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India vs Australia 4th Test, Day 1 highlights: Kuldeep Yadav makes red hot debut

India were 0/0 at the end of Day 1 of the fourth Test match against Australia in Dharamsala. Earlier, Steve Smith scored his 20th Test century as Australia were bowled out for 300. Matthew Wade and David Warner scored fifties. Kuldeep Yadav picked up four wickets on his debut while Umesh Yadav took two. Catch highlights of India vs Australia fourth Test here.

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Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets on Day 1 of the fourth India vs Australia Test in Dharamsala. Catch highlights of India vs Australia fourth Test here.
Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets on Day 1 of the fourth India vs Australia Test in Dharamsala. Catch highlights of India vs Australia fourth Test here.(BCCI)

Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets on his Test debut to restrict Australia to 300 in their first innings on Day 1 of the fourth Test match in Dharamsala. The 22-year old finished with figures of 4/68 while Umesh Yadav took two wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one each. Steve Smith was the best batsman for the Aussies as he slammed his 20th Test hundred. David Warner and Matthew Wade also contributed with resilient half centuries.In reply, India were 0/0 at stumps after playing just one over. Catch highlights of India vs Australia here.(LIVE SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING DETAILS)

5:05 PM: That’s all today. Let’s hope for a brilliant day of cricket tomorrow.

4:49 PM: Steve Smith was yet again the tormentor for India but the day truly belonged the debutant - Kuldeep Yadav.

4:38 PM: “I am very happy,” says Kuldeep Yadav. “A dream come true for me. In a Test match. Can’t ask for more than this. Initially I was nervous when I was standing at fine leg in the first over. Then it felt normal for me. I have improved my fitness levels, which helped me with my bowling. “

“The wicket was good to bat on, the ball was not turning match. A little bit help for the spinners. I bowled just wicket to wicket. And variations. Obviously I worked a lot on my variations. The wrong’un, flipper and the normal chinaman. For Handscomb I set up the plan. I showed him the wrong’un first, and then bowled him with the chinaman.”

4:31 PM: It’s stumps on Day 1. India are 0/0 after Australia were bowled out for 300.

4:29 PM: KL Rahul and Murali Vijay to start the proceedings for India while Josh Hazlewood to bowl the first over. IND 0/0

4:27 PM: The Indian batsmen are out in the middle. IND 0/0

4:24 PM: India will get just one over to bat on Day 1.

4:20 PM: Kuldeep Yadav was the best bowler for India as he finished on 4/68 on his debut.

4:17 PM: OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up his first wicket of the game as Australia are bowled out for 300.

4:14 PM: 300 comes up for Australia in the 88th over. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

4:13 PM: It was a straighter one from Jadeja and Wade missed it completely while playing for turn. AUS 298/9

4:11 PM: OUT! Finally a breakthrough for India as Ravindra Jadeja castled Matthew Wade.

4:09 PM: A return throw by Ravindra Jadeja was too strong for the keeper as it resulted into four runs overthrow. IND 298/8

4:06 PM: 87 overs gone. Australia are 294 for 8 with Matthew Wade (53*) and Nathan Lyon (13*) at the crease.

3:59 PM: A horrible misfield by Umesh Yadav as Nathan Lyon gets consecutive boundaries off Kuldeep Yadav. AUS 292/8

3:57 PM: Matthew Wade (50*) battles on as Australia look to end Day 1 with two wickets in hand. AUS 283/8

3:53 PM: FIFTY! Matthew Wade brings up his 4th Test half century. AUS 282/8

3:48 PM: Matthew Wade has played a very patient innings and the half century will surely be well deserved. AUS 280/8

3:42 PM: It was a poor call from the batsmen and Steve O’Keefe was run out thanks to an accurate throw from Shreyas Iyer. AUS 270/8

3:38 PM: OUT! Tragedy strikes as Steve O’Keefe is run out for 8.

3:33 PM: 11 overs remaining in the day’s play. India will be really happy with their bowling performance, but if Australia can reach 300 in the first innings, it can be a tough situation for the hosts. AUS 268/7

3:28 PM: Driven on the up between the bowler and mid-on by Steve O’Keefe to score another boundary. AUS 268/7

3:24 PM: 77 overs gone. Australia 263/7 (Matthew Wade 43*, Steve O’Keefe 4*)

3:18 PM: Now, Steve O’Keefe joins the party with the first boundary of his innings. AUS 258/7

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3:16 PM: The ball flies off Matthew Wade’s bat for yet another boundary through the slip fielders. AUS 253/7

3:12 PM: It has been a dream debut for Kuldeep Yadav as he has already taken 4 wickets and can become the 9th Indian bowler to take a 5-for on Test debut. AUS 248/7

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3:06 PM: Pat Cummins was beaten by the flight and gave a simple return catch to Kuldeep Yadav. AUS 245/7

3:03 PM: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav takes his fourth wicket as Pat Cummins is caught and bowled for 21.

