Indian bowlers have managed to exploit the pitch conditions on the penultimate day of the final test. After Australia came onto bat in the second innings, Indian pacers were able to extract bounce from the wicket.
The Brisbane pitch have slowly opened up over the past four days and visible cracks are present. Indian bowlers are able to extract variable bounce from the pitch and managed to unsettle Australian batsmen.
However, the ball from Mohammad Siraj raised few eyebrows. The talented Indian pacer bowled a short delivery and the ball hit an open crack. Then it took a vicious deviation that unsettled batsman Pats Cummins.
Cummins managed to get his bat down despite the massive deviation. However, the ball has already passed his bat and hit his backhand elbow. It even evaded wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and went to the boundary.
However, luckily for Australia, Cummins was okay and did not look in any pain. Despite the blow to his bowling arm elbow, the Aussie pacer looked unmoved which looked like a good sign for the hosts. But he did not take the field once Australia came on to bowl in the fourth innings.
Watch Mohammed Siraj’s ball here
This one definitely hit a crack 😅 #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/dV6f98CpFw
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Siraj once again impressed with the ball taking his maiden 5 wicket haul. On the other hand, Shardul Thakur bowl an excellent spell and took 4 wickets. India in general should be happy how things went on day 4.
Rain interrupted day’s play as India came onto bat. The visitors are asked to chase a massive 328 runs but play was cut short at 1.5 overs. It will be an exciting final day of the test match, as both teams could still win the series.
But it will be a tough pitch to bat on, as cracks should open more on the final day. Indian batsmen need to negotiate variable bounce as well and not lose cheap wickets like in the first innings.
A total of 98 overs will be bowled on the final day, if there is no rain. Meanwhile, rain is forecasted again for the last day and the chances of draw is higher than any of the teams winning it.