Brisbane: The first day of the fourth Test between the Aussies and India ended at Gabba. The Aussies won the toss and elected to bat. They lost 5 wickets and scored 274 runs by the end of the first day’s play. Green (28 not out) and Tim Pine (38 not out) were at the crease. Natarajan, who was playing his first Test among Indian bowlers, took 2 wickets while Siraj, Thakur and Sundar Chero took one wicket each.
Earlier, the hosts won the toss and elected to bat, losing three wickets for 87 runs. Openers David Warner (01) and Marcus Harris (05) failed. Warner Pavilion reached the final ball of the first over of Siraj’s innings. Rohit Sharma was caught in the slip and sent off. The Aussies lost the first wicket by four runs. Shortly afterwards another opener Harris made just 5 runs and Shardul bowled a backhand. With this, both the Australian openers reached the pavilion for 17 runs.
Smith and Lubushen, who later came into the crease, were careful not to take another wicket. While the innings was going smoothly, Smith was caught by Washington Sundar at the individual score of 36 runs. Sundar bowled a catch to Rohit and Smith was out. Young bowler Natarajan broke up the dangerous Matthew Wade and Labushen duo. Wade (45) made his way to the pavilion as he approached the half-century. Natarajan then scored a century and knocked out the aggressive Labushen. Labushen was caught by Pant in Natarajan’s bowling near the individual score of 108 runs. That ended his innings.