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Sydney Test: Kuldeep, Jadeja Puts India On Top, Australia Six Down For 236

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| January 5 , 2019 , 11:50 IST

Australia started well on the 3rd day of 4th Test, Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja gave a solid start to their team both were looking good and added 72 runs collectively on Saturday.

After a strong start, Australia lost their momentum and India took complete control by the end of the first two sessions.

In the post-lunch session, Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets in Marcus Harris (79) and Shaun Marsh (8). Kuldeep Yadav, who dismissed the opener Usman Khawaja in the 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.

Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets each as India restricted Australia to 198/5 at tea, 434 runs behind their first innings total on the 3rd day of the match.

Earlier, Australia were 122/1 at lunch, trailing India by 500 runs. 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.

Later, the match was stopped due to bad light in 84th over of Jadeja. Australia were 238 for six.

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India declared their first innings on 622 for seven. The sparkling knocks from Pujara and Pant gave an upper hand to the Indian team. Pujara missed his double hundred by just seven runs as he scored 193 runs while Pant remained unbeaten for 159 runs.

Australian top order looked so helpless before the Indian spinners that no one could score even a half-century except the Australian opener Marcus Harris. The whole team was struggling before the spin-twins of Kuldeep and Jadeja.