IND vs AUS, 4th Test: Mayank creeps up on second half-century

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jan 03, 2019, 07.21 AM(IST)

File photo of Indian batsman Mayank Agarwal. Photograph:( AFP )

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Mayank is unbeaten at 42 while Cheteshwar Pujara is batting at 16. The two will resume the game after lunch.

Mayank Agarwal is close to registering his second international half-century as India end the first session at 69 for the loss of one wicket. His first fifty came in the third Test against Australia which was also his debut game. 

Mayank is unbeaten at 42 while Cheteshwar Pujara is batting at 16. The two will resume the game after lunch.

Opener KL Rahul, who had slammed a century when he last played in Sydney Cricket Ground in 2015, was dismissed for nine by Hazlewood.

Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney.

Leading the series 2-1, India will aim to win this Test to clinch a first-ever series victory in Australia.

"It will be tougher to bat as the game goes on, so ideal for us to bat," said Kohli. "We haven't discussed the series win, we're focused on this game, and this is just an opportunity to win a Test," Kohli said after the toss. 

Australia axed underperforming opener Aaron Finch with Usman Khawaja moved up from number three and middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb recalled to counter. 

In a surprise, leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne has been called into the side and will bat at three. Mitch Marsh was also dropped.

Australia: Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (capt), Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc

India: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

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