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4th Test: India scalp both openers as Australia reach 65/2 at lunch

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Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne

Both teams have struggled with injuries and spending months either in quarantine or under travel and accommodation restrictions. Australia opened the account at the Adelaide Oval and India made a bold statement in Melbourne. So that has been the story of Indian cricket.

Thakur, whose debut against West Indies ended in a nightmare after bowling only 10 deliveries, achieved success, bowling the 11th one in Test arena. India and Australia had a chance to win the match and in the end, the match concluded in a sensational draw.

Captain Tim Paine was 38 not out and all-rounder Cameron Green on 28, with Australia holding sway after winning the toss and batting on a Gabba pitch that flattened out obligingly for the hosts under a blazing sun.

Now, in the ongoing Brisbane Test, he is accompanied by fast bowlers Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and T Natarajan.

Jadeja who picked up a blow to his left thumb off Mitchell Starc's beamer is out of the fourth Test.

He also dropped three catches and had the likes of India great Sunil Gavaskar - whose name is on the series trophy and was working as a TV analyst during the Tests - questioning Paine's captaincy.

He did confirm Will Pucovski, who posted a half-century in his debut Test innings last week, had been ruled out of the series decider because of a shoulder injury he sustained while fielding in Sydney. The visitors are already without Jasprit Bumrah and they will be hoping that it isn't a serious injury for Saini and he can bowl on day 2 of the Test match.

He returned to the pavilion for further examination, with Rohit Sharma completing the over, but the issue was serious enough for India to send the seamer for a scan.

Interestingly, he bowled medium pace, and the video of the same spread like wildfire on social media portals. We would like to give them as much time as possible. The right-handed batsman nudged the ball towards the off-side to take a single.

The legendary cricketer said that despite being inexperienced, the Indian bowlers were committed to the task on Day 1.

Marnus Labuschagne went on to score a ton in the final Test while Indian bowlers made a comeback picking the three wickets in the second and third session.

Marnus Labuschagne was unbeaten on 73 at the interval after getting two reprieves and Matthew Wade was on 27 not out.

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