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, tea, second innings, India 183/3, Overs 63, Shubman Gill (91), Cheteshwar Pujara (43*), Pat Cummins (2/22). The second session of the day belonged to the Indian team as they scored 100 runs in 25 overs at the loss of two wickets. India need 145 runs to win while Australia need seven wickets to clinch the fourth Test match.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill walked in to bat in the second session. The two batsmen looked comfortable against the Aussie bowlers on the tricky Grabba pitch. Pujara continued his defensive gameplay while Gill kept scoring runs on the bad balls. There was a change in the intent of the Indian batsmen as they took apart Mitchell Starc in the 46th over. The two well-set batsmen scored 20 runs with three fours and a six in the southpaw’s over. The hosts finally got rid of the threatening partnership of Pujara and Gill as the latter edged the ball to Steve Smith at the slips while driving on a wide off-side delivery. Nathan Lyon broke the 114-run partnership stand when the off-spinner got the 21-year-old’s wicket when he was just short of nine runs of his maiden international century. Ajinkya Rahane came to the crease after Gill’s departure, the skipper showed his intention of attacking the Aussies as soon as he arrived. After scoring 24 off 22 balls, with a six and a four, Rahane departed while playing the uppercut on Cummins’ balling in the 57th over. While the gears have seemed to be changed, Pujara also started attacking the short deliveries outside off. Rishab Pant joined Cheteshwar Pujara to the crease after Rahane’s dismissal.
The visitors will be thinking of an explosive last session as they are just 145 runs behind the target set by the Aussies. In the second session, 100 runs were scored in 25 overs at the run rate of 4 runs per over.