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India might reflect on their best day as a bowling unit on the field but Australia held firm and found unlikely heroes to keep calm and take a substantial lead on day four the third Test to leave the visitors with a mountain to climb on the final day. Whether skipper Steve Smith would declare after a lead of 326 remains to be seen but Chris Rogers’ well crafted fifty and Shaun Marsh’s scrappy unbeaten knock defied the Indian bowlers after 90 minutes of play was lost due to rain. Also Read - India's COVID-19 Tally Surpasses 59 Lakh-mark, Deaths Stand at 93,379; Recovery Rate Reaches 82% | Key Points
After being smashed around by Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane on day four, Mitchell Johnson made a spirited comeback with the bowl and cleaned up the tail in no time to give the hosts a lead of 68. David Warner, after being dismissed for a duck in the first innings went flying off the blocks and raced along before Ravichandran Ashwin trapped him in front. Rogers then took the chance to score back-to-back Test fifties to take the scoreboard along despite wickets falling around him. Also Read - Imran Khan UNGA 2020 Speech Almost Replica of 2019 litany
MS Dhoni’s field placements at this point should also be lauded. Steve Smith was perplexed to find Ajinkya Rahane at backward short-leg. Ishant Sharma too, was impeccable with the ball, giving nothing away to the batsmen and snared a couple of wickets. Marsh, lucky for the ball not to clip the stumps survived and made it count to set up an interesting fifth day.
Australia 530 (Chris Rogers 57, Steve Smith 192, Ryan Harris 74; Mohammed Shami 4 for 138, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 for 134) & 261 for 7 (Chris Rogers 69, Shaun Marsh 62*; Ishant Sharma 2 for 49, Ravichandran Ashwin 2 for 56) lead India 465 (Murali Vijay 68, Virat Kohli 169, Ajinkya Rahane 147; Ryan Harris 4 for 70) by 326 runs.