India made a comeback in the final session, with debutant T Natarajan getting rid of Labuschagne and Matthew Wade (45) in the space of two overs
Marnus Labuschagne’s 108 was the cornerstone of Australia’s 274 for 5 at stumps on the opening day of fourth and final Test against India at The Gabba, Brisbaneon Friday.
The hosts were reduced to 17 for 2 after opting to bat on a bouncy and batting wicket but recovered later, thanks mainly to Labuschagne. At stumps, captain Tim Paine and Cameron Green were batting on 38 and 28 respectively.
Labuschagne’s 204-ball knock had nine boundaries. He was dropped on 37 by Ajinkya Rahane off the bowling of Navdeep Saini.
The Australians scored runs at a fair clip in the second session after they were 65 for 2 at lunch, with Labuschagne going great guns. The hosts added 89 runs from 27 overs and lost just one wicket in that session.
But India made a comeback in the final session, with debutant T Natarajan getting rid of Labuschagne and Matthew Wade (45) in the space of two overs after the duo had stitched 113 runs for the fourth wicket.
The other debutant Washington Sundar got rid of the dangerous Steve Smith (36) for his first Test wicket.
|David Warner||c Rohit b Siraj||1||4||0||0|
|Marcus Harris||c Sundar b Shardul||5||23||0||0|
|Marnus Labuschagne||c Pant b Natarajan||108||204||9||0|
|Steve Smith||c Rohit b Sundar||36||77||5||0|
|Mathew Wade||c Thakur b Natarajan||45||87||6||0|
|Cameron Green||not out||28||70||3||0|
|Tim Paine||not out||38||62||5||0|
|Total: 274-5 in 87 Overs|
India playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant(w), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan.
Australia playing 11: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood