Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21, 4th Test: The records that were scripted on Day 4
India and Australia are fighting for supremacy in the four-Test series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, as the final Test in Brisbane continues to be closely contested. Day 4 saw a competitive effort from both sides, while a few entered record books.
On Monday, India and Australia continued to grind it, on Day 4 of the final Test, at The Gabba in Brisbane. While India is still 324 runs behind a win, rain threat looms large, as the match is bound to get even exciting on Day 5. Meanwhile, we look at the records that were scripted on Day 4.
Rohit Sharma has the safest hands against Australia: Rohit was involved in a couple of catches today. Consequently, he has now scripted the joint-record of claiming the most Test catches against Australia for India, as a fielder. With his fifth catch, he has joined the likes of Eknath Solkar, Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Rahul Dravid.
Australia scripts a rare unwanted: As Australia was bowled out for 294, it was only the third time in 32 years across 32 Tests, that the side has been bundled out in both the innings. The previous two instances happen to be against the Windies (1992-93) and New Zealand (2008-09).
The 400 drought: Following the completion of Australia's innings, India was set a target of 328. It becomes the first series in Australia since 1989-90 (vs Pakistan) with either side failing to score above 400 in an innings, while the highest in this series happens to be Australia's 369 in the first innings of this Test.
Shardul Thakur becomes a first: Thkaur scored 60-plus runs in the first innings, besides claiming seven wickets in both the innings. He was also involved in a couple of catches. Consequently, he became the first Indian to do so in a Test.
Mohammed Siraj joins select lists: Siraj claimed his maiden Test five-wicket haul in the second innings. As a result, he has become the sixth away bowler to scalp his maiden Test five-for at the venue, after Harold Larwood, Ken Shuttleworth, Graham Dilley, Graeme Labrooy and Alan Mullally. He has also become the third-most away wicket-taker by a debutant in a series, in Australia, having claimed 13. Above him are Joe Partridge (25) and Ben Stokes (15). He is also India's fifth sole bowler to claim a five-for in debut Test series, after Mohammad Nissar, Vaman Kumar, Ravi Shastri and Venkatesh Prasad. He is India's third-leading wicket-taker in the debut series, in the past 30 years, after Ravichandran Ashwin and Prasad.
Match summary: Electing to bat, Australia posted 369, while India could manage 329, this handing Australia a 33-run lead. In the second innings, Australia posted 294, courtesy Steve Smith's 55, while Siraj claimed a five-for, as India was set a target of 328.
Brief scores: 369 & 294 (Smith 55; Siraj 5/73, Thakur 4/61) leads India 336 & 4/0 (Rohit 4*; Hazlewood 0/0) by 323 runs.