Rain stops play with Australia 21/1 after Siraj dismisses Warner


Sydney, January 7

Young India pacer Mohammed Siraj dismissed the returning David Warner to leave Australia at 21 for one before rain stopped play barely seven overs into the first day of the third Test here on Thursday.

The home team batted only 7.1 before play was interrupted at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Siraj sent back Warner (5) when he had the seasoned opener caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip in the fourth over, giving India their first breakthrough before the heavens opened up.

At the break, debutant Will Pucovski and Marnus Labuschagne were batting on 14 and 2, respectively.

The players ran off the field as rain arrived from nowhere, forcing the groundsmen to cover the pitch as well as the square with the shower getting heavier.

Making a return after a long injury layoff, Warner showed intensity in the first few overs but got carried away with it as he chased a wide delivery from Siraj.

Barring a couple of uncomfortable moments against the shorter balls, Pucovski looked solid in the middle.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to bat in the third and penultimate match of the four-match series.

Rohit Sharma returned to the Indian playing XI in place of Mayank Agarwal, while pacer Navdeep Saini was handed a Test debut, replacing an injured Umesh Yadav.

For Australia, Warner came back into the team with Pucovski making his debut at the expense of Travis Head.

The series is tied at 1-1. PTI



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