Aus v Ind 4th Test Day 4: Australia set a stiff target after Siraj fifer
India require a further 324 runs to force a win against Australia and take the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-1 series scoreline.
On the fourth day of the fourth Test between the two sides at the Gabba, Australia were bowled out for 294 on a rain-curtailed day. In response, India were 4-0 when rain forced an early close to the day.
Earlier, Australia began confidently with their openers Marcus Harris (38) and David Warner (48) adding 89 for the opening wicket. Thereafter, Steven Smith (55: 74b, 7x4) took charge. He added 73 runs for the fifth wicket with Cameron Green (37). Then there were regular partnerships lower down the order.
Useful contributions from captain Tim Paine (27), Pat Cummins (28 n.o.) kept Australia in the hunt. The last two wickets added 47 runs to the score. Australia were finally bowled out for 294.
Mohammed Siraj was the best bowler on view for India with figures of five for 73. Shardul Thakur (4-61) was also the other wicket-taker for India.
In their chase India were four for no loss when rain halted play.
Match Summary - Australia v India, 4th Test Day 4, Gabba, Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Australia 1st Innings: 369
India 1st Innings: 336
Australia 2nd Innings: 294 (75.5)
Fall of wickets: 1-89 (Marcus Harris-24.6 ov), 2-91 (David Warner-25.6 ov), 3-123 (Marnus Labuschagne-30.3 ov), 4-123 (Matthew Wade-30.6 ov), 5-196 (Steven Smith-54.2 ov), 6-227 (Cameron Green-60.5 ov), 7-242 (Tim Paine-64.6 ov), 8-247 (Mitchell Starc-67.3 ov), 9-274 (Nathan Lyon-72.1 ov), 10-294 (Josh Hazlewood-75.5 ov)
India 2nd Innings: 4-0 (1.5)
Close of Play: India need 324 runs for a win
Australia: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (captain & wicket-keeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan
Start Time: 12:30
Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Gabba, Brisbane
Officials: Bruce Oxenford, Paul Wilson, Paul Reiffel (TV Umpire), Claire Polosak (Reserve Umpire), David Boon (Match Referee)
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