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Aussie top order flattens Indian bowling attack| Day 1, 4th Test at Sydney

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Update at Stumps: A perfect final session for the hosts saw them close the opening day’s play of the Sydney Test at 348 for 2 in 90 overs. The Aussies almost lost the wicket of Shane Watson in the penultimate ball of the day’s play when he edged Umesh Yadav’s outswinger but given how poor the Indian slip cordon has been, another catch was spilled as expected.

Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Steve Smith of Australia and Shane Watson of Australia relax during a drinks break during day one of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The second new ball didn’t change anything for India as they struggled to make any inroads in the 30 overs after Tea which were taken for 106 runs. The only consolation for India was bringing down the overall run rate to 3.80.

Captain Steven Smith has moved along to 82 not out from 134 balls with 10 fours. Shane Watson relieved himself with an unbeaten 61 from 132 balls with 6 fours. The 3rd wicket partnership between these two right handers is 144.

Update at Tea: Australia continue to be in a solid position and at Tea are 242 for 2 in 60 overs. Shane Watson is on 10 from 37 balls while Captain Steve Smith is batting confidently on 28 from 49 balls with 4 fours.

Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: Chris Rogers of Australia reacts after being dismissed by Mohammed Shami of India during day one of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Update at 8:53 am IST: Chris Rogers who has hit five consecutive fifties has missed out on what could have been a well deserved century. Rogers moved back to drive Mohammed Shami to mid off but the ball nipped back to force an inside edge on to the stumps. Rogers was dismissed just the very next over after Warner’s wicket. Chris Rogers who is probably playing his last Test at home fell for 95 which came in 160 balls with 13 fours.

Update at 8:45 am IST: India have finally got their first wicket with R Ashwin getting David Warner caught at gully by Murali Vijay off a leading edge. Warner was looking to work it off the pads to the on side but the ball gripped the surface to force an edge. David Warner scored 101 in 114 balls with 16 fours in an opening stand of 200 which lasted 44.5 overs.

Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: David Warner of Australia celebrates and acknowledges the crowd after scoring a century during day one of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Update at Lunch: Australia dominated the opening session of the fourth Test at Sydney by racing away to 123 for no loss in 28 overs. David Warner freed his arms quite often to smash an unbeaten 63 from 74 balls with 9 fours. His partner Chris Rogers who started off busily finished the session with 52 not out from 94 balls with 7 fours.

Above photo: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 06: David Warner of Australia kisses the ground after scoring 63 runs in memoriam of late Australian Cricketer Phillip Hughes during day one of the Fourth Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 6, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

The only chance that came India’s way was when Mohammed Shami had Chris Rogers on 19* fishing outside off and edging one to second slip but only for a sitter to be dropped by Lokesh Rahul.

India’s best bowler was R Ashwin as the off-spinner was very accurate unlike the other three bowlers. Ashwin’s figures of 8-3-17-0 managed to do some damage repair for India. Mohammed Shami bowled a couple of wicket taking deliveries. Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his comeback did not look threatening while Umesh Yadav was taken for 42 runs off his 6 overs.

Toss and Teams: Hosts Australia have won the toss and opted to bat first in the fourth and final Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The pitch at Sydney is expected to be batsmen friendly and it is likely to take turn as the game progresses. It is likely to be a cloudy  day at Sydney today.

Above photo: Indian captain Virat Kohli (2/L) speaks to teammates as former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2/R) listens during a cricket training at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on January 5, 2015. India will take on Australia in the fourth cricket Test starting on January 6. AFP PHOTO/William WEST/Getty

India who have lost the series have made four changes to its line-up. The retired MS Dhoni’s place has been taken by Wriddhiman Saha, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina replace Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara while a fit again Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaces Ishant Sharma. Lokesh Rahul has retained his place and will play as an opener.

Australia make one change with the injured Mitchell Johnson making way for Mitchell Starc.

Australia playing XI for Sydney Test: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Steven Smith (Captain), Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Brad Haddin (Wicket Keeper), Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Nathan LyonJosh Hazlewood

India playing XI for Sydney Test: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket Keeper), R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed ShamiUmesh Yadav

 

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