India's fielding in the ongoing Australian tour has been disappointing, to say the least. Formats changed but Indian fielding has remained sloppy throughout. India's fielding woes were once again on display during Day 1 of the India vs Australia 4th Test on Friday as they put down a number of chances and made life easy for the Australian batsmen.
One such chance went begging during the final session of Day 1. In the 80th over of the day bowled by Shardul Thakur, Australian all-rounder Cameron Green struck a half-volley right back at the bowler. Thakur, who was in his followthrough should have pouched the catch but failed to get hold of it as India let yet another chance go in vain. Green then wet on to survive the day and is batting on 28(70) at Stumps on Day 1.
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Green survives after Thakur spills the chance.
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Meanwhile, having won the toss in Brisbane, Australia opted to bat first again. The hosts got off to a dismal start as their opener David Warner was dismissed for 1 in the first over itself off Mohammed Siraj's bowling. Warner's opening partner Marcus Harris, who is playing his first game of the series, soon followed as his wicket was claimed by Shardul Thakur for 5. Smith and Marnus Labuschagne then steadied the ship with a 70-run partnership before Smith got out for 36, leaving Australia at 87/3 after 34.1 overs.
Matthew Wade was the next one to fall for 45 as T Natarajan claimed his maiden wicket in Tests. Natarajan struck once more in his next over by removing Labuschagne for 108. Green and skipper Tim Paine ensured that the hosts were unscathed till the end of dya's play. At Stumps on Day 1, Australia scored 274-5 in 87 overs with Green batting on 28 and Paine unbeaten on 38.
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