Sunday, January 6, 2019

Soon after lunch, India roared back strongly and grabbed

Sydney Test, Day 4: Play abandoned due to bad weather; Hosts 6/0 following-on

Soon after lunch, India roared back strongly and grabbed

Resuming at an overnight score of 236-6 in their first innings, Australia failed to stay long at the crease and were bundled out for 300 runs inside the first 20 overs bowled today. 

Australia reached 6-0 in follow-on against India before the bad light and subsequent rain played the spoilsport for the second time and abandoned the fourth day's play of the series-deciding fourth and final Test early at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday.   

Resuming at an overnight score of 236-6 in their first innings, Australia failed to stay long at the crease and were bundled out for 300 runs inside the first 20 overs bowled today. 

Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins--who resumed the hosts' innings on the fourth day-- failed to display a similar kind of calm performance as they did on Saturday and were dismissed for 37 and 25 runs, respectively. 


While Nathan Lyon went back to pavilion without scoring a run, Mitchell Starc (29 not out) and Josh Hazlewood (21) frustrated India for some time before the latter got out to wrap up Australia's innings. 

For India, Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with a five-wicket haul. It is Kuldeep's first Test on Australian soil and he collected five for 99 runs in the same. 

India, who posted a score of 622-7 declared in their first-innings, decided to enforce a follow-on. 


At stumps, Australia was still trailing by 316 runs, with Marcus Harris (two) and Usman Khawaja (four) batting at the crease. 

Earlier, bad light and rain delayed the start of the play before the entire first-session was washed out. There was some play in the post-lunch session, but bad light once again ended the day early.

Australia reached 236-6 in their first innings before rain played the spoilsport and called off the third day's play of the series-deciding fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Saturday. 

At stumps, Australia was still trailing India by 386 runs, with Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) batting for the hosts. 

Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 24-0, Australia made a decent start to their innings this morning as Marcus Harris pulled back a crucial partnership of 72 runs with Usman Khawaja for the opening wicket. 


However, Kuldeep Yadav provided India with a much-needed breakthrough in the 21st over of the match when he dismissed Khawaja for 27. 

Harris then joined forces with Marnus Labuschagne (38) and went on to stitch a 56-run stand for the second wicket besides also bringing up his second Test half-century. 

Soon after lunch, India roared back strongly and grabbed three wickets of Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh (eight), skipper Tim Paine (five) in quick successions to turn the game completely in their favour. 


Meanwhile, Travis Head stayed for some time at the crease but didn't manage to add many runs to Australia's tally as he departed for 20 runs after facing 56 balls.

For India, Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers as he finished the day with the figures of three for 71, followed by Ravindra Jadeja's two for 62. Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami displayed a disciplined performance with the ball but managed to add just a wicket to his tally. 

Earlier, India declared their first innings at a gigantic score of 622 for seven after some incredible batting performances from Mayank Agarwal (77), Cheteshwar Pujara (193), Rishabh Pant (159) and Ravindra Jadeja (81).  

Lineups: 


India XI: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Australia XI: Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood 

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