Australia have taken the driver’s seat in the ongoing fourth Test against India at the Gabba on day 3. Cameron Green took a sharp catch at the gully to dismiss the dangerous-looking Rishabh Pant as Josh Hazlewood struck twice after the lunch break to help the host peg back in the game.
Meanwhile, coming after the break, Mayank Agarwal, who looked solid until then, chased a wide delivery to get out only in the second delivery. The break might have caused a lapse in his concentration and Mayank went back shaking his head after a well-made knock of 38 runs.
Since then, debutant Washington Sundar and Rishabh Pant looked at ease middling the ball to keep the scoreboard ticking with ones and twos while the odd boundaries came by. Just when India looked to build a strong partnership a brilliant catch from Cameron Green put Australia on top.
Cameron Green takes a sharp catch in gully
A sharp reflex catch at gully and the dangerous Pant had to walk back resulting in massive jubilation in the Aussie ranks as they have sliced through India’s middle-order now. It was short of a length delivery from Josh Hazlewood and well wide of off. Rishabh Pant was looking to help it on its way, the idea was right, but the execution wasn’t right.
He flapped it straight to gully where Cameron Green was quick to bend down low and hang on to a sharp overhead chance. This is the first time after 10 innings Pant failed to cross the 25-run mark against Australia as he was dismissed for 23 runs. The lead is still 183 and we’re now into India’s lower order.
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Cameron Green said he's never been a gully fielder … well, he's not getting out of there any time soon!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 17, 2021
Meanwhile, in the first session, India scored 99 runs losing the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara and skipper Ajinkya Rahane. Pujara and Rahane started off the day by mixing caution with aggression. Brisk running between the wickets in fetching those sharp singles, those handy punches, and drives, it was all hunky-dory.
Then came the blow when Hazlewood produced a gem to find the outside edge of Pujara’s willow. Starc’s new spell was impactful too with the seamer making Rahane fall into the trap.