India vs Australia, Sydney Test: KL Rahul earns praise for sportsmanship

India vs Australia,Shane Warne,ODI squad

India vs Australia,Shane Warne,ODI squad

When the storms rolled in an hour before the scheduled close of play, Australia was 6-236, still trailing the visitors by a massive 386 runs, with Peter Handscomb (28*) and Pat Cummins (25*) at the crease.

Harris was on 77 at lunch but could only add two more runs to his score before chopping a delivery from Jadeja onto his stumps, thus ensuring the wait for an Australian batsman to score a century in this series continues.

Yadav ended with 3-71 and Jadeja 2-62.

Resuming the day at the overnight score of 24/0, Australia lost their first wicket when Usman Khawaja was dismissed by Yadav.

".I knew he was going to come at me so I was very lucky that wrong one landed perfectly", Kuldeep said.

"We're a young group and we're trying to work it out and we're playing against the number one side in the world, so it's not an easy thing to do".

Despite the task ahead, Harris remained optimistic. Yet it could have been a different story had any of the top-order batsman - all of whom got starts - managed to stick around long enough to make a big score.

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India have all but confirmed their first series Test victory in Australia by batting for almost two full days in raising 622-7 declared with Pujara (193) and Pant (159 not out) scoring centuries.

Unless Australia win, India, who lead 2-1, will claim a first series victory down under since they began touring there in 1947-48.

Khawaja was dropped on nought but failed to make the most of his second life. Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne fell within 22 runs of each other, and Travis Head's dismissal off a loopy full toss towards the end was a body blow in a session headlined by the perseverance of India's spinners.

He survived a close call on 24 when a drive to a diving KL Rahul fell just short.

So far, none of Australia´s batsmen has reached three figures over the four Tests, with Harris´ 79 the highest anyone has scored. In contrast, India have had a field day, compiling five centuries.

However, he was sent packing by an absolute blinder of a catch from Rahane at mid-wicket off Mohammad Shami's bowling.

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