Australia fired off with the bat with a healthy 50-80 opening stand. Alongside David Warner & the returning Marcus Harris. As he replaced fellow Victorian Will Pucovski because of a shoulder injury.
But India found the breakthrough when Shardul Thakur dismissed Harris. Having hesitated straight to Rishabh Pant behind him on 38. Before Washington Sundar denied Dave Warner his possible half-ton by two runs short. Dave could not believe the ball hit his pad first. In which the umpire pulled the finger. And unable to overturn his appeal to not out. But wonderful comeback though from Warner.
Safe to say India won the first session alone. When Marnus Labuschagne unable to repeat his red hot form. With a nothing shot off Mohammed Siraj. As Rohit Sharma caught him out on 25. While Matthew Wade endured another dismal display for a duck. He tried to hit through square. But mistimed poorly through to Pant. Australia 149-4, leads by 182 runs.
Steve Smith remained classy with the bat having scored a half-ton. But shied away from the short ball off Siraj. And it made him shake his head. After it scooped to Ajinkya Rahane at point. The same goes to Cam Green who has a great knack of batting. Despite his all-rounder status with no wickets yet off his fast bowling.
But Cam again hesitated with the nothing shot on 37. Where Rohit Sharma took the catch at 2nd slip. And Tim Paine overreacted with the pull shot towards Pant on 27. Before tea was called early due to rain. Australia 243-7, leads by 276.
The rain fortunately did not last long at least an hour. As play resumed where Pat Cummins played a brilliant cameo with the bat (27). While Siraj & Thakur wrapped up the Australia leftover card on 294. With India chasing 328 runs to win going into Day 5 tomorrow. The away team did bat a bit after the innings break. Having added the first 4 runs on the board. Before the rain returned again to finish Day 4 early.
The Indian bowling unit may be inexperienced. That is where they struggled on occasions. Such as Dave Warner, Steve Smith, Cam Green, Tim Paine & Pat Cummins. But they got their short ball tactics right. The areas are there to target the batsman’s weaknesses with the speed. And it made them hesitant to present these nothing shots. In which it helped them get the job done. Now it is the Top 7-8 batsman who should look to stay at long periods. A win would be great to wrap up. If not, a draw would be safe to defend this series as they won it last time.
Like the comeback spell with the bat from Dave Warner. Might not be exactly a half-ton. But settled in nicely with the returning Marcus Harris. Steve Smith remained his classy spirit. So does a mix of keeping and fast bowling all-rounders as mentioned earlier. Cam showed plenty of dynamism with his strike selection. While Tim and Pat kept it simple before scoring runs whenever they can. And it was enough to add 300. As the bowlers must get ready to finish the whole Indian XI card ASAP. And cannot afford to make room for mistakes.