Day Four – India on Top Down Under

By Dhanu Delphi on January 6, 2019

The Test series between India and Australia currently stands at 2 – 1 in India’s favor. Since India is one point up in the four-match Test series, the team only needs a draw to win. India already retains the Border-Gavaskar trophy, even if Australia somehow manages to win this match.

Third Test Progress

In the third Test, India declared at a massive total of 622/7. The team also forced a follow-on for Australia for the first time at home in 31 years. The follow-on took place after India saw a 322-run lead. The fourth day of the Test was almost a write-off with bad light and rain restricting play.

By the end of the day, Australia had 300 all out in the first innings, and 6/0 in the second. The team still trailed India’s declared total by 316 runs.

Australia has not managed one century so far in this Test series. Before declaring, India’s performance showed outstanding batting skills from a number of players.

Mayank Agarwal opened with 77 runs, and although KL Rahul managed only nine runs, Cheteshwar Pujara made a whopping 193. Virat Kohli made just 23 runs, and Ajinkya Rahane made only 18 runs. Next up was Hanuma Vihari with 42 runs. This was followed by Rishabh Pant’s 159 runs, not out, and then Ravindra Jadeja’s 81 runs.

Australian Batsman Comments

Peter Handscomb, the Australian batsman, commented on India’s top bowlers Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.

He said: “Obviously both are world class bowlers in their own right. Bumrah coming in can crank it up to 150km/h and is always pretty tough with his accuracy. He has not missed his mark too much. He has been able to swing it both ways, which is quite impressive with that action.”

Handscomb noted that Kuldeep has honed his skills, and now has greater consistency since he has played more international cricket.