India vs Australia 4th Test, Day 2: Rohit Sharma’s dismissal puts India on the back after rookie attack limits Australia to 369 | Cricket News

BRISBANE: Rohit Sharma’s prying shot selection caught up to India after the rookie’s bowling attack limited Australia to 369 on a rain-restricted day two of the fourth test on Saturday.
With severe thunderstorms preventing play in the after-tea session, India ended the day at 62 for two.
Rohit was smarter than ever in his 44 of 74 balls before Nathan Lyon on his 100th test prompted him to come down the track, but the demi-jet-demi-loft was put to safety by Mitchell Starc in the depths .
India also lost Shubman Gill (7) who beat Pat Cummins to Steve Smith.
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Cheteshwar Pujara (8) and Ajinkya Rahane (2) added just two points in the 6.1 overs before the break.
There were six limits from Rohit but he did not violate deliveries in and around the off-stump channel even as Cummins and Josh Hazlewood cast a test spell in cloudy conditions.

The hit of the session was an over-drive off Cummins that came after a ridged border through the slips in the same top. Another delightful move was a Cameron Green off-road as 49 points were added for the second wicket.
There wasn’t a lot of swing but the pace off the track increased from day one and that only helped the fact that the Australian rhythm attack was more well built with an average speed of d ‘at least 6-7 km / h faster than their Indian. counterparts.

Pujara, on the other end, was playing his usual game of “squealing”, but it didn’t sound too strenuous until Rohit kept the dashboard running on the other end.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that among all the top-notch drummers on both sides, Rohit looked the most comfortable and until his dismissal never seemed to be troubled by the four-pronged attack. .
However, as is his custom in SENA countries, Rohit just before the tea break went after Lyon when the situation demanded that he could have played for the end of the session.
It was very similar to his dismissal from Moeen Ali over tea in the 2014 series and it was also after being placed in middle order.
India, who were forced to field an exhausted team, will not fear inclement weather which will make the home side more nervous as a draw would be enough for Ajinkya Rahane to lift the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
In the first session, India’s rookie bowling lineup put in a ruthless effort, securing the last five wickets for 95 innings.
Shardul Thakur (3/94) alongside debutants Washington Sundar (3/89) and Thangarasu Natarajan (3/78) pulled off the breakthroughs while Mohammed Siraj (28-10-77-1) secured one in the first day.

For an attack as thin as India, the efforts made in difficult times can only be commended. India lost five main bowlers in the three test matches and were forced to reschedule their test debuts in Natarajan and Washington.
Nathan Lyon (24 of 22 balls) and Mitchell Starc (20 of 35 balls) counterattacked the inexperienced Indian attack with a dynamic partnership of 39 points to push Australia past the 350 point mark.
According to statistics, Australia have never lost a test match at Gabba after scoring 350 points in the opening innings.
Resuming at 274 for five, Tim Paine (50) and Cameron Green (47) extended their stand to 98 before the home side encountered a mini-collapse.


Indian recruits take 3 wickets each to regroup Australia on day 2

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Thangarasu Natarajan, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur won three wickets each to earn 369 points in Australia in the opening rounds at lunch on Day 1 of the 4th test at Gabba in Brisbane. (Getty Images)

Thakur threw in a fuller delivery that shaped and Paine’s lazy reader without going to the delivery field saw Rohit Sharma take a regulation catch at second slip.
Paine had just gotten into the groove with some good records when Thakur provided the breakthrough.

With the partnership broken, Green likely lost his focus as he played for the turn to a corner delivery from Sundar who straightened up after throwing and breaking through his defenses.
Pat Cummins (2) was ruled forward leg as he prepared for a fuller delivery from Thakur as Australia fell from 311 for five to 315 for eight before the tail wagged again to bolster the total.

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