Ind vs Aus 4th Test, Day 3: Thakur and Sundar punish Australia, keep India’s hope to retain Border-Gavaskar trophy alive

Ind vs Aus 4th Test, Day 3: An absorbing day of cricket between India and Australia for the fourth Test at Gabba in Brisbane came to an end. The star of day 3 were Test rookies Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar who with their 123-run stand for the seventh-wicket ensured India’s hoped for retaining Border-Gavaskar Trophy alive.

Washington (62) and Thakur (67) added 123 runs for the seventh wicket after India lost four wickets. They mixed caution with aggression and both batsmen were up to the task of capitalising on the loose balls. Sundar and Shardul also faced seven overs with the second new ball, and both batsmen have remained unfazed.

Their performance at Gabba has garnered praise from all over including by Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The father of a newborn lauded both Thakur and Sundar for their class against fierce Australian bowling attack.

Taking to Twitter Kohli wrote, “Outstanding application and belief by Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur. This is what test cricket is all about. Washy top composure on debut and tula parat maanla re Thakur!” Sundar and Shardul Thakur registered their half-centuries on day three of the ongoing fourth Test against Australia. Both batsmen also registered the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India at the Gabba.

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The duo’s partnership was finally broken by Pat Cummins as he dismissed Shardul (67). They broke the record of Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar for the highest seventh-wicket stand. Dev and Prabhakar had stitched together a partnership of 58 runs in 1991, and 20-years later, finally the record has been broken.

Ind vs Aus 4th Test, Day 3: India’s hope still alive but Australia has an upper hand

Australia bowled out India for 336 with Josh Hazlewood bagging a fifer. They now have a 54 run lead. A couple of hours of David Warner in the middle and this lead could gallop at a good rate. That’s exactly what Australia would want, what with the not so great weather forecast being predicted.

Three days of punches and counter-punches, fans are all set for a thrilling finish. India will bat last and wouldn’t want to be chasing anything more than 250, especially with the cracks beginning to open up. It’s anyone’s game at the moment, the weather could still have the final say, but the Border-Gavaskar trophy is set for a thrilling finale.

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Brief Scores:

Australia 1st innings: 369 and 21 for no loss in 6 overs.

India 1st innings: 336 all out in 111.4 overs. (S Thakur 67, W Sundar 62, R Sharma 44; J Hazlewood 5/57, M Starc 2/88).