Like the first innings, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma’s pair shined with the bat and gave India a solid start in their chase of 407 runs on Day 4 of the ongoing third Test against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
The duo added 70-runs for the opening wicket before Josh Hazlewood provided the first breakthrough after dismissing Gill for 31 in the 23rd over. On the other hand, Rohit kept scoring runs and reached his 11th half-century in the longest format.
However, three over before stumps, Pat Cummins removed Rohit when the Indian batsman tried to play the aggressive pull shot.
At stumps, India have scored 98/2 with Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane are unbeaten on 9 and 4 runs respectively.
Earlier, Australia declared their second innings at 312/6, giving hosts a target of 407 runs to win the SCG Test. Marnus Labuschagne scored 73 off 118 balls for the hosts while the centurion in the first innings Steve Smith smashed 81 from 167 deliveries.
All-rounder Cameron Green ended the innings being the highest scorer. He scored 84 runs off 132 balls with eight fours and four sixes. Aussie skipper Tim Paine remained unbeaten on 39 before Australia came up with the declaration.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Rohan Gavaskar (@rohangava9) January 10, 2021
Love this situation. As a batsmen you need to value your wicket without comprising on your positive intent and allow the bowlers to dictate terms. Interesting 5th day looms. #AUSIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 10, 2021
Both the openers played well again…but failed to get going after getting a good start…now both back in the dressing the real challenge begins #AUSvIND
— Samip Rajguru (@samiprajguru) January 10, 2021
Well played @ImRo45 14 day hard quarantine, no tour game and yet. Class and mental strength. Need to carry on for India.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 10, 2021
Subcontinent teams' opening pairs with 50+ stands in both innings of a Test in Australia:
Abid Ali & Farokh Engineer – for India at SCG in 1968
C Hathurusingha & S Jayasuriya- for Sri Lanka at Adelaide in 1996
Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill – for India at SCG in 2021 #AUSvIND
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 10, 2021
One Day left in SCG:
– India need 309 runs.
– Australia need 8 wickets.
– Rohit and Gill got fine starts but couldn't make it big, Cummins and Hazlewood have been brilliant as always.
A thrilling finish coming tomorrow from 4.30 am IST.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 10, 2021
Two 50+ opening partnerships in two innings. Gill Aur Rohit ki Jodi Hit 👏👏 #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 10, 2021
Rohit Sharma giving away wicket after starts. pic.twitter.com/TYE58el4X7
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) January 10, 2021
Stumps on Day 4 of the 3rd Test.
A big final day coming tomorrow. India need 309 runs to win.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 10, 2021
In international cricket,
Most sixes in Australia:-
50* – ROHIT SHARMA
45 – Viv Richards
35 – Chris Gayle
Most sixes by Indian cricketers in an overseas country:-
50* – ROHIT SHARMA in AUS
36 – Rohit Sharma in ENG
35 – Sourav Ganguly in SA#AUSvIND
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 10, 2021
That Rohit cover drive was made out of silk. #AUSvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) January 10, 2021
Not the same when the premier Australian spinner doesn’t have a random chat before bowling the final ball of the day #AusvINd
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) January 10, 2021
Oh dear Vihari sitter @NorthStandGang
— Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (@LaxmanSivarama1) January 9, 2021
India 98-2 at the end of day's play.
Great effort, considering the fact we had to face Australia's probing 6-man bowling attack throughout the session.
Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Paul Reiffel & Paul Wilson.
— Srini Mama (@SriniMaama16) January 10, 2021
Cameron Green's maiden half century. Sealing the deal with a boundary. How good! He got so close in the second innings of the second Test at 45. Some young superstars in the ranks at Australia. 🇦🇺🇮🇳#AUSvIND
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) January 10, 2021
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 10, 2021
First Test fifty for Rohit Sharma as opener away from home #AUSvIND
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 10, 2021
Good to see the fight from India. Now to wake up early on a Monday morning to see if they can stretch this beyond breakfast time. Australia very much primed for 2-1, make no mistake.
— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) January 10, 2021
— Amol Karhadkar (@karhacter) January 10, 2021
The wicket of Rohit Sharma increased Australia's chances of victory from 78% to 90%. #AUSvIND
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) January 10, 2021
Cameron Green silencing any lingering doubters here. What a phenomenal talent he is.#AUSvIND
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) January 10, 2021
Pat Cummins. That's the tweet.
— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) January 10, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 10, 2021