The closely fought series between Australia and India is set up for an exciting finale after another gripping day of Test cricket at Brisbane on Monday. Australia managed to set up a target of 328 runs for India in the fourth innings through some tidy batting from all batsmen. Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj was the star man for visitors as he grabbed his first five-wicket haul in test cricket.
The day started with Australia well on top as they were scoring at more than four runs per over. Marcus Harris and David Warner were consistently finding gaps in the field to give the home side a chance of winning the test match. The duo managed to put up the first 50 run opening stand for Australia in this test series.
Just when the match seemed to be slipping through the hands of India, Shardul picked up the wicket of Harris. Warner also followed his opening partner soon as Washington Sundar trapped him leg before the wicket. Marnus Labuschagne showed intent straightaway through a flurry of boundaries, but the hero of the first innings couldn’t make a big score as Siraj got the better of him. Mathew Wade didn’t trouble scorers after a strangle down the leg side from Siraj.
Smith and Cameron Green revived the innings, but the scoring rate did take a hit. The former was still trying to score quickly, but the latter was looking to see out a challenging period of good bowling from the Indians. Along with handy contributions from this duo and lower order, Australia managed to score 294 runs in the second innings.
India played two overs before rains abandoned the play. Since 237 is the highest score chased in the fourth innings at Gabba, India is up against the wall on the final day. Moreover, cracks are becoming glaringly visible on the pitch, so Indian batsmen will have to bat really well to save the game let alone win the match. But then, India has been consistently coming out of flying colours whenever they have faced adversity on this tour.