Highlights India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 4: Hosts win by 8 wickets, take series 2-1

Highlights India vs Australia, 4th Test, Day 4: Hosts win by 8 wickets, take series 2-1
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  • 14:40 (IST)

    India vs Australia: As Steve Smith and Co ran out of gas on Day 3, hosts held their nerve to win series

    Australia had stayed competitive for almost the entirety of the series. But they ran out of gas on the third day and paid for it on the fourth.

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  • I leave you with....you guessed it right!

  • Reviewing the Dharamsala Test, the India vs Australia series and India's long home season with cricket expert Ayaz Memon.

  • 13:17 (IST)

    Virat Kohli: Unbelievable performance. I think this was our best series win so far. When we beat England, I thought that was an intense series, but this time the way Australia gave us a fight throughout the series was really amazing. The way the guys handled situations and the way Rahane led was outstanding and the maturity shown by all the guys in the team was very very pleasing to see. 

    The changes we made in the firtness regime have paid off, the guys who have played limited overs also have been able to sustain their performances throughout the season. I the past we would have sessions in which we would give away the game easily but we kept bouncing back. Starting fro  No 7 to finish No 1 at the end of the season is an outstanding achievement. So very proud as the captain. 

    It has been a team season, the responsiblities have been shared. That is the only way you can become the No 1 team in the world. We have done that on a consistent basis. Credit goes to all the boys. The kind of fitness the fast bowlers have shown, hats off to them. Fitness an desire clubbed together has been the main difference. It started from the South Africa series to this series, their performance has been game-changing. The spinners hav edominated but the role the fast bowlers have played have been brilliant to watch. A lot of credit for all these victories goes to them as well. 

    It is still a few weeks to go till I can be 100 percent on the field. But I have to take this in my stride and move forward.   

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Ajinkya Rahane: Really enjoyed. Credit to the boys not only in this series but all through the season. Everyone stepped up on difficult occasions. Unfortunately Virat got injured. (When Australia were 131/1 at lunch on Day 1) We knew we had to stop the flow of runs. Only Smith and Warner were scoring the runs. So we had to take only one wicket. The way Kuldeep bowled in his first game, hats of to him. All the bowlers chipped in in the first innings. Kuldeep was bowling really well in the nets and has the X-factor in him and we had confidence in him. I knew if we picked up one wicket, we will be on top. Kuldeep did that and from the other end all the bowlers kept up the pressure. 


    Especially on Indian wickets, the way Umesh, Bhuvnesh, Ishant, Shami have bowled throughout the season, it was good to see from the slip and gully region. So hats off to all the individuals.          


    In low-scoring games, you need 30-40 quick runs. Rahul applied himself really well. I decided to take my chances. But credit to Australia. They played some good cricket and gave us a fight.  


    This was the best wicket. It had good pace and bounce and the ball was turning from day one, but was still good to bat on, if you applied yourself and it was very easy to score runs because of the bounce.

  • 12:56 (IST)

    Ravindra Jadeja: Feeling great as part of the No 1 team. I wanted to take time, but them Matthew Wade started chirping form behind the stumps. So I thought if I can reply him here itself by scoring well there would be nothing like it. I wanted to do well for the team. The coach and captain also motivated me.

    Earlier people didn't consider me a Test player. It is a good reply to them that I am the world's No 1 bowler. I wanted to develop series by series. When I bowl with Ashwin, the pressure is maintained from both the ends. The plans are working well and we want to do well abroad too and carry the winning momentum.

    This was a good pitch for fast bowlers. It had bounce and seam. When we lost the toss and were fielding on the first day, there was not a lot of help for the spinner. 

  • 12:46 (IST)

    India's captain Virat Kohli, left, Ajinkya Rahane, right and Sunil Gavaskar, center pose with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after winning the test cricket series against Australia in Dharmsala. AP

  • 12:39 (IST)

    Steve Smith: It was a magnificent series, probably one of the best I have been a part of. We played some very good cricket, we had our opportunities at times but credit to India, they are a fantastic cricket side, particularly in their own backyard. If you give them a sniff, they take it. So credit to India for winning the series 2-1. Fot Australians coming to India is probably one of the toughest places to tour. It was a fantastic learning curve. The way the guys adapted and challenged India in these conditions were fantastic. We came with really good plans and it was just about doing them for a little bit longer. I am proud of the way the boys have competed.

