Australia vs India 2018-19: Sachin Tendulkar Makes Bold Prediction For First Test
Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar expressed his views on the outcome of the ongoing first Test agains Australia.
India ended day three of the ongoing first Test against Australia well on top. The visitors closed the day on 151 for 3, thus extending their overall lead to 166.
Cheteshwar Pujara (40 no), who scored 123 in the first innings, shared 71 runs for the third wicket with skipper Virat Kohli to put India in a commanding position. Earlier in the game, KL Rahul (44) and Murali Vijay (18) had given India a solid start by putting on 63 as they notched their first opening partnership of over 50 overseas.
India’s second innings began slowly with only 11 runs scored in the first nine overs. However, Rahul soon got into groove, smashing three fours and then a superb six off Pat Cummins over cover-point as 51 runs came from the next nine overs.
Vijay was the first to depart after he scored 18. Rahul soon followed before Pujara and Kohli shared the fifty-plus stand to guide India to a strong position. Lyon then gave Australia the much-needed breakthrough by accounting for Kohli for 34. Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane then took India to stumps.
Earlier in the day, India did not take long to bowl out Australia. The hosts had resumed on 191-7 with Travis Head 61 not out and eyeing his maiden Test ton, but the Adelaide-born batsman was caught behind by Rishabh Pant off Shami for a joint career-best 72. On the very following delivery, Shami sent back Josh Hazlewood (0) to give India a slender 40-run lead. Towards the end of the Australian innings, Rishabh Pant ended up creating history.
He became the first Indian wicketkeeper to take six catches in a Test innings in Australia. He also equalled MS Dhoni’s record of most catches by an Indian ‘keeper in Test innings.
Meanwhile, with India leading by 166 runs with seven wickets in hands, legendary Sachin Tendulkar feels the visitors are set to win the game. He took to Twitter to predict the outcome of the game, writing:
“As of now, India is in the driver’s seat and all set to take the game away. Australia need to bowl well in the first session tomorrow to stay in the game, otherwise they go to the next Test down 1-0.”
As of now, India is in the driver’s seat and all set to take the game away. Australia need to bowl well in the first session tomorrow to stay in the game, otherwise they go to the next Test down 1-0. #INDvAUS
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 8, 2018
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