11:30 am That’s it! There will be no more play on day three as bad light forces early stumps.

Australia 236/6, trail India (622/7 declared) by 386 runs. Harris top-scored for the hosts with 79. Kuldeep best bowler of the day with figures of 3/71, Jadeja 2/62. Peter Handscomb batting on 28 and Pat Cummins on 25. The two have added 38 runs so far for the seventh wicket.

11 am Bad light stops play in Sydney. Australia 236/6, trail India by 386 runs.

10:53 am Plenty of oohs and aahs around the wicket as Handscomb and Cummins dance to the tune of Indian spinners. 236/6

The second new ball is due now for India. Will Kohli take it straight away?

10:40 am Cummins has scored 21 off 29 as Kuldeep and Jadeja bowl in tandem trying to bowl the Aussies out in the final session. 228/6

10:20 am Kuldeep getting a lot of turn now. Australia have one of their best batsman of the series, Pat Cummins, on the crease. Will he take on spin? Aus 208/6.

10:05 am And the Aussie fall continues post tea. Kuldeep bowls Paine (5), through bat and pad, to take his third wicket. Got done in the air. Australia 198/6.

9:41 am Australia 198/5 at tea, trail India (622/7 declared) by 424 runs. India’s session with four wickets in it, Australia scored 76 runs. Harris 79; Jadeja 2/51, Kuldeep 2/50.

9:35 am Wicket alert! Kuldeep Yadav takes a return catch to dismiss Travis Head (20), who hit it straight back to the bowler. Australia 192/5.

9:27 pm Under 15 minutes to tea, Australia would not want to lose another wicket. India, in fact, won’t mind a couple. Aus 188/4.

9:10 am In 9.1 overs after joining each other in the middle, Head (7*) and Handscomb (8*) have been managed to add only 15 runs. That’s how difficult it’s been to score against disciplined Indian bowlers. Aus 167/4

8:55 am Handscomb and Head together now for Australia, trying to revive the hosts from the triple blow since lunch. Aus 161/4 in 57 overs.

8:29 am Australia continue to tumble after lunch. Labuschagne (38) has been brilliantly caught by Rahane off Shami. Australia 152/4.

8:16 am Another wicket for Jadeja! Shaun Marsh (8) gets an outside edge, and it’s nicely caught in the slips by Rahane. Australia 144/3.

7:54 am Jadeja strikes soon after lunch to get the well-set Harris (79), who chops it onto his stumps. Australia 128/2.

7:03 am Umpires announce lunch, and the players make their way off the park. Australia’s session, with 98 runs scored for the loss of one wicket in 30 overs. The hosts are 122/1, trailing India (622/7 declared) by 500 runs. Marcus Harris is 77 not out and Labuschagne batting on 18.

6:49 am Kuldeep and Jadeja have so far combined to bowl 21 overs with figures of 1/65.

6:35 am End of the 34th over. Harris (68*) and Labuschagne (15*) aren’t looking troubled, neither by pace nor by spin. Aus 110/1.

6:15 am Harris (63*) has taken the attack to Indian spinners, forcing Kuldeep to change his length and the result is three fours in the over from the bat of left-handed opener. Australia 99/1.

6 am Fifty for Marcus Harris, the second of his Test career. Australia 77/1 in 24.1 overs.

5:50 am Out! Against the run of play. Khawaja (27) jumps out to Kuldeep but shovels it straight to short mid-wicket. Australia 72/1 in 22 overs.

5:42 am Harris (43*) and Khawaja (25*) using their feet well against spin-twins Jadeja and Kuldeep to keep them guessing. No appreciable turn as well so far. Aus 68/0 in 20 overs.

5:29 am Fifty up for Australia in 16.3 overs, and they are scoring at a fair clip this morning. A boundary from Harris (36* off 44) to bring up the landmark testifies it. Khawaja is on 20*.

5:15 am There isn’t much on offer for the pacers so far on the third morning. Don’t be surprised if spin makes its appearance earlier than expected today. Aus 29/0

5:05 am It was the perfect start by Harris who straight-drove Bumrah on the first ball of the day to pick up three. Shami to begin from the other end. Australia 27/0.

4:50 am Welcome back to’s coverage of another intriguing day of Test-match cricket as India look to extend their dominance on day three of the fourth Test in Sydney.

The second day once again belonged to the Indian batsmen. Though Cheteshwar Pujara (193) missed a double century, wicketkeeper Rishbah Pant (159*) was at his record-breaking best in a 200-plus-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja (81) that deflated the Aussies.

Trailing by 598 on the third morning, Australia have a huge mountain to climb to first avoid follow-on and then hope to get closer to India’s first-innings total of 622/7 declared.

Day 2 Round-up

A marathon century by Cheteshwar Pujara and a swashbuckling ton from Rishabh Pant all but ended Australia’s hopes of saving the series on Friday as India built a massive 622 for seven declared.

India began the second day at 303 for four and proceeded to twist the knife against a demoralised home team that toiled in hot conditions with little joy.

Unless Australia win, India will claim a first-ever series victory Down Under since they began touring here in 1947-48. They lead 2-1.

Despite the tall task ahead Australia skipper Tim Paine said they were not ready to throw in the towel.

“We certainly won’t be doing that, we will be fighting as hard as we can for the next three days. Cricket’s one of those games, if you keep doing that it can turn really quickly,” he said.

“But you’ve got to tip your cap to India. They have worked extremely hard for three-and-a-half Tests to get us to where they want us today.”

The methodical Pujara made a masterful 193 off 373 balls while Pant stroked his highest Test score in an entertaining 159 not out.

Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a lively 81 in a 204-run stand with Pant — a record seventh wicket partnership at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Skipper Virat Kohli finally declared when Jadeja was out, with the tireless Nathan Lyon taking 4-178 off 57.2 gruelling overs.

It left new-look Australian openers Marcus Harris (19) and Usman Khawaja (five) to negotiate 10 tricky overs before stumps after a torturous day in the field. They ended at 24 without loss.


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