India were bowled out for 244 and trail by 94 runs at the completion of their first innings after a late batting collapse as Australia piled on the pressure on day three in the third Test on Saturday.
On a fine day at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the visitors resumed on 96 for two in reply to Australia’s first innings 338, built on the back of a Steve Smith century.
They were dismissed just before the break with Pat Cummins taking 4-29.
That included the prized scalp of Cheteshwar Pujara for 50 while Josh Hazlewood removed a dangerous Rishabh Pant, who suffered a nasty blow to his elbow on his way to a breezy 36.
Their downfall sparked a collapse, with Ravi Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah both run out, joining Hanuma Vihari who suffered the same fate earlier in the day as Australia pounced on every chance.
A cautious Pujara began the day on nine and captain Ajinkya Rahane two after Hazlewood and Cummins dismissed openers Rohit Sharma (26) and Shubman Gill (50) on Friday.
Rahane, who scored a century in the last Test at Melbourne, had an escape on 16, with a Nathan Lyon delivery ballooning to Matthew Wade at short leg, who could only get his fingertips on the ball as he leapt backwards.
The skipper then whacked Lyon for a big six before his new-found aggression cost him his wicket, chopping a Cummins ball onto his stumps in the next over.
Pujara continued what he does best at the other end, grinding out singles while occasionally opening his bat, smacking two boundaries off one Lyon over.
He brought up his 26th half-century off a dogged 174 balls in his 80th Test.
But the celebrations did not last, with Pant out two balls later, edging a Hazlewood delivery to David Warner at slip to break a dangerous 53-run partnership.
And it got worse when Pujara was removed in the next over, gloving a rising Cummins ball to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who took the catch comfortably.
India then crumbled with Ashwin slow off the mark for a single and Cummins alert, making a quick throw to Marnus Labuschagne standing at the stumps.
It followed Vihari being brilliantly run out for four before lunch, attempting a run that wasn’t there, with Hazlewood diving to his right and throwing the ball onto the stumps in one movement.
Mitchell Starc took the wicket of debutant Navdeep Saini before Bumrah was the third run out of the day, courtesy of a lightning-fast Labuschagne.
Ravindra Jadeja added 28 runs for the last wicket with Mohammed Siraj, before Cummins pounced again.
Scoreboard at the end of India’s first innings on of day three of the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday:
India first innings (overnight 96 for two)
R. Sharma c&b Hazlewood 26
S. Gill c Green b Cummins 50
C. Pujara c Paine b Cummins 50
A. Rahane b Cummins 22
H. Vihari run out (Hazlewood) 4
R. Pant c Warner b Hazlewood 36
R. Jadeja not out 28
R. Ashwin run out (Labuschagne) 10
N. Saini c Wade b Starc 4
J. Bumrah run out (Labuschagne) 0
M. Siraj c Paine b Cummins 6
Extras (lb1, w5, nb2) 8
Total (10 wickets, 100.4 overs) 244
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Sharma), 2-85 (Gill), 3-117 (Rahane), 4-142 (Vihari), 5-195 (Pant), 6-195 (Pujara), 7-206 (Ashwin), 8-210 (Saini), 9-216 (Bumrah), 10-244 (Siraj)
Bowling: Starc 19-7-61-1, Hazlewood 21-10-43-2, Cummins 21.4-10-29-4, Lyon 31-8-87-0, Labuschagne 3-0-11-0, Green 5-1-12-0
Australia first innings
D. Warner c Pujara b Siraj 5
W. Pucovski lbw b Saini 62
M. Labuschagne c Rahane b Jadeja 91
S. Smith run out 131
M. Wade c Bumrah b Jadeja 13
C. Green lbw b Bumrah 0
T. Paine b Bumrah 1
P. Cummins b Jadeja 0
M. Starc c Gill b Saini 24
N. Lyon lbw b Jadeja 0
J. Hazlewood not out 1
Extras (b4, w1, nb5) 10
Total (10 wickets, 105.4 overs) 338
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Warner), 2-106 (Pucovski), 3-206 (Labuschagne), 4-232 (Wade), 5-249 (Green), 6-255 (Paine), 7-278 (Cummins), 8-310 (Starc), 9-315 (Lyon), 10-338 (Smith)
Bowling: Bumrah 25.4-7-66-2, Siraj 25-4-67-1, Ashwin 24-1-74-0, Saini 13-0-65-2, Jadeja 18-3-62-4
Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS), Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
TV umpire: Paul Reiffel (AUS)
Match referee: David Boon (AUS)
Published at Sat, 09 Jan 2021 06:13:51 +0000