Australia built on the success of their first day’s display with another exceptional performance on Day Two against India in the fourth test.
Starting the day 348/2, the hosts built their third wicket partnership, with Shane Watson (81) and Steve Smith (117) sharing a 196 run stand before India got their first breakthrough of the day, Mohammed Shami bowled short to Shane Watson, who pulled straight to the man at deep midwicket, captain Steve Smith followed six overs later to Umesh Yadav.
Smith became only the third batsman in Test history to score four centuries in a series, along with Jacques Kallis and Sir Don Bradman. The two new men at the crease were Shaun Marsh and Joe Burns, who both posted fifties in another 100+ stand.
Shami took these two wickets just before tea, Marsh making 73 and Burns 58 before Ryan Harris came in and hit a quick fire 25. The fast bowler was also dismissed by Shami, who completed a five-wicket haul as Australia declared on 572/7.
India’s reply got off to the worst possible start, Murali Vijay was out third ball after he got a thin edge on a Mitchell Starc delivery, straight into the gloves of Brad Haddin.
The tourists then consolidated, with Lokesh Rahul (31*), playing just his second test match and Rohit Sharma (40*) taking their side to the end of play 71/1, trailing by 501 runs.
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