IND vs AUS Gabba Test Highlights: Day 1: Stumps
Brief score: AUS - 274/5 (87 overs) (Paine 38* Green 28*, Natarajan 2/63, Siraj 1/51)
Ajinkaya Rahane-led Team India is battling with Australia in the fourth and the final Test at the Gabba in Brisbane. India's inexperienced bowling unit were good in parts but the day goes to Australia and Labuschagne. They lost both the openers early but Steve Smith and in-form Marnus Labuchagne took charge and completely shifts the momentum away by offsetting the Indian bowlers' rhythm in the final session on Day 1. Skipper Tim Paine remains unbeaten on 38 while Green is playing on 27 not out at the Stumps on Day 1.
The 26-year-old rookie batsman Marnus Labuschagne along with former Australian skipper Steve Smith put a decent 70-run stand, followed by a 100+ partnership between Wade and Labuschagne, however, was put down by skipper Rahane at gully off Saini. It turned out to be a double bluff for Team India as the pacer walked off the field off the same ball due to a groin injury.
An unbeaten 61-run stand between skipper Tim Paine and Cameron Green takes Australia to 274/5 at stumps on day one of the Brisbane Test.#AUSvIND scorecard ⏩ https://t.co/oDTm20rn07 pic.twitter.com/0q8FR7j9TX— ICC (@ICC) January 15, 2021
Labuschagne slammed his fifth Test ton (108 off 204), the first against India, dismissed just after that and walks off to a loud ovation from the 'Gabba crowd, but he would feel he left a lot more runs out there. Steve Smith also scored a glitzy 36 as well. T Natarajan impressed most among Indian bowlers and picked two key Australian wickets in the form of Smith and centurion Labushagne.
India made four changes - Mayank Agarwal, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, and T Natarajan comes in the playing XI, while Australia makes one change, with Marcus Harris replacing opener Will Pucovski.