Ind vs Aus: Usman Khawaja shatters Indian dream of whitewashing Australia in Test series

Ashwin snares two wickets in one over and breaks the massive stand of 208 after he got Cameron Green

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Australias Usman Khawaja plays a shot during the second day of the fourth and final Test cricket match between India and Australia in Ahmedabad on March 10, 2023. — AFP
Australia's Usman Khawaja plays a shot during the second day of the fourth and final Test cricket match between India and Australia in Ahmedabad on March 10, 2023. — AFP 

AHMEDABAD: Usman Khawaja defied India to stand unbeaten on 180 and Cameron Green hit his maiden century to take tourists Australia to 409-7 at tea on day two of the fourth Test on Friday.

The Ahmedabad pitch still favoured batters but spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed three wickets in the second session — among them Green's — to bring some Indian joy.

In what has been a low-scoring series, giant all-rounder Green got his maiden international century with a boundary and was greeted with a hug from Khawaja, before falling for 114.

Ashwin snared two wickets in one over. He broke the massive stand of 208 — Australia's highest Test partnership in India since 1979 — after he got Green caught behind on a delivery sliding down the leg side.

He had wicketkeeper-batter Alex Carey out for a duck three balls later and soon sent back Mitchell Starc for his fourth wicket in the innings.

The left-handed Khawaja, who struck his first Indian Test ton on day one and 14th overall, kept up his grind from one end with Nathan Lyon for the company on six at the break.

Khawaja remained calm in his 421-ball stay to break the Australian record for the longest Test innings in India. The previous record was Graham Yallop's 392-ball knock in Kolkata in 1979.

The opener, who resumed on his overnight 104, took charge after Australia elected to bat in their bid to square the series 2-2.

Green joined him to take the attack to the opposition late on day one.

The hosts need a win to clinch the four-match series and secure a berth in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June at The Oval.

Steve Smith is captaining Australia in the absence of regular Test skipper Pat Cummins.

Australia's players wore black armbands on Friday after it was announced that Cummins' mother had died.