Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s live coverage of Australia vs India, Test Four, Day 2 at Gabba, Brisbane.
India vs Australia, 4th test, Brisbane, scoreboard
The rain has subsided and an inspection will be carried out at 4:15 p.m. local time (11:45 a.m. IST) – BCCI
It’s raining in Gabba and I hope it’s a passing downpour
Tea Day 2 | India 62/2 after 26 overtaking – Trails by 307 tracks
The Australian session as they removed the two Indian openers as Shubman Gill failed to make an impact with Pat Cummins hitting early. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara then rebuild the innings and just when it looked like Rohit was ready, the opener once again threw his wicket as Nathan Lyon played his 100th Test picked a wicket ahead. Ajinkya Rahane then took 17 deliveries to stand out and it was Pujara who dropped anchor again after scoring 8 out of 49 deliveries. The weather has changed slightly as there is cloud cover and there is a chance of rain, but we don’t know how long that will last. For India, Rahane and Pujara must last the last session to keep India in the game.
Back in 20 …
The rain has only increased and it is raining right now.
India 61/2 after 25 overs: Rahane takes 17 deliveries to get out of goal and it’s the first inning since Rohit’s return as Australia bowling tight – four young girls trotting and the pressure is on India. This is a vital partnership for India and Pujara and Rahane must fight deeply.
India 60/2 after 20 overs: WICKET – Nathan Lyon strikes during his 100th test match and Rohit threw his wicket. Rohit decides to attack Lyon as he jumps onto the track, but fails to make it to the delivery field and gets it wrong as Mitchell Starc walks in and takes an easy hold in the depths. Rohit got off to a good start but failed to convert it to a close-up and instead offers his wicket at a very crucial time.
India 50/1 after 17 overs: The 50 is coming in for India and Rohit looks great so far, showing complete control and playing fabulous shots from either side of the wicket. More importantly, the opener doesn’t blink hard and plays with soft hands, as late as possible. Pujara at the other end has dropped anchor.
India 26/1 after 12 overs: Rohit and Pujara are rebuilding themselves after Gill’s untimely loss and the batsmen must overcome this delicate period of play and dull the new ball. One of them needs to hit deep and drop anchor and it will be Pujara again who will have to hang on and allow the others to play around him. Rohit looks solid and has survived a few LBW calls, but it’s the height that saved him.
India 1/11 after 7 overs: WICKET – Pat Cummins enters the attack and he strikes as soon as Shubman Gill falls. Full of Cummins events as he gets Gill, then almost Cheteshwar Pujara. Gill’s poor shot selection as he was in two minds to play or leave the ball and eventually hung his bat away from his body and the ball took an outside edge as Steve Smith made a neat catch in the second slip. Pujara faced his first delivery came close to the second slip but the ball fell just before a Smith diver.
India 2/0 after 2 overs: Rohit and Gill started the India sleeves with the former standing out with an exquisite push through the covers of the covers. It was a class plan as Rohit leaned over the plan, covered the swing and walked through the blankets. Hazlewood throws a young girl to Gill and the drummer has been beaten on occasion.
At that point we are back for the second session and we come out of the Indian openers – Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. There is a bit of cloud cover at The Gabba but luckily there is no rain. A very important session for India and a good start from the first days will set the tone for the rest of the heats … For Australia, Mitchell Starc will start the debates with the new ball.
Lunch Day 2 | Australia 369 all out
The bowling change worked as Natarajan cleans up Hazlewood and he picks up a three-wicket transport in his debut. Australia will believe they put enough points on board as they were on track to break through the 400 point mark, but it’s up to India to have resumed with wickets. The tail hurt India by collecting useful points and now it is Indian first order to stay put and help India get past Australia’s first round total. Back in 40 …
Australia 369/9 after 114 overs: The fight to dislodge the tail continues as Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood continue to frustrate the Indians and the score in the first inning is swelling right now. There was an opportunity created by Siraj as Starc secured a top edge, but the ball slipped through a diving Mayank Agarwal midway through.
