Australia pacers put India on backfoot in third Test

Indian coach Ravi Shastri created controversy on the eve of the third Test by refusing to wear a mask

While he was en route to scoring a hundred, India's stand-in captain Rahane set the trap and it worked quite perfectly as Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Labuschagne at the right time.

It was then left to Ravindra Jadeja (28), who had to throw his bat around to bring the lead down to less than 100 runs, but that is of little comfort considering that India would now have to bat fourth to save the match. There wasn't any partnership building between the players as the hosts were skittled out for 338.

India's openers negotiated a tricky nine overs before tea to be 26 without loss, and they put on another 44 before Hazlewood struck, removing Sharma.

Marnus Labuschagne was fielding at short-leg when he initiated the conversation with Gill. During the overs, Marnus asked Gill: "Favourite player? Who is your favourite player?". Gill, not to be drawn into the banter, replied plaintively: "I'll tell you after the match".

Third umpire Bruce Oxenford also said there was a "flat line" when the ball passes the bat on Snicko, meaning there was enough evidence to overturn the on-field decision.

India are without their best batsman in Virat Kohli but the arrival of Rohit Sharma has added some stability to India's top order. And that's how the conversation went on between the two.

301 - Josh Hazlewood completed 300 wickets in worldwide cricket when he got the better of Rohit Sharma on Friday.

Josh Hazlewood (1-23) made the breakthrough, taking a return catch to dismiss Rohit for 26, but Gill - who looked strong off the back foot - progressed to his first 50 in Test cricket. The fast bowler kept the opener in check by bowling too many dot balls.

Steven Smith tried to stretch the first innings score for his team by farming the strike with Josh Hazlewood at the other end.

Smith, who averages more than 61, failed to reach double figures in the first two Tests but roared back to life on his home ground, reaching his ton off 201 balls. Rohit is also just the 2nd player to hit 100 global sixes against an opponent after Chris Gayle (130 sixes vs England). Pujara copped a blow on his shoulder, but resiliently carried on to get to his half-century - his slowest in Test cricket off 174 balls amidst a fifty-run stand with Pant.



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