Australia In India: Shubman Gill And Virat Kohli Lead Hosts In Fourth Test Reply



Australia in India: Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli lead hosts in fourth Test reply

Shubman Gill’s career-best 128 and an unbeaten 59 from Virat Kohli kept India in contention with a strong reply to Australia in the fourth Test.

Opener Gill featured in three 50-plus partnerships as he recorded his second Test century, helping India to 289-3 at stumps on the third day in Ahmedabad.

India continue to trail by 191 runs but were boosted by Kohli’s first Test half-century since January 2022.

Australia are seeking victory in order to draw the series 2-2.

India had resumed on 36-0 but after spinner Matt Kuhnemann broke the 74-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma’s wicket, Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara steadily built India’s reply with a 113-run partnership.

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But they had to endure a 16-over boundary drought after tweaks from Australia stand-in captain Steve Smith, Gill eventually increasing the run rate with back-to-back fours off Cameron Green.

Gill – who replaced KL Rahul in the third Test – brought up his century with a fine sweep off Todd Murphy, but the celebrations were muted when Pujara fell leg before wicket for 42 just four balls later.

Kohli joined him at the crease but a tiring Gill was finally dismissed lbw to Nathan Lyon’s off-spin in the final session.

From there Kohli took charge with Ravindra Jadeja, who closed on 16, at the opposite end.

India need to win the match to seal a double in the final of the World Test Championship against Australia, which takes place from 7-11 June at the Oval.

Source – BBC Sport



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