2nd Test, Brisbane: As it Happened...
Live updates from Day 4 of the Gabba Test being played between India and Australia at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.
Brisbane: Live updates from Day 4 of the Gabba Test being played between India and Australia at the Brisbane Cricket Ground.
Steve Smith is adjudged the man-of-the-match.
— ICC (@ICC) December 20, 2014
Australia beat India by four wickets to go 2-0 up in the Test series.
— ICC (@ICC) December 20, 2014
Australia second Innings
Over 23.1|| Score 130/6
Aaron continues and Marsh hits a lovely drive through the off side to seal victory.
Over 23|| Score 126/6
Marsh and Smith smack Yadav for nine runs in the 19th over. Marsh then takes on Yadav and hits him for two fours. The hosts are making merry off the ordinary bowling. Aussies need another 6 runs to win the Test match. Marsh then departs knicking one to Dhoni. Smith then is run out in the next over, before Haddin departs trying to pull Yadav and instead finds Kohli. Johnson and Mitchell Marsh get some vital singles as Aussies close in on a victory.
BJ Haddin c Kohli b Yadav 1 (2b)
SPD Smith run out 28 (39b)
SE Marsh c Dhoni b Yadav 17 (17b)
Over 17|| Score 90/3
Rogers gets a boundary off Ishant through mid-off and in the next over he punishes Aaron for two straight boundaries to get to his fifty. Next over Ishant then gets his man as Rogers tries to play a shot through off-side but finds Dhawan in the slips. Smith than caresses Ishant through third-man for a boundary. 38 runs needed to win.
CJL Rogers c Dhawan b I Sharma 55 (57b)
Michael Clarke acknowledges Chris Rodgers' batting.
Chris Rogers showing his class and experience.
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 20, 2014
Over 14|| Score 68/2
Kohli drops a regulation slip catch as Smith gets a let off. Aaron was the bowler as nine runs come from the over with two boundaries. Australia are c;osing in on a 2-0 lead in the series. Poor cricket all-around from India.
Over 13|| Score 59/2
Ishant continues as Aussies get four-byes off a ball that skids off the surface towards fine-leg. Seven runs come from the over with Yadav then bowling a decent over for two runs. Ishant gets a maiden as Aussies are watchful before Yadav gives away a boundary. Rogers is batting well and Aussies are nearing the total. 11 runs comes from Ishant's over. India need wickets!
Over 8 || Score 33/2
Yadav bowls two juicy full-wide deliveries as Rodgers punishes him for two fours to release pressure. Bad bowling here from the Delhi lad.
Over 7 || Score 25/2
Ishant is bowling well here and the short ball ploy to Watson has worked after the batsman tries to hook a really high short delivery and Dhoni does the rest. Smith comes in and gets two runs as Aussies enter tea at 25/2.
Over 5 || Score 18/1
Ishant and Umesh start well in the first two overs. Chris Rodgers then gets two successive boundaries off Ishant with seven runs coming from the next. Ishant then gets his man. Warner edges one to Dhoni as it was a great delivery. He was earlier hit by Yadav on the finger. India need nine more wickets as Watson comes in.
DA Warner c Dhoni b I Sharma 6 (12b)
Australia's Michael Clarke tweets as he is proud of his team in bowling India out.
Brilliant bowling performance from the boys.
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 20, 2014
Australia batsmen are out on the field as Warner takes strike. Ishant Sharma has got the new ball.
India, 2nd innings:
Australia need 128 runs to win as India are bundled out for a paltry 224 runs.
Over 64.3 || Score 224/10
Dhawan departs after trying to sweep Lyon and was trapped LBW. Aaron and Yadav then followed soon as India were bundled out for 224. Johnson was the star of the day picking up four wickets for 61 runs.
UT Yadav c †Haddin b Johnson 30 (42b)
VR Aaron c Hazlewood b Lyon 3 (9b)
S Dhawan lbw b Lyon 81
Over 57 || Score 195/7
10 overs have gone after lunch and India haven't lost a wicket after that as Dhawan and Umesh Yadav has shared a 50-run partnership. India lead by 98 runs and this partnership is crucial as the visitors will look to bat on as much as possible and so some fight. Dhawan has looked good so far and has middled the ball well to perfection.
