Rain forecast can hurt Australia’s chances

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It was a gripping day of test match cricket.

India bowled out Australia for 294 in their second innings, after resuming the day on 21/0.

Steve Smith was the top scorer for Australia in their second essay as he scored 55 runs off 74 deliveries, with the help of seven boundaries.

David Warner, Marcus Harris and Cameron Green also made notable contributions of 48, 38 and 37.

Pat Cummins and skipper Tim Paine also made scores of 28 and 27.

For India, right-arm fast bowler Mohammed Siraj picked up his maiden five-wicket haul, conceding 73 runs in 19.5 overs.

Shardul Thakur also picked four wickets for 61 while debutant off-spinner Washington Sundar scalped one

Openers Rohit Sharma (4 not out) and Shubman Gill (0 not out) were the two unbeaten batsmen.

It’s still anybody’s contest, but India now faces an uphill task of having to bat out the rest of today and all or most of Day Five.

A win, looks highly unlikely as India still needs a massive 324 runs to script history at the Gabba. 

But don’t write off the Indians yet as they have sprung a surprise, once too often, in the series!

For India, a draw is enough for them to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, with the series tied at 1-1.

Till now, the highest successful chase at Gabba came in 1951, when Australia finished 236/7.

The weather in Brisbane on Tuesday could be the deciding factor though.

There’s a 60% chance of thunderstorms – probably in the afternoon for an hour.

There is also the prediction of heavy rain overnight too, which could lead to a delayed start.

That’s something that might make the Aussies lose some sleep!

India 4 for 0 and 336 need another 324 runs to beat Australia 369 and 294 (Smith 55, Warner 48, Siraj 5-73, Thakur 4-61)