AUS v IND 2020-21: "Don't see India making 200 in second innings," says Ricky Ponting

India needs 309 more runs to win the third Test at SCG with 8 wickets in hand.

Australia set india a target of 407 runs at SCG | BCCITwitter

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has made a big claim, saying that he does not see India making even 200 runs in the second innings of the ongoing third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

After batting more than 100 overs on the crease, Ajinkya Rahane and co. were bundled out for 244 in reply to Australia’s first innings score of 338 giving hosts a healthy lead of 94 runs at SCG.

The Aussies came out with a positive intent after gaining a lead of 94 runs. On account of handy fifties from Steve Smith (81), Cameron Green (84), and Marnus Labuschagne (73), skipper Tim Paine declared the Australian innings at 312/6 setting visitors the target of 407 runs. 

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Former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting while answering a question from the Twitter Handel of 7cricket said that he does not see India making even 200 runs in the second innings of the ongoing third Test against Australia here at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Replying to a query from the fan who had asked what would be the good score for Australia to declare, the Australian legend, Ricky Ponting said "310 ahead at the moment, but I honestly think India won't make 200 in the second innings." 

Sydney is known to be a good batting wicket, with the spinners coming into the picture on days 4 and 5 of a Test match but with the average fourth-innings score being 168 at Sydney cricket ground (SCG), visitors may find it difficult to chase the mammoth target of 407 runs.

The Indian cricket team however has not lost a Test match at Sydney Cricket Ground since January 2012. The last two Test-matches between the two sides on this ground have ended in a stalemate.


By Ankitjit Singh - 10 Jan, 2021

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