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India vs Australia 4th Test Day 2 Highlights: Play abandoned due to wet outfield

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 4th Test Day 2 Highlights: Cheteshwar Pujara (8) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (2) will resume India's response on Sunday morning.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 17, 2021 5:18:40 am
The Border-Gavaskar series is tied 1-1 and so everything hinges on the last Test at the Gabba (Source: AP)

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 4th Test Day 2, Highlights: India were 62 for two in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 369 at stumps on a rain-curtailed second day of fourth and final Test on Saturday.


India lost young Shubhman Gill (7) before vice captain Rohit Sharma (44) threw his wicket before the tea break.

The entire third session was lost as wet outfield did not allow play to resume. Cheteshwar Pujara (8) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (2) will resume India’s response on Sunday morning. India are still trailing by 307 runs.

The hosts added 95 runs to their overnight total in the extended opening session after resuming at 274 for five. The 39-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Nathan Lyon (24) and Mitchell Starc (20 not out) hurt India.

Marnus Labuschagne had struck a century on the opening day for Australia. The Indian attack, with a collective experience of 3 Tests and 10 balls and 11 wickets in its kitty, was pitted against a batting line-up with 59 hundreds.

After 87 overs, the two Tamil Nadu rookies Natarajan (20-2-63-2) and Washington Sundar (2-4-63-1) could hold their heads high for a lion-hearted effort on a good batting pitch in the absence of the injured R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah.

Australia v India Test Series 2020/2021

4th Test, The Gabba, Brisbane, 14 Jan, 2021

IND 336 / 10 (111.4)


AUS 369 / 10 (115.2)

IND 329 / 7 (97.0)

2nd Inn

AUS 294 / 10 (75.5)

Rishabh Pant89 138
Navdeep Saini0 0
Mitchell Starc16.0 75 0
Josh Hazlewood22.0 74 1

India win by 3 wickets

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India vs Australia 4th Test Day 2, Highlights:

12:32 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Day 2 play abandoned

The downpour, which left the Gabba outfield wet, forced the umpires to declare the Day 2 play as abandoned on Saturday. Now the play will resume 30 minutes early daily to cover up the lapsed time. India were 62/2 with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane not out.

12:06 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Here's what Nathan Lyon says on his 100th Test

"The crowd's been amazing, Rohit is a world-class player and tried to bowl him my best ball. It would've been nice to go out for dinner with everyone, including my parents but there are bubble restrictions. It was like a Day 3 wicket yesterday, and there's a nice crack outside off-stump so I'm trying to aim at that. Rishabh always tries to smash me so I'm looking forward to bowl to him, it's always a great battle with him. My on-drive was probably my best in my hundred Test matches, not sure I have another one left in me. My natural line is Paine's right glove, that's about a foot outside off-stump, and there's a nice crack on that line so hopefully I can get something out of that."

11:35 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Loss of overs likely today

The covers are going off now. So that's good news from the Gabba. The umpires will have an inspection at 4:15 pm local time. We might lose a few overs today, but it can be made up with 30-minute early starts for the rest of the Test.

11:13 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Rain forecast for three days

Brisbane is expected to witness intermittent rainfall on the first three days of the series-deciding Test match i.e on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, according to AccuWeather. There is a 50 per cent chance of rain coming in on the last two days of the 4th Test. [Read full article]

11:04 (IST)16 Jan 2021
It's still pouring

It's bucketing down at the moment and there're puddles all over the place. The good news is the excellent drainage system and we could still have some cricket once the storm is done with its thing.

10:41 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Rain delays Post-Tea play

It has now started to rain at the Gabba. Hopefully, it will just be a passing shower and nothing more. The match is well set with India's best pair trying to take the sting out of Australian pace attack

10:18 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Day 2 Tea

India lost two crucial wickets in the session that saw 26 overs and 62 runs, still triling by 307 runs. Aussies have fought back hard in last 30 minutes.

09:53 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Rohit Sharma throws it away

Nathan Lyon, who is playing is 100th Test and who is now just 3 wickets short of his 400th Test wicket, trapped Rohit Sharma for 44. Rohit, who was well set and was connecting the ball well, was caught by Mitchell Starc. Rohit throws it away. Gone for 44(74) [4s-6]

09:38 (IST)16 Jan 2021
50 up for India

Rohit Sharma (35) and Cheteshwar Pujara (7) steadied the Indian innings after losing Shubman Gill as both have shared a 39 off 65 balls partnership so far.

09:28 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Nathan Lyon comes in

Indian pair of Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara is looking steady now after 15 overs of play. Rohit Sharma is at 23 alongside Pujara who is at 6. Nathan Lyon, who is playing his 100th Test, all set to come into the attack.

09:10 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Cameron Green comes in

Aussie skipper Tim Paine brings in Cameron Green who has not got his maiden wicket so far in four Tests so far. However, he has been impressive with the bat. 

09:07 (IST)16 Jan 2021
For the recod
09:04 (IST)16 Jan 2021
India seek Rohit-Cheteshwar stand

With 10 overs gone, India lost one wicket of Shubman Gill and now Rohit Sharma along with Cheteshwar Pujara are taking their time in the middle. Rohit is at 13* and Pujara 1*.

08:49 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Shubman Gill departs

In a conundrum of whether to play or leave, Shubman Gill finally fell into Pat Cummins' trap and caught at first slip by Steve Smith. Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in, who snicked the ball which wasn't carried to Smith. India need to be watchful here. 

08:39 (IST)16 Jan 2021
First boundary from Gill

The first boundary comes out of Shubman Gill's willow as Mitchell Starc's 140 km/h delivery goes past the fence. Short of length ball, Gill got rid of the bounce and punched it away through the covers. A treat to eyes.

08:31 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Record stand between Rohit-Shubman at SCG

Rohit Sharma (26) and Shubman Gill (50) put on a confident 70-run partnership to get India off to a solid start in their first innings on Day 2 at the SCG. Chasing Australia’s 338, India lost their first wicket only in the 27th over. This was the longest time an opening partnership has been at the crease for India in an away Test in a decade.

The duo will try to continue the same run here at the Gabba. 

08:20 (IST)16 Jan 2021
India begin with bat

India's most exciting opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill is here to open the innings. Day 2 of Gabba surface suits most to the batsmen and it augurs well for Indian batting line up. The opening pair must hang on and pile runs for India from here on. Let's see how they face the Aussie bowling challenge. 

07:42 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Australia 369 all out

India took five wickets for 95 runs in the first session on Day 2 at Gabba taking Aussies' overnight total from 274/5 to 369 all out. T Natarajan bowled Josh Hazlewood out after Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar grabbed two wickets each. The Day 2 Lunch has been taken and now the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will take on Australian bowling attack. 

07:27 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Another missed chance

Mohammed Siraj to Mitchell Starc. The ball into the air and Mayank ran all the way back from mid-off, but the ball ended up just past his outstretched hands. The sorry state of dropping catches continues. [Read More on Poor Catching]

07:12 (IST)16 Jan 2021
Washington Sundar strikes

A quickfire 39 runs between Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc took Australia past 350 before Washington Sundar got better of Lyon who is playing his 100th Test. AUS nine down. Sundar gets his third wicket on debut.

Australia: Tim Paine (captain), Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan