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Australia vs India Fourth Test Day Two In Sydney

Sydney: If there was one shot that illustrated Australia’s dominance on day two of the fourth Test it was Brad Haddin’s first ball six off Mohammed Shami. The confident Aussie
08 Jan 2015 11:28
Australia vs India Fourth Test Day Two In Sydney
Shaun Marsh joined the Australian run-fest on day two.

Sydney: If there was one shot that illustrated Australia’s dominance on day two of the fourth Test it was Brad Haddin’s first ball six off Mohammed Shami.

The confident Aussie wicketkeeper launched Shami straight down the ground to join Greg Chappell (1975) and Tim Wall (1930) as the only Aussies to score six runs off the first delivery they faced in a Test match.

It was one of countless highlights in Australia’s mammoth first innings total of 7/572 declared, which was set up in the morning by Steve Smith’s fourth century of the series.

The Aussie skipper became the first man to score hundreds in the first innings of his first three Tests as captain and fell just short of breaking Ricky Ponting’s record for most runs by an Aussie in a four Test series.

Shane Watson (81), Shaun Marsh (73) and Joe Burns (58) also made good scores as all six of Australia’s top order passed the half century mark for the first time in history.

Ryan Harris played an entertaining cameo — scoring 25 from nine balls — before Mitchell Starc put India on the back foot immediately by removing Murali Vijay for a duck.

But that was the home side’s sole breakthrough in the final session as Rohit Sharma (40 not out) and KL Rahul (31 not out) showed the quality of the pitch by guiding India to 1/71 at stumps.

Continue reading for all the best moments, statistics and photographs from day two and rejoin us tomorrow at 10.30am. Hopes of Australia running through the Indian top order have been given a reality check in the past half hour — this is going to take some time.

Mitchell Starc (1/9 from 4 overs) and Ryan Harris (0/6 from 4) hit the right areas but this pitch still favours the batsmen.

KL Rahul has played a lot more steadily than he did in Melbourne to reach six not out from 24 deliveries, while Rohit Sharma is 18 not out from 38.

Steve Smith didn’t waste any time getting Nathan Lyon into the attack, throwing him the ball before the 10th over. The score is 1/24.

Mitchell Starc has taken the key wicket of Murali Vijay with just the third ball of the innings.

The Indian opener has been a thorn in Australia’s side this series, scoring one century and three fifties, but is back in the sheds for a duck.

Vijay has been disciplined at leaving balls outside his off stump but he played a loose drive at a Starc delivery and sent an edge through to Brad Haddin to leave India 1/0.

Starc gave Vijay a bit of a send off too despite calls in the lead up to the game to cut them out.

Steve Smith has declared at 7/572, giving his bowlers 25 overs to attack the Indian top order this evening.

Ryan Harris pushed Australia to its sixth highest score at the SCG with an entertaining knock of 25 runs from nine balls.

He clubbed his first two deliveries for four and took 18 from one Bhuvneshwar Kumar over to have the SCG crowd chanting “Harris”. He was caught hooking at deep backward square leg off Mohammed Shami to give the Indian paceman a five wicket haul.

 




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