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AUS vs IND, 4th Test: Stoical Siraj shines with maiden 5-wkt haul on Day 4

Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur shine with the ball on Day 4 for India as the hosts get bowled out for 294 in the second innings. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill who walked out to bat in the second innings, could only be there for a couple of overs before it started to rain again. Soon enough the umpires decided to abandon the day’s play.

A similar situation occurred in the final session which was delayed due to a passing shower. Once the rain let up and the umpires gave a nod to start of play, Cummins and Starc walked out to bat with no signs of declaration from the Australian camp. In the second over after Tea, Starc was dismissed by Siraj for 1 run. Nathan Lyon and Cummins started to add runs to the tally with Australia crossing the 300-run mark in the process. While Lyon looked to go big, Shardul got the breakthrough, thereby picking up his fourth wicket. Hazlewood and Cummins batted for a few more overs until Siraj picked up the final wicket and also his maiden fifer in Test cricket. Australia all out for 294!

Earlier, Australia, who resumed the day’s play at 21/0, scored at a brisk pace, scoring 32 runs in the first six overs on Day 4, to get past fifty. The opening pair of David Warner and Marcus Harris kept the scorecard ticking as Australia took their overall lead close to 120 at the end of the 24th over.

However, India broke the solid stand between the left-handers in the 25th over as Harris gloved one to Rishabh Pant off Shardul Thakur. Warner was the next man to get out after Washington Sundar trapped him before the wicket for 48.

Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith then joined forces and added 28 runs in the four overs. But Mohammed Siraj’s double-wicket over pushed Australia on the backfoot. First, the Indian pacer had Labuschagne caught in the second slip, and then, had Matthew Wade’s wicket, who was strangled down the leg-side to be caught by Pant.

Smith and Cameron Green, who had replaced Wade in the middle, added 26 runs together to take Australia to 149/4 at lunch.

The second session of the day’s play saw a better bowling session for India in terms of the chances created. Steve Smith after getting a life, got his 31st half-century in Tests as the Australians went into Tea with 243/7 on the board and a lead stretched to 276 with no signs of declaration.