Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s Live Coverage of Australia vs India, Fourth Test, Day 4 at the Gabba, Brisbane.
Australia 25/0 after 7 overs: Good start from Siraj as he beats tye outside edge of David Warner’s bat but the southpaw is up for the challenge as he drives beautifully through the covers for a boundary. It’s overcast and the Indian seamers will look to purchase some assistance from the surface.
All eyes are on the weather and after a superb fightback led by Shardul and Washington, India will aim to pick early wickets and take control of the Test, while Australia with a slender lead will look to further extend.. Hello and welcome to Day 4 and we are moments away from the start.
Test rookies Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar combined for a rearguard century stand that frustrated Australia’s vaunted bowling attack and lifted India from a precarious position Sunday into almost first-innings parity in the series-deciding match.
The partnership formed with India in trouble at 186 for 6 in reply to Australia’s 369, and with no more recognised batsmen in the pavilion, added 123 runs — an Indian record for the seventh wicket at the Gabba.
Thakur, in his second Test, got off the mark with a six and raised his maiden Test half-century with another six off Nathan Lyon and topped India’s scoring with a 115-ball 67. Sundar posted 62 from 144 deliveries in his debut Test innings. In between the boundaries, the lower middle-order batters dodged, ducked and were hit by short balls peppered at them by the Australian fast bowlers.
The pair had been elevated to the starting lineup for the fourth test and took three wickets each over the first two days after a string of injuries to India’s bowling stocks culminated in pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and leading spinner R. Ashwin being ruled out of the match in Brisbane.
When Australian paceman Josh Hazlewood (5 for 57) completed a five-wicket haul by clean bowling a wildly-swinging Mohammed Siraj for 13, India was all out for 336 late on Day Three — just a 33-run first-innings deficit.
Australia reached stumps at 21 without loss, an overall lead of 54. David Warner was unbeaten on 20.