Making a remarkable recovery, India outclassed Australia by bowling out the visitors for 300 on day one of the fourth and final cricket Test match at picturesque HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Saturday.
Australia skipper Steve Smith scored 111 while David Warner made 54 before being dismissed. Debutant Kuldeep Yadav took four of the eight Australian wickets.
Ajinkya Rahane became India’s 33rd Test captain after injured Virat Kohli was ruled out of the fourth and deciding Test against visitors.
Kohli suffered a shoulder injury while fielding in the Ranchi Test match. Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has made his debut as India go back to five bowler theory with Bhuvneshwar Kumar replacing Ishant Sharma.
Amid cold environment, cricket will heat up the atmosphere as both teams have been battling out intense rivalry on and off the field throughout the series. Australia has the opportunity to prove that they can dominate host in their own backyard.
For India, the series win will be the perfect way to sum up their highly successful season. India has claimed thumping victories against West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.
It promises to be one of the most exciting Test match with both teams clashing for prestigious Border-Gavaskar trophy.
Here are the Highlights:
# Vijay-Rahul out in the middle to start Indian Innings. Just 1 over to for stumps.
# Indian openers soon to come out to start India's first innings at Dharamsala
# This is it. India bowls out Australia for 300 as Bhuvneshwar Kumar takes final wicket. Kuldeep Yadav takes maximum 4 wickets.
# Second new ball taken. Bhuvneshwar Kumar now in attack.
# And finally Jadeja strikes first time in Dharamshala Test. Wade walks back. Visitors 9 wicket down.
# 50-up for Australian wicket keeper-batsman Matthew Wade. Lyon complimenting his well in the middle.
# Aussies recovering well with Matthew Wade still solild on the crease.
# Aussies struggling to reach 300-run mark with 8 wickets down after a scintillating show from the young Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav.
#O'Keefe gets run out, Australia 269/8
#P Cummins is out on 21, c and b Kuldeep Yadav
#Mathew Wade continues struggle for Australia
#Play resumes after tea, Ashwin bowling Cummins
# Pat Cummins comes out to bat
#'Centurion' Smith departs, becomes Ashwin's victim. Smith 111(173) c Rahne B Ashwin
#Australia reaches score of 200 after losing half their side
#Captain Smith scores brilliant 100, while batsmen at the other end continue to struggle
# Mathew Wade comes out to bat
# Maxwell got bowled by Kuldeep Yadav, three wickets for Kuldeep
# Kuldeep Yadav to Handscomb, out Bowled!! Brilliant delivery. Handscomb b Kuldeep Yadav 8(23) [4s-1]
# Handscomb comes out to bat
# U Yadav gets wicket of S Marsh caught behind by Saha
# S Marsh comes out to bat
#D Warner (56) is out, c Ajinkya Rahane b Kuldeep Yadav. This is first wicket for Kuldeep Yadav in an international test match
#Play resumes after lunch
#At lunch Australia are 131 for 1, Smith, Warner score half centuries
#David Warner gets to half century, Aussies building up solid foundation
#Hundred up for Australia
# After 24 overs Australia are 98/1, Smith* 65(84) Warner* 28(54)
# Ashwin to Smith, 1 run, that's fifty number 21 in Tests for Smith.
# 2 Fours in a row, Smith Punches back to back Boundaries to Umesh Yadav.
# Bhuvneshwar to Warner, oh! Edged but over the man at gully and goes for FOUR.
People sometimes mistake @ajinkyarahane88's polite, understated demeanour for softness. Don't. Different from Kohli but as tough as anybody— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 25, 2017
# Virat, Kohli comes to serve drinks for his team-mates. What a gesture by the captain, even he is not playing but still involved in the match as he understands the importance of the 'series decider.'
# Bhuvi is getting the ball to move both ways, crucial hour for both teams.
# Bhuvneshwar to Smith, ohh inside edge, the ball rolled back and almost hit the stumps. Smith survives.
# Captain Smith comes into bat and swinger from Umesh beats him.
# Umesh Yadav strikes early, sends Renshaw back to pavilion. Renshaw 1(6) bowled by Umesh Yadav
# Bhuvneshwar to Warner, FOUR, dropped! What a start for Bhuvneshwar, such a dream start but Karun Nair at third slip has spilled the catch.
# Virat Kohli misses out due to shoulder injury, Rahane to lead team India
# Kuldeep Yadav receives his Test cap
# Australia have won the toss and elected to bat first
Here are the teams -
Australia: Matt Renshaw, David Warner, Steven Smith(c), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade(w), Pat Cummins, Steve O'Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India: Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav