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10.10am local time/4.40am IST: Jadeja out of the series
Big blow for India: Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the series with a dislocation and a fracture. He will be out for two to three weeks according to the TV commentators. “Ravindra Jadeja has a dislocation in his left thumb. Rishabh Pant still has some pain in his elbow. He is currently being treated,” says the update from the BCCI.
To add to that, Hanuma Vihari, stationed at square leg has dropped Marnus Labuschagne on the second ball of the day. Labuschagne flicked the ball from Bumrah straight to square leg, where all Vihari had to do was put his hands together between his legs. Regulation catch dropped early in the day.
9.50am local time/4.20am IST: What target will Australia set India?
A lead of 197 runs and eight wickets in hand. And who’s on strike? Steven Smith (29*) and Marnus Labuschagne (47*). Australia well on top here in conditions good for batting, India with an inexperienced attack that is now without Ravindra Jadeja because of the injury he sustained yesterday on his left thumb while batting. The pitch is a little up and down because of some footmarks, which is the only thing India will hope will work for them. Otherwise Australis are all set to further extend their lead against the ball 29 overs old here.
Gnasher adds from the ground:
Morning from the SCG. Another glorious day here. Unless India strike early, feels like it will be a case of seeing what sort of target Australia want to set. Bat until around tea? There could be a few other things happening today as well. We await injury updates on Pant and Jadeja, further news of the crowd abuse that emerged last night and the latest on the Gabba Test.
Vishal Dikshit is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo
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