India vs Australia 4th Test Day 1: Yadav’s four-for restricts Australia to 300

Yadav finished with figures of 4-68 off 23 overs

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Australia looked imposing for a good part of the first day in Dharamsala, but India came roaring back through debutant Kuldeep Yadav, who claimed four wickets.

Kuldeep already made history after being selected in the playing XI as he became the first left-arm wrist-spinner to represent India in Test cricket

Electing to bat first, Australia lost a wicket on the 10th ball of the match when opener Matt Renshaw was clean bowled by Umesh Yadav for one run.

David Warner and captain Steve Smith made up for the early loss of Renshaw with a 134-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries.

With Australia having turned the tide in their favour, India, who were without regular skipper Virat Kohli, were in desperate need of a wicket, and it was Kuldeep who delivered as he removed Warner for 56 off 87 balls, which included eight boundaries and a six.

Warner scored his 24th Test fifty

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Australia began to collapse after Warner’s dismissal as Kuldeep took out Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell in quick succession.

Smith, meanwhile, went on to make 111 off 173 deliveries, which included 14 boundaries, before he was sent packing by Ravichandran Ashwin.

Smith celebrates after scoring his 20th Test century

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By getting rid of Smith, Ashwin surpassed South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn’s record for the most wickets in a season with 79.

With his hundred, Smith became the first Australian player to score three centuries in a series in India and the second captain to do so after England’s Alastair Cook in 2012.

Pat Cummins managed to make 21, while Steve O’Keefe only made eight, but wicketkeeper Matthew Wade put up a fight by scoring 57 off 125 balls, which included four boundaries and a six.

Wade made his fourth half-century in Test cricket

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Australia ended up being bowled out for 300 when Nathan Lyon was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 13 runs.

Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Umesh snapped up two and Kumar, Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 300 runs, India openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay only faced one over before stumps was called, but neither of them got off the mark.

India ended day one on 0/0 and will continue batting on Sunday at 09:30 local time or 04:00 GMT.

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