    The middle session yesterday when we lost five for 70-odd changed the game. India bowled particularly well yesterday afternoon. Umesh Yadav was fantastic. He has been great all series along with the spinners.

    The way to competed was one of the positives. Lot of people wrote us off even before we got here. They thought it was going to be a 4-0 whitewash, but I am proud of the way the guys have adapted and compete against a quality Indian line-up. We probably let a few moments slip and against India you can't do that. I am sure this young side is going to take a lot away from this series. Hopefully that will improve us going forward. The pitch had pace and bounce. That is what the Australians like. It was the quickest wicket we played on. It suited the spinners also and if you are willing to bat time, you will score runs as well. So it was a very good wicket.

    I had been pretty intense throughout the series and wanted to do well for my team and led from the front. I may have let my emotions slip at times. I apologise for that. I have enjoyed playing in the series and it has been a great learning curve for me as an individual and as a captain.     

  • Stat Attack:
     
     
    In 2016/17 Test season:
     
     
    Indian pace bowlers - 67 wickets (6 players) (SR-68.8)
    NZ + Eng + Ban + Aus pace bowlers - 70 wickets (20 players) (SR-83.0)
     
     

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Anil Kumble: It was fantastic. We had spoken about this in West Indies before the start of a long Test season that we will take one match at a time, one series at a time and one session at a time. To finish like this after being 0-1 down against the Aussies... you could see there were tired bodies... to come back and win this Test match was brilliant. It was a tough game and after losing Virat to injury it was important that the team stood up. Rahane led brilliantly.   

    Yesterday the bowlers were brilliant. The fast bowlers have been brilliant the entire season. Buvi adn Umesh troubled the Aussie batsmen and mind games were done on the pitch. The positives have been the way we adapted to different conditions. Jaddu has been brilliant and the lower order has been contributing. I don't see why we can't go abroad and win.

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    Ravichandran Ashwin: Yesterday was very special. The game was in the balance, we had just got our noses ahead and Umesh was actually blasting them away at the top of the order, and to get Warner and Renshaw at the top was very very important. When you are physically there, mentally it helps a little bit more. The past couple of months have been a challenge. I have been battling a few injuries Thanks to the physio and team support staff who have helped me to get over these few months. I will try to recover in teh next six weeks and get back fresh as quickly as possible. 

    I wanted the ball a little earlier. Felt as bit jailed in Ranchi as well. But yesterday the game was on the line and I had bto put my hand up. I was looking forward to the opportunity. Disappointed to have come in a bit late in the game, but to break the game then and there was very important.   


    Jadeja and I have been hand in hand all through the season and it is very important to bowl in tandem. We broke the opposition down pretty well. Yesterday also we broke down their middle order and got four wickets in quick succession. Jaddu is one of the most economical bowlers. It just gives me that extra cushion to try and experiment a little bit more.  


    Umesh Yadav: Definitely, I enjoyed bowling on this wicket. When you are playing on these kinds of wickets you have to show what you have got. I bowled according to my strength and our spinners finished well. I knew this was the last game of the season and I was trying my best to get early wickets and keep going with the rhythm that I had in the past six months. I wanted to do something special for my team. I am thankful to Sanjay (Bangar) bhai, because he is always trying  to tell me this is your strong point and you have to bowl in this area

  • Stat Attack

    Most consecutive Test series wins by captains: 

    9 - Steve Waugh 
    7 - Ricky Ponting 
    7 - VIRAT KOHLI 

  • Do you know?
     
    Indian captains to win their first match as a captain in all the three formats of international cricket:
     
    Virender Sehwag 
    AJINKYA RAHANE

  • The Indians get down for a team photo. The school children still chanting 'India...India...'

    The Indian fan Sudhir is called up to join the team photo. Meanwhile Smith comes out of the dressing room and is applauded by the Indian fans.

  • Khawaja emerges out of the dressing room and signs autographs for the ball boys. Nice gesture. Kumble Omaha started with his photography. Every member of Indian team wants to pose with that Championship mace. They are as excited as a kid in toffee shop.

  • Kohli is handed the Test Championship Mace by Sunil Gavaskar.

  • The fans applaud Australian team as they walk off towards the dressing room. They acknowledge the support. A very proud bunch of guys!

