The third day's play has been abandoned due to rain in Sydney. Australia were 236/6 in 83.3 overs, trailing India by 386 runs, when the umpires took the players off the field due to deteriorating lighting condition. Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins held the fort for Australia, who have four wickets in hand and two more days to save the Test match. Earlier, spinners put India on top as Kuldeep Yadav claimed three wickets and Ravindra Jadeja took two scalps. At tea, India restricted Australia to 198/5, 434 runs behind their first innings total, on the third day of the fourth Test against India in Sydney on Saturday. In the post-lunch session, Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets in Marcus Harris (79) and Shaum Marsh (8). Kuldeep Yadav, who dismissed the opener Usman Khawaja in morning, struck again just before the tea-break to get Travis Head (20). Meanwhile, pacer Mohammed Shami claimed the scalp of Australia's new number three batsman Marnus Labuschagne (38) to join the party. The four-match Test series is currently led 2-1 by India, who are eyeing their first ever Test series triumph in Australia. On Friday, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant scored centuries as India took control on the second day. Riding on a mammoth 193-run knock from Pujara and a sparkling 159 not out from wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant India declared their first innings on 622 for seven. The sublime knocks from both batsmen also helped India register their second highest team total on Australian soil -- after highest team total, 705/7 declared, at the same venue, in 2004. (SCORECARD)
Highlights between India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 3, from Sydney Cricket Ground.
11:38 IST: And that brings an end to the third day's play. Thank you for joining us for the live coverage from Sydney.
11:32 IST: STUMPS on Day 3! Australia are 236/6, trailing India by 386 runs at stumps. We have lost 16.3 overs today. Therefore, the play will start 30 minutes early tomorrow, which means 04:30 IST.
11:30 IST: The rain gets heavier in Sydney.
10:58 IST: Peter Handscomb is safe! India lose their first review. And India's poor DRS judgement follows a interruption in the play due to bad light in Sydney. Australia are 236/6, trail India by 386 runs, with Peter Handscomb (28*) and Pat Cummins (25*) at the crease.
10:55 IST: Review time! India have opted for DRS against Peter Handscomb.
10:52 IST: FOUR! That's an imposing shot by Pat Cummins. He hits it hard to the mid-wicket and get quick runs for his team. He has been very impressive with the bat and ball throughout the Test series.
10:48 IST: Watching the weather in Sydney, Virat Kohli had a word with the on-filed umpires and decided not to take the new ball. It's too windy and the dark clouds are looming over the SCG, after all.
10:43 IST: The second new ball is due. But India decide to continue with the same ball and both the spinners.
10:42 IST: Australia need 195 more runs to avoid the follow-on.
10:40 IST: FOUR! End of the over! Kuldeep Yadav conceded nine runs in it. Australia get to 230/6 in 79 overs. The new ball will be available after one more over.
10:35 IST: FOUR! Pat Cummins smashes it down the line to conclude the 78th over with a boundary. Australia are 219/6, trailing India by 403 runs.
10:29 IST: Three runs from the over by Ravindra Jadeja. Australia are 215/6 in 76 overs, trailing India by 407 runs.
10:22 IST: FOUR! Fuller, but driven well through the cover for a boundary. Cummins is getting into the groove much early in Sydney.
10:24 IST: Pat Cummins had anchored Australia's second innings in the third Test in Melbourne. Although Australia lost the Test match by 137 runs, Cummins' gritty century had garnered acclaim from all across the globe. Can he repeat the heroics here at SCG as well?
10:20 IST: FOUR! Pat Cummins lofts it over the mid-wicket to get a one-bounce boundary.
10:18 IST: FOUR! Pat Cummins deflects it through cover to take Australia past 200 in Sydney. They are still 419 runs away from India's first innings total.
10:16 IST: Ravindra Jadeja replaces Jasprit Bumrah.
10:11 IST: 70 overs gone! Jasprit Bumrah bowls a maiden over to keep Australia to 198/6, 424 runs away from their first innings total.
10:07 IST: Pat Cummins comes to the crease.
10:06 IST: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav picks up his third wicket, removes Australia captain Tim Paine for five. Kuldeep deceives Paine with extra flight and turn and castles him down to mark his presence Down Under.
10:02 IST: All set for the final session on Day 3! Tim Paine and Peter Handscomb are out in the middle to resume Australia's trail. Kuldeep Yadav to start for India.
09:43 IST: TEA! Australia are 198/5 at tea, 424 runs away from India's first innings total. India dominated the second session on the third day as they dismissed four of Australia's batsmen.
09:42 IST: The floodlights have been switched on at the SCG due to dark clouds.
09:39 IST: In the air... But lands just short of Mohammed Shami. Captain Tim Paine continues on charge for the struggling home team.
09:36 IST: Australia skipper Tim Paine comes to the crease.
09:34 IST: WICKET! CAUGHT & BOWLED! Kuldeep Yadav claims his second wicket, removes Travis Head for 20 runs. It was an enticing full toss by the left-arm spinner and Head gifted him his wicket along with a simple catch.
