Aus vs Ind: Gabba Test day two cut short due to rain
Jan 17 2021
Rohit was elegant as ever in his 44 off 74 balls before Nathan Lyon in his 100th Test enticed him to come down the track but the half-chip-half-loft was safely pouched by Mitchell Starc in the deep.
Earlier in the day, the overnight pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane looked positive running quick singles with the latter also getting lucky on a couple of occasions.
Agarwal slashed at a wide delivery from Cummins' second ball after the resumption to fall for 38, caught at second slip by Steve Smith. Another delightful stroke was an off-drive off Cameron Green as 49 runs were added for the second wicket.
Pujara, at the other end was playing his usual "grinding out" game but it didn't look too arduous till Rohit kept the scoreboard ticking at the other end.
Mayank Agarwal also comes back into the side but as a middle-order batsman. At the tea break, India's score read 253/6.
The tourists only need to draw the Test to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, two years after their breakthrough 2-1 series win in Australia in 2018/19.
Rain interrupted play on the third day and play was abandoned at the Brisbane on Saturday with India still trailing by 307 runs with eight wickets in hand.
Both these batsmen will be key for India going into the afternoon session, given they have Washington Sundar in next.
For an attack as thin on experience as India, the effort in adverse times can only be commended.
Australian openers Marcus Harris and David Warner survived six testing overs as Australia finished the third day on 21 without loss, a lead of 54 runs with all 10 second innings wickets intact.
Australia started day two on 274-5 after a dazzling ton from Marnus Labuschagne, with Cameron Green and Tim Paine hoping to push on.
Nathan Lyon was in the thick of action in his 100th test, dismissing risky India opener Rohit Sharma in his third over on Saturday after playing a late cameo with the bat for Australia.
With the partnership broken, Green probably lost his concentration as he played for the turn to an angle delivery from Sundar which straightened after pitching and breached through his defences.
India's injury-depleted attack did exceptionally well to dismiss Australia by lunch on the second day, with Thangarasu Natarajan (3-78) and Washington Sundar (3-89) each taking three wickets on debut and Shardul Thakur returning 3-94.
Lyon struck 24 from his 22 balls and Josh Hazlewood notched up a couple of boundaries before he was last man out for 11.