IND v AUS 4th Test, Day 4: India need 324 runs to win on Day 5

In the second inning, David Warner (20*) and Marcus Harris (1*) faced Indian bowlers for six-over before stumps on day 3. Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur shine with the ball on Day 4 for India as opposition get bowled out for 294 in the second innings. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill who walked out to open the inning in the second innings batted for couple of overs before it started to rain again and umpires decided to abandon the day’s play as drizzling continue.

The final session which was delayed due to a light drizzle and after the umpires gave signal to start of play, Cummins and Starc walked out to bat with no signs of declaration from the Australian side. In the second over after Tea, Starc was dismissed by Siraj for 1 run. Nathan Lyon and Cummins started to add quick runs and Australia crosses the 300-run mark of total lead. Shardul got the breakthrough when he trapped Lyon, and picking up his fourth wicket of innings. Hazlewood and Cummins batted for some overs until Siraj picked up the final wicket and also his maiden five wicket haul in Test cricket. Australia all out for 294 with total lead of 328.

On day 4 stumps India made 4 without losing any wickets, and on day 5 they need a steady partnership from the opening pair if they look to win the game, which is quite difficult in fourth inning but and if India look to draw the game then their top order batters have to spent some quality time in the crease because you can’t expect always from lower order to score runs. In first inning India lost their six wickets under 200, it still in the game because of heroic knocks from Sundar and Thakur, now it’s turn of their top ordes to deliver some fine knocks in the final inning because bowlers delivered what India needed the most. Cheteshwar Pujara who yet to impress in this tour, his failure also puting pressure on players who bat after him.

India broke the solid stand between openers as the left-handers in the 25th over as Harris gloved one to Rishabh Pant off Shardul Thakur. Warner was the next player to get out after Washington Sundar trapped him for 48.

Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith added 28 runs in the four overs. But Mohammed Siraj’s double-wicket over pushed Australia on the backfoot. Smith and Cameron Green, who had replaced Wade in the middle, added 26 runs to take Australia to 149/4 at lunch.

The second session of the day’s play saw a better bowling session for India. Steve Smith after getting a life, got his 31st half-century in Tests as the Australians went into Tea with 243/7 on the board and a lead stretched to 276 with no signs of declaration.

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