India vs Australia 4th Test Day 1 Highlights 25 March 2017

Watch India vs Australia cricket highlights today on 25-3-2017. IND vs AUS highlights of the first day of fourth Test played at Dharamsala. Australia’s captain Steven Smith motored to his third century of the series – one of only six visiting batsmen to score that many in India – but was left without significant top-order support, as the Indian debutant Kuldeep Yadav weaved a wrist spinner’s web around the tourists on the first afternoon of the decisive fourth Test in Dharamsala.

Virat Kohli was reduced to drinks duties for India but it was his replacement Kuldeep who changed the complexion of the day after Smith and his deputy David Warner had sprinted to 131 for 1 at lunch. Turning the ball sharply both ways while maintaining an immaculate length and line, Kuldeep recalled the problems created for the Australians by another left-arm wrist spinner in Sri Lanka last year – Lakshan Sandakan.

The Dharamsala pitch offered pace and bounce for both fast men and spinners to exploit, and it was the fresher fingers of Kuldeep that were best able to take full advantage rather than either Ravindra Jadeja or R Ashwin. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who replaced Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav had both found new-ball movement before Smith took control of proceedings with some help from Warner.

After India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane lost the toss, Bhuvneshwar’s very first ball of the match swerved away from Warner at drivable length. Warner chased it and edged, but the chance was grassed when Karun Nair could get only one hand to it.

That incident was a necessary stroke of luck Warner needed after a largely barren series, and after Renshaw was beaten and bowled by a Umesh delivery that straightened down the line, he and Smith were quickly into stride by using the extra pace and bounce offered up by Dharamsala’s hard pitch and thinner atmosphere.