09:32 IST: FOUR! Peter Handscomb deflects it to third man for a boundary. Australia get to 192/4 in 66 overs, trail India by 430 runs.
09:28 IST: 2 runs! Travis Head takes a double to take Australia to 188/4 after 65 overs, trailing India by 434 runs. He has taken the fifth-wicket partnership to 36 to lead Australia's resistance.
09:25 IST: Change of ends for Kuldeep Yadav.
09:23 IST: FOUR! Nicely played by Travis Head. He pushes it through the mid-wicket for a boundary to conclude the over. Six runs from the 64th over by Jasprit Bumrah.
09:12 IST: FOUR! Travis Head smashes the low full toss down the ground for some quick runs. It brings Australia to 173/4.
09:08 IST: FOUR! Peter Handscomb pulls it to mid-wicket for a boundary.
09:05 IST: Kuldeep Yadav comes to bowl from the other end.
09:04 IST: Ravindra Jadeja bowls a maiden over, his sixth in the spell. Australia are 163/4 in 59 overs, trail India by 459 runs.
08:59 IST: Australia need to score 423 runs to avoid a follow-on in Sydney, a mark which is still much far away from the home team.
08:53 IST: End of the over by Mohammed Shami. Just two runs from it. Australia are 159/4 in 56 overs, trail India by 463 runs.
08:44 IST: The drinks are on the field now! This has been a highly successful one hour for the visitors as they got three wickets in Marcus Harris (79), Shaun Marsh (8) and Marnus Labuschagne (38).
08:35 IST: A maiden over for Ravindra Jadeja. Australia are 154/4 in 53 overs, trail India by 467 runs.
08:31 IST: Peter Handscomb, who missed the third Test in Melbourne, comes to bat at number six.
08:29 IST: WICKET! Marvelous catch from Ajinkya Rahane. Mohammed Shami removes Marnus Labuschagne for 38 to push Australia back. Skipper Virat Kohli also deserves fair credit for this dismissal as he placed Rahane timely at short mid-wicket.
08:27 IST: FOUR! 150 up for Australia! Marnus Labuschagne smashes it down the ground to take Australia past 150.
08:22 IST: FOUR! An upper cut from Marnus Labuschagne gets Australia some quick runs. They reach 148/3, trail India by 474 runs.
08:19 IST: Travis Head, Australia's most consistent batsman in the Test series so far, comes to the crease.
08:17 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes again, dismisses Shaun Marsh for eight. The Indian spinner observed and bowled a fine line and length. It was a bit too amazing delivery from Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane took a simple catch at first slip.
08:15 IST: FOUR! Marnus Labuschagne picks up another boundary to conclude the over.
08:13 IST: FOUR! Marnus Labuschagne finds the big gap in cover, takes Australia to 140 for two with a boundary.
08:10 IST: Mohammed Shami replaces Jasprit Bumrah.
08:08 IST: FOUR! Shaun Marsh gets another boundary. He opens the face of the bat timely and makes it skid past the fence through the cover region.
08:02 IST: FOUR! Lovely use of the feet by Shaun Marsh. He hits it for a cover drive to get a lovely boundary. This brings some confidence in the side. They are now 132/2, 490 runs behind India's first innings total.
08:00 IST: End of the over! Jasprit Bumrah bowls a maiden. India have taken the complete control after the lunch-break.
07:56 IST: Shaun Marsh comes to the crease.
07:54 IST: WICKET! Ravindra Jadeja strikes, castles Marcus Harris for 79.That brings an end to the 56-run stand for the second-wicket. Harris looked in great touch since morning. With the crucial scalp, Jadeja has put India back on top.
07:52 IST: Just 1 run from the over. Jasprit Bumrah is trying to dominate the post-lunch session. Australia are 128/1 in 42 overs.
07:47 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.
07:46 IST: FOUR! Hanuma Vihari loses the chase to the ball as it skids down to the boundary rope. Marnus Labuschagne gets quick runs to take Australia to 127/1 after 41 overs.
07:43 IST: Back for some action! Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne are out in the middle to resume the Australian innings. India start with Ravindra Jadjeja after lunch.
07:04 IST: Lunch-break! Marcus Harris (77*) and Marnus Labuschagne (18*) take Australia to 122/1 by the end of the morning session. The hosts still trail India by 500 runs, thanks to the mammoth first innings total of 6227/7 set by India.
07:00 IST: 50-run partnership comes up for Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne on the third day in Sydney.
06:57 IST: Ravindra Jadeja misses a chance of run-out. That's rare. It was a risky single by Marnus Labuschagne and it was Marcus Harris under threat.
06:55 IST: Jasprit Bumrah replaces Kuldeep Yadav.
06:54 IST: Two runs from the over by Mohammed Shami. Australia are 119/1 in 38 overs,, trail India by 503 runs.
06:46 IST: Hanuma Vihari suffers a blow at short-leg. It was a sweep from Marnus Labuschangne that hit Vihari on his right thigh.
