IND vs AUS 4th Test Day 4 Highlights: Day 4: Stumps - India need 324 runs
AUS - AUS 369 & 294 (Smith 55, Warner 48, Mohammad Siraj 5/73, Thakur 4/61)
IND - 336 & 4/0 (Rohit Sharma 4* Shubman Gill 0*)
The fourth and final Test between India and Australia is being played at Gabba. Chasing a stiff total, Indian openers Rohit and Gill easily negotiate the Aussie brutal pace attack in the early stage on Monday. Now, India needs 324 runs to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy while the hosts need 10 wickets on the final day of the Gabba Test. India ended with 4 for none in their second innings. Rohit Sharma remains unbeaten on 4 while Shubman Gill is yet to open his account at Stumps on Day 4.
Indian speedster Mohammad Siraj was in the limelight of day four by picking his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests as the leader of the pace attack in only his third Test. Shardul Thakur also makes his presence felt with his all-around performance in Gabba. Australia sitting pretty handsome with this mammoth 328 run target. However, Team India showing great fights throughout the series but considering the cracks on the pitch and how it's been helping the bowlers.
Earlier, Australia will come out all guns blazing as one final effort beckons. The last-wicket stand between Hazelwood and Cummins has added a bit of cushion to Australia's target and the pitch seems to have spiced up just enough to keep everyone interested in the final tour game. Australia finished with 294 in their second innings on the back of Smith's fine fifty (55), Australian openers Warner (48) and Harris (38) also chipped in with handy knocks.
India had a horrible start leaking more than five runs per over but new-comer Shardul Thakur pulled them back and his mates picked up as well. Australia were always looking for runs, but Siraj and Thakur bowled exceptionally well and broke partnerships at crucial junctures.
Early, India out bowled for 336 in the first innings, thanks to Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur's record-breaking 123-run partnership for the 7th wicket as they chased Australia’s first innings' total of 369. Shardul Thakur contributing 67, and Washington Sundar scored a well-made 62. Rohit also scored a top-notch 44.
The duo came in at 186/6 and then put some of their better bats into shame - with a display of conviction, determination, and focus. For Australia, Josh Hazlewood bagged a fifer with two-a-piece for Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.