Australia set India 328 for victory

Mohammed Siraj (right) has taken 13 wickets in three Tests
Australia v India, the Gabba, Brisbane (day four)
Australia 369 (Labuschagne 108, Paine 50) & 294 (Smith 55, Siraj 5-73)
India 336 (Thakur 67, Sundar 62; Hazlewood 5-57) & 4-0
India need further 324 runs to win

India will need to bat out the final day of the fourth Test against Australia in Brisbane to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Steve Smith made 55 as the hosts were dismissed for 294, setting India an unlikely 328 to win at the Gabba.

The impressive Mohammed Siraj took 5-73 and Shardul Thakur 4-61 for an injury-depleted India.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill led India to 4-0 before rain ended play early.

Australia scored quickly on the penultimate day, motivated by a bad weather forecast and a desire to put the game out of India’s reach.

While India could still win, it is more likely that they will need to survive a minimum of 98 overs on Tuesday to ensure a 1-1 series draw.

Listen to live radio commentary of the final day from 23:30 GMT on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, BBC Sounds and the BBC Sport website.

Fortress Gabbatoir


Australia have not lost in Brisbane since West Indies beat them by nine wickets in 1988.

The highest successful chase in a Gabba Test is Australia’s 236-7 against West Indies in 1951, and India are already down to the bare bones of their team.

However, they have fought admirably in this series and in this Test, with Thakur and Washington Sundar’s 123-run stand on the third day keeping their side in the match.

India will be boosted, too, by another good bowling performance from Siraj, who chose to remain in India with the team after his father died in November.

The 26-year-old was not expecting to play but since making his debut in Melbourne he has taken 13 wickets at 29.53, and dismissed Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Matthew Wade in Australia’s second innings.

Should India bat out the day, the series will be remembered as one of their bravest overseas performances.

What is the weather forecast?

BBC weather
Rain is forecast for the final day of the Gabba Test

‘Draw as bad as a loss for Australia’ – what they said

Former Australia bowler Dirk Nannes: “It is set up beautifully. If India they can bat through three sessions, they will be close with these runs.

“Are they good enough? I don’t think they are. As folly as it is to rule them out, I don’t think they will be able to withstand the Australian attack, especially with the way the pitch is starting to misbehave.”

Ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting on Seven TV: “I believe a drawn series here for Australia is actually as bad as a loss.”

Australia batsman Steve Smith: “You have to play the game as you see it. It is in a nice place for us.

“The wicket is starting to play a few tricks. Tomorrow is about bowling a few good areas and hopefully we can hold on to all the chances.”

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