As it happened: India vs Australia - India finishes Day One on 303/4

Tune in for live commentary and updates from the first day of the fourth Test of the India vs Australia Test series in Sydney.

Mitchell Starc, appeals for an LBW decision on the first ball of the fourth test match against India in Sydney on Thursday.   -  AP

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia.

India's emphatic 137-run win at the MCG means Virat Kohli's men come to Sydney leading the series 2-1. India first toured Australia in 1947-48. And a Test series triumph down under has proved elusive.

Can Kohli and co. do what their predecessors couldn't?

Teams:

Australia (Playing XI): Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

 

 

India has won the toss and has opted to bat first.

Here's our preview for today's encounter: India vs Australia Test series: India on the cusp of history

Tim Paine: We would have batted first too. There's a bit of grass coverage, hopefully we bring slips and keeper into play. We need to improve in all areas from Melbourne. We need to focus on doing the basics right. If we stay in the moment and put India under pressure, then we can be in the game. Marnus Labuschagne and Handscomb come back in. The top six - Khawaja will go to the top of the order. Marnus will bat at three, so we'll have Marsh, Head and Handscomb.

 

Virat Kohli: We are gonna have a bat first. Looks like a pretty good wicket, good covering of grass on it. The spinners will come into play; an ideal day to bat. We haven't discussed that to be honest. It's another Test match for our country, something we are very proud about. We have to play good, hard-fought cricket for the next five days. Rohit Sharma is back home. He's become a father which is a great thing. KL Rahul replaces him at the top of the order. Vihari comes in at six. Kuldeep Yadav comes in place of Ishant Sharma.

 

Pitch Report: "This pitch has got a lot of moisture in it. It's very patchy. It will turn on day three, four and five. First two sessions on day 1, there'll be a bit for the pacers. You have got to bat first, but it won't be easy to bat in the first two sessions.'