Siraj dismisses Warner, rain stops play (lead-2)

Sydney, 7 January (IANS) The first session of the first day of the third Test match between India and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) started on Thursday, due to rain, only 7.1 overs were possible.

The rain that came with the first ball of the eighth over of the innings forced the players to leave the field. Sydney had been cloudy since morning but the toss was timed and Tim Paine decided to bat first.

Everything was going well but suddenly the rain threatened and stopped the game. The rain stopped many times and came. Once the game was also announced, but the rain again became a hindrance. The game could not begin until lunch.

By the time the game was stopped, Australia had scored 21 runs for one wicket. The hosts have lost the wicket of opener David Warner, batting first after winning the toss.

Mohammad Siraj gave Australia the first blow by catching Warner in the slip on a personal total of five.

Will Pukowski, playing his first Test, is unbeaten on 14 and Marnus Labuschain scoring two runs.

This is the third match of the four-match Test series between the two teams. Both are now 1–1 on par.

While the hosts took the lead in the series by winning by eight wickets in the day-night Test played in Adelaide, India equalized with a stunning victory in Melbourne.

–IANS

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