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India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 5 at Sydney Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 7, 2019, 12:15 PM IST

4th Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney 03 - 07 January, 2019

Toss won by India (decided to bat)

Australia drew with India

Man of the Match: Cheteshwar Pujara




Series wins in 'SENA' countries for India:
3-1 in NZ, 1967/68
1-0 in Eng, 1971
2-0 in Eng, 1986
1-0 in Eng, 2007
1-0 in NZ, 2008/09
2-1 in Aus, 2018/19


Coach Ravi Shastri feels that the journey for a series win in Australia started a year back in South Africa, and how that tour helped India improve a lot. 


Time for the press conference. Coach Ravi Shastri Rates series victory at par with 1983 World Cup and 1985 World Championship win. 


Kohli on Pujara & Agarwal: Want to give a special mention to Pujara. He's one guy always willing to accept things. He's the nicest man around. Special mention to Mayank Agarwal too. To come in on Boxing Day and play like that against a high quality attack. Someone like Rishabh as well, coming into his own and dominating attacks. We knew once the batsmen score, our bowlers are lethal. The way the bowlers have dictated terms in this series. And not just this one, the previous two tours as well. I've not seen happen in Indian cricket. They don't look at a pitch and think there's nothing for us. It's a revelation for Indian cricket and a learning for the other bowlers back home.\


Virat Kohli, India captain: Firstly I want to say, I've never been more proud of a team than this one. The culture we've been able to build over the last 12 months. Our transition started here when I became the captain for the first time. Only one word to say, I'm proud. To lead these players is an honour and a privilege. They make the captain look good. Definitely deserve to enjoy this moment. By far this is my best achievement. Has to be on top of the pile. When we won the World Cup, I was a young player. I saw the others getting emotional. This series will give us a different identity as a team. What we've been able to achieve is something to be really proud of. That's something that we spoke about, just wanted to go back to basics, not be flamboyant.


Tim Paine, Australia captain: Congratulations to Virat and Ravi. Huge effort to come and win a series overseas. We had our chances to win in Adelaide. In Perth we did well. But we were outplayed in these last two Tests. Got some talent in this team. Obviously got some talent who aren't playing. They were playing against potentially the best pace attack in the world. Hopefully, they'll learn. Message is to keep scoring runs.


Cheteshwar Pujara after winning Man of the Series: It's a great feeling for all of us. We've been working really hard to win a series overseas. And especially doing it in this country, it's never easy. My first hundred was special, scoring it in Adelaide and going 1-0 up is something which we were all aiming for. When you do that, there's a good chance of winning the series. As a batsman, you just need to get used to pace and bounce. Playing in different conditions, in South Africa, in England, in county cricket has helped me improve my technique. This is definitely the best squad I've been a part of.


MATCH DRAWN: The day has been called off and the Test is drawn without a ball being bowled on day 5. That means India win the series 2-1. History is created.


UPDATE: There will an inspection in 15 minutes from now. Fingers crosses. Hopefully we have some play here. 


This might just be all over in the series. But we will have to wait till 11am before the day is called off.


Embrace Pink Ball as Contingency Plan for Bad Light, writes Adams Collins. 


LUNCH: One more session lost to rain and bad light. Now just two sessions to go before India make history and win their first series Down Under. 


UPDATE: It's still drizzling in Sydney. The lunch will be taken at 7 am. We are hoping for a 7.40 am start, if rain is at bay. 


Still no signs of the rain stopping. Australians will be mighty happy with this. Because even if India can get two sessions of play, that should be enough to dismiss them in these damp conditions. 



India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 5 at Sydney Highlights: As It Happened

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Day 4 report: Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav (5 for 99) got enough time to complete his second Test five-wicket haul, but constant drizzle and bad light ensured that only 25.2 overs were possible on day four of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia in Sydney on Sunday (January 6).

Australia were bundled out for 300 in 104.5 overs in reply to India's 622 for 7 (decl) after the first session was washed out. Indian skipper Virat Kohli wasted no time in enforcing the follow-on, and the home side were six without loss in four overs when play had to be stopped because of bad light, not allowing India to bowl a single delivery in the final session as well. Australia are still 316 runs in arrears and India will look to end this series with a scoreline of 3-1 if weather permits on the final day.

Earlier, persistent light rain prevented any play in the morning session. A huge storm rolled in late Saturday, forcing play to finish half an hour early, and the overcast skies lingered into Sunday. Lunch on day four was taken without a ball being bowled.

When the match finally started in the second session, Mohammed Shami castled overnight batsman Pat Cummins in the very first over for 25. Cummins had batted well till then but had no answer to Shami's delivery that kept low and scooted under his bat.

Peter Handscomb crafted a couple of good-looking shots against Kuldeep but could only add nine runs to his overnight score as he was sent back by Jasprit Bumrah. The paceman kept pegging Handscomb back with short ones and then brought one back in out of nowhere as the ball found the inside edge of the bat, clipped the right-hander's pad and went back to rattle the off-stump.

Coming in at No. 10, Nathan Lyon couldn't offer any resistance like he has done in the series and was trapped right in front of the stumps, becoming Kuldeep's fourth victim. The visitors had a chance to wrap up the innings much earlier when Kuldeep induced a top-edge off Josh Hazlewood's blade but Hanuma Vihari running back from mid-on shelled a simple chance. Australia's score at the time was 264 for 9.

Mitchell Starc (29*) and Hazlewood (21) then stuck for a while and brought the deficit down to some extent by adding 42 runs for the final wicket. The two kept playing their shots, most of them being straight-batted, and kept India at bay.

It was Kuldeep who broke the frustrating stand by pinning Hazlewood right in front of the stumps and completed his five-fer. India have enough runs to play with and they did decide to impose the follow-on, which meant this is the first time in 30 years Australia have had to follow on in a home Test. The last time this happened was at the same venue in 1988 against England in the one-off Bicentennial Test.

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