India has been largely dominant in the ongoing four-match Test series against Australia and for the first time in over 30 years, the Aussies have been made to follow-on, on their own turf.
Having won the toss on the first morning at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Indian skipper Virat Kohli elected to bat first. Like in 2004, India made merry on a pitch that had very little to offer to the bowlers. Opener Mayank Agarwal set the tone and Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his third century of the series. Pujara played an unflustered knock to score 193, agonisingly missing out on a well-deserved double century.
Despite seeing the back of Pujara finally, Australia's pain was not over as Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja piled on the runs and misery. The former scored an unbeaten 159 while the latter was dismissed for 81, trying to increase the scoring rate. India declared their innings after scoring 622.
Australia, in reply, was not even half as good as they were bundled out of 300 on the fourth day. Kuldeep Yadav was impressive as he spun his way to a fifer – his maiden in Australia. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with two wickets each while Jasprit Bumrah picked up Peter Handscomb.
India then enforced the follow-on and for the first time since 1988, the Aussies have been asked to bat again by the opposition in Australia. But, for India, the biggest challenge in this Test match has not been Australia, but the weather.
After rain ending play early on day 3, it stalled play for about four hours on day 4 before bad light stopped play and the players had to walk off for the tea break.
Twitterati naturally had a lot to say about the proceedings.