After returning openers Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, Australia pounded India 6-253 for tea in the fourth Test of the series.
Tim Payne’s team is stuck in a race against the clock in Brisbane, where they need to win the series final to recover the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Wet weather, which washed out Saturday’s final session and disrupted it between four and five days, added another urgent task to the scene.
In Sunday’s lunch break, India trailed by 208 in their first innings, with Mayank Agarwal (36 not out) and Habshav Pant (four not out) at the crease.
Pujara and Rahane are the two best batsmen in India, but the only tourists who were able to play both the first and last Test of the injury series were the main scallops again.
And, again, both batsmen provided stubborn resistance.
Pujara resumed eight matches, with his team 2-622, and discussed the opening mantra of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc with minimal disturbance.
Josh Hazlewood, however, acted in an impressive fashion to Pujara during his second over, culminating in a great delivery that kissed the outside edge and set off for wicketkeeper Pine.
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In the first match of the day, Stark had two balls between Rahani’s alley and the third slip.
This was the third lucky time when Starc came back to attack, only Matthew Wade moved away from the third slip and was able to catch the catch very easily to remove the Indian captain by 3 captain runs.
Ricky Ponting told Seven, “Great bowling, brilliant captaincy.”
Agarwal hit a six off Nathan Lyon to ease the pressure on Australia, cutting off a hand injury as one of four forceful changes.
Hazlewood then hit again, claiming the scalp of Agarwal, who grabbed the two for 38 in Smith’s hand.
Payne has already burned a review, with Agarwal choosing to mention Cummins ’catch-up scream when he was 12 years old.
Replays show that the ball clearly came from the batsman’s thigh.
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