Match Details

AUS vs IND 3rd Test, IND vs AUS 2023

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AUS 197(76.3)
Australia won by 9 wickets 🏆
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M Labuschagne Logo
M Labuschagne Jersy
4s: 6
6s: 0
T Head Logo
T Head Jersy



T Head
4s: 6
6s: 1
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R Ashwin Jersy



R Ashwin

Econ: 4.47
16th Over:
= 5
17th Over:
= 3
Last Over:
= 5
This Over:
= 9


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Inn 2
Inn 3
Inn 4
So a massive defeat for India at home. Tough pill to swallow, but a brilliant week in the office for Steven Smith, the captain. The lead of India in this 4-match series has been reduced to 1-2. We will be going to Ahmedabad for the fourth and final Test on March 9.

For now, this is AkshayaKrishna Polya signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Arijit Kundu and scorer/analyst Zeeshan Naiyer brought you all the live-action of this Test. Join us regularly to follow cricketing actions across the globe. We will meet again, until then, it's cheers!
Nathan Lyon (Player of the Match): "It has been a remarkable test series. Very proud to get the boys and have one down was very special. Yeah, hundred percent. I don't have all the skills and but try to do one thing perfectly. I have the stock ball and try to do it well over and over again.

Don't think I have mastered it. I have been lucky enough to charm the very best players in the game- someone like Virat and Pujara. Thank You"
Nathan Lyon: Player of the Match
Steven Smith (Australia Captain): "Yeah, everything I think. Right from losing the toss, we might have been on the back foot, but we bowled well to push them. Matthew Kuhnemann was outstanding in the first-innings. Nathan Lyon as always was spot-on in both innings'. Usman batted well for us. See, they did bowl decently. Umesh was excellent for them. Todd Murphy was brilliant going just one an over in his first 10-odd overs. I like to do captaincy in this part of the world. See, Pat Cummins had to go back home since his mother is ill. Thoughts with him. I believe I have a good understanding of the complexities. It's a place I enjoy going to, and I think I did a good job this week. The approach will be similar. We'll have to wait and see what the conditions are. It's great to be in the WTC final, but it all comes down to playing good cricket. Hopefully, we'll be able to finish the series well."
Game Changer of the Match: Usman Khawaja
Strongest Performer of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara
Rohit Sharma (India Captain): "We did not start well in the first innings, We understand how important it is to put runs on the first innings. When they posted an 80-90 runs lead, we failed to put on a good score in the second innings also. Had we batted a lot better, chances would be better.

Honestly, we haven't thought about it [on tracks]. We have time to think about it. We will regroup. We need to understand that no matter what the pitches are, we need to come and do the job. When we were playing on challenging pitches, we cannot allow the bowlers to bowl at the particular areas.

We have to be brave and challenge the bowlers. It can happen like that, One odd game can happen where things are not falling in place altogether. This game was like that. We wanted a few guys to chip up and things didn't happen. You can falter in your plans and this is what happened here. We were not up to the mark."
11:05 AM IST | Time for the post-match presentation ceremony...
Match Bulletins Day 3:
  • Ashwin removes Khawaja in the second ball of the day and gives India a hope

  • Head and Labuschagne manage to keep out Ashwin and Jadeja for ten overs without attacking them

  • Head takes the attack on the spinners as soon as India change the ball

  • Drinks, Session 1: AUS- 56/1 (Head-36*, Labuschagne-19*)

  • Labuschagne finishes off with a boundary

  • Match End: AUS- 78/1 (Head-49*, Labuschagne- 28*)

  • Australia win by 9 wickets and reduce the series down to 1-2

Travis Head: "We have seen this throughout the series -anything can happen. Fortunate enough, and was ready to take them whenever required. Ah, yes nice to contribute. Not everything goes in your way. Was prepared and did my job and was ready enough to do it.

We tried to make sure we execute in the first innings. We played Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the lead up to this Test. There was clear thinking and plans, and we did an exceptional job on this Test.

There was a time, we knew there would be a time when the bowlers would be upon us, and later we would get the opportunity to score runs. We knew if a wicket goes, it would be difficult for the guys who would come later. So, we took our time. Make sure that I took my role and opportunity. There was no messaging coming out. We made sure we put bad balls to score and release the pressure.

The bounce in Australia is the key, and in the first Test, people were criticising him [Nathan Lyon] but he does what he does the best, he is an unbelievable bowler."

Travis Head: 49* runs off 53 with six 4s and one 6.
Session Breakdown:

Session 1:
78 runs, 1 wicket, 18.5 overs.
Earlier in the Test, the decision to bat first backfired on India as they were skittled out for a mere 109 runs in 33.2 overs. Despite surviving a couple of chances in the first over of the match, Rohit Sharma eventually got out playing a reckless shot from where the collapse began. Matthew Kuhnemann was the wrecker in chief of this downfall who finished with his career-best figures of 9-2-16-5. Nathan Lyon supported Kuhnemann with a three-wickets haul. India were 84/7 at lunch on day 1, and due to a quick cameo of Umesh Yadav, the side breached the 100-run mark. 

Australia too lost Travis Head very early in their first innings, but a strong gritty second-wicket partnership between Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne of 96 runs. Team India was poor with the reviews and field settings during this period, easing the pressure on this duo. Australia were 156/4 at stumps on day 1 but Ravichandran Ashwin and Umesh Yadav came with the right intent and bowled in the right areas to dismiss Australia for 197 in 76.3 overs with a lead of 88 runs. While Khawaja scored a brilliant half-century, Ashwin and Umesh picked three wickets each. Jadeja picked four top-order wickets but was the culprit of India losing reviews and dismissed Labuschagne with a no-ball. 

Trailing by 88 runs, India didn’t start well, losing Shubman Gill early. Nathan Lyon spun the web around the Indian batting line-up and decimated the hosts with an excellent 8 wickets haul. India were all-out for 163 runs in their second innings in 60.3 overs at the stroke of stumps on the second day. Cheteshwar Pujara was the star of the show for India with a 142-ball 59, helping the side get a lead with which the bowlers had something to fight.

The post-match presentation will turn up soon...
10:47 AM IST | The World Number one Test batter finishes it in style as Australia beat India at their home ground by 9 wickets to take the side through to World Test Championship (WTC) final to be played at the Oval in June! Meanwhile, this is just the third Test loss for India at home in the last 45 matches.

Chasing a small yet tricky target of 76 runs to win, Australia lost Usman Khawaja in just the second delivery of the day as the spin mastermind of India, Ravichandran Ashwin eked out an outside edge to send him packing for a silver duck.

Marnus Labuschagne (28*) and Travis Head (49*) batted very patiently in the first ten overs to down the shoulders of the Indian players. Then both counter-attacked to add an unbeaten partnership of 78 runs for the second wicket and helped the side to reduce the Indian lead in the series down to 1-2.
18.5 R Ashwin to M Labuschagne
4 FOURRRR!! And here comes the winning runs, off the bat of Marnus Labuschagne. Full and outside the off-stump line. Marnus prods forward and slogs it over the inner circle, to the right of long-on region. He falls over a bit to get underneath the bounce but does the needful for his side. Labuschagne is jubilant and roars up. Australia are still alive in the series (for the draw) and the series stands 2-1. With this, Australia saves the ticket to the finals of the World Test Championship.
18.4 R Ashwin to M Labuschagne
0 Jabs the length uppish at the stumps and Marnus defends forward with the vertical blade.
18.3 R Ashwin to M Labuschagne
0 Aired up short of a fuller one. The carrom ball and it beats the outside edge of Labuschagne as he shimmies down the ground and wears on the pads. 
Two more runs needed for Australia to win.