India's Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja go for scans after hits while batting
Jan 09 2021
India'sRavindra Jadeja (L) holds his hand after he was hit by the ball on the third day of the third cricket Test match between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on Saturday.
Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara of India during day three of the third test. The pair of Marnus Labuschange (91: 196b, 11x4) and Steve Smith added 100 runs for the third wicket.
A bad day for India was made worse as wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were both taken for scans after being hit by bouncers bowled by Cummins and Mitchell Starc.
Pant took a nasty blow to the elbow in Sydney on his way to a breezy 36 in India's first innings and needed extensive on-field treatment.
But early wickets turned the tide as Rahane chopped onto his stumps and Hanuma Vihari was brilliantly run out by Josh Hazlewood. He also forced Matthew Wade to commit an error before Jasprit Bumrah struck immediately with the new ball to remove Cameron Green, who was left exposed to the new ball by Wade. Australia slipped from 206 for two to 278 for seven. Smith remained steadfast as he reached his 27th Test hundred to finish on 131 off 226 balls with 16 boundaries. The former captain was far more effusive in his celebration than usual reflecting the relief at having scored his first century in 15 innings spanning four series. It was also Smith's first century in Australia since December 2017 in a drawn test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Nathan Lyon was also out for a duck, trapped by Jadeja to reduce the hosts to 315-9. While he is receiving treatment for injury, Pant should bat on day five in India's second innings. As per a report in Cricbuzz the incident took place over the second and third day of the match.