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