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Sundar registers highest score for No 7 debutant in Aus

Last updated on: January 17, 2021 15:10 IST
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Washington Sundar

IMAGE: India debutant Washington Sundar celebrates his half century on Day 3 of the fourth Test against Australia, in Brisbane, on Sunday. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Washington Sundar registered the highest individual score for a debutant batting at number seven in Australia, on Sunday.

The Tamil Nadu off-spinner, who picked up three wickets in Australia's first innings, played a gutsy knock of 62 runs in his debut Test to enable India come storming back in the ongoing fourth Test against Australia, at the Gabba, Brisbane.

 

The effort, off 144 balls, which included seven fours and a six, saw him post the third-highest score for an Indian debutant batting at number seven.

Sundar and Shardul Thakur posted half-centuries on Day 3 and together registered the highest seventh-wicket partnership for India at the Gabba before India's first innings folded for 336.

The duo shared a 123-run stand before Pat Cummins dismissed Shardul (67).

They bettered the record of Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar.

Dev and Prabhakar had stitched together a partnership of 58 runs in 1991. Twenty years later the record was broken.

Shardul and Sundar joined forces at the crease when India was in a spot of bother at 186 for 6 and looking to avoid being bundled out cheaply.

They mixed caution with aggression and both were up to the task of capitalising on the loose balls.

They also faced seven overs with the second new ball, and were unfazed in the task.

Before close of play on Day 3, Australia openers David Warner (20) and Marcus Harris (1) saw out six overs to extend the home team's lead to 54.

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