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Team India left with a difficult target of 407 in the Sydney Test

By Bet Barter

January 11, 2021

Australia took off in the afternoon session of day four and scored at more than 5.50 RPO to bat the Indian team out of the Sydney Test game. Cameron Green and Tim Paine batted brilliantly against India's bowling line-up. The Men in Blue now have to chase 407 runs and have over a day left to try and save the third Test. 

The visitors have made a promising start to the session after Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Steve Smith for the third time in the on-going series. That was the only positive for the visitors. The Indian team missed the presence of Ravindra Jadeja as their 5th bowler in the squad. 

The Australian batting line-up started the second session with a clear idea in mind. In the beginning, Steve Smith came out all guns blazing and scored 24 in the first three overs after lunch.

But his assault had to come to an abrupt end at the hands of Ravichandran Ashwin. The visitors then decided to review after a loud call for LBW was adjudged as not-out. It was a great decision, as the Hawkeye returned three reds and Smith had to leave the crease for 81.

Steve Smith's wicket slowed down Australia's scoring rate once again. Tim Paine began to get his eye in, and on the other end, Cameron Green looked confident. Green kept smashing the foul balls away to the boundary.

Team India's low fielding show continues

Hanuma Vihari dropped a catch in the morning, and it was vice-captain Rohit Sharma's turn next. The fast bowler got Tim Paine to the edge, but the Rohit could not hold onto it. The Australian skipper was batting on 7 of 19 when Rohit left the catch. He, later on, raced to 33 of 39 in no time. 

The Rahane-led side opted against taking the second new ball as they continued to bowl with the softer ball to keep the scoring in check. The side couldn't quite keep the run-rate down. Green soon after brought up his maiden Test fifty to compound India's misery. The all-rounder hit Mohammed Siraj for a couple of huge sixes down the ground.

Tea break was taken immediately taken after Green's dismissal. With thus Australia declared the innings during the break. The hosts now have 130 overs to bowl the Indians out to take a lead of 2-1 in the series. For the men in blue, the task is simple, and they will have to bat till the end of the fifth day.

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