Kuldeep, Smith share honours on an intense first day in Dharamsala

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"I think people find it hard as normally they don't bowl chinaman".

After forcing Australia to huff and puff to his left-arm wrist spin, debutant Kuldeep Yadav on Saturday acknowledged that it was a "dream come true" when he helped India bundle out the hosts for 300 in their first innings of the fourth and final cricket Test here. Playing Test cricket and performing like this, couldn't ask for more. Speaking about the visit, Smith had said, "Ye, it was great".

India: 1 Murali Vijay, 2 Lokesh Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 5 Karun Nair, 6 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 7 Ravichandran Ashwin, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Umesh Yadav.

As the who's who of cricketing world lined up to hail the achievement of India's new spin sensation Kuldeep Yadav, Twitter rockstar and former India batsman Virender Sehwag came up with the most interesting yet amusing tweet.

The pitch, known for its uniqueness in favouring the quicks, conjured seam early accounting for sturdy opener Matt Renshaw but Smith showcased his imperious form with a slew of boundaries to continue Australia's momentum seized during their memorable fifth-day rearguard in Ranchi.

Wade and Pat Cummins, who made 21, defied the Indian bowlers for almost 13 overs before being separated. Wade was pleased with his important contribution but labelled day two as pivotal in shaping the match and series.

Kuldeep was informed on the morning of the series-deciding match that he would be handed his Test cap with skipper Virat Kohli having failed to recover from his shoulder injury. No player was more befuddled than Maxwell, who completely misread a wrong-un which clipped the bail on top of middle and off.

Smith's momentous series has been the catalyst for Australia's surprisingly sustained strong showing and given them a genuine chance of a triumphant no one saw coming.

Kuldeep started the slide by dismissing David Warner with a flipper that he learned from Warne during the first Test in Pune.

In the three Test matches, India opted for seven batsmen, and four bowlers. So prolific was he when India last came to Australia, Kohli resorted to placing a leg slip in a forlorn attempt to silence Smith.

Smith revealed his team's ambitious bid to replicate the success of the Adam Gilchrist-led side has received encouragement from Simon Katich, who was part of the victorious 2004 side. As others were finding it tough to pick Kuldeep, Smith on his part didn't do anything silly and was ready to play dot ball after dot ball while facing Kuldeep.

Warner, who was dropped first ball of the game, was still well below his best but rode his luck to hit his first half-century of the series. He prized out his maiden wicket when David Warner made a decision to play back to full ball only to nick it behind to captain Ajinkya Rahane.

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