2:57 PM: The two batsmen have been playing quite cautiously and this partnership is key for Australia as not much batting is left for the visitors. AUS 242/6

2:51 PM: The partnership (Wade 11*, Cummins 20*) is worth 31 runs right now. AUS 239/6

2:47 PM: The ball was in the air, but it landed in no-man’s land before crossing the boundary. AUS 227/6

2:44 PM:Here’s how Sachin Tendulkar reacted to Kuldeep Yadav’s heroics on his debut.

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2:41 PM: Matthew Wade (21*) gets his first boundary of the game. AUS 222/6

2:38 PM: That’s a huge six for Pat Cummins are Australia reach 218/6.

2:36 PM: Steve Smith’s dismissal was Ashwin’s 79th wicket at 25.64 in 25 innings of 13 Test match in this season. As a result, he surpassed South African pacer Dale Steyn who took 78 wickets at 16.24 in 23 innings of 12 Test matches.

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2:33 PM: Ashwin and Jadeja are bowling at tandem for India. AUS 209/6

2:30 PM: We are back for the final session of the day.

2:12 PM: Its’s tea on Day 1 with Australia on 208 for the loss of 6 wickets.

2:10 PM: Ravichandran Ashwin set the record of most wickets in a season in Tests by dismissing Australia skipper Steven Smith.

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2:09 PM: It was an off-spinner from Ashwin and Steve Smith ended up edging it to Rahane in the slips. AUS 207/6

2:05 PM: OUT! Australia lose a huge wicket as Ashwin dismisses Steve Smith for 111.

2:00 PM: A late cut by Steve Smith and the boundary takes him to 110*. AUS 205/5

1:58 PM: The 200 comes up for Australia. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

1:54 PM: The initial advantage is almost gone and the quick wickets have turned the match completely. AUS 199/5

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1:49 PM: 55 overs gone. Australia are 196 for the loss of 5 wickets.

1:45 PM: Matthew Wade is the new batsman for Australia. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

1:40 PM: It has been a brilliant knock by the Aussie skipper and he will have to play a big knock to keep Australia in the driver’s seat. AUS 190/5

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1:35 PM: Steve Smith reached his 20th Test century! AUS 185/5

1:29 PM: Maxwell (8) out. Australia 178/5

Kuldeep gets his third wicket. The Chinaman does a wrong’un which turns and clips Maxwell’s off-stump.

1:26 PM: FOUR! And Maxwell goes after Kuldeep with a big-hit over mid-on. One bounce to the boundary.

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1:20 PM: Glenn Maxwell is the new batsman for Australia. And his century in Ranchi will be an inspiration. Meanwhile Smith has reached 94 and is six runs away from his 20th Test ton.

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1:16 PM: Kuldeep has had great first day as a Test player. He extracted turn from the pitch and has been the most successful bowler for India so far.

1:10 PM: Handscomb was completely fooled by the delivery and the 22-year castled him for 8. AUS 169/4

1:07 PM: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav bowls an absolute beauty to get rid of Peter Handscomb!

1:04 PM: 44 overs gone. Australia are 167 for the loss of 3 wickets.Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

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12:59 PM: A full toss from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and it is punished by Peter Handscomb. AUS 166/3

12:55 PM: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back in the attack. AUS 159/3

12:52 PM: A hit wicket from Ravindra Jadeja but sadly, the batsman was safely inside his crease. AUS 159/3

12:46 PM: Finally a proper bouncer from Umesh Yadav. The pitch have assisted the fast bowlers till now and the short ball can be a lethal weapon on this turf. AUS 154/3

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12:42 PM: It was a loose delivery from the leg side and a faint edge proved to be his downfall as Wriddhiman Saha completed an easy catch behind the stumps. AUS 153/3

12:39 PM: OUT! Second wicket for Umesh Yadav as Shaun Marsh departs for 4.

12:33 PM: Virat Kohli was talking to Kuldeep Yadav during the overs break. Looks like he is sort of a non-playing captain for this match. AUS 152/2

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12:29 PM: It was an emotional wicket for Yadav as the 22-year old foxed Warner with his spin. AUS 147/2

12:26 PM: OUT! Huge wicket for India as Kuldeep Yadav dismisses David Warner for 56.

12:24 PM: It looks like Steve Smith (83*) can do no wrong as he hits his 12th boundary of the match. AUS 144/1

12:21 PM: Thick edge from Smith, but the ball drops just ahead of Pujara in first slip. AUS 140/1

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12:18 PM: A slow start for the Aussies after lunch but India need to take a wicket fast. AUS 136/1

12:14 PM: 32 overs gone. Australia are 136 for the loss of one wicket.

