India-Australia Day 5: Preview, India Need 309 Runs To Win; Australia’s Eye On Eight Wickets

Rutunjay Dole
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At the end of Day 4 which was an important day for both the teams, India remained on 98 runs losing 2 wickets in their second innings. Australia earlier scored 312 runs in their second innings and declared after dismissal of Cameron Green in the 87th over. Australia set target of 410 for India in the last inning of the match.

Earlier on the day, Labuschagne again missed big ton and got catch out scoring 73 runs with the strike rate of 61.8. Steve Smith on the other hand missed second century in the same match; he scored 81 runs with 8 fours and 1 six. Cameron Green scored his first international Test fifty; he becomes the top scorer of the day, scored 84 runs with 8 fours and 4 sixes. Skipper Paine built big partnership with him at the end.

After declaration India was set to chase down, again got a good start by the opening pair. They scored 71 runs together and young Shubhman Gill got catch out by Tim Paine following Hazlewood’s delivery. Rohit Sharma soon scored half century but got out in the 31st over of Pat Cummins. Both openers dominated Australian pacers well but last 15 minutes of the game gave them two important wickets.

Pujara and Rahane then hold the scenes for India. India need 309 runs tomorrow on Day 5 to win this match with 8 wickets in hand. Pujara and Rahane would play important roles in this run chase. As Australian bowling attack has been attacking till now in the series.

India’s playing XI too is a big mystery as Rishabh Pant and Jadeja didn’t seen anywhere in the ground today. Hence there is no clue that who would play on the place of Jadeja if he is not fit to bat. And India will have to check if concussion substitute of Wicket-keeper is allowed to bat. Middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari will have to prove himself as he havnt showed expected results in five innings in this series.

Brief Scores:

Day 4

AUS 2nd Inns: 312/6 (Green 84, Smith 81, Saini 16-54-2)

IND 2nd Inns: 98/2 (Rohit Sharma 52, Gill 31, Hazlewood 8-11-1)