Australia 355/9 after 109 overs: Sundar strikes and he gets his third as Nathan Lyon falls for a very valuable 22-ball 24. Lyon continued to play the sweep and even this time tried to repeat the shot but missed the ball by throwing the stumps. A little cameo is coming to an end. Australia nine less.
Australia 346/8 after 106 overs: Nathan Lyon plays his punches and in his 100th test he quickly reached 22 out of just 17 deliveries along with Mitchell Starc and India must be careful as it cannot allow the finishers to cash in quick races as the Australia is closing on the 350 race mark.
Australia 317/8 after 102 overs: WICKET – Shardul strikes again and India retaliates with three quick wickets. Having removed Paine, Shardul traps Cummins and the Aussie overhauls him to lose him. It was a low draw, Cummins is playing all around and he crashed in the middle and in the leg. India must complete the rounds as quickly as possible.
Australia 313/7 after 101 overs: WICKET – Top delivery from Sundar and he removes Cameron Green, who is missing half a century and India on a good start on day 2. Sundar throws an off-spinner, straightens up a bit after the throw, Green plays for the turn, this who wasn’t there and the ball sneaks past the huge gap and hits the center stump. Both set batsmen are gone and India is back in the game.
Australia 311/6 after 100 overs: WICKET – India strikes as Shardul breaks the stand by removing skipper Tim Paine. The Aussie captain falls just after hitting his half century as he pursues a full, wide delivery, gets a thick outside edge and Rohit takes a good grip on the second slip.
Australia 309/5 after 98 overs: The 300 is in place for Australia and the partnership between Green and Paine is worth 96 out of 196 deliveries. Paine is a single of its half century, while Green beats at batting on 45 …
Australia 293/5 after 93 overs: Siraj and Natarajan play tandem bowling with the swinging first, but the batsmen aren’t in trouble. Paine and Green are doing well as the partnership is 80 out of 166 deliveries with the Australian skipper entering the 1940s. Green, on the other hand, looks solid and beats 37 out of 90 deliveries. India must break this position.
Australia 282/5 after 88 overs: Green is ready to run as he drives Natarajan over a few limits and the ball hits the bat. Natarajan buys some movement and beats Green with the suddenly entering ball. However, the next ball Natarajan throws it full and Green showing a full stick face pushes the ground firmly and then finishes the top with a firm push when the ball hits the limit.
At that point we are all ready for the start of the second day and it will be a huge session for both teams. Tim Paine and Cameron Green will look to further strengthen Australia’s position as India aims to make further inroads and pick the remaining five wickets. The second new ball is only six years old and the inexperienced Indian bowling attack will seek to put it to good use and choose wickets ahead of time.
Day 1 report
Marnus Labuschagne’s 108 was the cornerstone of Australia’s 274-for-5 at strains on day one of the fourth and final test against India in Brisbane on Friday.
The host was reduced to 17 for 2 after choosing to beat on an inflatable and batting wicket but recovered later, thanks mainly to Labuschagne.
On the stumps, Captain Tim Paine and Cameron Green were hitting 38 and 28 respectively.
Labuschagne’s 204-ball hit had nine limits. It was dropped off on 37 by Ajinkya Rahane at the Navdeep Saini bowling alley.
4th test, highlights of day 1
The Australians scored points at a good pace in the second session after going 65-2 for lunch, Labuschagne going very well. The hosts added 89 runs from 27 overs and only lost one wicket this session.
India vs Australia: Navdeep Saini injures groin, mistaken for scans
But India made a comeback in the final session, with the debutant T. Natarajan get rid of Labuschagne and Matthew Wade (45) in the space of two overs after the duo sewed 113 stitches for the fourth wicket.
The other beginner Washington Sundar got rid of the dangerous Steve Smith (36) for his first test wicket.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant (w), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan
Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (w / c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
Throw: Australia won the toss and chose to beat first