Team India will be thankful by the fact that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has no serious fractured his elbow, and is probably to be available for batting in their second innings.
The 23-year-old was hit on the elbow by a short-ball from Pat Cummins over the 85th over of India’s first innings in the third Test in Sydney.
Breaking in what should come as some relief for India @RishabhPant17 s scans show no major damage. He is in pain but should be able to bat on day 5. He is being treated for the injury. Watch [email protected] @SportsTodayofc for more.
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Rishabh Pant was on his knees almost instantly and called the physio to test on him. After having pain relievers and a strapping, the southpaw was available to resume his innings.
However, Rishabh Pant clearly looked unstable by the blow and soon gone for 36, chasing a wide ball from Josh Hazlewood. It was his wicket that opened the floodgates for the Aussies, as India suffered yet another batting fall.
From 195-4, the visitors could handle to add just 49 runs as they got bowled out for 244, as well as reach a crucial 94-run lead to the hosts.
On a pitch that didn’t provide much help to either pace or spin, Team India gifted wickets to the opposition through some heedless run-outs and suspect shot selection.
Team India’s injury troubles continue as all-rounder man Ravindra Jadeja was affected on his thumb by a short-ball from Mitchell Starc. Although he carried on batting before the end of the Indian innings, the 32-year-old did does not take the field during Australia’s second innings.
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However, Team India had Wriddhiman Saha to replace Rishabh Pant as a wicketkeeper, they missed Jadeja’s bowling talent. He played no further part on day three and is incredible to bowl for the visitors.
Jadeja was their strike bowler in the first innings, picking up a score of 4-62.
He (Jadeja) is also a gun fielder, as revealed by his major run-out of Steve Smith in the first innings. Jadeja’s absence was felt in the second innings as India square could not pick up above two wickets on day three.
Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne control team to the Indian bowlers and have already added 68 runs for the third wicket. The visitors will be expecting that Jadeja’s injury is not so much serious and that he returns to bowl on day four.
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