India v/s Australia, 4th Test, Day 1, Sydney: Australian batsmen toy with Indian bowlers on flat batting pitch

India v/s Australia, 4th Test, Day 1, Sydney: Australian batsmen toy with Indian bowlers on flat batting pitch.

11:33 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The going has got tough for Virat Kohli’s side as none of his bowlers have been able to break Smith-Watson partnership. Indian bowlers unsuccessfully continue to toil.

83 overs- 323/2

HALF CENTURY for Watson! All-rounder slams 50 off 108 balls

82 overs- 321/2

11:11 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

78 overs- 313/2

Australia go on a rampage as Warner (47 off 94) and Smith (62 off 100) partnership grows

77 overs- 309/2

Partnership of 100 runs from 184 balls.

Three test centuries for Steve Smith so far in the series and he is on his way to another one.

11:02 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015
76 overs- 302/2

10:42 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

69 overs- 284/2

HALF CENTURY for Smith! Scores 50 off 67. This is his 10th fifty in 26 matches

The spinners have been disappointing in this series.

10:35 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

67 overs- 271/2

It seems to be a long bowling day for Ashwin. He seems the go to man for Virat Kohli

Watson playing a supporting role for Smith.

10:25 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

63 overs- 249/2

Smith- 34 off 57, Watson- 11 off 47

Steve Smith has enjoyed a wonderful summer, taking over captaincy from injured Michael Clarke.

Day 1 Session 3 starts

Ashwin gave India a breakthrough in the form of first wicket in the 45th over when he removed Warner for 101 and Shami dismissed Chris Rogers for 95.

9:50 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015


60 overs- 242/2

Partnership- 28 off 49, Watson- 10 off 37

End of session: 32 overs 119 runs 2 wickets

9:42 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

58 overs- 236/2

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar brought into the attack.

Absolutely nothing for Kumar today. He had a successful run on the England tour.

57 overs- 235/2

Steve Smith- 23 off 37, Watson- 8 off 31

9:17 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

50 overs- 216/2

Watson- 4 off 13, Smith- 8 off 13

9:04 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

46 overs- 204/2

Steve Smith comes in to bat.

OUT! Chris Rogers dismissed for 95. India have got the second wicket. Two wickets in quick succession. The delivery clattered into the stumps off a thick inside edge. He is upset and disgusted with himself as goes five short of 100

CJL Rogers b Mohammed Shami 95 off 160b

45 overs- 200/1


WICKET! Warner departs as Kohli takes a good catch at gully as Warner ends up playing an Ashwin delivery against the turn.

DA Warner c Vijay b Ashwin 101 off 114b

8:38 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

41.1 overs- 187/0

CENTURY for David Warner! 100 off 108 balls. His third century of the series. 12th hundred in 36 test matches.

8:23 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

37 overs- 171/0

Australia are in a good position

The last time an opening pair put up 150 plus stand against India was165 runs between Alastair Cook & Nick Compton in Kolkata in December 2012

Warner- Rogers partnership of 158 is their best in Tests, surpassing 157 against England at the WACA Ground. The duo also pegged to become the 10th Aussie opening pair to average 50 together (min 10 innings).

8:16 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

36 overs- 158/0

Warner- 79 off 91, Rogers- 71 off 125

8:00 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

30 overs- 130/0

Rogers- 59 off 103, Warner- 63 off 77

7:17 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Lunch- Australia dominate the first session after winning the toss on a flat batting surface.

Rahul dropped Rogers on 19 which went on to develop in to an opening 123-run stand stand (between Rogers and Warner) in 28 overs. Ashwin however managed to create a few problems but India remain unsuccessful in getting the first Australian wicket.

Day 1 Session 1- 28 overs- 123/0

Session gone entirely in Australia’s favour. Australia have started exactly the way they had planned.

HALF CENTURY for Chris Rogers! 51 from 91 balls. 10th fifty in 20 test matches.

6:58 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

26 overs- 118/0

Rogers- 48 off 81, Warner- 62 off 69

India need to restrict the runs being scored by Australia

6:41 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

101 runs partnership off 120 balls

20 overs- 102/0

Warner- 56 off 53, Rogers- 40 off 67

6:36 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

19 overs- 97/0

Warner beginning to look dangerous and India need to get him out quickly.

HALF CENTURY for David Warner! 50 off 45 balls. What an exciting innings.14th fifty in 36 test matches. He smashed seven boundaries enroute his half century.

6:25 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

16 overs- 80/0

Rogers- 39 off 57, Warner- 35 off 39 balls

India captain Virat Kohli searching for wickets. Looks desperate to get a breakthrough.

This is a good batting wicket as Australia will look score almost over four runs an over.


13 overs- 72/0

India bowling a lot more over the wicket.

6:05 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

12 overs- 67/0

Indians need to pitch it up to Rogers and get him on the front foot.

India have been sloppy this morning

5:57 IST Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Good opportunity for India to play two spinners in this Sydney test.

There are three changes in the Indian squad- Saha, Raina, Rohit and Bhuvneshwar are in for Dhoni, Dhawan, Pujara and Ishant.

10 overs- 56/0.

Rogers- 23 off 31, Warner- 27 off 29 balls

Australia won the toss and elected to bat

The final test in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy will start in a while. Australia have already sealed the series but this final match will be anything but mere formality.

For Aussies, it will be a gut wrenching affair to comeback to Sydney, where tragedy struck a fatal blow to Phill Hughes on 25th November. For Indians, it will be sort of a new beginning, with Virat Kohli captaining the side permanently for the first time in place of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who decided to hang up his gloves after the third test.

Australia have already announced their first 11. Mitchell Starc will replace injured Mitchell Johnson. Sydney track has traditionally helped spinners and this time it is likely to behave similarly. However it is unlikely to deter the mighty Aussies, who have won 10 of their last 11 outings here. The Indian side will surely see one change with Wriddhiman Saha finally getting a chance to come out of imposing shadow of Dhoni. Other than that, Suresh Raina may replace KL Rahul, who had an abysmal first test. It will be interesting to see if Kohli persists with Ashwin as his lead spinner. If fit, Bhuvneshwar Kumar may also be part of the final 11.

Although the scoreline reads 0-2, Indians have been competitive in this test series. They failed to capitalise on crucial moments conceding advantage to the hosts. The batting particularly has looked solid with Vijay, Kohli and Rahane all finding rich vein of form. The bowling though has been a major dissapointment. India will like to pull one back, to get much needed confidence ahead of tri-series and World Cup next month.

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