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The incident took place in the 55th over of the match when Head was on 14 along with Handscomb on 33. Head went on to score a brilliant 72.
Meanwhile, India has polished off the Australian tail and have got a nominal 15-run lead, but it will give India a psychological edge. Pujara’s 123 proved to be the difference between the two sides in the first essay of the Australian summer.
It will not be easy for the Indian batter on Day 3, which is called the moving day in Test cricket. The wet conditions and overcast skies will the only aide the Australian new ball bowlers. India will have to look at this as an opportunity of redeeming themselves from the mistakes they made in the first innings. India has to be careful with their shot selection.
Rain hampered play on day three of the opening Test before India took a 15-run lead in the first innings by bowling out Australia for 235 runs on Saturday. The visitors had scored 250 runs in their first innings. Inclement weather first delayed play by 45 minutes in the morning session, and then there were two more delays in the first session before lunch was taken at 1.12 pm local time.
During the first 20 minutes of play, starting from overnight 191 for seven, Australia crossed 200 in the 91st over but India managed to sneak in a breakthrough before rain came again. Mitchell Starc (15) was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah (3-47) as covers came on.
Play was held up for 55 minutes thereafter, and the number of overs for the day were reduced to 79. On resumption, the remaining one-hour session was cut short again after 40 minutes but this time India made good used of the overs.
Australia were happier of the two sides having added 44 runs in just 10.4 overs of play. In their bid to get the lower order out quickly, India were guilty of leaking easy runs. An early lunch was taken at the last rain interval.