Fourth day of the Gaba Test was full of action and emotions with debut Indian Bowler Mohd. Siraj getting his 5-wicket hall in just his third match. Shardul Thakur also was quite effective and managed to pick up 4 wickets. Both the bowlers restricted Australia to 294. There was some occasional delay due to bad weather conditions. Having got the first innings lead of 33 runs, Australia posted a target of 328 for Indian side. However, the game had to be stopped in just 1.5 overs due to rain. India closed the day at 4 runs without a loss.
The fourth day at Gaba witnessed Mohd. Siraj domination
Starting the day from 21/0, Aussie openers David Warner and Marcus Harris delivered a good opening stand of 89 runs when Shardul Thakur dismissed Harris for 38. Soon after this, Washington Sundar got the better of dangerous looking David Warner for 48 runs. After both the openers walked back to the pavilion, it was time for Mohd. Siraj to steal the Show. The debutant fast blower gave double blow to the Australian side as he picked up the wickets of Labuschange and Matthew Wade. Then Steve Smith came to the crease and made a quick half century of 55 runs of just 74 balls and made a valuable partnership with Cameron Greene. The Austrian didn’t declare as it seemed that they wanted to keep India out of this game. With some valuable contribution of lower order batsman, Australia managed to post a target of 328 runs with 25 overs still left for the day.
Indian fans will not mind interruption of rains
However, due to rain, only 1.5 overs could be played and the day was called off due to bad weather conditions. For Indian team fans, this is not a thing which they will mind too much. The way this Gaba pitch has behaved on the 4th day, it is looking very tough for the batsman. Cricket fans across the world will witness the spectacular end of this memorable India vs Australia test series which will be remembered for so many reasons, India getting out for 36, turnaround in the second match and a strong discipline in the third match and not to forget debut performances of Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini and Mohd. Siraj. Let’s see how the final day turns out. Will India look to defense only or we will witness aggressive batting!