IndvsAus: India 248/6 at stumps; Rahul, Pujara hit fifties
Dharamsala: The second day was melange of everything. India scored some good runs, Australia picked wickets, wasted reviews and dropped catches. India was 248/6 at stumps with Ravindra Jadeja (16) and Wriddhiman Saha (10) at the crease at stumps in the fourth and final Test of the four-match series at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.
India failed to capitalise the good work of bowlers as lost six wickets at day end. Rahane and brigade are still behind Kangaroos by 52 runs.
India had suffered an early setback in the form of Murali Vijay (11). Lokesh Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara's 87-run partnership helped the side to gain bit momentum but departure of Rahul at 60 spoiled things for India. It was Rahul's fifth fifty in the series but he yet again failed to convert the fine start into a big total. His inning was laced with nine fours and a biggie.
Pujara also went back to pavilion scoring 57. He found ropes six times in his knock.
Nair could be shown doors in the coming series as his knock of 300 seems like a distant memory. He was again a failure as was dismissed at 5. Captain Ajinkya Rahane alongwith R Ashwin added some life to India’s batting with 49-run stand. But, Rahane’s struggle came to an end at 46 while Ashwin also departed scoring 30.
For Australia, Nathan Lyon was the leading wicket taker with bowling figures of 4/67. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood also bagged one wicket each.