Australia v India: Tourists face tough task to avoid defeat in third test

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India’s opener Rohit Sharma looked well prepared until he shot a short Pat Cummins ball straight to a defender
Third test, Sydney Cricket Ground (fourth day)
Australie 338 & 312-6: Vert 84, Smith 81, Labuschagne 73
Then 244 & 98-2; Rohit 52
India needs 309 more races to win
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India face an uphill task to avoid defeat in Test 3 against Australia after closing Matchday 4 98-2, needing 309 more points to win.

The hosts resumed the 103-2 before declaring the 312-6, giving India an unlikely 407 for the victory in Sydney.

Versatile player Cameron Green hit an entertaining 84, while Steve Smith made 81 and Marnus Labuschagne scored 73.

India’s chase got off to a good start, before Shubman Gill fell for 31 and Rohit Sharma was trapped for 52.

Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Ajinkya Rahane remain unbeaten at nine and four, respectively, but will need to form a substantial partnership to help their team beat on the final day to a draw or a remarkable victory.

The most successful fourth inning pursuit at Sydney Cricket Ground is 288, won by Australia against South Africa in 2006.

The four-game series is currently level 1-1, with the final test in Brisbane starting on January 15.

Day four was marred by an incident in which play was interrupted for 10 minutes shortly before tea after Indian fast pitcher Mohammed Siraj alerted referees to alleged abuse by part of the Sydney Cricket crowd Ground.

Six people were then deported by the police.

International Cricket Council investigates allegations of racist abuse against Indian players by members of the crowd on the third day, while Cricket Australia condemned any discriminatory behavior “in the strongest possible terms”.

More soon.

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