SYDNEY: Will Pucovski scored a half century on debut to assist Australia to 93 for one at tea after rain washed out 4 hours of the primary day of the third take a look at in opposition to India on Thursday.
The 22-year-old rode his luck to succeed in 54 not out on the break after twice being dropped behind the stumps by India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and surviving a run-out scare. Marnus Labuschagne was unbeaten on 34 on the different finish.
Australia captain Tim Paine gained the toss and selected to ship his reworked opening partnership of Pucovski and David Warner to face the Indian assault below cloudy skies at Sydney Cricket Floor.
Warner missed the primary two assessments within the collection with a groin damage and there might be questions over simply how match he was after he departed for 5 runs after pushing a Mohammed Siraj supply to Cheteshwar Pujara within the slips.
The rain descended quickly afterwards with solely seven overs accomplished, a disappointing begin to a much-anticipated match in a collection well-poised at 1-1 after the primary two contests in Adelaide and Melbourne.
Pucovski made an assured begin to his take a look at profession however India might be desperately dissatisfied to face the 22-year-old within the remaining session.
On 26, he bought a feather of an edge to a Ravichandran Ashwin supply however Pant dropped the catch chilly behind the stumps.
Pucovski had added one other six runs to his tally when he gloved the ball behind to offer Pant an opportunity to redeem himself.
Though the wicketkeeper scurried again and leapt excessive to succeed in the ball, he was adjudged to have trapped it on the bottom on the best way down and Pucovski was recalled to the crease.
A mixture-up with Labuschagne because the pair went for a 3rd run when Pucovski was on 37 left the debutant stranded on the mistaken finish however the throw from the Indian fielder was poor and he survived to bat on.
A pulled 4 to the onside noticed Pucovski attain the half century mark simply earlier than the tea break as rain clouds gathered ominously on the horizon.
After a second outbreak of COVID-19 in Sydney, the match was being performed in entrance of a decreased attendance of round 10,000 followers with the carrying of masks obligatory for followers besides when they’re consuming or consuming.