Gill’s maiden Test century at home and he reached the milestone with a boundary. Australia took one wicket each in all three sessions. Meanwhile, India began the third day with a flurry of fours off Mitchell Starc before Matthew Kuhnmann hit Rohit Sharma for 35 runs. India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and Gill put on a solid 74-run stand before being separated. The pitch didn’t provide much help to the bowlers on the first two days and if the situation remains the same, it could be a cause of concern for the Australian team.
Rohit and Gill finished the second day’s play with India trailing by 444 runs. Usman Khawaja and Cameron Green then helped Australia post 480 runs on the scoreboard in the first innings. Khawaja scored 180, while Green scored his maiden Test century – 114 – to put India on the backfoot.
“You can feel much better than just having three wickets in your bag,” Ashwin said at the end of the second day’s play in the series-deciding fourth Test.
“It feels good because you end up with a good bag of wickets, even if you don’t bowl sometimes, you feel good about it. I’ll go to bed a little earlier and a little happier tonight.” Ashwin has taken 24 wickets in the series so far, with one innings left to bowl, but his 6/91 in 47.2 overs will surely go down as one of his best efforts on a flat deck, earning him his Some spinner friendly conditions after getting a chance to run the trade.
He said, ‘We expected the wicket to play well but not as slow as it gave. So expect it to become difficult to bat as the game progresses.
“When the monkey is off your back you feel more like a Test cricketer, so in a way it is good to tick on that. This is very special.
He got some loose deliveries, especially from Umesh Yadav, which helped him reach his early 90s before completing his maiden century.
“I guess I might have been a little lucky, I went from 70 to 80, 90 very quickly, so that probably helped a little bit, there wasn’t too much time to think about it, that’s all.”
With a top score of 84 in his last 19 innings, this innings was certainly special.
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