Rahane out, now all hopes from Pujara and Pant

Sydney, 11 January (IANS) The Indian cricket team chased down the target of 407 runs given by Australia in the third Test match released at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) till 206 for 3 at lunch time on Monday for the fifth day.

India still need 201 runs to win while they have 60 overs and seven or u say six wickets left. Indian batsmen have to score runs at the rate of three runs per over while keeping their wickets intact. Now it is up to the Indian players whether they win the match or draw. In both cases, however, it would be a historical situation.

Till lunch, India’s number-3 Cheteshwar Pujara is 41 and wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant is unbeaten on 73 runs. Pujara, playing his nature and style, has hit five fours, facing 147 balls, while Pant, playing his flamboyant nature, has hit 8 fours and 3 sixes in 97 balls. The two have now shared 104 runs for the fourth wicket.

On the fifth day, India lost the wicket of captain Ajinkya Rahane (4). Rahane could not add a single run to his personal total yesterday and was caught by skipper Tim Paine on the back of the wicket off Nathan Lyon for a total of 102. Rahane faced 18 balls.

India had scored 98 for two at the loss of two wickets till the end of the fourth day’s play. Cheteshwar Pujara 9 and captain Ajinkya Rahane returned unbeaten on four runs.

India lost the wickets of their openers – Rohit Sharma (52) and Shubman Gill (31) – in the final session. Rohit was followed by Pat Cummins and Gill was followed by Jose Hazlewood. The duo added 71 runs for the first wicket partnership for India in this series, their biggest partnership so far.

In the four-match series, both teams are 1-1. While Australia had won the day-night Test played in Adelaide by 8 wickets, India had equalized in Melbourne by winning by a similar margin.



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