Sydney: Live updates from Day 2 of the fourth Test match between India and Australia being played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Over 25 || Score 71/1
Another day belongs to the home side. In the second Day of the fourth and final Test, Australian batsmen capitalised the solid start provided by their openers, as skipper Steven Smith went on to complete his fourth Test ton in the series. In fact, the middle order too contribute well with the bat, with Marsh and Burns both scoring fifties as Australia declared their innings on 572/7. When India came in to bat, they lost the in-form opener Murali Vijay off the third ball of their innings. But then Rohit Sharma, who has been promoted up the order, alongside KL Rahul remained unbeaten till the end of the day as India were 71/1 at stumps.
India 1st Innings
Over 20 || Score 54/1
With five more overs left in the day, Rohit and Rahul are looking in no mood to take any kind of risk, by playing a rash shot. It's a right strategy from them. But Australian bowlers would love to pick a wicket or two here to end the 2nd Day on a high. Meanwhile, India have crossed the 50-run mark.
Over 15 || Score 41/1
Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood are bowling at the moment for Australia. Rahul and Rohit have shown enough patience so far and Test cricket is all about that. Ten more overs have left in the day and India can't afford to lose a wicket here. After losing in-form opener Murali Vijay in the first over, both the batsmen have done fairly well this far.
Over 9 || Score 17/1
First bowling change in ninth over, as Josh Hazlewood replaces Mitchell Starc, who picked up Murali Vijay in the first over. Slowly opener KL Rahul is getting his confidence back - playing with straight bat.
Over 8 || Score 15/1
More than 15 overs left in the day. Ball is not doing much, so Rohit and Rahul, who haven't done anything noteworthy in the series, have a good chance to prove themselves. Rahul is living dangerously at the moment as Starc is testing him with bouncers.
Over 6 || Score 15/1
Rohit is doing the right thing -- leaving the balls pitching outside off and pulling the short ones with an ease. In the fifth over, he once again pulls wicket-taking bowler Starc towards backward square leg for his second boundary. He is looking confident in the middle, unlike Rahul.
Over 3 || Score 7/1
In the third over, Rohit Sharma picks up the first boundary for India as he pulls Starc towards mid-wicket. It would have released the pressure a bit for both the batsmen. Veteran Ryan Harris is sharing the new ball with Starc. Rahul and Rohit have to negotiate the new ball well, otherwise Indian would be in a panic situation.
Over 1 || Score 0/1
Murali Vijay Out! BIG BIG Blow for India. Third ball of the innings, length ball, Vijay goes for a lazy looking drive, gets the outside edge as the ball goes straight inside the mittens of Brad Haddin. Rohit Sharma is the new man in. The monk is back in the hut, that too in the first over. Simply unbelievable.
M Vijay c Haddin b Starc 0 (1m 3b)
In form Murali Vijay and KL Rahul have come to the middle to start the Indian innings. Mitchell Starc is ready to bowl the first.
Australia 1st Innings
Over 152.3 || Score 572/7 dec
With the wicket of Harris, Australia decide to declare their innings on 572. Harris tries to go for another big hit, this time towards square leg, but Ashwin picks up a decent catch near the boundary ropes. With the wicket of Haddin, Mohammed Shami picks up his five-for in the innings. After another ordinary performance by the Indian bowlers, now the onus is once again on their batsmen. On the other hand Australia will look for few early wickets as there are still decent mumber of overs left in the day.
RJ Harris c Ashwin b Mohammed Shami 25 (9b)
Over 152 || Score 565/6
Immediately after the Tea break Shami picks up his fourth wicket in the form of Joe Burns. The right-hander goes for a big hit towards mid-on, fails to connect from the middle and KL Rahul finally takes a very difficult high catch. Ryan Harris is the new man in. Now the question is, when will Oz declare their innings? Meanwhile, Harris has started smashing the bowlers all over the ground. In the 152 over off Bhuvi, Harris smashes four boundaries and collects 19 from the over.
JA Burns c Rahul b Mohammed Shami 58 (144m 114b)
Over 149 || Score 538/5
Marsh Out! After getting out on 90's in his last Test innings, Marsh once again misses an opportunity to score a ton. Shami bowls a length delivery, on fourth stump, the southpaw goes for the the cut, only manages the outside edge and Saha takes a good catch behind the wickets. Out-of-form Brad Haddin walks to the crease, after the fall of fifth Australian wicket. And he smacks Shami for a six off the first ball he faces. Straight over his head, what a hit!
SE Marsh c Saha b Mohammed Shami 73 (151m 116b)
Over 146 || Score 525/4
Joe Burns completes his fifty Test fifty. He used 94 balls to reach the mark, laced with nine boundaries. Meanwhile, Marsh and Burns complete 100-run partnership for the fifth wicket. R Ashwin has been brought back into the attack. Can he break this partnership?
Over 143 || Score 508/4
In the last two overs, Burns and Marsh have collected three boundaries in total, as Australia crossed the the 500-run mark. Now, it's almost impossible for the visitors to win the match from here. Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who have been selected in the final 15-man World Cup squad on Tuesday, are bowling in tandem. But they are looking toothless against both the batsmen in the middle.
Over 141 || Score 490/4
Shaun Marsh, who was out of form before the series, has started getting his lost form back. The southpaw has crossed the fifty-run mark in the 137th over and is now scoring boundaries at regular intervals. For the fourth wicket he has added more than 80 runs with Joe Burns, who is unbeaten on 31. There is no help for the seamers in the wicket, however, spinners are getting a fair bit of turn and bounce. The home team is mere ten runs short of reaching the 500-run mark.
Till Lunch Break: Oz on 420/4
Striking his fourth century of the series, captain Steven Smith helped Australia reach 420 for four at lunch on the second day of the final Test against India at the SCG.
Resuming the day on 348 for two, the hosts found it tough to get runs against a disciplined Indian attack but overnight batsmen Smith (117) and Shane Watson (81) stitched together a 196-run third-wicket partnership to keep the fight on.
The Virat Kohli-led India though did seem to learn its lessons from day one as the visitors only conceded 72 runs in the 30 overs bowled in the morning session and also got two 'set' batsmen back in the pavilion.
Watson was the first to go, adding just 20 more runs to his overnight score, as Mohammed Shami (2-80) got his second wicket of the innings so far. Watson was guilty of throwing away a Test hundred after he forced a pull of a short ball only to pick the fielder at deep mid-wicket.
Smith departed six overs later as the in-form batsman was also guilty of chasing a wide Umesh Yadav (1-119) delivery only get a feather touch and it was a regulation catch for wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.
But Smith sure showed his class in his 208-ball stay at the crease as the batsman mixed the right dose of caution and aggression, his innings laced with 15 fours.
India though could have got another wicket in the 115th over of the innings through Ravichandran Ashwin (1-98) after the off-spinner forced Shaun Marsh (14 not out) to edge one to gully only to see a diving Murali Vijay drop the red cherry.
Joe Burns, who joined Marsh after Smith's fall, has had a torrid time in the middle and is yet to open his account after facing 17 deliveries.