Saturday Jan 16, 2021
The second day of the final Test between Australia and India witnessed early stumps as final session was wiped out by a massive thunderstorm in Brisbane on Saturday.
While the ground drained quickly afterwards, the umpire called off the day as the outfield was too wet for play to continue.
Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane at two will resume the game on Sunday at Gabba for the visiting team who are 62 for two, lagging behind 307 runs of Australia 369 in first innings.
Australia had earlier claimed the vital wicket of Rohit Sharma 20 minutes before tea to seize the momentum.
Sharma had been in full flow, striking 44 stylish runs from 74 deliveries with six boundaries.
But with the score on 60 for the loss of opener Shubman Gill (7), Sharma threw his wicket away when he charged off-spinner Nathan Lyon, only managing to sky a ball to Mitchell Starc at deep mid-on.
Pat Cummins had made the early breakthrough for the hosts when Shubman Gill got a thick edge and Steve Smith took a sharp catch at second slip.
After resuming at 274 for five on Saturday morning, Australia lost five wickets in the first session including the overnight batsmen Tim Paine and Cameron Green.
Paine and Green had started aggressively on a flat batting wicket and looked to push the score beyond 400.
But shortly after reaching his half-century, Paine chased a wide ball from Shardul Thakur (3-94) and edged to Sharma at third slip to leave Australia 311 for six.
Green survived a sharp chance on 45 off Washington Sundar but two runs later, the off-spinner got his revenge when he bowled the Australian number six for 47.
Thakur, playing only his second Test, took his third wicket when he trapped Cummins leg-before for two to leave the hosts struggling at 315 for seven.
However, Lyon and Starc went on the attack and the score raced to 354 before Sundar bowled Lyon around his legs after his quickfire 24 off 22 deliveries.
When T. Natarajan bowled Josh Hazlewood to end the innings, the inexperienced Indian attack had completed an impressive comeback on a hot and humid Brisbane morning.