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PIX, Day 4: India make Aus follow-on before light, rain force early stumps

Last updated on: January 06, 2019 08:47 IST

IMAGES from Day 4 of the 4th Test played at the SCG on Sunday

India captain Virat Kohli is left frustrated after umpires take early tea due to bad light

IMAGE: India captain Virat Kohli is left frustrated after umpires take early tea due to bad light. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australia were forced to follow-on on home soil for the first time in 30 years after being dismissed for 300 as India went for the jugular in search of a maiden series triumph Down Under on the fourth day of the final Test on Sunday.

Openers Usman Khawaja (4) and Marcus Harris (2) safely negotiated four overs until bad light and light drizzle forced an early end to an already heavily rain-disrupted day just before the re-scheduled tea break.

Australia will resume on six without loss on Monday, still without a century in the series and 316 runs adrift of India's mammoth first innings effort of 622-7 declared.

 

The tourists, leading 2-1 in the four-Test series, only need a draw to secure a breakthrough triumph in Australia but skipper Virat Kohli did not hesitate to send the hosts back in when they fell well short of the 423 runs needed to avoid the follow-on.

Peter Handscomb is bowled by Jasprit Bumrah 

IMAGE: Peter Handscomb is bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Play at the Sydney Cricket Ground had finally got underway after a rain delay of almost four hours and India needed just 80 minutes to take the last four wickets at a cost of 64 runs.

Mohammed Shami took the second new ball and removed Pat Cummins's off stump with the sixth delivery of the day to dismiss his fellow paceman for 25.

Peter Handscomb, recalled for his ability to play spin, followed for 37 after adding nine runs to his overnight tally, dragging the ball onto his stumps to give quick Jasprit Bumrah his first wicket of the match.

Nathan Lyon faced just five balls before he was adjudged lbw to fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav for a duck, a decision Australia decided against reviewing despite a question mark over whether the ball would have hit the stumps.

India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates after trapping Australia's Nathan Lyon LBW

IMAGE: India's Kuldeep Yadav celebrates after trapping Australia's Nathan Lyon LBW. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Josh Hazlewood was dropped by Hanuma Vihari off Kuldeep's bowling when he had yet to score to delay the inevitable, and he put on 42 with Mitchell Starc (29 not out) for the final wicket.

Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep (5-99) finally got his man to secure a second five-wicket haul in his sixth Test, though, trapping Hazlewood leg before wicket for 21, in a decision confirmed after a review.

England were the last team to force Australia to follow-on at home in the drawn 1988 Sydney Test, a result the hosts are unlikely to repeat unless the weather intervenes.

The pitch is kept under covers with the start of play delayed on Day 4 due to rain and poor light

IMAGE: The pitch is kept under covers with the start of play delayed on Day 4 due to rain and poor light. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Earlier, incessant rain and bad light prevented the start of play on day four of the fourth Test between Australia and India in Sydney on Sunday.

At the Sydney Cricket Ground, play couldn't commence at the scheduled early 10 am local time start due to bad light and wet conditions from overnight heavy rain.

The light improved after some time and the two umpires stipulated 11 am local time as the start of play, but rain arrived to prevent that from happening.

Umpires Ian Gould and Richard Kettleborough ponder as bad light delayed the start of play 

IMAGE: Umpires Ian Gould and Richard Kettleborough inspect conditions on the field. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

The inclement weather didn't relent until lunchtime and the morning session was completely washed out.

Australia were reduced to 236-6 at stumps on day three when bad light had stopped play.

On days one and two, Cheteshwar Pujara (193) and Rishabh Pant (159 not out) helped India to a grand first innings' total of 622-7 declared.

India have an unassailable 2-1 series' lead after winning the first Test in Adelaide by 31 runs and the third Test in Melbourne by 137 runs. Australia had won the second Test in Perth by 146 runs.

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