Labuschagne’s ton rescues Australia as Indian bowlers shine

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The Indian bowlers, with a combined experience of 2 tests performed beyond expectations to restrict Australia on the opening day of the 4th test at Gabba.

Two bowlers from Tamil Nadu, Washington Sundar ad T Natarajan, were handed their test debuts, surely, another first in the annals of Indian cricket.

Shardul Thakur was playing just his second test match and Mayank Agarwal came in place of Hanuma Vihari.

Australia won the toss and elected to bat first on the bouncy wicket.

The plan seemed to have backfired as both the the Aussie openers fell quickly.

David Warner fell to Mohammed Siraj in the first over and Marcus Harris was removed by Shardul Thakur.

The partnership between Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith was beginning to look dangerous when Sundar removed Smith.

However, Labuschagne went on to score a century – his fifth in Test cricket. Labuschagne’s 204-ball knock had nine boundaries.

T Natarajan was the pick of the bowlers and struck twice to remove Labuschagne and Wade.

At stumps, captain Tim Paine and Cameron Green were batting on 38 and 28 respectively.

4th Test scorecard: Australia innings on Day 1

BatsmenDismissalsRunsBallsFoursSixes
David Warnerc Rohit b Siraj1400
Marcus Harrisc Sundar b Shardul52300
Marnus Labuschagnec Pant b Natarajan10820490
Steve Smithc Rohit b Sundar367750
Mathew Wadec Thakur b Natarajan458760
Cameron Greennot out287030
Tim Painenot out386250
Total: 274-5 in 87 Overs
BowlerOversMaidenRunsWickets
Mohammed Siraj198511
T Natarajan202632
Shardul Thakur185671
Navdeep Saini7.52210
Washington Sundar224691
Rohit Sharma0.1010