India suffered an initial setback as KS Bharat was dismissed by Scott Boland on only the second delivery of the day. At that point, it seemed like Australia would secure a substantial lead and potentially enforce a follow-on.
However, Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur completely turned the situation around with their determined partnership, guiding India safely to the lunch break.
Thakur, in particular, endured a barrage of hostile deliveries from Cummins before the tables finally turned in his favor. In the last over, Cummins managed to dismiss Thakur by hitting the wickets, but the decision was overturned as he had stepped over the line, much like he did on Day 2 when he dismissed Rahane in a similar manner.
#TeamIndia all out for 296.
Over to our bowlers now!
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 9, 2023
Rahane and Thakur’s partnership reached an impressive 108 runs, with Rahane, playing his first Test match since January 2022, only 11 runs away from achieving his 13th century.
Unfortunately, he was unable to reach the milestone as he fell early in the second session, caught brilliantly by Cameron Green off the bowling of Pat Cummins when he was on 89 runs.
Thakur, on the other hand, managed to surpass his half-century mark, but his innings came to an end on 51 off 109 balls, caught by Green once again.