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Sydney Test: Australia On The Backfoot As Kuldeep Yadav Claims A Fifer

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| January 6 , 2019 , 12:08 IST

Kuldeep's magical spell has turned the match in India's favour as the whole Australian batting line-up looked so helpless before the Indian bowlers that they had been enforced to follow on.

Australia's top order collapsed on day 2 and not even a single batsman could even cross a 50 runs marks except Marcus Harris.

India has enforced the follow-on after Kuldeep claimed his 2nd five-wicket haul as India bundled out Australia for 300 on the 4th day on Saturday.

Rain played spoilsport in the first session and bad light once again sees the players walk off for an early tea.

The chinaman dismissed Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood on Saturday to complete his fifer. Earlier, the 24-year-old had dismissed skipper Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja and Travis Head on Day 3.

Yadav finished with figures of 99/5 in 31.3 overs. This is the 2nd time the bowler had completed a five-wicket haul. He had achieved the same feat at a home Test against West Indies last year in October.

This is the first time since 1988 that Australia was asked to follow-on in a home Test. For India, it is the second time they have asked the Aussies to follow-on in their home.

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Earlier, India declared their first innings on 622 for seven. The sparkling knocks from Pujara and Pant gave an upper hand to the Indian team. Pujara missed his double hundred by just seven runs as he scored 193 runs while Pant remained unbeaten for 159 runs.

The tea break has been extended as of now as bad light has ensured that the players are in the dressing room.

The umpires are out on the field and having a look at the conditions. The floodlights are on and the Indian players cannot wait to get back onto the field.