Australia vs India 4th Test Day 4: Bad light and rain halts India’s charge after Australia made to follow on

Bad light rain Australia India 4th Test Day 4 Sydney cricket

Bad light and rain dashed India’s hopes of edging closer to a 3-1 series win

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Australia were made to follow on at home for the first time since 1988 after India spinner Kuldeep Yadav took a five-wicket haul, but bad light and inclement weather led to the day being significantly shortened.

Starting off the day on 236/6, neither time took to the field for the first session as rain washed it out completely.

However, when the conditions improved, Australia failed to add any runs to their overnight score before they lost Pat Cummins, who was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami for 25.

Peter Handscomb managed to make 37 before he was cleaned up by Jasprit Bumrah, while Nathan Lyon was trapped lbw off the bowling of Kuldeep for a duck.

However, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood kept India at bay with a 42-run partnership before Hazlewood was given out lbw off the bowling of Kuldeep for 21.

Starc remained stranded on 29 as Australia were bowled out for 300, which gave India a 322-run lead.

Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Shami and Ravindra Jadeja snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Bumrah, he chipped in with one.

With Australia trailing by 322 runs, India enforced the follow on. However, they didn’t get long to bowl at the hosts as they only managed to get through four overs before bad light stopped play.

Australia only amassed six runs in those four overs, but they didn’t add any more runs to their score as heavy rain brought things to an end for the day.

Usman Khawaja finished on four, which came off 12 balls and included a solitary boundary, while Marcus Harris remained undefeated on two.

Australia ended day four on 6/0 and will continue batting earlier on Monday at 10:00 local time or 23:00 GMT (the previous day).

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