4th Test, Brisbane: Washington Sundar and T Natarajan take three wickets, Australia all out for 369
T Natarajan and Washington Sundar impressed on debut by taking three wickets and they were well supported by Shardul Thakur as India bowled Australia out for 369 at lunch on day 2 of the Brisbane Test. However, India would be slightly disappointed that they could not bowl Australia out quickly as the tail wagged again. Apart from Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon struck a brisk cameo in his 100th Test while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood frustrated India into taking the extra half an hour to get the final wicket as Australia ended on a total that they would be reasonably pleased with on a wicket that is offering some movement to the pacers.
At the start of day 2, India eyed quick wickets but Tim Paine and Cameron Green struck the ball confidently as Australia crossed 300. Paine notched up his fifty and it seemed like he did not let the criticisms in the aftermath of the Sydney Test affect him as he struck a solid knock. Cameron Green, who was dropped on day 1 by Shardul Thakur, also looked good and neared a fifty. However, Shardul Thakur redeemed himself in grand style as he managed to get Paine poking at a delivery outside off to give Rohit Sharma his third catch as he fell for 50.
Following Paine’s departure, Cameron Green played down the wrong line to Washington Sundar as he got his second wicket. When Pat Cummins was dismissed for 2 by Shardul Thakur, Australia looked like they would be restricted to under 350. But, Nathan Lyon changed everything.
Tail wags for Australia
Lyon showed his class by hitting two boundaries off Shardul Thakur and he showed he was comfortable on the crease. Mitchell Starc got going with a six off Washington Sundar as the dup stitched a partnership in quick time. India was starting to get frustrated as the tail once again scored quick runs against them. Washington Sundar managed to get his third wicket when Nathan Lyon missed a slog.
Starc and Josh Hazlewood hung in as Australia went past 350 but T Natarajan, who was impressive on day 1, cleaned up Josh Hazlewood with a full and fast delivery. Australia would be slightly happy with the total they have, but India’s batting has shown serious intent in the last three Tests and the second session will be a crucial one.