12:11 PM: We are back for the second session of play! AUS 132/1

11:53 AM: It was a session of play completed dominated by the Aussies and If India can’t take a wicket early in the second session, a world of pain awaits them. AUS 131/1

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11:51 AM: Kuldeep Yadav is not the first ever chinaman bowler to play for India as the distinction belongs to Preeti Dimri who made her debut in 2006.

11:44 AM: Looks like the Dharamsala crowd did get to see Virat Kohli in action.

11:43 AM: 

11:38 AM: It was a roller-coaster of a session as India got the early wicket, but Steve Smith and David Warner showed tremendous resilience to nulify the advantage. AUS 131/1

11:32 AM: it’s lunch on Day 1 with Australia on 131/1 (David Warner 54*, Steve Smith 72*)

11:30 AM: Boundary No. 10 for Steve Smith as he moves on to 72*. AUS 131/1

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11:27 AM: David Warner (54*) and Steve Smith (67*) have been quite impressive today and if they are not dismissed soon, it can spell doom for the hosts. AUS 127/1

11:24 AM: FIFTY! David Warner brings up his half century with a boundary!

11:23 AM: Kuldeep Yadav has been introduced in the attack. IND 120/1

11:20 AM: David Warner gets his 7th boundary as he moves on to 47*. AUS 119/1

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11:16 AM: That’s the 100-run partnership for David Warner (42*) and Steve Smith (67*). AUS 114/1

11:15 AM: What a shot! A clean hit by David Warner (38*) clears the boundary easily for the first six of the match. AUS 109/1

11:14 AM: Steve Smith met the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala on Friday. Are the blessings already working for the Aussie skipper? AUS 103/1

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11:11 AM: A thick outside edge from David Warner (32*), but the ball was too fast for the slip fielder! Australia reaches 100 in the 25th over. AUS 102/1

11:09 AM: Steve Smith skips down the pitch and guides the ball to the boundary. AUS 94/1

11:07 AM: A lot of spin and turn for Ravindra Jadeja. But still no breakthrough for the Indian bowlers. AUS 90/1

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11:03 AM: This was the 21st Test fifty for the Australia skipper and he has now crossed 400 runs in the series.

10:57 AM: FIFTY! That’s the half century for Steve Smith.AUS 86/1

10:53 AM: The two batsmen have been quite cautious against spin till now, but the ball is not doing anything dangerous either. AUS 79/1

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10:50 AM: All-out spin attack from India as Ravindra Jadeja is handed the ball from the other end. AUS 77/1

10:48 AM: 16 overs gone. Australia are 77 for the loss of one wicket (Steve Smith 45*, David Warner 27*)

10:43 AM: Steve Smith moves on to 40 with another boundary. It has truly been a masterclass from the Aussie skipper. AUS 71/1

10:42 AM: 14 over gone, Australia are 67/1. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

10:39 AM: Kuldeep Yadav became the first chinaman bowler to play for India. Here’s a look at the talented spin bowler.

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10:37 AM: Another boundary for Steve Smith as Australia reach 65 for the loss of one wicket.

10:35 AM: The 50-run partnership comes up between David Warner (24*) and Steve Smith (31*). AUS 60/1

10:29 AM: A miscue from David Warner (24*) but the ball lands in no-man’s land. AUS 59/1

10:28 AM: Ravichandran Ashwin is introduced in the attack. AUS 57/1

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10:26 AM: Cracking shot by Steve Smith (29*) as the ball rushes to the boundary. AUS 57/1

10:24 AM: Virat Kohli was on the field for some time during the drinks break and looks like it is going to be hard to keep him off the game. AUS 57/1

Virat Kohli talks to Wriddhiman Saha during day one of the fourth test match between India and Australia. (BCCI)

10:20 AM: 50 comes up for Australia in the 10th over. AUS 52/1

10:15 AM: David Warner (21*) and Steve Smith (19*) are looking quite comfortable after the early setback and this can be the crucial partnership for the Aussies. AUS 45/1

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10:10 AM: Consecutive boundaries for Steve Smith (16*) as Australia move on to 42/1.

10:08 AM: It all seems to be happening at Dharamsala as David Warner is completely fooled by the bounce of the delivery but the ball flies over the slip fielders. AUS 34/1

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10:03 AM: Looks like Virat Kohli can’t stay away from the action as he enters the ground to have a chat with the players during the short drinks break. AUS 30/1

9:59 AM: 6 overs gone. India are 25 for the loss of one wicket.

