Australia vs India 4th Test Day 4: Smith and Burns hand Australia 348-run lead

Smith smashed eight boundaries and a six during his knock of 71

Smith smashed eight boundaries and a six during his knock of 71

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Australia stand-in captain Steven Smith and batsman Joe Burns both made quickfire half-centuries to hand their side a 348-run lead over India on the fourth day of the fourth Test in Sydney.

Starting out the day on 342/5, India captain Virat Kohli and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha only added 10 runs to their 50-run partnership before Kohli was caught by Chris Rogers at midwicket off the bowling of Ryan Harris.

Kohli’s superb knock of 147 came off 230 balls and included 20 boundaries.

Saha went on to score 35 runs before he was caught by Smith at slip off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar stabilised the innings with a 65-run partnership before Kumar was caught by Shane Watson at slip off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 30.

Ashwin ended up making 50 off 111 deliveries, which included six boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Starc.

India were bowled out for 475, which gave Australia a 97-run lead, when Umesh Yadav was caught behind off the bowling of Harris for four runs.

Starc was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Harris, Lyon and Watson snapped up two wickets apiece and Hazlewood chipped in with one.

With a 97-run lead in hand, Australia got off to a horrible start as opening batsman David Warner was caught by Murali Vijay at slip off the bowling of Ashwin.

Watson only made 16 runs before he was clean bowled by Ashwin.

Rogers and Smith steadied the innings with an 80-run partnership, during which Rogers brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Suresh Raina at deep square leg off the bowling of Kumar.

Rogers’ solid knock of 56 came off 77 balls and included seven boundaries.

Rogers raises his bat after scoring his half-century

Rogers raises his bat after scoring his half-century

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Shaun Marsh scored one run before he was caught by Vijay at slip off the bowling of Ashwin.

Smith ended up making 71 off 70 deliveries, which included eight boundaries and a six, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

However, Smith should not have been given out since HotSpot showed that he had edged the ball before it hit his pads.

Burns and Brad Haddin steered the innings back in the right direction with an 86-run partnership, during which Burns registered his half-century, before he was caught by Yadav at deep square leg off the bowling of Ashwin.

Burns’ career-best knock of 66 came off 39 balls and included eight boundaries and three sixes.

Burns only took 33 balls to bring up his half-century

Burns only took 33 balls to bring up his half-century

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Just a few balls later, the umpires decided to bring play to an end for the day.

Haddin finished on 31 off 30 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two sixes, while Harris has yet to get off the mark.

Ashwin was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Kumar and Shami claimed one wicket each.

Ashwin took four wickets after making a half-century

Ashwin took four wickets after making a half-century

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Australia ended day four on 251/6 and will continue batting tomorrow at 10:30 local time or 23:30 GMT (previous day).

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