Team India is on the cusp of an epoch-making series win as there’s no possibility for the Aussies to thump the visitors on Day 5 in the 4th Test match in Sydney. 3-1 could be the added sweetener if India manages to bowl out the hosts today, however, it seems far-fetched given Australia have their entire squad on benches for the day after being forced to follow-on on home soil for the first time in 30 years. India dismissed hosts’ 1st innings for 300 after posting a mammoth target of 622-7.

Bad light and intermittent rain prevented India on Day 4 from closing the series 3-1 as the Day 4 witnessed only 25.2 overs being bowled with openers Usman Khawaja (4) and Marcus Harris (2) seeing the day through. India would have cornered the Aussies and bundled them given the fiery form of the bowlers but 2-1 is satisfying.

Earlier on Day 4, Aussies folded meekly against Yadav, who picked up his maiden five-wicket haul on Australian soil. Mohammed Shami scalped Pat Cummins early in the game reducing the hosts to 236/7 then 258/ 9 with Kuldeep’s quest. However, the Aussies didn’t give up before the tailenders Mitchell Starc and Hazlewood threw bat around a bit and help Australia reach 300.

For the visitors, the series has been nothing less than a dream run with many firsts going into the records book for the young side. Mercurial Pant with his 159 became the first wicketkeeper to slam a ton on foreign soil, outside Aisa. Kohli became the most successful captain in the Tests with the highest winning rate surpassing Dhoni and Ganguly. He also matched Ganguly’s record for most overseas Test wins.

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF INDIA VS AUSTRALIA 4th TEST 

 

Highlights

INDIA CLINCH FIRST EVER TEST SERIES WIN AGAINST AUSTRALIA

India won their historic first ever Test series down under after rain played spoilsport forcing umpires to call off the Sydney match. India have toured Australia since 1947 but could never manage to win a series. But it all has changed after skipper Virat Kohli led-India crushed Australia 2-1 after winning the first Test in Adelaide and the third Test in Melbourne. India lost the 2nd one but was on way to win the 4th, had rain not washed out the game.

Kohli says proud to be a part of this team

Kohli says the culture in the team is great. Says he is proud as a part of the team and then to lead these players. Says the boys have made the captain look good.

Pujara named Man of the Match and Series

With 521 runs with three centuries Pujara is named the Man of the Match and Series. He had been phenomenal during the series proving his class and strength against the mighty Aussies.

Lunch at 7 am IST

Lunch taken at 7am IST. The covers are still and looks like no play will happen for at least another hour and a bit.

Match Recap

Earlier on Day 4, Aussies folded meekly against Yadav, who picked up his maiden five-wicket haul on Australian soil. Mohammed Shami scalped Pat Cummins early in the game reducing the hosts to 236/7 then 258/ 9 with Kuldeep’s quest. However, the Aussies didn’t give up before the tailenders Mitchell Starc and Hazlewood threw bat around a bit and help Australia reach 300.

Looks like 2-1 for India

India need only a draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground to win the four-match series, their first such triumph in Australia.The hosts will resume their second innings on six without loss, still 316 runs behind India’s first innings 622-7 declared.

Rain halts play!

Start of play on day 5 has been delayed due to rain.

Here we go!

After the rain saw Day 4 being washed out, it doesn't look good today either with dark clouds all over Sydney.

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