Kuldeep Yadav bagged his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Australia were asked to follow on at home for the first time since 1988 on a rain hit fourth day in Sydney on Sunday.
Play only started after the lunch break with the home side resuming on 236 for 6, and it began badly for the Aussies as Pat Cummins was bowled by Mohammed Shami without adding to his overnight score.
Peter Handscomb started confidently by hitting two crisp boundaries before dragging a Jasprit Bumrah delivery onto his stumps for a well made 37.
Nathan Lyon lasted just five balls, before being out leg before wicket to a full ball from Kuldeep.
Hanuma Vihari dropped a simple catch off Josh Hazlewood with the latter on a duck , and it proved costly as he added 42 valuable runs for the last wicket with Mitchell Starc. They also ate up valuable overs before the Hazlewood became Kuldeep’s fifth victim, LBW after getting the hosts to reach the 300 mark.
Kuldeep was India’s best bowler as he finished with figures of 5/99, while Shami and Jadeja claimed 2 wickets each.
As mentioned above, this was for the first time in over three decades that Australia were asked to follow on at home. The last time before this that it had happened was way back in 1988 against England . Stumps were drawn early due to bad light and poor weather, with Usman Khawaja and Marcus Harris were unbeaten at the crease in the second innings. Australia finished at 6/0 when play was called off.
It will need a heroic effort from Australia’s batsmen to stave off defeat on Day 5, like their effort in the UAE against Pakistan recently, where Khawaja and skipper Tim Paine staged a blockathon.
The final day of the fourth test will be begin at half past four (4.30 am Indian standard time) subject to weather conditions.
Australia at Stumps on Day 4- 300 all out – Marcus Harris 79, Peter Handscomb 37, ( Kuldeep Yadav 5/99, Ravindra Jadeja 2/73, Mohammed Shami 2/58).