93rd over: India 207-7 (Jadeja 1, Saini 1) Replays of that run out do not reflect well on Ashwin. That was textbook how not to back-up. Ball-watching, not trusting his partner’s call, slow to run, no dive, no attempt to cross the line of the throw. Awful cubed. Quite how India have conspired for two run outs in a match where they’ve barely scored above two rpo is quite the accomplishment.
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After the run out of Ashwin:
WICKET! Ashwin run out (Cummins) 10 (India 206-7)
Sheesh, calamity for India. What on earth are they doing? Cameron Green is called into the attack and from his second ball Jadeja dabs into the offside and sets off for a sharp – but gettable single. Ashwin is awfully slow out of the blocks and looks like he’s running in slow motion, like one of those post-cheese night terrors. Cummins is alert at mid-off and his throw is right over the bails to allow Labuschagne to complete a gift of a wicket. Australia are suddenly in a dominant position.
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92nd over: India 206-6 (Jadeja 1, Ashwin 10) Nathan Lyon gets an early look at the second new ball. He could cause mayhem with the harder Kookaburra on a surface that is noticeably deteriorating. Ashwin watches the first ball of the over misbehave outside off stump so he charges ball two, meets it on the half-volley, and drives through mid-off for four. The rest of the over is cat-and-mouse with Lyon alternating between straighter overspinning deliveries and slower tempters outside off, inviting further attacking strokes.
91st over: India 202-6 (Jadeja 1, Ashwin 6) Pat Cummins continues around the wicket to Jadeja, mixing up a full length targeting the pads and short balls targeting the Indian left-handers magnificent mane. A maiden ensures. Cummins has figures of 3/29 from 21 overs. Bloody hero.
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90th over: India 202-6 (Jadeja 1, Ashwin 6) Jadeja off the mark as Starc fumbles a straight drive. Hazlewood gets five balls at Ashwin, who hasn’t done much with the bat this series and whose batting has fallen away from his good early years. Gets away nicely here though, striding forward and driving four through cover. A touch overpitched. Next ball is shorter but stays low, and Ashwin has to jab down at it to protect his pads. He does better than that next ball, picking off two runs from a similar line. Drinks break.
India are 136 runs behind. Quite the half day it’s been. That’s the end of my part in it, I shall take my leave and I shall leave you with the excellent Jonathan Pavlova Howcroft.
89th over: India 195-6 (Jadeja 0, Ashwin 0) Suddenly the match has changed. India were building, but now they’re 143 behind with the two bowling all-rounders at the crease both on nought. Australia well on top here, looking for a big lead. Cummins nearly draws a nick from Ashwin second ball, he has 3 for 29 from 20 overs.
WICKET! Pujara c Paine b Cummins 50, India 195-6
He won’t get that chance! Caught behind, and Pat Cummins might have hit that spot on the pitch that has made the ball misbehave. Pujara is shaping to defend on the crease but the ball explodes off the surface, and rather than hitting halfway up the bat it hits up above the shoulder of it, almost shoulder of the bat plus glove, through to the wicketkeeper. The rock has been eroded by the endless waves. India in strife!
Pat Cummins, too good. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
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Fifty! Pujara 50 from 174 balls
88th over: India 195-5 (Pujara 50, Jadeja 0) A simple on-drive for one brings up he half-century for Pujara, his slowest in Test cricket. Then the wicket falls. Jadeja gets a length ball from Hazlewood that he leaves, then the two of them engage in a pantomime staring contest. The over comes to an end. Pujara has defended fiercely, has been impressive, but does need to start increasing the scoring rate a bit.
WICKET! Pant c Warner b Hazlewood 36, India 195-5
That felt like it was imminent. Pant has been rattled by his injury and was likely to try to score quickly, and with Hazlewood coming around the wicket and bowling a good length, Pant tries a big off-drive. Hazlewood with some movement, takes the outside edge to first slip. Straightforward.
India still 143 behind, so a huge job for Jadeja and Pujara.
David Warner celebrates a vital dismissal. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
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87th over: India 193-4 (Pujara 49, Pant 35) Now it’s Pujara being hit! There’s enough zing in this pitch, the way the batsmen are playing it seems that the bounce is inconsistent. Cummins bangs it in and hits him on the upper arm, luckily for him on the fleshier part so he doesn’t have the same problem as Pant. I did notice earlier that Pujara wears the arm guard and Pant doesn’t, and I do wonder why any batsman wouldn’t when you see how often forearm injuries derail a player’s day. Pujara is ok, and once he’s settled he reaches out to guide a ball to the third man boundary for four.
86th over: India 189-4 (Pujara 45, Pant 35) Hazlewood bowling to Pant, who unsurprisingly has a whoosh outside off stump first ball. Even less surprisingly, gets a couple of short balls. Decides to evade them and just last the over out. He makes it, and faces a maiden.
