Cricket

India take slender lead in rain-marred session


INDIA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, 2018-19

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India’s openers had about 15 minutes of play ahead of them before the revised Lunch break, but once again, rain came in to force an early break. © AFP

India managed to bag a slender, but crucial, 15-run lead in a session heavily interrupted by rain on Day 3 of the first Test in Adelaide. Travis Head top-scored for Australia with 72, and managed to add 44 runs between rain breaks with the tail, to help Australia get close to India’s first innings score of 250 on Saturday (December 8).

The day in Adelaide started with a 45-minute delay because of rain. And when play started, Mitchell Starc, the other overnight batsman with Head, came out looking to be positive and survived a few nervous moments against India’s pacers in his knock of 15. It came to an end when he edged behind a full delivery from Jasprit Bumrah before rain stopped play once again.

When play resumed once more, Nathan Lyon hit 24 off 28 balls, sweeping R Ashwin for a boundary and hooking Mohammed Shami for a six while Head batted steadily at the other end. The ninth-wicket stand worth 31 was helping Australia dream about a lead, but Shami put a quick end to those hopes with wickets.

Soon after being hit for a six, he managed to get Head and Josh Hazlewood off successive deliveries and in identical fashion (caught behind) to bring the innings to a quick end.

India’s openers had about 15 minutes of play ahead of them before the revised Lunch break, but once again, rain came in to force an early break.

Brief scores: India 250 (Cheteshwar Pujara 123; Josh Hazlewood 3-52) lead Australia 235 (Travis Head 72; Jasprit Bumrah 3-47 R Ashwin 3-57) by 15 runs.

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