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India vs Australia, Fourth Test Day 4 in Sydney Highlights: As it Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: January 6, 2019, 12:20 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



DAY CALLED OFF: And after a long while the day has been called off. Just 25 overs bowled today. Hopefully it's better on day 5. 


It's going to be stumps soon. But considering where Indians are placed at the moment, they would fancy getting 10 wickets tomorrow. 


Anand Vasu From Sydney: Hessian still on the pitch. It’s quite overcast and dark. No rain at the moment but it’s too dark to play even with the lights on.


Still no signs of improvement of light at Sydney. And the worst part is that tomorrow is expected to be a similar day. 


UPDATE: There'll be an inspection in another 15 minutes. So it is safe to assume that the play won't start for another half an hour. 


Tea has been called due to bad light. The third session is scheduled to commence at 16:03 if the light situation improves


Shami and Bumrah start the proceedings for India in the second innings. They have been impressive till now as Australia move to 4/0. 


Hanuma vihari hurt his left shoulder during fielding. He has been assessed and should be back on the field within an hour. Pandya is on the field as his replacement. 


ALL OUT: Another resistance from the Aussie tail-enders as they take their team to 300. But Kuldeep gets his man. He traps Hazlewood. in front of the wicket. He departs for 21. Kuldeep bags a fifer. 


India have been giving away some easy runs to this pair. Although this is not important from the context of the match but frustrating. Australia are 291/9. 


India have had a good session of play till now where they have bagged three wickets. But they would look to warp this innings early. Australia are 281/9. 


DROP: Kuldeep lures Hazlewood into a shot and the latter obliges. But Hanuma Viahri misses a simple catch. Australia are 265/9.  


ANOTHER ONE: Kuldeep gets his fourth wicket. The bowler pitches the ball full and Lyon tries to sweep. But the ball hits him on the toe. Lyon is out LBW for o. Australia are 258/9. 


OUT: That's another one down. This time it's Bumrah who removes Handscomb as the latter departs for 37. He gets the ball to come back into the batsman, and crashes into the stumps. Australia are 257/8. 


Shami delivers a maiden over. He has been excellent this morning. Also there must been moisture in the pitch due to rain, that is assisting the fast bowlers. Australia are 246/7. 


Bumrah and Shami are bowling with a lot of sting, but they will have to save some runs too. But having said that, it's been a good start by the Indians. Australia are 246/7. 


OUT: What a brilliant start to the day for the Indians. Shami take the new ball and castles Cummins, as the ball keeps a bit low. He departs 25. Australia are 236/7. 



India vs Australia, Fourth Test Day 4 in Sydney Highlights: As it Happened

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after picking a wicket. (ICC)

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Day 3 round-up: Australia squandered a strong start as the top order suffered yet another batting collapse in Sydney on Saturday, leaving themselves with an improbable task of overhauling India's huge first innings total.

The hosts were 236/6 on Day 3 of the final Test when play was stopped due to light drizzles and poor light. The drizzle soon turned into a downpour, meaning play was abandoned.

Peter Handscomb (28*) and Pat Cummins (25*) will now have to put on a big partnership if the hosts are to even have any hopes of avoiding the follow-on.

The two have managed to put together a 38-run partnership after Kuldeep Yadav (3/71) dismissed Tim Paine early in the final session but will know that there remains plenty of work to be done on Day 4. Yet it could have been a different story had any of the top-order batsman – all of whom got starts – managed to stick around long enough to make a big score.

Opener Marcus Harris hit a career-best 79, he didn’t get much support from senior batsmen Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh, who failed to deliver when needed most.

Both were guilty of throwing away their wicket, with Marsh being caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Ravindra Jadeja (2/62) at first slip and Khawaja holing out to Cheteshwar Pujara while trying to attack Kuldeep.

Khawaja had been dropped by Pant behind the stumps but he did not do enough to make the young wicketkeeper pay for his mistake. His opening partner Harris, who has looked good on occasions in his still-young Test career, settled in relatively quickly and played some good shots around the ground.

He survived a close call on 24 when a drive to a diving KL Rahul fell just short. Harris then reached his second Test 50 with a single before smacking three fours in one Kuldeep over.

Harris was on 77 at lunch but could only add two more runs to his score before chopping a delivery from Jadeja onto his stumps, thus ensuring the wait for an Australian batsman to score a century in this series continues.

It is perhaps telling that Harris' score 79 is the highest any one of the home batsman has scored whereas the visitors have scored five centuries so far in the series.

The Marnus Labuschagne gamble didn’t quite work out with the ball but he made a promising start with the bat when he came in to bat at number three, scoring 38.

However, he was sent packing by an absolute blinder of a catch from Rahane at mid-wicket off Mohammad Shami's bowling.

Things didn’t improve much thereafter as Marsh also fell cheaply before Travis Head was caught and bowled by Kuldeep just before tea for 20, leaving them at 198/5 at tea.

Matters were only made worse when they lost Paine in the first over of the final session as he failed to read a peach of a delivery from Kuldeep and was clean bowled. But the pair of Cummins and Handscomb managed to navigate the rest of the day before bad light and then showers brought the day to a premature end.

India lead the series 2-1 after victories in Adelaide and Melbourne and are fast closing in on a historic first-ever series win Down Under.

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