The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which played the first three Tests on tracks suitable for spin, is playing the fourth Test on a pitch suitable for batting. Indian bowlers had to work hard to take wickets on the first day. The spinners did not get any support from the pitch. Opener Travis Head (32: 7×4 off 44 balls) batted freely, but Marcus Labushane (3: 20 balls) failed. Captain Steve Smith (38: 3×4 in 125 balls) could not make a better score despite being at the crease for a long time. Peter Handscube (17: 3×4 off 27 balls) took the wicket in an aggressive attempt. Even these four wickets did not come easily to India. At one stage, India could not take even a single wicket for 40 overs.
Khawaja and Cameron Green, who are now at the crease, are also unbeaten for the fifth wicket with a partnership of 85 runs off 116 balls. The pair faced the Indian bowlers without conceding a wicket for 20 overs in the final session. While the first three Test matches were over in two and a half days, the ICC gave a poor rating to the indoor pitch and allocated three demerit points. It seems that the pitch has been designed so that the fourth Test will take place over 4-5 days.
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