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India vs Australia 4th Test, Day 4 Highlights: India need 324 runs to win

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 4th Test, Day 4 Highlights: Rain forced an early Tea break, with Australia 276 runs ahead in the second innings.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 18, 2021 1:07:59 pm
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India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 4th Test, Day 4 Highlights: India will chase 324 runs for a fairytale victory in the fourth test decider against Australia after rain brought an end to play after tea on day four in Brisbane on Monday.Rohit Sharma was four not out, with Shubman Gill yet to score at the Gabba, after the injury-decimated tourists bowled Australia out for 294 in their second innings.

With the series level at 1-1, Australia must win the match to claim the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Holders India, however, need only a draw to retain the silverware after their breakthrough 2-1 win in the 2018/19 series in Australia.

Australia v India Test Series 2020/2021

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

IND 336 / 10 (111.4)

vs

AUS 369 / 10 (115.2)

IND 329 / 7 (97.0)

2nd Inn

AUS 294 / 10 (75.5)

BatsmenRB
Rishabh Pant89 138
Navdeep Saini0 0
BowlersORWKT
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 4 LIVE:

12:52 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Stumps

Day 4, Stumps: No further play on day four in Brisbane! Play abandoned due to strong rain, India 336 & 4/0 at stumps, need 324 more runs to win vs Australia (369 and 294). 

12:08 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Rain halts play

The covers are coming on! There is a drizzle. The covers are coming on. Rohit and Gill walk back as the groundsmen rush on. India are at 4/0 after 2 overs. How long will this rain delay last? The rain is not very heavy now but the skies are very overcast. 

12:04 (IST)18 Jan 2021
India's chase begins

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill open India's innings. 328 to get. A possible one and a half hours to negate today. Dark clouds are looming over the Gabba. Can this makeshift Indian side rise up to the challenge one last time on the tour? Rohit gets the first runs with a cruising drive through the covers. 

IND 4/0, need 324 more to win

11:53 (IST)18 Jan 2021
AUS all out - IND to chase 328

Cummins throws his long handle and crashes another six down the ground. Siraj claims the fifer. Becomes the only Indian bowler this series to claim a fifer. Shardul ironically takes the catch. Australia are all out for 294. India's target in the fourth innings will be 328.

11:38 (IST)18 Jan 2021
No declaration incoming

Hazlewood comes in at 11 and slashes a four through the off side gap. These runs are hurting India, but will rain end up making Australia regret losing time at this stage by not declaring? Meanwhile, there is a battle on between Shardul and Siraj for their first Test fifer.

AUS 278/9, lead by 311

11:32 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Lyon out - AUS lead by 307

Lyon swivels and pulls Siraj for a six as Australia's lead crosses 300. Hazlewood seen in the dressin room with pads on. A maximum of one and half more hours remain, including the extra half hour added on for rain delays. Lyon falls in the attempt to attack. Shardul gets his 4th too. Australia nine down for 274, lead by 307

11:20 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Lead inches towards 300

Siraj gets a ball to jag back in vicously into Cummins - cuts him in half but also beats Pant on way to some byes. Dangerous signs for the Indian side, which will have to bat after this. Cummins is also significantly going for his pull shot at every opportunity now. The final assault is underway.

AUS 260/8 after 70, lead by 293

11:09 (IST)18 Jan 2021
AUS 250/8, lead by 283

Wicket just after the break. Siraj strikes. Mitchell Starc goes for the cover drive but ends up being caught at mid off. He goes for 1. Australia lose their 8th wicket, their lead now 283.  Lyon comes in at 10.

11:03 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Match resumes

The 67th over of the Australian innings resumes after the 1-hour rain delay. Shardul resumes proceedings for India, Cummins gets the first runs with a top edge that goes over the slips.

AUS 247/7, lead by 280

10:52 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Play to resume at 11 am

The covers have come off at the Gabba. Australia are ready to resume. Starc and Cummins to walk in, Lyon is also seen padded up. Play to resume in 10 more minutes. How many more overs till Australia declare?

10:47 (IST)18 Jan 2021
More rain at Gabba

We are losing time in the third session because of the rain now. The showers are not very heavy now, only a slight drizzle. But the covers are firmly in place in the perimeter of the pitch. The umpires are walking out to the pitch, but we are sure to have a heavily curtailed third session, if and when play resumes.

10:06 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Early Tea - AUS lead by 276 runs

A drizzle has come down - a sign from the Gods for Rahane's men - and an early Tea break is taken. Australia lead by 276 runs at the break, with Mitchell Starc having joined Pat Cummins. 

09:57 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Shardul snares Paine

Tim Paine is on the charge. Cracks consecutive fours off Washington Sundar. 9 runs come off the over. Rushes back to complete a second run after a punch through the gaps. But then falls! Shardul has the last laugh. Shardul's third wicket of the innings. Paine tries to pull him but gets an edge through to Pant.

AUS 242/7, lead by 275

09:39 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Green out for 37

Out! Shardul Thakur draws the edge from Green with an offcutter. Rohit grabs the catch at slip. What a great delivery from Shardul when chances seemed hard to come by for India. Pat Cummins joins Paine.

AUS 227/6, lead by 260

09:35 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Will Australia accelerate?

Runs come fluently against what has turned into gentle medium pace from Saini. Paine gets his first boundary too with a drive down the ground. 9 runs come off one Saini over. The lead goes over 250. Around half an hour of play left in the session. Can we expect an acceleration now, given that there is rain forecast for the last session?

Weather reports indicate rain is about 30 kms away from the Gabba.

AUS 227/5, lead by 260

09:23 (IST)18 Jan 2021
India ensured to be chasing record 4th innings target

236 is the highest fourth innings target chased down at the Gabba. So, India will be chasing down a record 4th innings target in any case. With the pitch starting to misbehave, Australia are firm favourites at the moment. Saini returns to the attack. Green stands tall and crashes a cut for four. 

The big question, though, is WHERE IS THE RAIN?

AUS 216/5, lead by 249

09:12 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Siraj ramps up the pace

Siraj is getting the Australians to dance. Got one to rear up on Smith. Now gets one to rear up on Paine. Siraj is causing trouble to the Australians with his pace and bounce. Also something the Aussie pacers will be looking at with interest. Green pulls Sundar for four to take Australia across 200.

AUS 202/5, lead by 235

09:04 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Smith out for 55

Siraj drops another catch - this time a much more difficult chance. Has a chance to get Green caught and bowled but the ball does not stick to Siraj's outstretched hand. But then is the big wicket! Smith caught for 55 off the bowling of Siraj. His glove is knocked from his bat handle by Siraj's pace. Smith takes a Review but the wicket stands. 

AUS 196/5, lead by 229

08:55 (IST)18 Jan 2021
50 for Smith - Rain chance

31st Test fifty for Smith. Off 67 balls. Smith, dropped a while earlier, is playing a matchwinning - and even possibly series-winning - knock here on Day 4. Green, though having played as many balls as Smith, is still just on 14.

Meanwhile, some big news on the weather front: A storm is brewing and is heading south-east towards Brisbane. It is reportedly one hour away from the ground.

AUS 185/4, lead by 218

08:46 (IST)18 Jan 2021
Smith dropped

India throw in some off spin from Washington Sundar now. Gets an LBW appeal against Green as the batsman comes down the crease to meet his turn. Smith moves into his 40s with a four driven against the spinner. The lead crosses 200. The partnership reaches 50 runs. And then there's a missed catch! Smith miscues an aerial shot. Siraj spills the catch at the ropes. India give a life to Smith.

AUS 178/4 after 50, lead by 211

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