Australia debutant opener Will Pucovski scored a gritty half-century and was nicely supported by Marnus Labuschagne because the hosts reached 93/1 at Tea on Day 1 of the third Check in opposition to India on the Sydney Cricket Floor.
At tea, Pucovski and Labuschagne remained unbeaten on 54 and 34 respectively and had been in the midst of an unbroken 87-run partnership.
Pucovski was spectacular with approach and unafraid to play his photographs, exhibiting composure in defence and strokeplay. He did, nonetheless, get pleasure from loads of luck. He was dropped twice by Rishabh Pant, as soon as off R Ashwin on 26 after which within the very subsequent over off Mohammed Siraj.
Earlier, after profitable the toss, Australia did not have an incredible begin as they misplaced opener David Warner early within the innings. Warner, who’s getting back from groin damage after having missed the primary two Assessments, was caught in slips by Cheteshwar Pujara off the bowling of tempo bowler Mohammed Siraj within the fourth over. Warner scored 5 runs of the eight balls he confronted.
Australia had reached 21/1 when rain got here pouring within the seventh over and gamers left the sector. Umpires referred to as for early Lunch and the play resumed solely after a prolonged break within the second session.
Indian bowlers — Jasprit Bumrah, Siraj and Ravichandran Ashwin — all bowled on tight strains and lengths and made positive the hosts did not rating freely within the begin of the post-Lunch session. Nonetheless, within the final 45 minutes of the session, the guests had been a bit sloppy within the subject permitting Pucovski to succeed in his half-century. There was additionally a missed run out probability the place Jasprit Bumrah mildly harm his ankle in an try to subject the ball.
For India, debutant pacer Navdeep Saini bowled the ultimate over earlier than the Tea break during which he conceded 9 runs.
Transient scores: Australia 93/1 at Tea (Will Pucovski 54*, Marnus Labuschagne 34*; Mohammed Siraj 1/33)