SYDNEY: Australia’s batting woes returned on the third day of the fourth test on Saturday with the home side slumping to 236 for six when bad light and rain brought an early end to their response to India’s mammoth first-innings tally.
The tourists, who declared on 622-7 late on Friday, only need a draw to claim a first series win Down Under and Australia’s hopes of salvaging anything from the match faded with the loss of five wickets after lunch.
Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh and Travis Head were all dismissed in the second session, before captain Tim Paine followed shortly after the tea break.
Peter Handscomb, unbeaten on 28, and fast bowler Pat Cummins, who had made 25, were at the crease when bad light stopped play at a Sydney Cricket Ground swathed in pink for the McGrath Foundation breast cancer support charity day.
Most of the Australian batsmen made starts but only opener Harris was able to get past the half-century mark, his 79 the highest score by the home side in a four-match series in which India have pillaged five centuries.
The left-hander showed plenty of intent but just when it seemed he could be heading for a maiden test ton, he played the ball onto his own stumps off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.
KL Rahul earns praise for sportsmanship;
However, on Saturday, India star KL Rahul showed the way ahead with remarkable sportsmanship, thus showing that cricket is still a gentlemen’s game.
Having failed to impress anyone with the willow in the ongoing Test series in Australia, India opener KL Rahul amazed on-field umpire Ian Gould with his sincerity on the field during the third day’s play of the fourth Test in Sydney on Saturday.
While fielding at mid-on, KL Rahul made a remarkable effort to grab a lowly catch off the bat of Marcus Harris. From the naked eye, it appeared as if he has taken a stellar catch with a dive. But Rahul immediately signalled that the ball had bounced before he completed the catch.
In the backdrop of Indian players celebrating the dismissal, Rahul’s honest approach moved on-field umpire Ian Gould.
In the video, Gould can be seen in awe of the Rahul’s honesty on the field. He also encouraged the 26-year-old cricketer for his noble action with a thumbs-up gesture.
After getting a lifeline, Harris went on to score 79 off 120 balls, including eight boundaries in his confident innings. He had stitched a 72-run partnership stand with Usman Khawaja and 56-stand with Marnus Labuschagne for the first and second wicket respectively.
Spinner Ravindra Jadeja took the scalp of Harris soon after lunch. The opener’s half-century had helped Australia reach 122 for one at lunch, following a successful morning session on Day 3.