A brace of improbable third-day batting heroes gave India a warring accidental of securing the gully they request successful the 4th Test against Australia to clasp the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, enactment connected 123 runs for the seventh wicket — a grounds for India astatine the Gabba — taking their squad from a precarious 186 for 7 to 309 earlier Thakur was bowled by Pat Cummins for an entertaining 67.
All-rounder Sundar, connected debut, batted good with the tail until helium guided a Mitchell Starc abbreviated shot to Cameron Green successful the gully to fall for 62.
By the clip Mohammad Siraj was bowled by Josh Hazlewood, giving him figures of 5-57, India had reached 336, lone 33 runs behind Australia’s archetypal innings full of 369.
Australian openers Marcus Harris and David Warner survived six investigating overs arsenic Australia finished the 3rd time connected 21 without loss, a lead of 54 runs with each 10 2nd innings wickets intact.
Without Sundar and Thakur, India, would person been successful far greater occupation against an Australia broadside who indispensable triumph the lucifer to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the four-match bid locked astatine 1-1.
The 2 smashed the erstwhile seventh-wicket grounds for India at the Gabba of 58, acceptable by Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar successful 1991.
India’s top-order batsmen each squandered chances to score heavily, with each but Shubman Gill getting starts but each but Cheteshwar Pujara falling to rash shots.
The visitors began the extended greeting league connected 62 for two, with Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane astatine the crease.
Both men looked to support the scoreboard ticking over, in contrast to Saturday afternoon, wherever they were much intent connected survival.
They saw disconnected Starc and Cummins but Hazlewood was introduced into the onslaught and produced a superb implicit which led to Pujara’s downfall.
Hazlewood had Pujara successful occupation erstwhile a abbreviated shot followed him arsenic helium tried to evade it, the shot hitting his mitt and falling conscionable short of Cameron Green successful the gully.
But 2 deliveries aboriginal Hazlewood got a shot to space in, then straighten somewhat to drawback the extracurricular borderline of Pujara’s bat and Australia’s skipper and wicketkeeper Tim Paine took a regular catch.
Rahane and Mayank Agarwal steadied the vessel but with the lunch interruption successful sight, Rahane couldn’t defy playing astatine a wide shot from left-arm paceman Starc angling crossed his assemblage and edged a comfy drawback to Matthew Wade astatine 4th slip.
The Indian captain, connected 37, threw his caput backmost successful disgust at the mode of his dismissal earlier trudging off.
The Indians began the 2nd league astatine 161 for 4 with the unsafe Agarwal and Rishabh Pant astatine the crease.
However, similar Rahane, some Agarwal and Pant fell to injudicious shots.
Agarwal slashed astatine a wide transportation from Cummins’ 2nd ball after the resumption to autumn for 38, caught astatine 2nd gaffe by Steve Smith.
Then to compound India’s problems, Pant did the aforesaid to Hazlewood, lone to beryllium caught successful the gully by Green for 23.
At that signifier Australia were successful bid of the Test but Sundar, playing his archetypal Test, and Thakur, successful his second, had different ideas and defied the bowling onslaught with a substance of coagulated defence and charismatic stroke making.