Australia scored 21 runs in six overs without losing any wickets at the end of the third day. Based on India’s first innings i.e. 336 runs, the host is now on a 54-run lead. The highlight of the third day was the seventh wicket partnership between Washington Sundar (62) and Shardul Thakur (67). For Australia, Josh Hazlewood took five wickets for 57 runs.
Despite being in a strong position at the start of the third day, the Australian team looked helpless in front of India’s young all-rounder Washington Sundar. Playing his first Test match, 21-year-old Sundar from Tamil Nadu put in a great performance first with the ball and then the bat.
After taking three crucial wickets in the first innings, Washington Sundar recovered the team in adverse conditions. The Indian team had lost six wickets for 186 runs. Then Washington, along with Shardul Thakur, faced 217 balls and added 123 runs for the seventh wicket. He scored a half-century in the first match of his Test career.
Sunder, batting at number seven, scored 62 runs from 144 balls, thus becoming the fourth Indian batsman to score the biggest innings at seventh in the debut test, breaking Dilawar Hussain’s 87-year-old record as he scored 62 runs. Dilavar then scored 57 against England in 1934. Rahul Dravid still holds the top position in this matter. Dravid smashed 95 against England in 1996.
Not only this, Sundar has now become the fourth Indian to score more than three wickets and more than 50 runs in the first innings of his debut match. In this too, he is the only other Indian to do this feat against Australia. Before him, Dattu Phadkar achieved this feat in 1947 and Hanuma Vihari in 2018.