India 62/2 as rain washes out 3rd session

India 62/2 as rain washes out 3rd session
Washington Sundar, centre, is congratulated by teammates after talking the wicket of Nathan Lyon, Saturday. (AP)
Brisbane, Jan 16 (IANS) | Publish Date: 1/16/2021 12:36:05 PM IST

Rain washed out the third session of the second day of the fourth and final Test at the Gabba here on Saturday with India going to stumps at 62 for two in reply to Australia’s 369 in the first innings.

India lost both their openers early as they went to tea at 62 for the loss of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma’s wickets before heavy downpour caused a deluge in the outfield.

While rain stopped, the groundstaff could not drain off the water and make the ground fit for resumption of play.

Play will resume half an hour early on the third day to make up for the lost overs.

Both the Indian wickets fell in the second session. Shubman Gill was caught at second slip by Steve Smith off the bowling of Pat Cummins when the team score was 11 while Rohit Sharma, who looked good for his 74-ball 44, was caught at long on off the bowling of Nathan Lyon after adding 49 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara.

Earlier, Australia were bowled out for 369 in their first innings before lunch.

The hosts lost their last five wickets for 58 runs.

Pace bowlers T Natarajan and Shardul Thakur, and off-spinner Washington Sundar took three wickets each.

Resuming at the overnight 274/5, Australia lost Tim Paine (50) at 311 and then Cameron Green (47) at 313. Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc added 39 for the ninth wicket.

BRIEF SCORES: Australia 369 (M Labuschagne 108, T Paine 50, C Green 47, T Natarajan 3/78, W Sundar 3/89, S Thakur 3/94) vs India 62/2 (Rohit Sharma 44)

Inexperienced India attack shows discipline, earns rave reviews

The young India pace attack that restricted Australia to below 400 has earned rave reviews for its discipline from not just the seniors in the Indian camp but also from the Australians.

While the Indians had, throughout the series, managed to restrict Australia to within 350, Gabba was the first time the Aussies crossed 350. The hosts scored 369 although the bowling attack was the weakest Indian attack they faced in the last eight Tests against Australia Down Under. The combined experience of the Indian bowlers, prior to this match, was just four Tests. There were two debutants in Washington Sundar and T Natarajan. Navdeep Saini, into his second Test only, limped off the field on the first day itself.

“I thought they were very consistent. I don’t think you will call that bowling attack weak. You would only call them inexperienced,” said Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald. “I thought Washington Sundar in particular was disciplined. He filled the role of R Ashwin quite well and kept it tight and was able to take key wickets along the way. For me, his ability to control the tempo of the game was the thing that stood out. Natarajan shaped the ball early. There is a lot to like about him. He is inexperienced. They held their own, applied pressure throughout the innings. They made it difficult at times and bounced back to take key wickets,” he continued. India opening batsman Rohit Sharma said that the bowlers despite having little Test experience showed a lot of discipline.

“Considering the (little) experience that we have in our bowling line-up, they kept the pressure. I thought they showed lot of discipline. They maintained that area where we spoke of bowling to the opposition. So, overall, if I have to analyse the performance of each of these bowlers I thought they bowled pretty well,” said Rohit after the end of the second day’s play. The 33-year-old batsman marked Natarajan for special praise, especially for his calm temperament.  

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