Virat Kohli’s century, breaking a 1205-day drought cements his place as an Indian champion. Meanwhile, Axar Patel’s half-century adds to Australia’s growing frustration. Stay updated with live scores, analysis, and talking points from The Anand Market throughout the day’s play below.
India vs Australia 4th Test live scores
|AUSTRALIA (1st Innings)||480|
|INDIA (1st Innings)||551/5|
Virat Kohli 174* (333)
Axar Patel 78* (111)
India vs Australia Day 4 talking points and analysis
Khawaja limps off field
Australian will be sweating on the availability of opener Usman Khawaja after he limped off the field and was replaced.
Taking a tumble on the ropes, Khawaja looks to have hurt his knee and hasn’t reappeared.
Although the fourth test looks well and truly on its way to being a draw, the veteran batter’s potential absence from the second innings could spell trouble for the Aussies.
Kohli’s first century in three years
Virat Kolhi’s century against Australia was a long-time coming, with the Indian batter forced to wait 1205 days for the milestone.
Kolhi’s last ton was back in 2019 against Bangladesh as the champion was finally able to lift the weight off his shoulders.
Green’s over from hell
Cameron Green’s 16th over was one from hell, with the Aussie all-rounder going for 21 runs, the most of the series between the two countries.
The Australian’s set a field to Virat Kohli and Srikar Bharat that welcomed short balls to the batters, of which the Indians took full advantage.
Despite a strong start to the over, Green was tonked for back-to-back sixes by Bharat and was followed by a fine shot for four.
However, the sirens went off, indicating the 23-year-old had stepped over the crease, signalling a no-ball.
Green backed up this effort with yet another extra (no-ball).
Already at 19 runs, the Indians rotated strike for the remaining two balls of the over and producing the most expensive set for the series.
Stand-in captain Steve Smith then replaced Green with spinner Todd Murphy as the Aussies were desperate to find a wicket.
Murphy breaks Kolhi-Jadeja partnership as Aussies get a sniff
Young Aussie spinner Todd Murphy got the much needed breakthrough of Ravindra Jadeja.
The partnership between Jadeja and Virat Kohli was worth 64 runs but lasted nearly 30 overs.
The dismissal of Jadeja can be a fire starter for the visitors, who are hopeful of turning the opening wicket of day four into plenty more.