Australia will now try to take quick wickets © Getty Images
Australia will now try to take quick wickets © Getty Images

Jan 10, 2015

Murali Vijay has been dismissed for 80 in the evening session on Day Five of the fourth Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Vijay had batted well since morning and kept India stable. However, he has been dismissed soon after tea. India are chasing 349 to win and are currently 178 for three. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are in the middle.

Vijay had been slow for a long time but had picked up pace after his fifty. India may have thought about perhaps giving it a go in the final session but then lost his wicket to Josh Hazlewood when he tried to play at one outside the off-stump. India will now reconsider their plans for the run-chase. With Kohli out there, they will mull over the possible approaches.

Earlier on Day One, Australia won the toss and chose to bat first on a good looking wicket. The only change in their team was Mitchell Starc replacing Mitchell Johnson. India made four changes to their team. MS Dhoni’s retirement allowed Wriddhiman Saha to don the gloves. Suresh Raina, Rohit and Bhuvneshwar Kumar came in place of Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma. Rahul managed to hold on to his spot. Australia scored 572 for two declared and in reply Virat Kohli and KL Rahul hit centuries. India scored 475. In reply, Australia declared on 251 for six, leaving India with a target of 349 on the last day.

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