Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, 3rd Test: These are the records scripted on Day 3
First Published Jan 9, 2021, 1:28 PM IST
India has a task at hand, as it defends the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in a four-Test series, Down Under. The series is presently tied at 1-1, as a win in the ongoing third Test would help India retain the title. However, Australia seems to be in control at the end of Day 3.
India had a mixed day, but not enough luck, as Australia finished on top at stumps on Day 3 of the third Test, for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on Saturday. Australia currently leads by 194 runs, as India looks to unearth success, to retain the title. Meanwhile, we take a look at the records scripted during the day.
Cheteshwar Pujara scripts an unwanted one: Pujara did manage to play a decent knock of 50, but failed to convert it prominently. While it was his 26th half-century in the format, it happened to be his slowest one, as it came off 174 deliveries. His previous slowest was 173, against South Africa, in 2018.
India's tough day with run-outs: A total of five batsmen (Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah) have been run out for India in this series, as it was the first time since 1989-90 that four or more batsmen have been run out similarly in a series. It happened to be against Pakistan, as the victims were Sanjay Manjrekar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Manoj Prabhakar and Sachin Tendulkar. It was also the first time since 2008-09 that three or more batsmen have been run out in a Test innings. The last time happened to be against England, which saw Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh being the victims.
Wriddhiman Saha joins a rare list: Saha managed to don the big gloves despite not being in the playing XI, thanks to the unfortunate injury to Rishabh Pant. Meanwhile, he managed to get rid of Will Pucovski, off Mohammed Siraj's delivery, as he became only the second substitute Indian wicketkeeper to inflict a dismissal. The first one happened to be Dinesh Karthik, against South Africa, in 2017-18, as he had replaced Parthiv Patel.
Ashwin love affair with David Warner scales new height: Off-spinner Ashwin managed to get rid of Warner for mere 13. Notably, it was the 10th time he had dismissed the southpaw in the format, which is also the most Ashwin has dismissed in Tests. England's Alastair Cook remains in second, with nine dismissals against Ashwin. The record for dismissing Warner on most occasions in Tests lies with England's Stuart Broad (12).
Match summary: Winning the toss, Australian skipper Tim Paine elected to bat first, as Australia managed to score 338 by Day 2, with Smith (131) being the top scorer, while Ravindra Jadeja claimed 4/62. In reply, India was bundled out for 244, with Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara scoring 50 each, while Cummins claimed a four-for, as Australia earned a 94-run lead. In the second innings, Australia is going steady, with Marnus Labuschagne unbeaten on 47. Simultaneously, Mohammed Siraj and Ashwin are the only bowlers to have tasted success so far, with a wicket each.
Brief scores: Australia 338 and 103/2 (Labuschagne 47; Siraj 1/20) leads India 244 (Gill 50, Pujara 50; Cummins 4/29) by 197 runs.