India and Australia stepped on the ground to face each other in the last test match of the 4 match series in HSPA stadium, Dharamsala. There was lots od speculation made about the game the players. Everyone was expecting a tough fight from the Aussies. Catch the video highlights of the India vs Australia 4th Test, Day 1 on Hotstar.
The day started as the surprise fro the Indian fans who were hoping to see Kohli walk out of the pavilion. There was lots of speculation made about Kohli playing the match. But all came to rest as Rahane walked for the toss. The surprise did not end here only. Rahane told during the toss that Virat was replaced by young chinaman from Kanpur, Kuldeep Yadav. This was the great opportunity for the young chinaman from Kanpur to showcase his talent on the big stage.
As it has happened much time the change in captain did not bring any luck for the team as yet again Smith won the toss and decide to bat first.
The match did not start as the Aussies were hoping. Umesh drew the first blood for India very early in the match. He bowled an absolute ripper of a delivery to get rid of Renshaw. This brought the huge cheer from fans. But soon the crowd went almost silent when Smith and warner ripped the Indian bowling attack apart.
They smashed the ball to all the parks of the ground. They batted brilliantly and added more than 130 runs in the first session. It was looking like the Aussies are cruising toward a huge first inning total. Soon Smith reached his third century of the series. It was like he was almost unstoppable.
But the second session brought a huge turnaround. It was the time for young chinaman as he announced himself to the global stage by getting warner out with a beautiful delivery. He soon also dismissed Marsh and Handscomb to bring India back into the match. He was almost unplayable and Aussies batsman were not able to pick his single delivery. Aussies prepared for Ashwin and Jadeja but it was young Kuldeep that was creating tons of problem for them.
Indian bowlers then did not give a single chance to Aussies batsman to make a comeback and picked wickets at regular interval. They restricted Australia to the mere total of 300 on a good batting pitch on Day 1 of the test match.This was an excellent performance by Indian bowlers.
Kuldeep Yadav was the star performer of the day as he managed to pick up 4 wickets. Umesh also bowled brilliantly to pick up two crucial wickets while Ashwin, Jadeja, and Kumar chipped in with the single wicket each. All and all it was a good bowling display by the Indian bowlers.
Later in the day, India was forced to bat for one over. But Rahul ensured that India did not loose any wickets on the first day as India finished the day without scoring a single run.
The match is now shifted toward India as they would like to build a good first inning total on the Day 2 and put Aussies under immense pressure.