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    India vs Australia Test Series 2020 - Sydney Test

    Thank goodness, the rain kept away! The third Test Down Under has begun in right earnest, with Australia winning the toss and electing to bat first. They have brought in David Warner, but he got out early for just five runs. In our team, Rohit Sharma will be under pressure to make a good score. He replaces Mayank Agarwal, and Navdeep Saini makes his Test debut for the national team. Let us hope that is a good call by the team management and he gives good support to Bumrah, Siraj, Ashwin and Jadeja.

    There's also all the murky controversy in the background about SOPs being breached, about tough quarantine at Brisbane, the venue for the fourth and last match, about Team India possibly refusing to play that Test at all...hope all that does not affect the Team's skills on the field.

    An interesting title that I read in the newspaper was the presence of a lady umpire making history as the first lady to umpire in a Men's Test match but was disappointed to read the report that stated Claire Polosak of Australia would be the fourth umpire. How deceiving a title can be! I had thought Claire would be out there on the field, not behind the scenes doing general supervisory work (she is not even the TV referral umpire).

    Let's hope for a win for Team India!
  • #720016
    Australia was 166 for 2 at the end of the day today. Bowlers did a good job. But the wicketkeeper dropped three catches. If he has taken those catches they might have lost 5 wickets. But they are in a good position and tomorrow is very important for India. Fielding should be good and bowlers should maintain good line and length. Smith is on 31, he should be sent back as early as possible tomorrow morning. If he enters his 40s, it will be very difficult to control. The wicket is supposed to be good for batsmen and it will not offer much to the bowlers.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #720055
    Let's hope Rishabh Pant gets back his focus and takes some Master Classes in wicketkeeping skills! There are always tough catches in a match, but to drop regulation ones is hard on the bowlers. I really wish the team management had stuck to Saha since he may not be contributing with the bat, but behind the stumps, he has good experience and the right technique.

    At the end of the second day, Team India is behind by 242 runs with two wickets gone for a score of 98. Earlier, Australia put a good score on the board, with 338 runs, out of which 131 were off Steve Smith's bat and 91 scored by Marnus Labuschagne. What a performance from those two! Will we have a similar duo doing a good tango? Let's not forget the bowling spell from Jadeja. He leaked the least number of runs and took the most wickets, especially the crucial one of Marnus and halting Smith with a runout. Maybe he will run riot with the bat, too!

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #720058
    Actually the pitch is good for batting this time and Indian bowlers have done a great job by restricting then to 338 but out batting doesn't look that impressive at all. All eyes where with the openers and both have left the ground too early leaving second day with score of 96-2. But still plenty of batting to come. Lets hope for a strong comeback the next day.

  • #720068
    Today the Indian bowlers performed very well. It appeared as if Australia is going to make more than 400 runs. But they restricted them to 338. A good job. Rohit Sarma disappointed all his fans. We expected minimum half-century from him. The other opener made his half-century. The two batsmen in the crease have shown a solid rock defence and spent a lot of time on the crease without making any runs or any errors. They should start tomorrow and see that India will overtake the score of Australia. There are good batsmen and hope. scoring a little higher than what Australia scored may not be very difficult for them. I wish Indian Batsmen all the best tomorrow.
    drrao
    always confident

  • #720150
    Three runouts for Team India - unbelievable! Now we need better coaching to run between the wickets, gauging when there is a run or not and get them to practice running quickly as well. Due to those runouts, we made a not as high as expected score and ended with a score of 244. Though two quick wickets were taken, one thanks to Saha's mastery, Australia seem to be well-set, ahead by 197 runs at the end of today's play. At the crease is the same duo who created havoc in the first innings, Smith and Marnus. Jadeja will not be able to bowl, unfortunately, due to an injury, so the other bowlers must step up. Let us just hope we are able to scuttle out the opponents quickly and overtake their score and win. Or should we pray for a spell of rain and a draw?!
    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #720153
    The performance of our team is not as expected. Three run-outs may indicate the judgement capacity of our batsmen about a run. A lot of improvement is required. The way in which this match is progressing, win of Australia is evident, unless otherwise, some miracle happens. Tomorrow morning the other 8 wickets should fall and total lead should not be more than 300. Then our batsmen should play properly. Then only there is a chance for winning
    drrao
    always confident

  • #720326
    Finally, India comes out happily by converting an almost defeat to a draw. Now both are even with 1-1. One more match is there which will decide the winner. What a fantastic recovery by the Indian team. In the first match, they were all out for 36 runs. Such a team went on to win the second test match and drew the third match. Pant and Pujara brought some respect to the score. Vihari and Ashwin stood in the middle almost played 259 balls and emerged unbeaten. Vihari's score of 23 from 161 balls tells us how defensive he is there and equally, defensive the other batsman is. Ashwin played 128 balls for 39 runs. Both these batsmen saw that no wicket is lost in the last session and they are successful in this
    drrao
    always confident

  • #720353
    That was a good end as India managed to draw the match. I was scared yesterday that indian team will get out before the tea but thank God they managed to keep their wickets and drew the match.
    Sanjeev

    " The two most important days in your life are the day when you are born and the day you find out why? "
    – Mark Twain

  • #720430
    Fantastic, indeed! As mentioned in media reports, it was a win in a sense because of the superb manner in which Team India played out the match to the final day. It will now be even more exciting to look forward to the final one at Brisbane. There seem to be problems over the treatment meted out to the team by the hosts with regard to the hotel arrangements and the quarantine bio-bubble. Let's hope these issues get sorted out asap and we do have a match.

    I read that in case the last match is not played or if that match, too, ends in a draw, then India gets to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy since they won it previously.

    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell


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