IND vs AUS 4th Test: Mohammed Siraj completes maiden five-wicket haul; India need 324 more to breach Gabba fortress | Cricket News

Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur combined to pick nine wickets as India bundled up Australia on 294/10 in their second innings on Day 4 of the fourth Test in Brisbane. A day that saw rain curtail the proceedings on more than one occasion ended with India’s opening pair Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill taking the total to 4 for no loss as the visitors require another 324 to secure a win in the ongoing Test.  

Steve Smith emerged as the standout player from the Australian camp as he completed his half-century. Apart from him, Australian opener David Warner too played a vital knock at the top before falling short by two runs from completing his half-century. 

Among the Indian bowlers, Mohammed Siraj completed his maiden five-wicket haul in the ongoing contest. He found great support from his partner Shardul Thakur, who finished the innings with four wickets, while Washington Sundar removed one batsman. 

Thakur and Sundar stitched a vital 123-run stand for the seventh wicket on Day 3, taking India out of the danger zone after being reduced to 184/6 at one stage. Both the tailenders completed their respective half-centuries, beefing India’s first-inning total to 336, in response to Australia’s first innings total of 369. Among the Australian bowlers, Josh Hazlewood picked five wickets.    

With a day remaining in the contest, the Test is heading towards a draw. The four-match series is squared at 1-1, and a draw here will see Ajinkya Rahane & co. help India retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

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