Test Cricket: 2018-19 Domain Test Series: 1st Test between Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Day 3 Review

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After the first two days of hot weather, rain has halted some play here at Adelaide Oval.

Australia resumed on 7-191 with Mitchell Starc & Travis Head returned in the crease.

Unfortunately, their run chase didn’t produce better than expected.

Just before rain stopped play again, Mitchell Starc went deep and early where the ball went short far from off-stump.

When Starc edged straight to Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah got his man on 15 just after Australia reached 200.

It took another while for the rain to let it stop before play resumed at 12.30 PM local time.

As Nathan Lyon came in, not only Lyon backed Head up.

But he too has scored some handy runs on the board including a classic six into the stands.

A spectator may have taken the catch which doesn’t count.

However, a real catch in the field has haunted Australia thanks to Indian Wicket-Keeper, Rishabh Pant.

It’s a bummer for Travis Head to end his innings early on 72 having not taken the strike a lot after the latest rain delay.

Though, Head chose a twisted nothing shot.

He backed away a couple of meters from his guard and let his bat reach out to Pant’s gloves.

It’s not a good way to end Head’s spell like that on his hometown soil of South Australia in Adelaide.

A ball later after Mohammed Shami captured Head, Shami too wiped out Australia’s 1st innings score of 235.

Again, a nothing cut shot with no feet movement at all from Josh Hazlewood.

Hence, Hazlewood took the edge and dismissed by Pant’s gloves the first ball for a duck.

Afternoon Session

KL Rahul & Murali Vijay fired off India’s 3rd innings spell having unbeaten combined on 63.

It may have frustrated the Australian bowlers for a while.

Mitchell Starc provided that breakthrough where it may be a full, short ball.

But Starc pushed on encouraging Vijay to play that shot as it knicked straight to Peter Handscomb at second slip on 18.

Not long later, the short ball continued to work this time Josh Hazlewood captured KL Rahul on 44.

KL Rahul couldn’t escape the cover drive without the full face of the bat having knicked straight to Tim Paine’s gloves.

India concludes 2-86 at tea & lead by 101 runs.

Evening Session

Cheteshwar Pujara & Virat Kohli resumed on 11 & 2 respectively after a 20-minute break.

When Kohli got to nine runs; he became the fourth batsman to score 1,000 runs in Australia behind:

  • Sachin Tendulkar (1,809)
  • VVS Laxman (1, 236)
  • Rahul Dravid (1, 143)

Nathan Lyon may have captured Cheteshwar Pujara for the first time of asking via an LBW.

But Pujara successfully appealed where he went deep and let the ball hit his leg pad.

It’s not in-line or straight as it pitched out wide at 2.98 meters which seemed appropriate.

If it’s 3 meters or more, then the Umpire will have to call it Umpire’s Call regardless if it’s Out or Not Out first.

For Lyon, it pitched a bit too high missing the stumps.

After a while searching without a wicket, Nathan Lyon, at last, captured Virat Kohli on 34.

Kohli committed to the front foot too much where he knicked straight to Aaron Finch at short leg.

Stumps at Day 3: India 3-151

Unfortunately, Australia’s batting performance continued to suffer as it’s nowhere as near unlike what their bowlers did during the 1st innings.

Being too hesitant plus playing nothing shots without the full face of the bat or use of feet conveys laziness in that area.

And it did give their bowlers a lot of pressure when India came to bat again.

Yes, the short ball game initially worked to dismiss the Indian opening pair of KL Rahul & Vijay.

The same goes from Nathan Lyon to get rid of Virat Kohli.

However, at large dizzy & exhausting.

If Australia was to stop this mess, then the batsman must heavily back Tim Paine & the fast bowling cartel plus Lyon to get the job done quickly.

They will be back in the game if India all out under 250.

On the other hand, Should Kohli & Pujara stay on through Lunch tomorrow, India will be well ahead in position to leave Adelaide 1-0.


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