Australia vs India: Unlucky Pat Cummins gets a shooter from Mohammed Shami
Cummins scored 25 runs and was the first casualty of the day.
Published - Jan 6, 2019 12:00 pm | Updated - Jan 6, 2019 12:00 pm
The fourth day of the ongoing Test match between India and Australia was marred by rain completely. The start was delayed by a session as the hosts’ hope of eking out a draw increased. They had ended the day on 236/6 and when the play finally started, it didn’t take long for the Indian bowlers to run through the tail. The pitch also played its tricks and Pat Cummins was the first victim of the same as he got a shooter from Mohammed Shami which disturbed the timber.
The visitors took the new ball soon after the play started on Sunday and soon Shami struck to send back Cummins who has been the thorn in the flesh for them throughout the series. The incident took place in the 85th over of the innings. Shami, fresh from the sleep last night, ran in full tilt to pitch the ball in right line with a shortened length. The batsman stayed on the backfoot to defend it.
However, the ball, after pitching, stayed alarmingly low and scooted under Pat Cummins’ bat to castle him. A battling effort from him had come to an end and it was once again his batting which things look easy for Australia. Cummins scored 25 off 44 deliveries with six fours before being dismissed in an unfortunate way.
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India skittle out the last four wickets
It didn’t take much for Team India to skittle out the last four wickets of the opposition. After Cummins’ wicket, it was rather clear that there won’t be much resistance as the specialist batsman Peter Handscomb was also sent back by Jasprit Bumrah on 37. At 258/9, the end seemed nigh for Australia but the last wicket stand didn’t give up. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood fought bravely to add 42 runs in 14 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav ended with a five-wicket haul and returned with the figures of 5/99 in his 32nd over and India enforced the first follow-on for Australia at home since 1988.