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Rohit Sharma wicket leaves hosts on top

| Updated: January 17, 2021 18:56:24


Rohit Sharma wicket leaves hosts on top

Australia remain on top after a rain-shortened second day of the decisive fourth Test against India in Brisbane.

After resuming on 274-5, the hosts added a further 95 runs before being bowled out, with captain Tim Paine making 50 and Cameron Green 47.

India made a positive start in reply, reaching 60-1, but Rohit Sharma fell to Nathan Lyon for 44.

The tourists were 62-2 at tea and heavy rain meant there was no further play after the interval, reports BBC.

Australia remain favourites to win the Test and take the series 2-1, but any time lost favours India's hopes of a draw.

They only need to avoid defeat in order to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Rohit wicket leaves Australia on top

Only 54.2 overs were possible in the day but there was enough time for the momentum to swing from one side to the other before eventually ending tilted towards Australia.

The home side began in the ascendancy as Paine and Green took the total beyond 300 - and their partnership to 98 - but they fell in consecutive overs as India hit back.

Paine edged an expansive drive to second slip and Green was bowled by off-spinner Washington Sundar.

But rather than quickly polish off the lower order, India's inexperienced attack were frustrated as the last three batsmen - Mitchell Starc, Lyon and Josh Hazlewood - added 55 between them.

Australia took a tighter grip on the game by dismissing opener Shubman Gill early - he edged Pat Cummins to second slip for seven - but when the stylish Rohit was moving serenely towards the half-century mark, India looked in little trouble.

Rohit contributed 40 to of a partnership of 49 with Cheteshwar Pujara before coming down the pitch ad chipping to deep mid-on to gift Lyon the first wicket of his 100th Test.

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