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Mohammed Siraj completes maiden five-wicket haul in Brisbane

By Bet Barter

January 18, 2021

India's fast bowler Mohammed Siraj picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in the ongoing decider series against Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane. The 26-year-old put in a remarkable performance to bundle out the hosts for 294 in the second innings. In the first innings, Siraj managed to pick up one wicket. His recommendable bowling on Day 4 left former players and fanatics impressed. Siraj claimed big wickets of Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith and Matthew Wade to bring back the visitors into the contest. 

The pacer later came back to clean up the lower order batsmen with Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood’s wickets. He also led the team off the park, and the Indian contingent appreciated his efforts. Both Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur picked up a total of nine wickets as India bowled out Australia for 294/10. It was Australia's second innings on Day 4 of the fourth Test in Brisbane. The men in blue will need 324 more to secure a win in the ongoing Test. 

Steve Smith becomes quickest to reach 7500 Test runs

Steve Smith emerged as the standout player from the Australians as he smashed a brilliant fifty. He surpassed legendary India batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to become the fastest player to reach 7500 Test runs. The Australian batsman reached the milestone in 139 innings. Apart from him, Australia's opening batsman David Warner also played a decent knock at the top. Unfortunately, the batsman fell short by two runs from completing his half-century at the iconic stadium.

In India's first innings, Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar stitched a crucial 123-run stand for the seventh wicket on Day 3. Their fantastic performance helped the visitors out of the danger zone after being reduced to 184/6 at one stage. 

Both the lower order batsmen completed their respective half-centuries. They managed to reach India's first-inning total to 336, in response to Australia's first innings total of 369. Regarding the Australian bowlers, Josh Hazlewood was the standout bowler picking up five wickets. With one day remaining in the contest, the Test can be seen heading towards a draw. The four-match series is now at 1-1, and a draw in the fourth match will see Ajinkya Rahane and team retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

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