Josh Hazlewood has produced an electrifying run-out to give Australia a much needed surge of energy as they defend their first innings total on day three of the New Year’s Test.
India had been settling into their first innings comfortably on day three of the Test match when Hazlewood struck, dismissing Hanuma Vihani for just four runs and ending his stand alongside Cheteshwar Pujara.
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Having just completed a six-over spell before taking his position at mid-off, Hazlewood pounced on some hesitation from Vihani with a perfect throw at the non-striker’s stumps.
The 30-year-old was still falling as he released the ball, with fans erupting on social media after the wicket was confirmed.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 9, 2021
That run out by Josh Hazlewood was the big play of the session. Still plenty of potential for India to pass Australia's score. #AusvInd
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) January 9, 2021
— Dave Rawlings (@drawlings27) January 9, 2021
Brilliant piece of fielding by Josh Hazlewood to run out Hanuma Vihari by a big stretch. Hoff dived at mid-off and in the one motion hit the stumps with a direct throw. A big blow for India trying to consolidate after Rahane dismissal. IND 4-142 #AUSvIND
— Robert Smith (@OnyaDon) January 9, 2021
The dismissal will expose Rishabh Pant to the second new ball just one over after lunch, with the wicketkeeper-batsman threatening to unleash on 29.
The play had all the hallmarks of Pat Cummins' brilliant effort to run out Cheteshwar Pujara on the last ball of the opening day in Adelaide two years ago.
Pujara, meanwhile, is again proving to be India's stone wall, soaking up 144 balls to be unbeaten on 42 at the break.
Australia has enjoyed a positive start to day three, with Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane bowled by Pat Cummins for 22 earlier in the day.
Aussie skipper Tim Paine fumes over DRS decision
Tim Paine could find himself in hot water after he unleashed an expletive rant at umpire Paul Wilson over Test cricket's umpire review system, asking for some "f***ing consistency".
The usually mild-mannered Paine was clearly angered after India's Cheteshwar Pujara survived a bat-pad review on 13, with no evidence he'd edged the ball.
With Lyon searching for his first wicket of the Sydney Test, Paine immediately sent the not-out call upstairs after Matthew Wade's catch was turned down.
Legside hotspot replays were blocked by Wade's body, while the snicko showed very small movement as the ball went past the bat but no spike.
Third umpire Bruce Oxenford looked at the offside hotspot and didn't see a mark as the inside edge of the bat turned, before sticking with the not-out call.
The decision immediately set off Paine.
"He went to hot spot from the offside," Paine could be heard on stump microphone seemingly questioning Wilson Oxenford's use of the angle.
When told it was not Wilson's decision, Paine responded: "The f***ing consistency Blocker (Wilson). There is a thing that goes past it (on snicko)."
If the incident earns the attention of match referee David Boon, Paine could see himself fined or potentially even suspended for the series-deciding fourth Test in Brisbane.
Under the ICC's code of conduct, Paine would only face a fine for swearing of up to 50 per cent of his match fee.
However, if the more serious charge of dissent was considered, penalties can range between a fine or a potential one or two-game ban depending on the grading.
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