06:41 IST: 2 runs! Impressive cover drive. With this, he gets himself to his career-best Test knock.
06:38 IST: Just one run from the over by Kuldeep Yadav. Australia are 111/1 in 35 overs with Marcus Harris (69*) looking to surpass his Test-best knock of 70 runs.
06:31 IST: Mohammed Shami comes back into the attack.
06:27 IST: FOUR! Marnus Labuschagne sweeps it with sheer elegance to get a boundary. Australia get to 108/1 in 32 overs, trail India by 514 runs.
06:20 IST: 100 up for Australia in 29.3 overs.
06:18 IST: Ravindra Jadeja bowls a maiden over after Kuldeep Yadav's expensive over.
06:16 IST: End of the over! Marcus Harris hits back-to-back boundaries to conclude the over. He has been super aggressive since the start of the day. Meanwhile, 12 runs come from the 28th over by Kuldeep Yadav.
06:14 IST: FOUR! Beautiful flow of the bat. Marcus Harris smashes it over the mid-on for a boundary.
06:11 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to bowl from the other end.
06:08 IST: Excellent cover drive by Australia's new number three batsman. Marnus Labuschagne times it well to get a boundary, takes Australia to 86/1 in 25.2 overs.
06:05 IST: On the occasion of the Pink Test, both the teams presented former Australia bowling great Glenn McGrath with their pink caps. The caps will be up for auction to support McGrath Foundation.
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06:00 IST: FIFTY! Marcus Harris scores his second Test half-century off 67 balls. He's been very fluent since morning on Day 3. He had scored his first Test fifty in the second Test against India in Perth.
05:58 IST: Just one run from the over by Kuldeep Yadav. Australia are 76 for one in 24 overs.
05:50 IST: Marnus Labuschagne comes to bat at number three.
05:48 IST: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav claims his first wicket in Australia. Usman Khawaja departs for 27 runs. Australia are 72/1, trail India by 550 runs. Yadav held his nerves, was constantly tossing it up and got rewarded with a much-needed wicket.
05:46 IST: Jasprit Bumrah concedes just two runs in the over. Australia reach 70 for no loss.
05:42 IST: Jasprit Bumrah replaces Ravindra Jadeja.
05:41 IST: End of 20 overs! Australia are 68 for no loss, trail India by 554 runs.
05:36 IST: FOUR! Reverse sweep to impress and get quick runs for the team. Usman Khawaja seems best-suited batsman for the opening spot for Australia.
05:34 IST: End of the over! Four runs from it. Marcus Harris gets into the forties. Australia are 61/0 in 18 overs, trail India by 561 runs.
05:32 IST: Spin from the other end as well. Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack.
05:30 IST: FOUR! This time it's Usman Khawaja. No spin from Ravindra Jadeja. Khawaja premeditated the ball and smashed it over the mid-off for four.
05:29 IST: FOUR! Well-timed. Marcus Harris takes Australia past 50 in 16.3 overs.
05:27 IST: FOUR! Glorious drive from Marcus Harris. 11 runs from that over by Mohammed Shami. Australia are 47/0 in 16 overs.
05:24 IST: FOUR! Usman Khawaja flicks it down the leg side for a boundary. He joins the party with his first boundary.
05:21 IST: FOUR! With such grit, Marcus Harris is trying to the pressure back on India. Australia get to 36 without any loss of wicket in 14.3 overs.
05:20 IST: Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
05:16 IST: This day that year! Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut on the same day last year. He had claimed four wickets in two innings of the Test against South Africa in Cape Town.
05:09 IST: Usman Khawajja takes a quick single to keep the strike. Just two runs from the over by Mohammed Shami. Australia are 29/0 after 12 overs.
05:02 IST: 3 runs! Marcus Harris welcomes him with quick runs. Australia are 27/0 in 10.1 overs.
05:00 IST: Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris are out in the field to start Australia's proceedings on Day 3. Jasprit Bumrah to open the attack.
04:50 IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the third day of the fourth Test between India and Australia in Sydney.
Nathan Lyon (4/178 off 57.2 overs) was the highest wicket-taker for the home team in the first innings. India currently lead the series 2-1 after winning the opening clash in Adelaide and the third in Melbourne. Australia claimed victory in Perth. Calm and collected number three Pujara started the day 130 not out and picked up where he left off. He drove his second ball through the covers for three before once again dropping anchor, blocking and targeting only loose balls.
Throughout his knock, he hardly played a false stroke in a demonstration of "old-school" Test batting, soaking up the pressure and counter-attacking when he saw an opportunity. Pujara brought up his 150 with a boundary and seemed destined for his fourth Test 200 before attempting to whip Lyon down the leg side. Instead, he lobbed the ball back into the spinner's hands.At the other end chirpy wicketkeeper-batsman Pant plundered only his second Test century as he piled more pressure on a wilting Australian attack. The 21-year-old left-hander, in only his ninth Test, smashed eight boundaries in his ton and quickly passed his previous Test high of 114, made at The Oval against England last year, swinging his bat as he grew in confidence.