant takes two runs. Enough of patience from Pant, jumps down the track for a four over mid-on. Next ball again Pant dances down the track for a SIX!!!. Lyon now around the wicket. A single of the last ball. 13 runs from this over

India 129/3 (48 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 22, Rishabh Pant 18


5:23 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood to continue. Another maiden over.


5:20 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. 1 run from the over. Rishabh Pant has shown patience to dig deep and now look to score. It’s not his natural game but that is what India needs from him today. To be there as time ticks away slowly. 86 overs to go after this.

India 116/3 (46 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 22, Rishabh Pant 5


5:16 AM IST: Josh Hazlewood into the attack.  Bowls a maiden. Rishabh Pant is now on 5 of 29 balls, while Cheteshwar Pujara is on 21 of 62 balls. India are soaking up the pressure


5:11 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Lyon is getting turn and with close in fielders he is virtually trying to get wicket of every ball. Another maiden


5:08 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. 4 runs of the over. Both Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are looking positive.

India 115/3 (43 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 21, Rishabh Pant 5


5:03 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. Just one run from this over .

India 111/3 (42 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 18, Rishabh Pant 4


5:00 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. The odd ball is keeping low. Cummins has been good with his line and length. Back-to-back maidens as Australia look to build pressure


4:55 AM IST: Nathan Lyon to continue. A thick edge of the first ball of Rishabh Pant but Tim Paine drops it. Lyon asking lots of questions and making it difficult for Indian batsmen. Bowls a maiden


4:53 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. 1 run of the over

India 110/3 (39 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 18, Rishabh Pant 3


4:49 AM IST:  Nathan Lyon into the attack. Maiden over


4:45 AM IST: Pat Cummins to continue. Cheteshwar Pujara has looked positive right from the start. A lovely drive gives Pujara a four of the third ball. 7 runs from the over

India 109/3 (37 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 18, Rishabh Pant 2


4:40 AM IST: Nathan Lyon into the attack. Cheteshwar Pujara is looking to score runs against Lyon. First ball, steps down the track to drive through extra cover.  3 runs and a wicket from this over

First WICKET!!! Ajinkya Rahane caught at short leg and Nathan Lyon  has given Australia the first wicket. 7 more to go. The ball turned and short leg held on to a good low catch.

Ajinkya Rahane c Marnus Labuschagne b Nathan Lyon 4 (18b)

India 102/3 (36 Overs) Cheteshwar Pujara 13, Rishabh Pant is the next man in


4:35 AM IST: Pat Cummins has found his line and length from the first ball. What a series he is having. No lose ball or anything. Good line just outside the off stump. Cheteshwar Pujara hit on a forearm of a short ball that didn’t rise.

India 99/2 (35 Overs) Ajinkya Rahane 4, Cheteshwar Pujara 10, Need 308


4:30 AM IST: India skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara walk out to save the Test match. Australia will be looking for quick wickets. Pat Cummins to start for the hosts 


4:29 AM IST: A minute to go for the play to start. And not to forget, today is Rahul Dravid’s birthday.  Yes, someone from the Indian camp should erect a wall to honour the legend’s legacy.


4:23 AM IST: India might also need the services of a patch-up Ravindra Jadeja, who has already been ruled out of the first two Test matches against England.


4:20 AM IST: Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill once again provided India a good start, but their wickets in quick succession gave the Aussies the confidence needed going into Day 5.


4:10 AM IST: Amid the racism uproar, Test cricket will witness one of the best ‘Day 5’ actions in recent times with India trying to save the Sydney Test in a pitch that may well turn out to be a snake pit.


4:06 AM IST: Welcome to the coverage of Day 5 of the 3rd Test match



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