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15.31: Rain check
India is now showing definite signs of aggression. It will only take the game deeper and, you’d think they’d be pretty comfortable doing so long as Pujara is on the other end; he had been to stone today, beaten three times on the helmet, in his knuckles, and several times on the body. But, as usual, he remains a convincing figure in the batting lineup.
Shubman Gill failed to make it to the hundred girls, but he set a template at the other end, which Ajinkya Rahane also wanted to follow. But Pat Cummins continued to pull things back for Australia, and he did it again towards the end of the session. Running against him seems like a distant dream at this point – but others have been vulnerable, especially Mitchell Starc so far. On to the final session now of an excellent series. India needs 145 of 37 overs, Australia needs 7 wickets.
1.56pm: No shots offered?
Here is Sidharth Monga on two lbw appeals against Pujara where it is assumed he didn’t offer a shot:
“Two very interesting reviews against Pujara today when he was adjudged not to hit. None of the replays showed enough balls hitting the stump or that there would be major controversy because, simply put, Pujara played both balls. Under LBW’s law You are playing or not playing if you are “not really trying to play the ball with the bat.”
Now there are times when the batsmen jump out of the fold and pretend to shoot, hiding the bat behind the pad, but on both occasions the Pujara bat is next to the pad and not behind the pad when the ball hits the pad. . These were two extremely harsh summons, and seemed to have set a precedent, one that would cast doubt in Pujara’s mind whenever he stepped out of his frown.
At the time of this writing, Pujara has faced 853 balls in this series. Another 25 balls, and he will get second entry in the top 10 balls faced by the guest batsman in a series in Australia where he only played four Tests. “
1.30pm: Chasing, active?
12.03 noon: Lunch
There is life in this contest now! Australia has been shorter over the past half an hour, and as has happened in the last few halves, the pitch has responded with slams. This coincides with the rising sun and dries up the humidity a bit overnight, so Australians will feel a little better over lunch.
And that was because India had struggled incredibly in the first session. They lost Rohit early on but they scored goals from one side and trademark fouls on the other from Gill and Pujara. With a little help for the bowlers from the start, Gill glided over the line for his run, and in the face of bad short bowling, Pujara had worn some on his body and was hit on the helmet twice without showing any sign of losing his. shape. The pair had secured India into the break with nine goals in hand and 62 overs to play for.
11.43am: Lyon rounds the net
11:20 am: Growing up
It’s been a series of great debuts on both sides. Cameron Green and Mohammed Siraj ended quite well yesterday performing their key skills. Today, Gill has reminded us for the last time in the series that he is here and ready for the cricket test. He’s got the whole series set, has the desire to attack whenever possible, and on this final day in his keen pursuit, he’s given you the start you need from an opener. Fifty solid.
So far none. Perhaps one of the Starcs had kicked around the net aiming for the gaps. But in general, the bounce is consistent today. Maybe it has something to do with fuller Australia, and maybe the humidity below helps too. To a lesser extent, the roller definitely has an effect. But so far nothing has frightened India.
These are all stops in this game filtered for bowled, lbw and catch. A little warning that it also includes the wickets of the spinners. But even taking that into account, the story is clear – it’s the fuller balls that do the most damage. We are likely to see more buying for relatively shorter lengths today, given the gap and all, but Cummins took advantage of it perfectly this morning. Pin back the batsmen, have them watch a few kicks at them, and you can find the right distance.
9.37am: On this day
Thirteen years ago, Irfan Pathan was chosen as Man of the Match when India beat Australia in Perth. Things aren’t quite on par now, but this is the kind of thing that will satisfy any upbeat Indian fan. H / T to Gaurav Sundararaman for seeing this.
We are heading to the final day of this sensational series with the opportunity for many dramas. India needs 324 to win the series, Australia needs 10 goals. On both paths they are grim predictions, but only one team really NEEDS to win. And that’s Australia. The draw doesn’t hurt India too much in terms of WTC prospects – given they have a big home series to come – and they will keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. For Australia, it is not that simple in either of these areas. But maybe one thing they have for them is that it is much easier to force a result with the ball than it is with the hitter on this pitch and in these conditions. This is the part with all WTC scenario for both teams.
And here are a few info about the weather forecast for today. We are scheduled for 98 overs on paper.
Varun Shetty is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo