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India vs Australia, 4th Test Day 1 in Sydney Highlights - As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | January 3, 2019, 4:20 PM IST

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AUS vs IND Cricket Scorecard (TEST)

4th Test TEST, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney, 03 January, 2019

India

622/7

(167.2) RR 3.71

v/s
Australia

300/10

(104.5) RR 2.86

Australia drew with India

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 12:31 (IST)

    STUMPS: India end day one of the Sydney Test at 303/4 with Pujara unbeaten on 130, and Vihari on 39. A dominant day's play by India gives them the edge on day one of the match. 

  • 12:28 (IST)

    300 FOR INDIA: India bring up their 300 on day one, the first instance of a team scoring this much on day one in this series. This just goes on to show how well India have batted. 

  • 11:53 (IST)

    NEW BALL: Australia have taken the ball but that is not making any difference to their fortunes as Pujara gets one four through the mid wicket. India move to 271/4.

  • 11:27 (IST)

    HUNDRED: Starc bowls one to Pujara on the legs and Pujara flicks it to the boundary. That is century number 18 for the Indian. What an effort this has been from him as India move to 239/4. 

  • 11:13 (IST)

    OUT: Rahane gets peach of a delivery from Starc and edges it straight to the keepers hand. He departs for 18. India are 228/4. India must be very careful of not losing any further wickets here. 

  • 10:48 (IST)

    FOUR, FOUR: Pujara is in a punishing mood at the moment. He knows a big double ton is up for grabs. He moves to 82 as he smacks Lyon for two boundaries in one over. India are 211/3. 

  • 10:41 (IST)

    200: That's 200 for India in what has been a brilliant effort by the team. India are set for a 400-plus total. One of these batsmen will have to get a big hundred now. It's 201/3. 

  • 10:07 (IST)

    OUT: That's a bad shot by skipper Kohli as he edges one outside the leg stump. This is ordinary stuff from Kohli as he departs for 23. India are 180/3. 

  • 09:41 (IST)

    FOUR: That is an exceptional shot through the covers for Kohli as the ball races to the boundary. India move to 177/2 at tea in a session that belonged to India. 

Here's what Agarwal had to say after the day's play

With early advantage to India, the visitors should be now looking at a total close to 500 to put Australia under pressure. If that happens, keeping in mind India's bowling attack, India would not need to bat another time in this match.

STUMPS: India end day one of the Sydney Test at 303/4 with Pujara unbeaten on 130, and Vihari on 39. A dominant day's play by India gives them the edge on day one of the match. 

300 FOR INDIA: India bring up their 300 on day one, the first instance of a team scoring this much on day one in this series. This just goes on to show how well India have batted. 

Vihari is dealing in boundaries at the moment. He just guides one from Cummins to the covers fence. He is playing a quickfire innings and has raced to 37. India are  297/4. 

India have clearly taken an early advantage in this match here. With 282/4 on the board India would like to post at least 450. With Pujara and Vihari on the crease that looks possible. India reach 286/4. 

NEW BALL: Australia have taken the ball but that is not making any difference to their fortunes as Pujara gets one four through the mid wicket. India move to 271/4.

This is slipping out of Australia's hands as the run rate has been great by the Indians. The best part is there is still quite some batting to come after this as India move to 264/4. 

Pujara is picking his spots beautifully. Now he dances down the track to dispatch a full toss to the boundary. India are cruising at 257/4 at the moment. 

HUNDRED: Starc bowls one to Pujara on the legs and Pujara flicks it to the boundary. That is century number 18 for the Indian. What an effort this has been from him as India move to 239/4. 

OUT: Rahane gets peach of a delivery from Starc and edges it straight to the keepers hand. He departs for 18. India are 228/4. India must be very careful of not losing any further wickets here. 

FOUR, FOUR: That's two back to back boundaries for Pujara off Starc. He now moves into the 90s. This is not looking good for the Aussies as India are 224/3 at the moment. 

Pujara has been steady as ever and is frustrating the Aussie bowlers. There is nothing coming the bowlers' way. India have now moved to 213/3. 

FOUR, FOUR: Pujara is in a punishing mood at the moment. He knows a big double ton is up for grabs. He moves to 82 as he smacks Lyon for two boundaries in one over. India are 211/3. 

200: That's 200 for India in what has been a brilliant effort by the team. India are set for a 400-plus total. One of these batsmen will have to get a big hundred now. It's 201/3. 

India has been going well, especially Pujara. He has cruised his way through to 71. The key will be to get some quick runs and put more pressure on the Aussies. India are 195/3. 

Pujara hasn't been impacted by Kohli's departure. He is still dealing in boundaries and Rahane has been quiet so far. Yet another over comes to an end. India are 187/3. 

OUT: That's a bad shot by skipper Kohli as he edges one outside the leg stump. This is ordinary stuff from Kohli as he departs for 23. India are 180/3. 

And that's the beginning of the final session of the day. Pujara starts with a two from Hazlewood. These two will have to continue doing what they have been till now. India are 180/2. 

FOUR: That is an exceptional shot through the covers for Kohli as the ball races to the boundary. India move to 177/2 at tea in a session that belonged to India. 

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India vs Australia, 4th Test Day 1 in Sydney Highlights - As It Happened

Live updates:STUMPS: India end day one of the Sydney Test at 303/4 with Pujara unbeaten on 130, and Vihari on 39. A dominant day's play by India gives them the edge on day one of the match.

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Preview: When a team is leading 2-1 in a country where they have never won a series in nearly seven decades of trying, you would expect it to be a well-oiled, finely-tuned machine. You would expect stability and a settled look. India are anything but. The latest round of uncertainty emerged in Sydney on the eve of the final Test against Australia with India’s media spokesperson opening Virat Kohli’s press conference by stating that R Ashwin had not recovered fully from his abdominal strain and was ruled out of the final Test of the series. Less than two hours later the same spokesperson issued an update, saying that Ashwin was included in the 13-man squad from which the playing eleven would be picked. Interestingly, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, the other two spinners in the squad of 18, were also included in the thirteen. Ishant Sharma, who was excellent in the previous Test, was excluded though there was no clarity on why that was. Only later did the management release a statement that Ishant had, in fact, sustained an injury and the team was not willing to risk him for the final Test. "Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during this Test match. He is currently being assessed," read the statement from BCCI.

Umesh Yadav, who was dropped for the Melbourne Test, was back in the thirteen that included Mohammed Shami. If anyone looked doubtful for selection during India’s training session it was Shami, who arrived at the ground on a hot summer’s Sydney day in a jacket and flip-flops and did not take part in any of the drills performed. It’s worth remembering that it was not so long ago that Jadeja was included in the thirteen for the Perth Test, but did not feature in the playing eleven in a game where Nathan Lyon was Man of the Match as Australia won. At the time, there was no mention of Jadeja being injured and in the course of the game, Shami even said at a press conference that the spinner was missed. Several days after the Test ended Ravi Shastri, the coach, insisted that Jadeja did not feature as he was injured at the time, suffering from stiffness in the shoulder. When Kohli addressed the media, it seemed to be written in black and white that Ashwin would not feature. When asked about Ashwin, Kohli said: "Well, it's unfortunate that he has had two niggles quite similar in the last couple of away tours. That's obviously him, more than anyone else, who will be focused to correct. The physio and the trainer have spoken to him in terms of what's required in order to get over that injury. “He is very important for sure. In Test cricket, he is a vital part of this team, and we want him to be 100% fit and for a longer period so that he can contribute to us more in the Test format. He is very disappointed with the fact that he has not been able to recover in time, but the things have been laid out to him (as to) what needs to be done to get back to full fitness. Honestly, you can't predict an injury, when it happens you just manage and doing what he can to get over that injury."

What’s more, Kohli explained how India’s plans were disrupted when a key player such as Ashwin got injured in the middle of a series and was unavailable for selection. “I think it [Ashwin's absence] does make you alter your plans a little bit throughout the course of a series. But the fact that Vihari has bowled beautifully whenever we've given him the ball makes us feel absolutely calm about Ashwin not being able to play,” said Kohli. "It is obviously a disappointment for us as a team and for him personally, but if you see the way Vihari has bowled he has looked like picking up a wicket whenever he comes to bowl. He's pitching the ball in the right areas so we are looking at him as a solid bowling option right now. Especially in this Test because he has pace on the ball, he puts in the effort and he's economical and that's all you need from a guy who is coming in to bowl 10-15 overs in a day.” During India’s training session Ashwin underwent fitness drills with Shanker Basu, the trainer, and at one point went indoors with him while the rest continued to practice. There were also several pow-wows within the camp: before the net session began, Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had a long chat with Sanjay Bangar, the assistant coach and following the session, Kohli was seen in discussion with the support staff. Being out of earshot, one can only speculate, but it seemed logical that the batting group’s conversation was about the pitch, which they had just seen and the support staff were discussing options with the captain following injury and/or illness revelations. What seemed likely, from what Kohli said, was that Vihari would return to his No. 6 position while KL Rahul came into the XI in place of Rohit Sharma, who is back home to spend time with his wife and newly-born daughter. This meant that old friends Mayank Agarwal and Rahul would be back in harness together once more, this time at the international level. With Shami being named in the thirteen, most would assume that he would join Jasprit Bumrah and Jadeja in the bowling line-up, leaving a late call to be taken on whether Ashwin would be fit to play, and in the event that he was not, either Kuldeep or Umesh would make the cut, based on the pitch.

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
SL
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6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
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8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

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2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
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2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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