408 runs in front of India in the Sydney Test

408 runs in front of India in the Sydney Test

The Sydney Test became the stage for Steve Smith to return. Even in Sydney, Australia's worries would have increased if he had not returned to form. Even more pressure was put on Smith. But Australia and Smith - both sides are safe and worry-free for now.

The visitors made a positive start by chasing the target of four hundred. However, in the last minute, Tim Payne's team has gone a little further by returning their two openers.

Smith missed out on a consecutive century but ensured Australia were in the driver’s seat as they set India 407 to win. Chasing 407, India got off to a good start as the opening pair put on a 71-run partnership before Shubman Gill perished.

Rohit Sharma went on to hit a brilliant 50 but was dismissed just after that trying to hook Pat Cummins. He was caught by Mitchell Starc in the deep. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara will now hold the key as India hopes to draw the SCG Test.

Chasing 406, India has got off to a good start. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have looked positive in the middle. More importantly, India still has 10 wickets in the bank.

India will have to score 309 runs on the last day to win the Sydney Test. He has 8 wickets in hand. And if you want to save the rate, you have to play all day. The task is difficult but not impossible.