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India vs Australia 4th Test Day 1 Highlights: AUS 274/5 at Day 1 Stumps

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 4th Test Highlights: The hosts were reduced to 17 for 2 after opting to bat on a bouncy and batting wicket but recovered later, thanks mainly to Labuschagne.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: January 15, 2021 2:36:01 pm

India vs Australia (IND vs AUS) 4th Test Highlights: The Day 1 of the Gabba Test ended at 274/5 as Marnus Labuschagne’s 108 was the cornerstone of Australia’s recovery from 17/2.

Opting to bat on a bouncy and batting wicket, Indian inexperienced bowling unit did well but Aussies recovered later, thanks mainly to Labuschagne. At stumps, captain Tim Paine and Cameron Green were batting on 38 and 28 respectively. Labuschagne’s 204-ball knock had nine boundaries. He was dropped on 37 by Ajinkya Rahane off the bowling of Navdeep Saini.

A depleted Indian side is missing both Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin. Tamil Nadu rookies – fast bowler T Natarajan and off-spinner Washington Sundar have been handed debuts with Shardul Thakur playing his second Test match and Mayank Agarwal replacing Hanuma Vihari in the middle-order. Australia only has one change in Marcus Harris in place of injured Luke Pucovski.

With the Border-Gavaskar series tied 1-1, all hinges on the last match at the Gabba, Brisbane. An injury-plagued India squad is determined to make some history. India’s squad has been battered, bruised and, in the third test in Sydney, verbally abused. The third test was temporarily halted last Sunday and six men were ejected from the Sydney Cricket Ground after India paceman Mohammed Siraj complained to umpires about comments from the crowd.

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 1 Highlights:

13:13 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Day belongs to Australia and Labuschagne

The Day 1 of the Gabba Test ended at 274/5 for Australia. It's been an absorbing day of cricket. India's bowling unit, comprising Siraj, Natarajan, Shardul, Saini and Sundar, was good in parts but the day belonged to Australia and Marnus Labuschagne who hit his fifth ton.

12:57 (IST)15 Jan 2021
50 runs between Paine and Green

The 50-run partnership between Tim Paine and Cameron Green will cost dear to India as Aussies are gearing up for a bigger total. Paine has reached 38, while Green has chipped in with 25. The new ball is helping the hosts more here.

12:32 (IST)15 Jan 2021
New ball taken

With 10 overs left of the Day 1 play, Australia have lost their five wickets for 250 runs. Aussies still five wickets in hand and anything above 300 will pose great threats to India's chances. Let's hope more wickets in the second new ball which has been taken in 81st over.

12:23 (IST)15 Jan 2021
India miss extra spinner

The session has gone in India's way so far with Matthew Wade and Marnus Labuschagne's wickets. Cameron Green and Tim Paine are steadily growing with their 27-run stand so far. India are clearly missing an extra spinner with widening gaps in the Gabba surface.

11:44 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Saini Update:

Navdeep Saini has been sent for scans on his groin niggle

11:40 (IST)15 Jan 2021

Natarajan shines on debut, gets his second wicket in 2 overs, this time removing centurion Marnus Labuschagne. Labuschagne tries to play the pull but it lands into the gloves of Pant. India snatch the game back from the hosts. AUS are 213/5 after 66 overs.

11:24 (IST)15 Jan 2021
First Test wicket for Natarajan

Debutant Natarajan gets his first Test wicket, giving India a much-needed breakthrough as Wade falls 5 runs short of half-century. Wade miscues while trying an aggressive shot, and the catch is taken by Shardul Thakur AUS are 200/4 after 64 overs.

11:18 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Century for Labuschagne

Marnus Labuschagne gets his fifth Test 100 to put Australia in the driver's seat and steer his side past 200 mark in the final session of the opening day. After two 50+ scores in the third Test, Marnus Labuschagne finally gets to the three-figure mark in this series. This is only the third individual century of this series. 

11:08 (IST)15 Jan 2021
100-run partnership

A 100-run partnership is up between Labuschagne and Wade as Australia look to put the foot down in the final session of the day. Labuschagne brings it up with a four, steering Australia into good position.

10:21 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Day 1 Tea

Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade have controlled the Aussie innings after losing Steve Smith. The duo has stitched a crucial 67-run stand after 70 runs between Labuschagne and Smith. Except for Smith's wicket, nothing fell in India's way in the second session of the Day 1. 

10:11 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Labuschagne-Wade stand growing

Marnus Labuschagne and Mathew Wade partnership is growing big now as the duo has stitched a 64-run partnership so far. Labuschage is in his 70s and Wade is also playing at 27.

09:53 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Here's what happens when team drops catches

Former India cricketer and commentator has rightly put it in context.

09:42 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Fifty for Marnus Labuschagne

Riding on his luck, Marnus Labuschagne has reached his fifty here at the Gabba. Sinch 2019 Ashes series, the right-hander has been dropped for 10 times. Hits his 11th Test fifty. Australia try hard to take control after Steve Smith's fall.

09:34 (IST)15 Jan 2021
A piece of advice from S Badrinath

Indians have been impressive so far except 12 extra runs which include 4 byes, 4 leg byes and three no balls.

09:02 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Navdeep Saini walks out

Another injury scare haunting India as Navdeep Saini walked out. Saini may have pulled a hamstring. The physio was out and was seen doing some stretching before he took him out of the ground. Rohit Sharma completed Saini's over. Maybe the first time, Rohit bowled in red ball cricket. 

Rohit Sharma completed the remaining three balls of Saini's over:

08:54 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Rahane drops Labuschagne

Ajinkya Rahane dropped it. What a great loss to India. First thing India got wrong today. Navdeep Saini to Labuschagne and Rahane has put down a straightforward catch at gully. This is a rare sight. It may cost dear to India as Labuschage is on 37. 

08:48 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Washington Sundar sends Smith back

Debutant Washington Sundar got his maiden Test wicket as the spinner got Steve Smith out for 36 and broke a 70-run stand between Smith and Labuschagne. The pair was growing dangerous for India but Sundar forced Smith to hand a catch to Rohit Sharma. India very much back in the game.

08:37 (IST)15 Jan 2021
India need a wicket

Indian young pacers are clearly struggling before this pair of Smith and Labuschagne at the Gabba surface which is dry and batting friendly. With India playing with just one spinner, it's going to be tough for the visitors if they don't get another wicket here. The smith-Labuschagne partnership has risen to 65 now. 

08:10 (IST)15 Jan 2021
India need to be right on the money

With a cumulative experience of three Test matches and '10 balls' that Shardul Thakur bowled on his debut in 2018, India did well, although Steve Smith (30 batting, 55 balls) and Marnus Labuschagne (19 batting, 82 balls) were once again looking ominous on a bouncy and batting track. However, Mohammed Siraj (8-4-18-1) and Shardul Thakur (7-3-27-1) did well to get rid of the openers in the first hour of play where honours were shared.

07:36 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Lunch break

It's been a good first session for India so far. Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur did strike early when David Warner departed in the first over and Shardul claimed Marcus Harris in first his first ball. However, India will be focusing on breaking the 48-run stand between Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne post-lunch. 27 overs in the session and Australia have made 65/2. 

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

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