Over 47 || Score 157/7
Lunch: Another session goes Australia's way. Johnson has been their star for the day. He dismissed three key batsmen during his brilliant spell early in the day. Starc and Hazlewood too were impressive and it was another batting collapse from the Indian team. They lead by 60 runs with just three wickets remaining. There have been a lot of talks about Dhawan's form overseas and he has a good opportunity here to get back into the good books of the selectors with a big knock.
Shikhar Dhawan 41* (92b), Umesh Yadav 7* (8b)
Over 45 || Score 143/7
Hazlewood bowled a brilliant bouncer to Pujara, who took his eyes off the ball, it took a bottom edge of his bat and went straight to Lyon at the gully region. Pujara played a fighting knock, not sufficient though as his team needed him to score a big one. Umesh Yadav is the new man in.
Over 40 || Score 124/6
After contributing 19 runs, Ashwin was the next batsman to be dismissed as he received a good delivery from Starc and edged it to Haddin. The hotspot however suggested that there was no bat involved. Even Ashwin looked quite surprised with the decision.
So Shikhar Dhawan has finally walked to the crease. Team India has issued a statement where it said that despite asking for fresh wickets to bat on, they have been provided with worn out wickets for the last two days. Along with Dhawan, Kohli was another batsman who was hit on the arm batting at the nets in the morning.
Over 35 || Score 110/5
Ashwin and Pujara have resurrected the innings to some extent after the flurry of wickets. These two are also looking to score against anything which is pitched full. They have added unbeaten 23 runs for the sixth wicket so far. They need to hang around and add more to the 13-run lead which they have at the moment.
If you are an Indian fans and are left wondering what's happening at the Gabba, don't worry, you are not the only one.
What's happening......? #AUSvIND
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 20, 2014
Mitchell Johnson has found his rhythm and stalwarts have already begun to praise him!
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) December 20, 2014
Over 30 || Score 89/5
India suffered yet another blow when Johnson picked his second wicket of the day, dismissing Ajinkya Rahane for 10 runs. He bowled a back of a length ball to Rahane, which had plenty of bounce as Rahane edged it to Lyon at wide of second slip. Rohit Sharma was the new man in and he lasted for just two balls and edged the second delivery to Haddin!In walked MS Dhoni and even he too didn't last for long. He walked down the wicket and tried hitting Hazlewood down the leg side, missed the length and was hit on the pads right in front of the wicket. India in big big trouble here.
MS Dhoni lbw b Hazlewood 0 (2b)
RG Sharma c Haddin b Johnson 0 (2b)
AM Rahane c Lyon b Johnson 10 (8b)
Over 27 || Score 87/2
Johnson got Australia their first breakthrough of the day, in form of a big wicket of Virat Kohli who dragged a bottom edge onto the stumps. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in. Not a good start for India after that Dhawan injury.
V Kohli b Johnson 1 (11b)
UPDATE: Virat Kohli has come to the crease to bat along with Cheteshwar Pujara as Shikhar Dhawan was injured during the nets.
Indian pacers looked in good rhythm yesterday during the start of the first session where they dismissed Mitchell Marsh and Brad Haddin in quick successions. It was good to see them bowling slightly outside the off-stump with a probling line which soon got them rewards.
But once Johnson came to the crease, Rohit Sharma exchanged a few words with the left-hander post which he smashed the Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground. Indian bowlers paid a heavy price bowling too full to the left-hander who scored 88 runs off 93 balls.
Ishant Sharma dismissed Johnson and Smith in one over, but another half-century from Mitchell Starc (52) got the hosts in a commanding position.
Meanwhile, it was a memorable day for Steve Smith who scored a sixth Test ton, his first as an Australian captain.
After Australia took a 97-run lead, India were 71/1 at stumps.