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Highlights, India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 4 in Sydney: Bad light forces early stumps after India enforce follow-on

Date: Sunday, 06 January, 2019 12:04 IST Match Status: Match Ended
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney

Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018/19 4th Test Match Result Australia drew with India

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Rishabh Pant (W) not out 159 189 15 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 26 0 123 1
Josh Hazlewood 35 11 105 2
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Mitchell Starc not out 29 55 3 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammed Shami 19 2 58 2
Jasprit Bumrah 21 5 62 1
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Usman Khawaja not out 4 12 1 0
Marcus Harris not out 2 12 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mohammed Shami 2 1 4 0
Jasprit Bumrah 2 1 2 0
  • A frustrating day comes to an end. A day constantly interrupted by rain and bad light, which means we are going into Day 5. Only 25.3 overs were bowled on the fourth day still India managed to bowl Aussies out for 300 before enforcing follow-on. The day belonged to Kuldeep Yadav who took five for 99 — his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

    Australia were 6/0 in the second innings at stumps, 316 behind India's first innings total. Marcus Harris (2), Usman Khawaja (4) will resume batting tomorrow, which is expected to be a historic one with India clearly on their way to first Test series win in Australia. Forecast for Day 5 suggest bad light and rain.

    That's it form our side for today. See you tomorrow. Goodbye!

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Some more rain and play has officially been called off for the day. Phew! 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Umpires on the field now. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    So play has been stopped due to bad light and we have to wait until 6pm to call things off. But if it rains (drizzling now, which is why covers came on) and if it rains harder, we will call off play sooner. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Covers coming on, including the big white one. This could be stumps. Indian players have changed out of whites. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Quite a few fans have left. There were 16000 people here today. Which is a huge number given the conditions. Umpires have gone inside after standing outside for a long time. Expect stumps soon. But for the moment still waiting. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    No sign of that 15-minute inspection albeit the umpires have been on field all this while. We are just waiting. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Inspection again in 15 minutes. Don't hold your breath though. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Covers coming on. We are in for a long wait to see if the light improves, if at all. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Umpires taking a walk now. No sign of play at 4.03pm. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Post tea session supposed to commence at 4.03 pm local time. That's in 7 minutes. Groundsmen had made covers ready in the interim. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Early tea has been taken as Umpires take players off field for bad light with eight minutes remaining in the session. It is really grim and tough to see things improve here. 

  • The play has been suspended here for a while due to bad light, also tea taken. Probably something to do with Harris getting hit trying to duck a bouncer. Openers leave the pitch with Australia 6/0, 316 behind India's first innings total.

  • After 4 overs,Australia 6/0 ( Usman Khawaja 4 , Marcus Harris 2)

    Bumrah bowls on the pads as Harris flicks it to mid-wicket to collect two runs. Also, takes another hit on his gloves as he tries to duck a bouncer which didn't climb enough. Could have gone anywhere. Two off the over.

  • After 3 overs,Australia 4/0 ( Usman Khawaja 4 , Marcus Harris 0)

    Shami keeps it on the off as Khawaja leaves or defends to play out a maiden over.

  • After 2 overs,Australia 4/0 ( Usman Khawaja 4 , Marcus Harris 0)

    Bumrah comes into attack and on the money from the first ball. Beats the outside edge of Harris with an angled delivery which was going away. Six dot balls and a maiden.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Vihari hurt his shoulder while fielding and is off currently. Pandya on the field as sub. 

  • Bumrah to bowl from other end

  • After 1 overs,Australia 4/0 ( Usman Khawaja 4 , Marcus Harris 0)

    Four runs from the first over as Khawaja gets off the mark with a boundary. Bowled full onto his pads by Shami, Khawaja flicked it to the square leg boundary.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Biggest first innings lead for India in Tests in SENA countries:

    355 v England, Leeds, 2002

    322 v Australia, SCG, 2019*

    319 v England, The Oval, 2007

    292 v Australia, MCG, 2018

  • FOUR! Khawaja flicks the full delivery from Shami to get off the mark

  • Time for Australia's second innings. They still trail by 322 runs. Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja are out in the middle. Khawaja on strike. Mohammed Shami will bowl the first over.

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Instances of Australia following-on in 21st century:

    v England, Nottingham, 2005 - Lost

    v India, Sydney, 2019 - ?

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    Instances of India enforcing follow-on under the captaincy of Virat Kohli:

    v Bangladesh, Fatullah, 2015 (Drawn)

    v West Indies, North Sound, 2016 (Won)

    v Sri Lanka, Colombo (SSC), 2017 (Won)

    v Sri Lanka, Pallekele, 2017 (Won)

    v West Indies, Rajkot, 2018 (Won)

    v Australia, Sydney, 2019* (?)

  • Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

    The last visiting spinner to take a five-for in Australia in Tests before Kuldeep Yadav was Rangana Herath (at Hobart in 2012).

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Out on umpire's call. Not sure how it got that much bounce but never mind. Kuldeep has his fiver. Australia all out for 300 and follow on has been enforced. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    Somehow, despite another pitiful batting display, Australia have crossed 300. And just as I type this, lbw shout and Kuldeep has five. Or wait... DRS. 

  • Hazlewood lbw b Kuldeep Yadav 21(45)

    OUT! Five-wicket haul for Kuldeep. Dismisses Hazlewood LBW and that's the end of Australia's first innings. Bowled out for 300, 322 behind India's first innings score.

    After 105 overs,Australia 300/10 ( Mitchell Starc 29 , )

  • After 104 overs,Australia 299/9 ( Mitchell Starc 28 , Josh Hazlewood 21)

    Three from the over as Starc plays one to mid-wicket but it's stopped by Agarwal from crossing the ropes.

