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WICKET! Rahane c Paine b Cummins 24 (167-3)

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Thanks Geoff. Awesome work these past five days and all series, for that matter. This has been an incredible series and the best might yet be saved for last. Australia needed to lift and thanks to Nathan Lyon they found something from somewhere. India’s second-wicket pair were firmly in the zone. But with the Gill, the enforcer, gone, what looked to be slipping away from Australia is now again in sight. That said, none of the three possible results can be ruled out. If Rahane and Pujara can keep India going as they were prior to Gill’s departure, India might well be retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a win, not a draw. Lot’s more to be said and done today.





49th over: India 132-2 (Pujara 26, Rahane 0) Hazlewood to Pujara and he’s hit again! This time on the hand and that is properly nasty. Pujara yelps and rips his glove off and sits down, ending up lying down on his back trying to ride out the worst wave of pain. That looks like a broken finger, from his reaction. The umpires order a drinks break while Pujara gets some treatment.

Tablets, spray, sympathy, and he’s going to continue. So either that means it isn’t broken or he’s a maniac. He’s led the way with his resistance on this tour, like he did in 2018, even though it’s looked like it has taken more effort from him this time around, more of a battle. Last time the bowlers couldn’t touch him, this time they’ve been at him the whole time.

He’s back at the crease, driving Hazlewood into the cover gap, deciding against a single. Leaving a bouncer. Completing another maiden.

And that, for me, is that for the series. Thanks for some emails in the last few minutes: Laksmi, Ben, Keith and everyone else who has written in to talk about the coverage. We’re very glad that you can pass some enjoyable hours with us sharing the game that we all love. It’s been a belter. A few more hours of it to come, and Scott Heinrich will take you through those. Cheerio.





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WICKET! Gill c Smith b Lyon 91, India 132-2

















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Lunch – India 83 for 1, needing 245 to win













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Fifty! Gill 50 from 90 balls

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