Fourth Test, Day 2: Play Abandoned Due To Wet Outfield; India 62/2, Trail By 307 Runs

Brisbane: India were 62 for two in reply to Australia’s first innings total of 369 at stumps on a rain-curtailed second day of fourth and final Test on Saturday.

India lost young Shubhman Gill (7) before vice captain Rohit Sharma (44) threw his wicket before the tea break.

The entire third session was lost as wet outfield did not allow play to resume. Cheteshwar Pujara (8) and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (2) will resume India’s response on Sunday morning. India are still trailing by 307 runs.

The hosts added 95 runs to their overnight total in the extended opening session after resuming at 274 for five. The 39-run partnership for the ninth wicket between Nathan Lyon (24) and Mitchell Starc (20 not out) hurt India.

Marnus Labuschagne had struck a century on the opening day for Australia. The Indian attack, with a collective experience of 3 Tests and 10 balls and 11 wickets in its kitty, was pitted against a batting line-up with 59 hundreds.

After 87 overs, the two Tamil Nadu rookies Natarajan (20-2-63-2) and Washington Sundar (2-4-63-1) could hold their heads high for a lion-hearted effort on a good batting pitch in the absence of the injured R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah.

Scoreboard: India 62 for 2 (Sharma 44) trail Australia 369 (Labuschagne 108, Paine 50, Natarajan 3-78) by 307 runs.

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