IND vs AUS, 4th Test, 3rd Session: Khawaja's Scintillating Century Dominates Proceedings on Day 1
Khawaja remained unbeaten on 104 [AP Photos]
Finally, after three Tests, we have our first centurion from the Aussie camp. Usman Khawaja produced a fine innings and used the conditions to his advantage to bring up his 14th Test century.
It was a typical Test innings, which involved temperament and endurance against a quality Indian bowling attack. Khawaja is known for his patience and he showed it here in Ahmedabad, bringing up a solid century that puts Australia in the driving seat at the end of Day 1.
How the third session panned out?
Resuming at 149 for 2, Australia came out with the intention of pushing India on the back-foot. At the start of the third session, Australia had two set batters in play. With the wicket helping the batters, Australia were well on their course to take India out of the game.
But a lapse of concentration cost Steve Smith his wicket. A round the wicket angle as Smith poked at an outside the off delivery and the inside-edge castled the stumps.
With the ball reversing a bit, Mohammad Shami showed his prowess and knocked over Peter Handscomb with a pearler. The ball threatened to come back in and smeared past the outside-edge to knock him over.
This was India's last bit of happiness in the final session, as Khawaja and Cameron Green steered Australia to a strong position. Green, who looks fully fit after that broken finger, played with aggression and changed India's game-plan.
Finally the moment came when Khawaja after toiling hard brought up a hard-fought ton. He flicked a Mohammad Shami delivery for a boundary to reach the three-figure mark.
At stumps on Day 1, Australia are 255 for 4, with Khawaja batting at 104.
- Khawaja becomes first centurion for Australia on this tour. He batted with grit and determination to bring up his 14th Test ton.
- Smith fails to make it count. The wicket was good to bat on, but after getting yet another start, the Aussie skipper departed for 38.
Australia are in the driving seat. With 6 wickets in hand, they'll be looking to pile on more misery tomorrow morning. India will be looking to get some early inroads in the morning session.
Australia: 255-4 (90)
Usman Khawaja 104* (251), Cameron Green 49* (64);
Mohammad Shami 2-65 (17), Ravindra Jadeja 1-49 (20)