2020-21 Test Cricket Match Report: Australia v India Day 5 of the 4th Test

India resumed at 4-0 after Day 4 with Shubman Gill back in the crease. As well as fellow opening partner in Rohit Sharma.

Australia have the early advantage when Rohit Sharma was out for eight. Pat Cummins bowled a good area with the length went straight. As well as the speed involved. It made Rohit hesitate with the edge as caught behind by Tim Paine.

But India won the first session alone thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara. Not only he works on building his wall via the forward defense. Pujara also added the runs when he is comfortable. While Shubman Gill showed his dynamic shot selection down low. And that justified his half-ton ahead of lunch. India 70-1, need 175 runs to win.

Gill stayed on a little longer trying to convert his 100. But unable to escape the nervous 90s on 91 by Nathan Lyon. May have mistimed the cover drive without the balance/feet. Shubman did play a fine innings since he walked into his first steps at Test level. Before Australia grabbed another wicket off Ajinkya Rahane on 24.

Pat once again played well with the short ball. The short ball is there & married the pace to find Rahane‘s worst spots. And Pat is right on the money after it carried straight to Paine. But India still not giving up their batting without a fight. When Pujara maintained his wicket. Even though “The Wall” suffered a few blows to the head and fingers. It does not mean he is retired hurt. India 167-3 at tea, needs 145.

Nothing much changed going into the final session. As Pujara got his 50 via his own approach of batting. After facing nearly 200 balls. Australia may have approached halfway with two more wickets taken.

It may be both Cheteshwar Pujara & Mayank Agarwal. But India fought back with a sensational comeback until the very end. Where Rishabh Pant earned his quick 50. While Washington Sundar made a cameo 22. India win by 3 wickets & the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test Series 2-1.

What are my first words when I looked back at the last day of the 4th Test. And this four-match series. Wild and extremely top quality from both ends. Not just as a cricket fan. But also as a sports fan in general. Especially with credit coming from India. They may have lost the toss to see them initially respond at 369. But never gave up to close down the lead.

Before the away side turned around in the 2nd half of this Test match. Where they limit Australia to 294/328 run lead. I got to applaud them for their fighting spirit. With Shubman Gill is one of the future in the opening slots. As well as keeper Rishabh Pant who can score runs so quickly. Just like Quinton De Kock and Adam Gilchrist.

What about the young all-rounder guns of Sundar & Thakur? They have heaps of young gun blood. Not just their usual bowling capabilities. But also with the bat as well with a half-ton each. So does Mohammed Siraj in the seamers department. After Mo Shami forced to sit out over a strained elbow. And how about the experienced fella in Pujara? He can block 1000 balls all day. Not exactly except if the runs are comfortable for him.

Australia on the other hand are unlucky not to win back the series. They first came in with huge hopes. And India was going to panick that it will be 4-0 loss. Especially with Virat Kohli taking paternity leave after the 1st Test. Looking likely to be true firsthand. But lost it ever since. It might not be Virat after all. It is something to do with team spirit. And use of taking risks.

It is something Australia did not make the most of out this test. That poor target is at the fielding/bowling side of things. Not the batting where they fired off well. And did the best they can to give India a hard time in return. But I can only see one standout bowler done alone in Pat Cummins. And spinner Nathan Lyon. While the first choice quicks unable to find the Top 7-8 weaknesses. Short ball tactics and half chances is not a guaranteed success. I am sorry but that did not help their cause.

Author: Sports Benches

Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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