Twitter Reactions: Jhulan Goswami and Vastrakar star with the ball after India declare at 377/8

Australia ended the day at 143/4 and still trail by 234 runs in the first innings.

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At stumps on Day three of the one-off Test match between Australia and India, the hosts were reduced to 143-4. After declaring the innings at 377 India pulled the momentum to their side. Jhulan Goswami and Pooja Vastrakar stood out for the side by scalping prized wickets to leave Australia struggling.  Heading into day four, the hosts are trailing by 234 runs.

After an eventful Day two, India’s batters Deepti Sharma and Taniya Bhatiya resumed the innings and provided a decent start to the team. The former brought up a bit of aggression to the fore initially but the Aussie bowlers then chimed in to disturb the momentum. Annabel Sutherland and Sophie Molineux bowled with immense control and maintained tight lines. This built-up pressure on India which reaped rewards for Australia as Bhatiya departed with 22 runs to her account.

Just before dinner, Pooja Vastrakar had to walk back to the hut as Beth Mooney completed a brilliant catch at gully off Ellyse Perry’s delivery. The all-rounder registered her 300th international wicket. India was 359-7 at dinner and Deepti Sharma had added 57 runs to the team’s account. Shortly after dinner, Sharma was trapped by Stella Campbell’s short-of-length delivery. Eventually, India declared at 377-8.

Jhulan Goswami strikes with early breakthroughs

As the Australian openers, Alyssa Healy and Beth Mooney took the charge of the field, the latter started well, going for some beautiful drives. India’s fast bowling spearhead Goswami and Meghna Singh opened the bowling for the side. Soon, the in-form batter Mooney had to depart as Goswami bowled a full-length delivery that caught an inside edge and hit the leg stump, providing India with a crucial wicket.

The Australian skipper Meg Lanning then walked to the field. Healy took her time and was well settled on the other end. Goswami who maintained magnificent length in her bowling managed to get another important breakthrough as Healy nicked it to the keeper and walked back as Australia was reduced to 63-2. An eventful session came to an end as India had clearly gained the upper hand and had a good hold of the proceedings.

Pooja Vastrakar then removed Meg Lanning with a superb delivery as the skipper added 38 runs to her account. She was looking good in the middle and was aiming to build on the good start but Vastrakar ended her innings. From 82-3, Perry and Tahlia McGrath sailed the team to 119 before it was Vastrakar again who entered the scenario. A short and wide outside off stump delivery which the batter looked to cut only to hand Mandhana a good catch.

The wicket came at a crucial time for India but then Ellyse Perry and Ashleigh Gardner made sure there were no more hiccups until the end of day’s play. The match is certainly heading towards the draw but an Aussie collapse cannot be overruled and expect India to come all-out at them with no chance of losing the game anymore.

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