Australia’s chances of winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy have taken a massive blow after Indian Team once again showed extreme resilience and fight on Day three of the 4th Test. Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur added a game-changing 123-run partnership for the seventh wicket and helped India to reach 336 runs in their 1st Inning.
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Both Washington Sundar and Thakur were not the first choices in starting eleven. Both had stayed back as net bowlers and got their turn when players got injured. The duo put up the highest partnership for Team India for the seventh wicket at the Gabba and broke the 30-year-old record. They got together when India was struggling at 186/6. Australia was eyeing the big lead. But the duo had other plans. Both played some eye-catching shots during their inning.
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Thakur made his debut in Test in 2018. However, he was ruled out due to an injury after bowling only 10 balls. He had to wait for more than two years to make a comeback in Test Cricket for India. He picked three wickets in 1st inning of the ongoing Test Match. Though he is known for his bowling. But, today he helped India to bring back in the game with his batting skill. When he came to bat, India was in trouble and trailing by 183 runs.
Shardul Thakur along with Washington Sundar put a 123 run partnership for the seventh wicket. Shardul was very dominant in this partnership. While Sundar played the anchor’s role and more watchful. Thakur brought his maiden test fifty by danced down the track to Nathan Lyon’s bowl.
He scored 67 runs with the help of one six and two fours. Cummins end the mammoth seventh-wicket partnership by removing Thakur. Shardul Thakur tried to play a big shot. But, the good length ball from Pat Cummins nip back in and dismantle the stumps. However, Washington on the other hand showed his class and caliber.
Washington Sundar stuns the Aussies with his No Look Six
Apart from Thakur, Debutant Washington Sundar also picked three wickets in 1st Inning. Sundar also did a good job with the bat when India needed the most. He came to bat at number seven when India was struggling at 161/5. The youngster was playing with great caution in 123 runs partnership with Shardul Thakur. After the dismissal of Shardul, Sundar looks to play the shots. During his inning, he played a huge six on Lyon’s bowling. The specialty about that Six was, it was a no-look six from Washington Sundar over mid-on and he was so confident that he didn’t even bother to see if he has cleared the ropes or not.
The shot stunned Lyon as well as the crowd. Soon after, Sundar’s superb innings had come to an end. He looked to guide the short ball bowled by Mitchell Stac towards gully. but got the thick edge. During his 62 runs inning, he owns a unique record for the highest score by a No. 7 Test debutant in Australia. He also became the second Indian player to scored a fifty-plus and take more than three wickets in Debut Test Match.
Summary of Day 3
India resumed Day three at 62 for 2 and trailing by 307 runs. Most of the Indian batsmen got starts but couldn’t convert them into big ones. Mayank Agarwal looked good. But got out by playing a bad shot. Rishabh Pant also disappointed everyone with his shot selection. At 186 for 6, the match was decisively turning towards Australia, but the 123-run seventh-wicket stand between Sundar and Thakur had ensured that the visitors are right back in it.
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The last four partnerships of the Indian inning added an impressive 150 runs. India bowled out for 336 in the first inning cutting down Australia’s led to only 33 runs. Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood had picked five-wicket in 1st Inning. Australian openers David Warner (20) and Marcus Harris (1) survived a tricky period against the new ball before the Day’s play end. Australia is on 21/0 and extending their lead to 54 runs. India needs to draw or win the Test match if they want to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The series is set for a thrilling finale. (source)