Australian players celebrate dismissal of an Indian batsman (not seen) during their third Test at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. AFP
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Australia bowled out India for 244 runs in their first innings to take a lead of 97 runs on the third day of the their third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.
Australia were 103/2 in their second innings, stretching their overall lead to 197 runs, at the stumps on Saturday.
Steve Smith was unbeaten on 29 while Marnus Labuschagne was 47 not out at the draw of stumps.
To add to India’s woes Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t take field in Australia's second innings due to injury.
Earlier in the morning, resuming at 96 for two, the Indians lost their last eight wickets for 148 runs in the first two sessions.
Aussie pacer Pat Cummins did most of the damage taking four for 29.
Australia scored 338 runs in their first innings with Steve Smith once again leading the team with brilliant century.
Australia 338 and 103/2 (M Labuschagne batting 47, S Smith batting 29, R Ashwin 1/28) vs India 244 (S Gill 50, C Pujara 50, R Pant 36, R Jadeja 28 not out, P Cummins 4/29, J Hazlewood 2/43)
Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, in just his second Test, put on 123 runs for the seventh wicket — a record for India at the Gabba — taking their team from a precarious 186 for seven to 309 before Thakur was bowled by Pat Cummins for an entertaining 67.
It was also Smith’s first century in Australia since December 2017 in a drawn Test against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Australia had posted 338 in their first innings and then bowled out India for 244, thus attaining a 94-run lead. The hosts declared their second innings at 312/6, setting a 407-run target.
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