In the 4th Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the hosts won the toss and chose to bat against the Indian team at the Gabba. First innings, Australia 369/10, Overs 115.2, Marnus Labuschagne (108), T Natarajan (3/78). Day 2, tea, first innings, India 62/2, Overs 26, Rohit Sharma (44), Cheteshwar Pujara (8*), Nathan Lyon (10/1). The second session of the day was shared between the two teams as 62 runs were scored at the fall of two wickets.
The Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (7) started the proceedings with the bat for the visitors. Gill seemed shaky against the Aussie pacers in the early overs and eventually fell prey to Pat Cummins’ impressive spell with the new ball. The 21-year-old opener edge the ball to Steve Smith in the slips. The Indian vice-captain looked in complete control, he showed respect to the good balls and started punishing the bad balls outside off. Gill’s departure brought Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease. After hitting a boundary at the point region to Nathan Lyon, Rohit tried to take on the off-spinner and ended up gifting his wicket to the hosts. The 33-year-old danced down the track for a maximum at long-on but mistimed the ball and the catch was completed by Mitchell Starc. Ajinkya Rahane came to the crease after Sharma’s dismissal.
Rahane (2*) and Pujara were unbeaten at the crease ahead of the tea break. The Indian team will be expecting a big partnership from the two experienced batsmen present at the crease. Cummins and Lyon bagged one wicket each in the second session. In the second session, 62 runs were scored, 26 overs were bowled at the run rate of 2.36 runs per over.