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India vs Australia third Test Day 1 live score: Early lunch has been taken on Day 1 of the Sydney Test. Just 7.1 overs possible in the first session in which Australia scored 21 runs and lost the wicket of David Warner. Rain at the Sydney Cricket Ground forced the players to go off the field in 8th over of the third Test. This happened after Mohammed Siraj dismissed Warner for 5. Australia had opted to bat first after winning the toss in the third Test against India. Bio-bubble breach investigations, reports of India’s unwillingness to travel to Brisbane if stricter quarantine rules are forced on them, former Australian cricketers and media throwing jibes, we’ve had everything that could spice-up the proceedings in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Both India and Australia have landed a punch each and just like the third day – the moving day of a Test – this third Test at Sydney has all the ingredients to be the decisive one of the four-match series. Rohit Sharma returns to the playing XI for India, young Navdeep Saini makes his debut. Australia, on the other hand, will have a new opening pair with David Warner and Will Puvocski both regaining fitness and playing.

Follow India vs Australia live scorecard Day 1 3rd Test in Sydney:

7:12 hrs IST

Brendon Julian doesn’t foresee play for another hour at least

Not the greatest of news this. Brendon Julian provides some update on the weather in Sydney. The former left-arm quick feels it’s going to take another hour at least before play resumes. He says the rain has settled in at the moment and the minimum it’s going to take from here on is at least an hour or even more. Julian also informs that there is a 40 percent chance of rain in the day.

7:02 hrs IST

India in Tests at the Sydney Cricket Ground

India have won only one Test of the 12 played at the SCG, their only win coming at the venue in 1978. They have lost five and drawn six.

6:44 hrs IST

Pucovski showing shades of Cullinan?

Are we the only ones to have noticed it? Or have you too? There’s something about young Will Pucovski that reminds of former South Africa batsman Daryll Cullinan. The stance is so similar and even the face inside the helmet. If R Ashwin was to somehow sense it, what are the odds he’ll turn to leg spin?

6:37 hrs IST

Rain gets heavier

The drizzle has just got heavier at the SCG and we’re afraid an early lunch might be called now. The big covers have been rolled in and the it has gone really dark.

6:26 hrs IST

The first session extended

The first session has been extended by half and hour and the close of play by 20 minutes but if play doesn’t start soon we can expect changes in that too.

6:17 hrs IST

The main covers are still on

Spoke to soon, the drizzle is back again, forcing the groundstaff to keep the main hessian cloth is still on.And looks like they are calling the main covers back again, that kind of a day. We’ll wait for further updates before jumping the gun

6:13 hrs IST

The covers are coming off

The covers are coming off at the SCG and hopefully this time it stays away for long. Things have improved to be honest, the dark cloud cover has given way to some light, still can’t quite call it sun shine but it is definitely looking good. As far as the update, we should be starting play in 6:15 am IST, but it does look like we’ll have to wait for a few more minutes

5:55 hrs IST

Scratch the previous update

The covers are back on as it is has started to rain again. It is overcast at the SCG, so this might take a bit longer than what we had expected at the beginning. The Indian cricketers are in the dressing room now.

5:51 hrs IST


Looks like it has stopped raining at the SCG, we see a bit of sun peeping out and a couple of umbrellas being closed. Hopefully, the umpires will instruct the groundstaff to take the covers off too. And Yes, the covers are now being taken off, so we should start soon.

5:44 hrs IST

Still raining

The umpires are out their in the middle with their umbrellas. It is raining at the SCG at the moment. While it is not heavy but it is enough to keep the covers on and the players away from the field.

5:35 hrs IST

Rain interruption

Uh oh! The players are going off now. The covers are being rushed in. So we have a rain delay very early into the Test match. The rain does not look that heavy to be honest. This shouldn’t be a long delay. Australia 21/1 after 7.1 overs.

5:29 hrs IST

First boundary for Australia

Streaky. That could have gone anywhere. Siraj tested the debutant with a bouncer. He Went for the pull shot, got it at the upper half of his bat and it flew over. Thankfully for Pucovski and Australia, it landed away from the fine leg fielder and reached the fence. Australia 15/1

5:25 hrs IST

Pucovski flicks

…And flicks it well. Bumrah has got his hands on his head. He was trying to trap Pucovski leg before but the debutant has got good enough bat on thine one, three runs to Australia.

5:19 hrs IST

Siraj removes Warner

EDGED and TAKEN! What a big wicket for India that is. Pitched up from Siraj, it went away further with the angle, Warner with no real feet movement tries to play the expansive drive, ends up getting and outside and Pujara at first slip takes a sharp catch. Australia are 6 for 1

5:16 hrs IST

Early readings of the pitch

Sanjay Manjrekar in the commentary box says “This is a flat pitch” and we agree with him. The first three overs have shown that this could turn out to be paradise for the batsmen. No real movement off the pitch so far.

