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, Marnus Labuschagne (108), T Natarajan (3/78).First Innings, India 336/10, Shardul Thakur (67), Josh Hazlewood (5/57). Second innings, Australia 294/10, Steve Smith (55), Mohammed Siraj (5/42). Day 5, lunch, second innings, India 83/1, Overs 38, Shubman Gill (64*), Cheteshwar Pujara (8*), Pat Cummins (1/7). The first session of the day belonged to the Indian team as they scored 79 runs in 36.1 overs at the fall of one wicket. India trail Australia by 245 runs.
The Indian openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started the proceedings with the bat in the first session of Day 5. The two batsmen looked robust with their defence against the Aussie pacers. Australia got their first wicket of the day in the form of the Indian vice-captain, he edged the ball to the wicket-keeper on Pat Cummins’ bowling in the ninth over. Cheteshwar Pujara came to the crease after the opener’s departure. Gill continued playing his game, kept putting the bad balls outside off-stump away. The 21-year-old completed the second Test half-century of his career, while Pujara proceeded with his defensive approach and took no risks against Cummins’ deliveries which were going outside off. The Gabba pitch’s extra bounce surprised the Indian batsmen but they were comfortable enough to counter it. The two batsmen stitched a partnership of 65 runs in the first session ahead of the lunch break.
The Indian camp would want the two batsmen to bat for the entire second session. In the first session of Day 5, 79 runs were scored, 36.1 overs were bowled at the run rate of 2.18 runs per over.