It was an enthralling day at The Gabba in the fourth and final Test between Australia and India on Monday.
Starting Day 4 at 21/0, Australia openers David Warner and Marcus Harris added 68 more runs to their overnight score before both fell in the space of an over.
Australia talisman Steve Smith notched up his 31st half-century to put the hosts in a commanding position in the series decider.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was seen shadow batting at the crease even as Smith and Cameron Green watched on. The former Australian captain Smith was earlier accused of scuffing up Rishabh Pant's guard during the Sydney Test.
Its another shameful act of the series by Steve Smith as he is standing on the pitch when Rohit Sharma is clearly batting. 😂 pic.twitter.com/kwJg0d0ryR— Yash Patel • યશ પટેલ (@yash_8005) January 18, 2021
On the other hand, cameras captured Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Pant singing "Spiderman Spiderman, tune churaya dil ka chen" even as Australia captain Tim Paine was batting on the fourth day in Brisbane.
Recommendation for you if you’re Rishabh Pant or you love Rishabh Pant pic.twitter.com/FE5ODszUST— amazon prime video IN (@PrimeVideoIN) January 18, 2021
Later in the day, India bowled Australia out for 294 as the visitors needed 328 runs to lift the high-profile Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Innings Break!— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2021
Australia all out for 294 in the second innings. A 5-wicket haul for Siraj and a brilliant 4-wkt haul for Shardul Thakur.
Live - https://t.co/bSiJ4wEymL #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RUtvFTJ8v8
For Team India, pacer Mohammed Siraj was the wrecker-in-chief as he claimed five wickets for 73 to become only the fifth Indian bowler to pick a five-wicket haul in a Test at The Gabba.
The right-arm fast bowler has ended up being India's highest wicket-taker in the ongoing series with 13 wickets, bowling 134.1 overs, the most by an Indian bowler in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2021.
Mohammed Siraj in the Test series:— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 18, 2021
- Playing his first Test series.
- 13 wickets from 3 Tests.
- Leading wicket taker of India.
Take a bow, Siraj. pic.twitter.com/CjPlpe5ULJ
Interestingly, Australia have been bowled out in each innings of a Test at the Gabba for just the third time in the last 32 years across 32 Tests, the other instances came against West Indies in 1992/92 and New Zealand in 2008/09.
Australia have been bowled out twice in a test match in Gabba only for the thrid time in 32 years at the Gabba.— Vinod Ramnath (@NaanumEngineer) January 18, 2021
Unbelievable isn't it? Ishant, Bumrah, Shami, Umesh, Ashwin, Jadeja all absent and yet this happens.#AUSvsIND
On the final day of the series, India will need 324 runs more, with all their wickets intact, when they come out to bat on Tuesday to win the fourth and final Test in Brisbane.
The visitors reached 4/0 in their chase of 328 in the extended final session on Monday before rain started pouring in and umpires were forced to call for early Stumps.
Only 1.5 overs could be bowled in India's second innings on Day 4 as openers Rohit and Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 4 and 0 respectively.
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