Injury driven India fought back within the final session to go away the fourth Test against Australia evenly poised after the opening day at the Gabba in Brisbane on Friday. Australia finished the primary day on 274 for five, with Cameron Green on 28 and Tim Paine alongside him on 38 to place the house side marginally ahead on a benign Gabba wicket. With the four-match series locked at 1-1, Australia got to win the ultimate Test to regain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. They looked bound to be during a much stronger position once they reached 200 for 3 shortly after tea, with Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade scoring freely.
But they lost Wade (45) to a rash attempted pull shot then Labuschagne for an outstanding 108 within the space of 13 runs to go away them at 213 for five, before Green and Paine steadied the innings against a tiring attack.
India’s efforts were especially admirable considering they were fielding two debutants in their bowling attack following injuries to Jasprit Bumrah and Ravi Ashwin. They also lost fast bowler Navdeep Saini to a groin injury midway through the second session. – Perfect start – India started the sport as underdogs following the loss of 4 players from the drawn third Test, which finished on Monday in Sydney.
Pace spearhead Bumrah (abdomen), off-spinner Ashwin (back), batsman Hanuma Vihari (hamstring) and all-rounder Ravi Jadeja (broken thumb) were all ruled out. T. Natarajan and Sundar made their debuts while there have been also recalls for batsman Mayank Agarwal and seam bowler Shardul Thakur. against this , Australia Only made one change, with Harris coming certain Will Pucovski, who injured his shoulder while fielding in Sydney. Yet India got away to the right start when David Warner fell on the last ball of the primary over, edging Siraj to second slip, where Rohit Sharma took an outstanding catch diving to his right.
Natarajan shared the new ball with Siraj and kept the pressure on with some tight bowling, his opening spell of six overs going for just eight runs. The pressure eventually told when Thakur, playing just his second Test, struck together with his first ball, Harris chipping an easy catch to Sundar at square leg to go away Australia 17 for two . But, Labuschagne and Steve Smith, Australia’s saviours in numerous recent matches, once more steadied the rocking ship. Smith, who roared back to make with a century in Sydney, was impressive but on 36 he clipped a ball to short midwicket to Sharma to offer Sundar his first Test scalp.
Australia, now 87 for 3 , should have lost Labuschagne within the next over when he edged Saini to gully, but the normally reliable Ajinkya Rahane spilled an easy chance. to form matters worse, Saini seemed to injure his groin within the delivery stride and left the sector . Cheteshwar Pujara grassed a way harder chance when Labuschagne was on 48, but from that moment the Queenslander was in fine form, stroking nine boundaries and two all-run fours on his thanks to his century. Siraj was the pick of the Indian attack with 1-51 off 19 testing overs, while Natarajan (2-63) also impressed despite showing signs of fatigue late within the day.