Mammoth task awaits Aussie batsmen on day three at the SCG

Mammoth task awaits Aussie batsmen on day three at the SCG

Mammoth task awaits Aussie batsmen on day three at the SCG

Australia end day three on 236/6 and trail India by 386 runs.

Marcus Harris has marched Australia to 122-1 at lunch on day three of the fourth test at the SCG, where India's lead is an imposing 500 runs. It extended Australia's toil as their bowlers sent down 169.4 overs before Kohli cried halt following Jadeja's dismissal. And that after Australia tried their best to throw them off their lengths with constant, sometimes overdone, use of the feet. "It can turn really quickly".

"But you've got to tip your cap to India. I thought they drove it into us pretty well".

During the India's first innings, Cheteshwar Pujara (193), Rishabh Pant (159 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (81) were the stars of the show.

Skipper Virat Kohli finally made a decision to declare the innings with 622 runs on the board with the loss of seven wickets.

"Obviously when you bowl for two days the body gets exhausted, but their body language was really good, they were pushing themselves and trying their level best". India in total control as it is time for tea break on day three of the Test. Australia trail by 424 runs. Instead, he lobbed the ball back into the spinner's hands.

"A great lesson to all batsmen in the series and tests in general", Sri Lankan batting great Kumar Sangakkara tweeted.

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"A great lesson to all batsmen in the series and tests in general", he said.

"(Pujara) showing how trusting your strengths and being unashamedly dogged in technique and concentration brings great rewards".

Also, this was his 2nd Test ton, after his 114 against England at the Oval a year ago. The only way Australia could have come back into the match at the start of the second day was by setting the attacking field and by terminating the Indian first innings to a premature closure.

Jadeja was finally undone by a tired Lyon who could barely muster a celebration as he knocked the stumps over and Kohli called it a day.

He found a capable ally in Hanuma Vihari - shuffled down to the middle order to accommodate Rahul with Rohit Sharma dropping out of the XI - who ended the day with some self-assured strokeplay.

From the moment the coin landed in Kohli's favour, the Test has taken on a predictable tone.

It will require a Herculean effort from the Aussies - who folded twice in two days at the MCG - to first make sure that their team avoids the follow-on before they get down to tackling the bigger task of saving the match.

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