5:10 hrs IST

First runs in Test cricket for Pucovski

Siraj strays down the pads and Pucovski just flicks it to fine leg for a single – first runs for the young man in Test cricket, a moment he will perhaps never forget. Australia 5/0 after 2 overs.

5:08 hrs IST

Warner off the mark

Mohammed Siraj runs in for the second over and David Warner is away. That’s why you need someone like him kin the side. A little bit of width and he punches off the back foot to get off the mark with a couple.

5:06 hrs IST

A maiden to start the third Test

What a brilliant first over there from Jasprit Bumrah. He got the beautiful shape going away and also tested the debutant with a bouncer, who for his part, did not looked to be overawed by the occasion.

5:00 hrs IST

The players out in the middle

David Warner and Will Pucovski have walked out to bat for Australia. Looks like Pucovski will take the strike. Jasprit Bumrah has the new ball in hand for India. We are all set for live action.

4:59 hrs IST

The n numbers to keep an eye on in the Sydney Test

This is the 1st instance since 1989 when India’s Test captain (Ajinkya Rahane) and vice-captain (Rohit Sharma) are both from Mumbai Ranji Team.

– India have won only one Test at SCG out of the 12 Tests played here, they have lost 5 and drawn 6. The only win came in 1978

– Nathan Lyon needs 6 wickets to complete 400 Test wickets, he will be the 3rd AUS to reach this landmark after Shane Warne 708 and Glenn McGrath 563.

– C Pujara needs 97 runs to complete 6000 Test runs, he will be the 11th IND to reach this landmark and 5th quickest IND in terms of innings batted after S Gavaskar -117, V Kohli -119, S Tendulkar -120 and Rahul Dravid -125

4:57 hrs IST

The teams line-up for the anthems

India and Australia have lined up for their respective national anthems starting with the visitors’ one first then followed by Australia’s.

4:51 hrs IST

Warner and Pucovski will be up against Bumrah

Australia have a new opening pair of David Warner and debutant Will Pucovski. They will up against Jasprit Bumrah, who is most experienced seamer in the Indian attack with 16 Test caps. The other two – Mohammed Siraj (2nd Test) and Navdeep Saini (debut) – are newcomers.

4:45 hrs IST

The pink Test

This is also the Pink Test for the Jane McGrath foundation – wife of Glenn McGrath – to spread awareness about breast cancer. India legend Sachin Tendulkar donated his 200th Test shirt to the McGrath foundation for charity.

4:37 hrs IST

Australia Playing for 3rd Test

David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

4:36 hrs IST

India Playing XI for 3rd Test

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini

4:35 hrs IST

CONFIRMED: Warner in and Pucovski makes his debut

Tim Paine has confirmed that David Warner and Will Pucovski will open the batting for Australia today. What a moment for young Pucovski who got his Baggy Green just a while ago.

4:20 hrs IST

New opening pair for Australia?

There might be a couple of changes in the Australian rank too. Both openers David Warner and Will Pucovski have regained fitness and they are set to open the batting in the third Test against India. Warner’s inclusion is significant while Pucovski is set to receive his Test cap.

4:15 hrs IST

Rohit Sharma and Navdeep Saini in

If there was news off the field in the first few days of the New Year, there was plenty of it from the field too with India announcing their playing XI on the eve of the Ind vs Aus 3rd Test. Rohit Sharma has returned to the Test XI and Navdeep Saini will make his debut today. Rohit came in for Mayank Agarwal while Saini replaced an injured Umesh Yadav.

4:10 hrs IST

Lot of chatter

As if the series being locked at 1-1 wasn’t enough to bring the best the best out of both India and Australia. The rapidly escalating developments in the New Year have given this India vs Australia third Test at Sydney a different colour. Australia captain Tim Paine agreed that there is some ‘tension’ and ‘uncertainty’ after some ‘unnamed sources’ said talked about India’s unwillingness to travel to Brisbane almost after five of their players were being investigated for a possible bio-bubble breach. India stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, however, has said they are not at all ‘annoyed’ and are focused on the job in hand.

4:05 hrs IST

India vs Australia 3rd Test Day 1 live score

Boy does it feel great to once again wake up way before sunrise in India and write about India-Australia Test cricket. Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Ind vs Aus third Test Day 1 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The series is locked at 1-1 after Australia won in Adelaide and India staged a stunning comeback in Melbourne.

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