Australian Open: Day three review
Australian Open: Day three review
GREGOR DIMITORV (3) STAYING: The Bulgarian was pushed all the way in five sets before finally beating No. 186-ranked Mackenzie McDonald, who had never won a tour-level match before qualifying for the Australian Open, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 8-6. Dimitrov is highly fancied but will have to improve a lot if he is to go all the way.
NICK KYRGIOS (17) STAYING: The explosive Aussie was always in control of his match against Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6. We are only two matches in but there is a focus about the home hope that he has rarely shown before. He has all the talent in the world, could this be his year?
MARIN CILIC (6) STAYING: Last year’s Wimbledon finalist was in dominant form as he downed Joao Sousa 6-1, 7-5, 6-2. It was the kind of big-serving showing that if the Croatian can repeat and repeat should see him go deep in Melbourne.
JO-WILFRED TSONGA () STAYING: The Frenchman rallied from 5-2 in the fifth set to overcome rising star Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 in an absorbing three-hour, 37-minute contest. He will now face Kyrgios in the next round in what promises to be a fascinating clash.
ELINA SVITOLINA (4) STAYING: The Ukrainian rallied to reach the third round with a gutsy 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Katerina Siniakova. Svitolina was 0 for 6 on break-point chances in the first set, but recovered to break Siniakova six times over the rest of the match.
JELENA OSTAPENKO (7) STAYING: The French Open champion is through to the third round having seen off the challenge of Duan Yingying 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 on the Margaret Court Arena. The Latvian is definitely one to watch the longer the tournament goes on.
JULIA GOERGES (12) PACKING HER BAGS: The German was on a 15-match unbeaten streak and strongly tipped to do well in Melbourne. But she leaves trophyleess in week one having been beaten 6-4, 6-3 by world No.42 Alize Cornet.
Virat Kohli century leaves England facing big task to win 3rd test
NOTTINGHAM: India captain Virat Kohli kept up his brilliant summer form by hitting 103 before setting England a world-record target of 521 to win the third Test and clinch the series with two matches to spare.
Nine overs into its run chase, England reached 23-0 at stumps and still needed 498 runs to complete what would be a highly improbable victory at Trent Bridge.
The highest successful run chase in test history is 418, by West Indies against Australia in 2003.
England lead the five-match series 2-0.
Kohli has scored twice as many runs as any other player this series, with his 23rd test century adding to the 97 from the first innings to take his series average to 73.33. He made 149 in the first test at Edgbaston, and is in line to return to the top of the test batting rankings above Australia’s Steve Smith.
A day after taking 5-28, Hardik Pandya smashed an unbeaten 52 off 52 balls before India declared on 352-7 late on day three. Cheteshwar Pujara, resuming overnight alongside Kohli with India on 124-2, earlier made 72 after being dropped on 40 by Alastair Cook in the slips.
Cook (9) and Keaton Jennings (13) survived a testing spell before the close to take the target below 500. The pitch still looks good for batting, but India remains the heavy favorite.
“The pitch has quickened up a bit,” Pujara said. “It is a lot quicker and there is a lot of deviation. On day four, it won’t be easy for them to bat.”
England’s faint chances of avoiding defeat in Nottingham were hit during the first session of the day when wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow broke a bone in the middle finger of his left hand attempting to take a catch.
Bairstow didn’t return to the field — Jos Buttler took over wicketkeeping duties — and England didn’t give an indication of whether Bairstow will be asked to bat in the team’s second innings.
“Although we are a long way behind,” England assistant coach Paul Farbrace said, “we showed real effort and it was important not to lose any wickets this evening.”