Australian batters put out their best performance with the bat after spin dominated first 3 test matches. The visitors ended the 1st day of the final test match at the Narendra Modi Stadium at Ahmedabad at 255/4. Usman Khawaja had scored his 14th test ton with Cameron Green on 49.
It was a harrowing day for the Indian bowlers, with the pitch having nothing to offer in it. There were also some mistakes from KS Bharat as the 29 year old was under the pump behind the stumps.
The story so far –
Steve Smith won the toss and chose to bat first to make use of the best batting conditions. The visitors went in with the same XI that won at Indore, while Shami came in for Siraj for the hosts. Mohammad Shami picked 2 wickets as Ashwin and Jadeja picked a wicket each for India.
Jadeja turns leg umpire –
After the fall of Peter Handscomb for 17, the score was reading 170/4. Cameron Green and Khawaja then added 208 for the 5th wicket as the hosts were getting frustrated with each passing minute.
Ashwin coming round the wicket, bowled one down the leg side to Green who was batting well past his century. KS Bharat whipped off the bails as there was a quiet appeal. Jadeja though was quick to turn leg umpire as he signalled for the TV screen and also decided to give the decision as out.
Cameron Green scores his 1st test ton –
Starting the day on 49, Cameron Green was quick to move to his half century. The tall all rounder was severe on anything short or wide. The cut, pulled and played every stroke in the book. Green got to his maiden century and was thrilled to bits.
Ashwin breaks the huge stand –With Rohit Sharma looking short of ideas, Ashwin had Green caught behind for 114. The Australian went for a sweep and got a thick under-edge to Bharat. A few balls later, Alex Carey was out while going for a slog and was out for a duck. Ashwin then got his 3rd wicket when Mitchell Starc was out for 6 by Iyer at short leg. The Indian off spinner had broken the stand between Green and Khawaja which was worth 208, to bring India back into the test match.