  • Shami returns to attack

  • After 103 overs,Australia 296/9 ( Mitchell Starc 25 , Josh Hazlewood 21)

    Starc slashes the full delivery from outside off which is flicked by cover fielder to long-off for a single. Hazlewood lifts one over the cover for a single and then an uppish drive over mid-on but if it's stopped before the boundary for a double. Five off the over.

  • After 102 overs,Australia 291/9 ( Mitchell Starc 24 , Josh Hazlewood 17)

    Four off the over as Hazlewwod tonks the third delivery over mid-on for a boundary.

  • FOUR! Hazlewood lifts the full delivery over mid-on to find the ropes

  • Jadeja comes on for Vihari

  • After 101 overs,Australia 287/9 ( Mitchell Starc 24 , Josh Hazlewood 13)

    Overpitched and Starc lifts it straight down the ground for two, as Vihari cuts it off before the boundary. A single after that with a slice to cover. Hazlewood pushes one to cover for a single. Four runs from the over. 

  • Kuldeep continues

  • After 100 overs,Australia 283/9 ( Mitchell Starc 21 , Josh Hazlewood 12)

    Hazlewood cuts the short ball to sweeper cover for single followed by a single for Starc off a drive to cover. Two from the over.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket Journalist at SCG

    For some reason Hanuma Vihari is bowling after the drinks' break. Well, why not... 

  • Hanuma Vihari comes to attack

  • Time for drinks

  • After 99 overs,Australia 281/9 ( Mitchell Starc 20 , Josh Hazlewood 11)

    Hazlewood gets a boundary on the first with a sweep as Jadeja pitches one outside off followed by a single with a push to mid-off. Five off the over.

  • FOUR! A quicker delivery outside off swept through square leg by Hazlewood

  • After 98 overs,Australia 276/9 ( Mitchell Starc 20 , Josh Hazlewood 6)

    Four off the over as Starc punches a short delivery from Kuldeep through the square for a boundary.

  • FOUR! A fraction short from Kuldeep helping Starc to get back in the crease and punch it through square 

  • After 97 overs,Australia 272/9 ( Mitchell Starc 16 , Josh Hazlewood 6)

    Maiden over for Jadeja who beats the outside edge of Hazlewood on the last delivery with a ball that held its line from round the wicket.

  • After 96 overs,Australia 272/9 ( Mitchell Starc 16 , Josh Hazlewood 6)

    Change of ends for Kuldeep as both spinners are now in action. Kohli probably looking to save as his pacers and thinking to enforce follow-on. Three off the over as Hazlewood drives one to long-on for a double and then takes a single with a push to third man.

  • Kohli brings Kuldeep back into attack

  • After 95 overs,Australia 269/9 ( Mitchell Starc 16 , Josh Hazlewood 3)

    No five-wicket haul for Kuldeep yet as RJ comes into attack. Starc nudges the delivery on his pads to wide of square on leg for a double. Two off the over.

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Report, Day 3: Australia blew a strong start with yet another top-order batting collapse at Sydney on Saturday, leaving themselves a mountain to climb to stay in the fourth and final Test against India.

When play was abandoned late in the day due to rain, they were 236 for six, still 386 behind with Peter Handscomb (28) and Pat Cummins (25) fighting a rearguard action after some soft dismissals plunged the hosts into deep trouble.


Yadav ended the day with 3-71 and Jadeja 2-62.

While aggressive rookie opener Marcus Harris blazed a career-best 79, senior players Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and skipper Tim Paine all failed to deliver when needed most.

India took a stranglehold on the match over the opening two days, compiling a massive 622 for seven declared on the back of centuries from irrepressible Cheteshwar Pujara and livewire Rishabh Pant.

They lead 2-1 after victories in Adelaide and Melbourne and are fast closing in on a historic first-ever series win since they first toured Australia in 1947-48.

Skipper Virat Kohli's declaration left Khawaja and Harris to face 10 nervous overs before stumps on Friday, when they crawled to 24 without loss.

Khawaja was dropped by Pant behind the stumps on nought but failed to make the most of his second life.

On a day when the Sydney Cricket Ground was a sea of pink to mark a breast cancer awareness initiative, he was dismissed for 27 after mistiming a shot off wrist-spinner Yadav with Pujara taking an easy catch.

At the other end the diminutive Harris, who has shown flashes of brilliance in his short four-Test career, quickly found a groove with some crisp shots around the ground.

He survived a close call on 24 when a drive to a diving KL Rahul fell just at his fingertips and reached his second Test 50 with a single before smacking three fours in one Yadav over.

Harris went to lunch on 77 but added just two more before chopping a Jadeja delivery onto his stumps, blowing a glorious chance to press on and make Australia's first century of the series.

So far, none of Australia's batsmen has reached three figures over the four Tests, with Harris' 79 the highest anyone has scored. In contrast, India have had a field day, compiling five centuries.

Australia gambled by picking inexperienced all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne to come in at number three and he settled in well, cracking seven boundaries in a stylish 38.

But he was sent packing by a blinding reflex catch from Ajinkya Rahane at mid-wicket off Mohammed Shami's bowling.

Marsh scored a century in Sydney against England this time last year, but was out for eight, tickling an edge to Rahane at slip from a turning ball off Jadeja.

The day got worse when Travis Head was caught and bowled by Yadav just before tea for 20 and as storm clouds gathered overhead Yadav clean bowled Paine for five in the first over after they came back.

It was left to Handscomb, recalled as a specialist in tackling spin, and paceman Cummins, who made a gutsy 63 in the third Melbourne Test, to try and repair the damage.

With inputs from AFP

Updated Date: Jan 06, 2019

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