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India vs Australia, 4th test: India finishes strongly on Day 1 with 303/4

India vs Australia, 4th test: India finishes strongly on Day 1 with 303/4

Day 1, the fourth and final test at Sydney Cricket Ground. India wins the toss and Virat Kohli selects to start the match batting. The 13-man squad shortlist was filtered again this morning where Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma were replaced by KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav.

India’s 11-Man Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w), Hanuma Vihari, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia’s 11-Man Squad: Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Pat Cummins, Tim Paine (captain), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.

In the open innings itself, Josh Hazelwood removes KL Rahul leaving India 10/1. Next Pujara and Mayank Agarwal continue their strike. After 24 overs, India led 69/1 way to the lunch break.

The Sun pierced the Ground making the Batsman more energetic and vibrant. The Karnataka batsman gave a fine delivery scoring 77 which surpassed his previous score on debt in Melbourne 76. Lyon dismissed Agarwal latter bringing India 126/2. Pujara stands active playing for the team. Now enters the captain Kohli making a good pair of an unbroken 50-run partnership with Pujara and shaking the Australian team. Hazelwood removes Virat (23) by ending up the ball in gloves that made India stand with 180/3. Now comes, Ajinkya Rahane adding double the runs. The perfect bouncer Starc removes Rahane who scored 18 runs. Australia squeezed the runs as India took it till 228/4.

Hanuma Vihari comes to bat teaming with Pujara. Pujara smacks the ground brings up the century with a four down the fine leg-off Starc. The overall scorecard for Pujara previous century series is:

Adelaide – off 231 balls

Melbourne – off 280 balls

Sydney – off 199 balls

The 1st day ends up with 90 overs, 35 fours, 2 sixes, 7 extras, 303/4 keeping Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara on screen unbeaten. The masterclass batting of Pujara (130) compared to pass innings made the Indians believe to have 400 in the next sight.

 

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