Suresh Raina was picked for the Test side after showing some good form © IANS
Suresh Raina was picked for the Test side after showing some good form © IANS

Jan 10, 2015

Suresh Raina has bagged a pair in the fourth Test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Raina was dismissed for his second duck in the game when he was trapped leg-before by Mitchell Starc in the second innings on Day Five. India are chasing 349 and are currently at 203 for five. This has been a tough game for Raina.

In the first innings, Raina edged his first ball to the wicketkeeper. Raina was making his comeback to Test cricket after 2012 and was itching to make a mark. He has been out of the side a long time and had lost out with other players emerging. This was his chance to perform and he has failed to grab it and make it count. Raina will now be criticised even further. He had scored a ton in a one-day in England and that had heightened hopes of his overseas credentials, but this innings will perhaps spring doubts. More so, because the Sydney surface was a good batting pitch.

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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