Australia were at 21/0 in their second innings, with an overall lead of 54 runs. David Warner was unbeaten on 20 runs and Marcus Harris on one.
Shardul and Sundar both scored memorable fifties. Shardul began his innings with a six and also brought up his fifty with a maximum. Ravichandran Ashwin interviewed Shardul, Sundar, and T Natarajan after the day’s play. BCCI posted a video of the same.
On beginning his innings with a six, Shardul said, “At that time, I did not look to hit six, it was more of a reaction. I saw the ball and played that shot instinctively and it came out well for me."
Ashwin also asked Sundar about Shardul striking a six to get to his fifty. "I knew it was coming, to be honest. He was trying for a six to Lyon for some time and I knew it was coming and he was very eager to get to his half-century," the debutant spinner revealed.
On his scintillating strokes, Shardul said that everything just came out well. "I have not really practiced those. It was one of those days where I was batting really well and did not want to miss any opportunity. Any loose ball and I just felt like putting it away," he further added.
Shardul was eventually dismissed for 67 runs while Sundar made a fighting 62. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood starred with 5 for 57.
-By A Cricket Correspondent