85th over: India 189-4 (Pujara 45, Pant 35) Rishabh Pant is hit! And hurt. Pat Cummins is the one who broke Shaun Marsh’s arm in the nets during the World Cup, and who broke Mohammed Shami’s arm in Adelaide recently, and he might have done for Rishabh here. Cummins around the wicket, attacking the stumps, then nearly drawing a play and miss. But from the fifth ball he comes in short at Rishabh, chest high, and the batsman tries to pull but gets through the shot early. It hits his left elbow on the bone and he’s in real pain. Down on his knees, testing out his arm. Flinching as the physio touches it.
He looks in real pain, and he’s trying to tough it out. Gets some bandaging on there, there’s a big swelling like we’ve seen from Jimmy Neesham or Brendon McCullum before, from memory. After a very long delay, as the umpires give a hurry-up, Pant comes back to the crease. He doesn’t look convinced but he’s going to try, after taking some pills and pouring water down his neck, over his head, down his gullet, trying to compose himself. Breathing deep. He takes his time to mark his guard, get set.
Here’s Cummins, one ball left to come, and Pant hooks him fiercely! Looked like four, but Pucovski does well on the boundary to save, and Pant has only run a single so he’ll also keep the strike. Not what he wants, perhaps, as he shook his arm in pain after playing that shot.
Rishabh Pant was in a lot of pain after being struck by Pat Cummins. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
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84th over: India 188-4 (Pujara 45, Pant 34) A single for Pant, then Pujara starts blocking again. He does tend to bat very long and slowly and then increase his scoring pace later in the innings, which could yet happen here. But as of this stage, he’s never made an innings worth this many runs that was slower than this one. His strike rate is 26.94. He does have 29 slower Test innings but they’re mostly low scores.
83rd over: India 187-4 (Pujara 45, Pant 33) Starc to Pujara, who is looking to score through point but directs the push to gully instead. Goes under a bouncer. Getting pretty quick is Starc, and Pujara sees out another maiden.
82nd over: India 187-4 (Pujara 45, Pant 33) Hazlewood the new-ball partner, and even when Rishabh isn’t trying to score runs he can’t help it. Leaves the bat hanging out and then instinctively nudges at a length ball outside off, the bat held almost in his backlift, but running the ball off the full face into the ground, into the gap between slip and gully, who are both in attendance.
81st over: India 183-4 (Pujara 45, Pant 29) New ball immediately, and it will be Starc to get first use rather than one of the other two quicks. Paine wanting him to swing one into the right-hander, or get some extra bounce with a short one. But mostly it’ll be pitched up, you’d assume. Good yorker first ball! Swinging in, but Pujara is waiting for that, equal to it, glancing it off his toe and away through backward square for two. Short leg, leg gully, midwicket, fine leg all in place. Two slips and a gully, cover, mid off. Pujara leaves one angled across outside off, leaves another swinging down leg.
80th over: India 181-4 (Pujara 43, Pant 29) Lyon with the first over after lunch, nothing doing, Pujara kicking away the line well outside off stump, then working a shorter one square on the leg side for a run to end the over.
Lunch – India 180 for 4
They’re 158 runs behind, with a well set batting pair and then Jadeja and Ashwin’s batting to come. Will that be enough to reach parity? So much riding on exactly that. Batting last will be difficult, so India can’t expect to chase anything substantial. The Australians really kept the pressure on through much of that session, but Pant got things moving late in the way that he does. Call him the prunes of the Indian team. They made 84 in the session, but without him it was 55. Two wickets gone, those of Rahane and Vihari, but Che Pujara has been rock-solid, even as Lyon has posed questions. The new ball will arrive one over after lunch, and that’s been the time in this match when bowlers have looked most dangerous. I suspect we’ll see Cummins and Hazlewood take it. On we go in half an hour.
79th over: India 180-4 (Pujara 42, Pant 29) Green with the last over before lunch, and it’s a decent one, testing out Pant with the short ball a couple of times. The batsman keeps his powder dry through these final six deliveries, and reaches the break intact.
78th over: India 180-4 (Pujara 42, Pant 29) Three singles worked around from the Labuschagne over, no dramas. Pant equals his score from Melbourne. He’s brought the gap down to 158 runs. A long way to go but it’s a useful start.
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77th over: India 177-4 (Pujara 41, Pant 27) Cameron Green gets a bowl now. The all-rounder has waited 76 overs for this, and has been asked to bowl with a ball of loosely taped-together sponge. He gets a good appeal in after hitting Rishabh on the pad, but that pitched well outside leg. A decent bouncer follows and Pant descends. He knocks a single to mid-on from the sixth ball.
76th over: India 176-4 (Pujara 41, Pant 26) Labuschagne comes around the wicket to the left-hander, and this is proper part-time leggie stuff. First ball, half-tracker that Pant smashes into the ground and into Wade’s shoulder at short leg. Second ball, high full toss that Pant slides through midwicket for a run. Pujara is proactive immediately, advancing at Labuschagne and trying to drive through cover along the ground, but it’s half stopped and kept to a single. Pant scores one more to deep mid. Pujara leaves a couple, and there’s big turn for Marnus. The first turns past Paine’s gloves and it takes Smith diving across from slip to stop it. “You’re welcome, Tim,” he says through the stump mic as he gets up.
