India vs Australia:- 4th Test, Day 04 Report

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India vs Australia:- 4th Test, Day 04 Report

06 Jan 2019 016 Views Yash Mittal

On a day where only 27.3 overs were possible thanks to rain and bad light, Australian Cricket hit another low as they suffered the ignominy of having been asked to follow on at home for the first time in 30 years, and to think of it that it could have been twice in a row, had Virat Kohli decided to enforce it at Melbourne further highlights that nadir that Australian Test batting finds itself in.

The entire first session stood washed out but Indian bowlers - led by Kuldeep Yadav, made up for the loss in play. Mohammad Shami struck with the sixth ball of the day's play when he got one to keep low that scooted under Pat Cummins bat.

Jasprit Bumrah bowled sharp and quick with the new ball along with an occasional subtle change of pace. He accounted for Handscomb, who was looking really comfortable at the crease against Kuldeep, when he got one to angle it into the right-hander, getting him to chop it onto his stumps.

Kuldeep, then accounted for Nathan Lyon getting the off-spinner LBW off a full-toss that hit him on the boot. Lyon surprisingly did not go for the DRS with Australia still having two reviews at their disposal.

Starc and Hazlewood frustrated the Indians with a 42-run stand for the tenth wicket after Hanuma Vihari dropped a catch off Kuldeep Yadav at mid-on.

But, Yadav, not one to let go of the opportunity to become the first spinner to claim a five-wicket haul in his debut innings in Australia, returned to pin Hazlewood LBW.

Bumrah and Shami ran in full steam during Australia's second innings where only six overs were possible after the day's play was abandoned due to Bad Light.

Brief Scores: India d7-622 lead Australia 300 (Marcus Harris 79, Mitchell Starc 29*; Kuldeep Yadav 5-99) & 0-6, by 316 runs

Yash Mittal

Bharat Army Cricket Writer

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