9:55 AM: Looks like Steve Smith (5*) is back to his original stance in this pacy Dharamsala wicket. In Ranchi, he was playing with very little back-lift, but that has changed today. AUS 21/1

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9:51 AM: Umesh bowls it short and wide. Warner (15*) makes no mistake in dispatching it to the boundary for his third of the innings. AUS 17/1

9:47 AM: Early swing for the fast bowlers and this pitch is playing exactly how everyone predicted. AUS 11/1

9:44 AM: 

9:42 AM: It was a brilliant delivery by Umesh Yadav and Matt Renshaw was completely fooled by the movement. Good start for India! AUS 10/1

9:41 AM: OUT! Umesh Yadav strikes early for India as Matt Renshaw departs for 1.

Umesh Yadav celebrates the wicket of Matt Renshaw during day one of the fourth test match between India and Australia in Dharamsala. (BCCI)

9:36 AM: Second boundary of the match for David Warner (9*) as he caresses it through the point area. AUS 10/0

9:35 AM: It was a good ball from Bhuvneshwar and it successfully took the edge and flew towards the slip cordon. But Karun Nair was unable to hold on to the ball as India missed a glorious opportunity. AUS 5/0

9:34 AM: MISS! Horrible start for India as Karun Nair drops David Warner on the first ball of the day! AUS 4/0

9:33 AM: We are officially underway! This is a huge match in the series and both teams will be desperate to get off to a good start!

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9:31 AM: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the first over for India.

9:30 AM: David Warner and Matt Renshaw are out in the middle for Australia.

9:28 AM: The pitch has a tinge of grass and it seems that the pacers will enjoy themselves on this track.

9:25 AM: The umpires are coming out on the field. We are just moments away from this crucial encounter! Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

9:21 AM:

9:15 AM: The decision to play five bowlers is the right one on this track but the use of the third spinner can be heavily debated. Dharamsala has historically supported pace bowlers and it can a huge gamble for India.

Ajinkya Rahane during the toss on Day one of the fourth test match between India and Australia. (BCCI)

9:11 AM: Kuldeep Yadav became the 288th Test cricketer for India.

9:09 AM: Australia have gone with an unchanged squad. Here’s a look at the playing XI - Warner, Renshaw, Smith, S Marsh, Handscomb, Maxwell, Wade (wk), Cummins, O’Keefe, Lyon, Hazlewood

9:07 AM: Two changes for India as Kuldeep Yadav replaced Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in for Ishant Sharma.

9:06 AM: A look at the India XI - L Rahul, M Vijay, C Pujara, A Rahane, K Nair, R Ashwin, W Saha, R Jadeja, B Kumar, K Yadav, U Yadav

9:03 AM: Ajinkya Rahane became the 33rd cricketer to captain India in Test cricket. Catch live cricket score of India vs Australia here.

9:01 AM: Australia have won the toss and decided to bat first!

8:54 AM: Virat Kohli’s injury can be huge blow to the Indian team with everything to play for in Dharamsala. Our analysis of the Virat Kohli situation here.

8:52 AM: 

8:49 AM: According to media reports, Kuldeep Yadav is set to make his Test debut! 

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8:48 AM: Virat Kohli picked up the injury while fielding in the third Test match at Ranchi and there were a lot of doubts going into today’s match about his fitness.

8:42 AM: Huge news from Dharamsala! Virat Kohli has been ruled out of the match due to his shoulder injury!

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8:40 AM: Cricket Australia also reporting that Virat Kohli is out of the encounter.

8:37 AM: The biggest question right now is whether Indian captain Virat Kohli will play or he will opt out of the game because of his shoulder injury. According to FOX News. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in Dharamsala, but there have been no official confirmation.

8:35 AM: Welcome to the fourth and final Test match between India and Australia in Dharamsala!

India have added fit-again fast bowler Mohammed Shami to their squad. Uncapped batsman Shreyas Iyer has also been added to the squad with captain Virat Kohli still doubtful due to a shoulder injury.

Shami has not played since picking up an injury against England in November, but India have decided to bolster their options given the pace and carry usually associated with the pitch at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.

Virat Kohli did bat in the nets on Friday but looked downcast as he dwelled on the possibility of featuring in the winner-take-all match of the series which is all square at 1-1.

“You want to be fit for the game 100 percent but sometimes you have to respect the fact that these things (injury) are part of your career as well.”

In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane led the hosts in Ranchi, a role the Mumbai batsman may have to reprise should the regular skipper sit out with injury.

Skipper Steve Smith believes clear thinking and efficient execution set his team apart from the Australian sides in the past who tried and failed in their bid to win a test series in India.

A draw in the fourth and final Test against India would be enough for Smith and his men to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, having triumphed at home in the 2014-15 season.

With the series level at 1-1, the 27-year-old, however, has set his eyes on a victory which would give Australia their first series win since 2004 in India, which former captain Steve Waugh termed the ‘final frontier’.