India vs Australia 4th Test Day 4 in Sydney, Highlights: As it happened
India vs Australia Live Score: Catch all the action from Day 4 of the fourth Test match between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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Updates: India have enforced the follow-on after Kuldeep picked five to bundled out the Australians for 300. India posted 622-7 declared in the first innings. Rain played spoilsport in the first session and while there was some action in the post-lunch session, bad light once again saw play being ended early on the fourth afternoon. (FULL COVERAGE AND SCORECARD)
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Stumps on Day 4
Bad light ends play early
End is near
More covers coming on
Not looking good here
The fans are getting a bit frustrated at the SCG
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Covers on due to bad light
The tea break has been extended as of now as bad light has ensured that the players are in the dressing room. The umpires are out on the field and having a look at the conditions. The floodlights are on and the Indian players cannot wait to get back onto the field.
Early tea on Day 4
India have enforced the follow-on after Kuldeep picked five to bundled out the Australians for 300. India posted 622-7 declared in the first innings. Rain played spoilsport in the first session and bad light once again sees the players walk off for an early tea. Australia’s score reads 6/0.
Pandya on the field
Hanuma vihari hurt his left shoulder during fielding. He has been assessed and should be back on the field within an hour. Hardik Pandya is on the field for him. Bumrah and Shami have started well here and the Australian batsmen are looking to play off the new ball.
Shami starts proceedings for India in the second innings
Shami gets first strike with the new ball as Khawaja and Harris take strike. The Indian players are all egged up and looking to make this count. Can Australia bat for almost five sessions here? The task is definitely cut out for the Australians as they look to save the Test match.
Kohli enforces follow-on
The Aussies will come out to bat again
Kuldeep picks 5 as Australia are bundled for 300
Kuldeep picks five as the Australians are bundled out for 300. India posted 622-7 declared in the first innings. Rain played spoilsport in the first session and it will be interesting to see if the Indians do go ahead and enforce the follow-on. Kohli takes the ball from the umpire and hands it to Kuldeep. Hazlewood is the last man out, trapped plumb in front. The DRS show that the ball is hitting the top of the stump.
Starc and Hazlewood having some fun
With the spinners into the attack, both Starc and Hazlewood are looking to have some fun here and using the long handle to good effect here. Kohli is not looking too impressed as the runs are flowing. The Indian spinners must strike quickly.
Vihari into the attack
Kohli now gets Vihari into the attack. Clearly we are headed into a scenario where the Indians are toying with the idea of resting the fast bowlers so that they can come back fresh once the captain enforces the follow-on. Starc and Hazlewood looking to delay the inevitable.
Is the follow-on in the offing
Kohli is now using spinners from both ends and is that the sign that the India skipper is preserving the fast bowlers for the follow-on? One would still feel that India would do well to bat one session here and then have 3 sessions to have a go at the Australian batsmen. Australia need 151 more runs to avoid the follow-on.
Hanuma drops a sitter
Kuldeep Yadav gets Hazlewood to mishit the attempted sweep, but Vihari drops a sitter almost. There was a lot of time to settle down under the ball and grab that, but Vihari makes a mess of it. Kuldeep is clearly not impressed as this would have been his fifth wicket of the innings.
Kuldeep picks fourth, gets Lyon
Kuldeep traps Lyon plumb as the ball hits the batsman full. He was trying the sweep here and the ball dips and hits the toe. Lyon has to walk back without troubling the scorers as the Indians are celebrating. Kohli even gets into an impromptu jig as the boys come together to celebrate the dismissal.
Bumrah gets Handscomb
That was pitched just outside off and was coming in sharply, only to take the inside edge of Handscomb’s bat and goes onto the stumps. Bumrah is celebrating as the batsman walks back for 37. Australia are eight down and the question now is whether the Indians will enforce the follow-on?
Stat Attack: Mohammed Shami
Cummins out for 25 (44), by Shami
· 4th time out bowled in his last 5 innings (including this one)
· 2nd time to Shami in this series, both have been out bowled
· 8th consecutive times he has been dismissed to a pacer
Updated session times
13:50 - 15:50
14:50 - drinks
16:10 - 18:00
Mohammed Shami strikes as Pat Cummins is castled for 25, Australia 236/7. The ball kept low and this is huge for India. With around 60 overs to be played today, the visitors will be looking to dismiss the Australian tail within the next few overs and there is no doubt that Virat will enforce the follow-on.
Rain has stopped
Rain has stopped and the umpires took a look at the ground conditions. It seems like we are not far away from the start as the big covers are being removed. If there is no more rain and if the light stays good, play will start at 8:20 am IST.
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Lunch on Day 4
Not much to report. It’s still raining at the Sydney Cricket Ground and we might have an early lunch.
Not looking good
More delay expected
The rain is back and we can safely say that the scheduled start is not possible. The matting covers are in, the bigger covers are on stand-by at the moment. It is certainly not looking good.
It was meant to be an early start at the SCG, but bad light and rain have caused a delay. The forecast was for some morning showers and it has come as expected. We might have a longer delay. The entire square has been covered.
More bad news for the fans as it has started raining at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The covers are on and it looks like there will not be any action for at least half an hour. India will not be happy with the situation as they will surely be looking to finish off the Australian tail as soon as possible.
he covers are firmly in place and the light looks a bit murky as well. Umpire Richard Kettleborough took a reading and they reckon it isn’t good enough for a prompt start. This is not good news for cricket fans!
Australia team morale
Marcus Harris said that the morale in the Australian dressing room is still high, despite the criticism they have faced off late for playing poorly in this series.
“It’s been good. I’m very thankful and I’m sure everyone is in the team that we’re part of the Australian cricket team. Yes, it’s been a tough series but we’ve also had some great phases. Obviously this Test match is not over yet. It’s been hard but it’s also been great, a great experience to play against India which is the number one side in the world,” added Harris.
It’s a bit overcast this morning, but there’s no rain right now so we should get underway as scheduled. India will be looking to strike early on Day 4 and with Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja among wickets, Virat Kohli will be quite confident of winning this series 3-1.
India eye history
With two full days play left in the game and Australia still 386 runs adrift of India’s score, the visitors will fancy their chances of winning the four-match rubber 3-1. India first went Down Under back in 1947-48 under Lala Amarnath’s captaincy, and are yet to achieve series triumph there despite eleven attempts.
Australia’s batting woes
Australia went to lunch at 122 for one but meekly surrendered soon afterwards, losing three wickets for 24 runs, with spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav doing the damage.
Yadav ended with 3-71 and Jadeja 2-62.
While aggressive rookie opener Marcus Harris blazed a career-best 79, senior players Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and skipper Tim Paine all failed to deliver when needed most.
Bad Light at the SCG
Bad light stopped play on the third day of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia on Saturday.
Australia were struggling at 236 for six when poor visibility forced the umpires to stop the proceedings at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
When the players walked off the field, Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins were batting on 28 and 25, respectively, as Australia trailed India’s first-innings total of 622 for seven declared by 386 runs.
Hello and welcome
Welcome to the live coverage of Day 4 of the fourth Test match between India and Australia in Sydney. Australia’s batting woes returned on the third day of the fourth test on Saturday and they had slumped to 236 for six when bad light and rain brought an early end to their response to India’s mammoth first-innings tally of 622-7 declared. The tourists only need a draw to claim a first series win in Australia and the home side’s hopes of preventing even that faded as they blew a solid start to lose five wickets after lunch.