Australia have struck early on day 5 of the fourth Test in Brisbane to inch closer to the victory. The Aussie skipper Tim Paine took a brilliant diving catch as Pat Cummins bowled a brilliant delivery to dismiss India’s dangerous-looking opener, Rohit Sharma for single-digits – the first time in the four innings he has batted so far.
The 5th day’s play started with India needed 324 runs to win while the host needed 10 wickets to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy which is currently tied at 1-1. And oh my boy, the No.1 Test bowler in the world – Pat Cummins has put his side on the hot seat early in the morning session of the last day of what has been an enthralling Test series.
Pat Cummins – Tim Paine duo put Australia on top
The slightest seam movement just wide of the channel from Pat Cummins, that hallway of hesitation outside the off-stump. Rohit Sharma gets forward and tries to defend into the off-side, rather compactly and just under his eyes.
The ball takes the outside edge, flies to the right of Tim Paine who takes an impressive diving catch in front of the first slip fielder. Paine, who has been pretty simple with the gloves on, did everything right this time to move early and complete a brilliant catch.
That’s a sigh of relief for Australia – the end of Rohit Sharma. There wasn’t much the Indian opener could have done and Pat Cummins has once again proved why he is the best in the business.
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Meanwhile, India have a difficult job at hand to bat the whole day and once again save the Test match – much like what Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin did in Sydney. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara, who are due for big knocks in the ongoing series, will have to share a big partnership to keep Australia’s attack at bay. Tim Paine will be under the spotlight after his captaincy has come under the scanner in this series.