75th over: India 173-4 (Pujara 40, Pant 24) Schmack! Pant’s off. Starc is wearing a headband and bowling short but Pant just rocks back and flays him over backward point! Four runs in quick time. He dodges the next couple of bouncers, then jabs a ball off his hip just square of Wade at short leg, who is getting very frustrated at the number of times a catch has eluded him.
74th over: India 168-4 (Pujara 40, Pant 19) Seven overs to the new ball, and Paine brings Marnus Labuschagne into the attack. He very nearly gets a wicket first ball with a filthy half-tracker down the leg side. Pant swishes across the line at it, and it’s extremely close to the underside of the glove. Umpire Wilson says not out, Paine is utterly convinced. Refers it, and the Australians are celebrating when they see the close-up replay that looks very much like the ball has brushed glove. But there’s no deflection, and no Hot Spot, and no movement on the sound graph. Pant has missed it by a millimetre.
He celebrates by dismissively swatting Labuschagne through square leg for four. Down on one knee. Then knocks a single. Pujara plays a big cover drive to close the over, but straight to the field.
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73rd over: India 163-4 (Pujara 40, Pant 14) Starc to Pant, who drives square the first ball of the over. Splits the field for two runs, then knocks a shorter ball away towards fine leg for one. Pujara tries to dodge a similar ball and deflects it off the elbow part of his arm guard for a leg bye. Then Pant forearms a short ball over the top of Paine! It’s given as a run, the umpire says it was off glove, and the Australians were excited, but the replay looks like it missed his glove. So had it been caught he could have referred and overturned it. Probably.
72nd over: India 158-4 (Pujara 40, Pant 10) Lyon loses his accuracy in this over. Floats one very wide to Pant that the batsman leaves. Then one a bit short that lets Pant cut a single, and now width to the right-hander and Pujara forces square for four! Cracks that with an almost straight bat, top shot between point and cover. El Che moves on to 40 from 133 balls.
71st over: India 153-4 (Pujara 36, Pant 9) Starc to Pujara, and this one’s a maiden. Making him play most of the time, but Pujara just wants to stay.
The deficit is 185 runs.
70th over: India 153-4 (Pujara 36, Pant 9) Well then. Pujara has managed to get one of his close catchers removed – the leg slip is gone. He pushes Lyon through point for a single. The field for Pant is just a slip and a short leg, with more off-side protection: cover, point, backward point. Doesn’t matter, Pant cuts for four! Good shot, waited back, cuts finer of the backward point. Then pushes a single to the right of cover, and Pujara follows by using his feet again to whip a run square of mid-on. That’s seven from the Lyon over, well worked, and Pujara against Lyon has been good recently. Pant has 9 runs from 9 balls. This is absorbing Test cricket.
69th over: India 146-4 (Pujara 34, Pant 4) Starc is back to replace Hazlewood. The keeper-batsman is off the mark quickly, opening the face to guide two runs to third man. Left-hander v left-armer. Tries to repeat the dose but it’s stopped at gully. Pant drives to mid-off, stopped, then he plays a forcing shot through point to finish the over with two more. The runs coming as soon as he arrives, and that’s the benefit Pant can bring. If he can stick around, he’ll help bring down the gap between the scores expeditiously.
68th over: India 142-4 (Pujara 34, Pant 0) Goodness me, what a waste of a wicket. But then, taking on a fielder in that position wouldn’t have seemed too risky. Rishabh Pant comes to the middle. Dropped a couple of catches, can he balance that out with important runs?
India’s deficit is 196.
WICKET! Vihari run out 4, India 142-4
Whaaaaat is that? Self-destruction from India, brilliance from Hazlewood! Lyon is bowling to Vihari after Pujara turned over the strike. Vihari tries to do the same. Pushes towards mid-on where the big fast bowler is fielding and has no hesitation taking him on. Tim Paine behind the stumps shouts “Hoff, keeper!” Hazlewood ignores him, picks up in one motion, throws across his body falling forward, and nails the stumps at the bowler’s end. We saw Cummins do it to Pujara in Adelaide in 2018, and now Hazlewood to Pujara’s partner this time around. This wasn’t as athletic a take and dive, and he had more stumps to aim at, but it was still a fine piece of fielding.
Hanuma Vihari missed his opportunity to cement his place in India’s side. Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
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67th over: India 141-3 (Pujara 33, Vihari 4) A maiden from Hazlewood to Vihari.
66th over: India 141-3 (Pujara 33, Vihari 4) Lyon bowling and Vihari is able to get on the back foot for the most part, then comes forward to knock a run towards mid-off. Lyon is trying to force the batsmen to play everything to the leg side, where his field is set. Pujara is equal to it for now, using his feet again and whipping two runs through the leg. He tries to repeat the dose but finds Pucovski at square leg. There’s also a midwicket and a backward square, all quite straight, the three quite close together to block that part of the field.
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