  • 11:49 (IST)

    Cheteshwar Pujara: It was a fantastic series. The first Test was a disappointing one, but after that we had a chat that we are going to win the series. Wanted to win it 3-1, but won it 2-1. We are really happy. All of us contributed, especially the fasrt bowlers, the way they bowled in the second innings was fabulous to see. 

    Rahul and I have been having good partnerships. I told him even if we don't get too many runs, we don't want to lose too many wickets in the first session and that's what we did. We got 60-70 runs but were only one down. After lunch, we had a plan. We knew that if we keep on batting, we will end up having a big score. I was telling KL that he has been batting well, but was getting himself out rather than bowlers getting him out. So when in walked in to bat I said we need to build partnerships and we have been batting well in the series. 

    I would have still liked to keep going if there were a few more matches, because I have been batting well and enjoying my cricket. All in all it was a fantastic season for me and for the team. We wanted to be No 1 in the Test rankings. The way we played in teh entire season was fantastic. I want to continue this form even in the next season.  


    KL Rahul: After the Pune match, I knew I couldn't play a lot of shots an that was a big restriction. I love to play my shots, attack spinners and hit them for sixes, but I couldn't do that and had to play the patient game, waiting game and rotate the strike. I am a little disappointed that I couldn't convert (fifties into big scores), but if you ask me today, nothing else matters. Winning 2-1 against Australia coming from 0-1 down is one heck of an effort from the boys and that's what matters to me and to everybody else. We definitely want to score big runs and take a lot of wickets but at the end of the series we wanted to be standing as champions. 

    I took a few knocks today, but all I was telling myself was to take a few hits for the team. The wicket was doing a bit. I don't know what was running through my mind. All I was looking at was the scoreboard, and I kept batting. The way Jinks (Rahane) came out and started hitting Cummins for sixes was excellent. We spoke about it as soon as he came in. He came with a clear mind and said, "I amd going to take on the bowlers, let's counter attack" and I said," Ok, let's do that." It is one of the best Test matches and Test series we have been a part of.

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Match review: Indian captains do this almost by default -- when they have a game to try and win from a hopeless position they turn to a spinner. It's as if it was prescribed in the Vedas or something.
     
    Smith must have been spending too much time in India, thanks to the IPL; he seems to have acquired that mindset, and any interest in this day's play was pretty much killed when, with Cummins at his disposal, fresh after a night's rest, Smith tossed the ball to Steve O'Keefe for the second over of the morning.
     
    In the spinner's second over, KL Rahul smacked him square on the off with an immaculate square drive and then swept perfectly for another boundary, and that was pretty much that -- the question always was whether Australia would bring the sort of pressure on India that Bhuvi Kumar and Umesh Yadav produced at the start of the Australian second innings. Once they got away -- there were seven runs in O'Keefe's first over, and nine in the second -- that was pretty much it.
     
    Steve Smith's brain fade -- couldn't resist using it for one last time, sorry -- coupled with in-out fields meant that despite a couple of alarms, India walked the pooch home with considerable ease. There was just a faint intimation of what could have been, when Cummins took the ball after those two O'Keefe overs.
     
    The first ball was a sharp bouncer, angling outside off to leg. Rahul tried to glide it out to fine leg, the bounce saw the ball slightly flicking the glove to the keeper. No one appealed -- it was a very faint touch but you would think they would be appealing for everything.
     
    Cummins in that fiery spell took Vijay out in a classic quick bowler's dismissal -- ball in the channel, swinging away late, drawing the batsman forward and finding the edge. His pressure also caused Pujara a moment of hesitation -- the batsman pushed off, wanted to get off strike, called the run, saw Glenn Maxwell at cover swooping in, stuttered, and was run out by half the length of the pitch. Both wickets fell in one over, and set up another lovely passage of play:
     
    A contest between a quick bowler totally fired up and an Indian batsman counterattacking on a pitch with pace and bounce is the best sight in cricket, and today Cummins and Rahane provided an exhibition. 16th over. Cummins steaming in, full length in the channel and Rahane easily onto the front foot, driving immaculately through mid off to the fence. Ball two, the predictable bouncer from a quick bowler driven back down the ground off the previous ball, and Rahane whiplashed into a hook, hitting beautifully and finding the fence at fine leg. That passage, and another four to Rahane in Cummins next over, really fired both players up, and set up over number 20:
     
    Cummins around the wicket, attacking the head and body of the Indian captain with men out on the hook and pull. Rahane gets under it, hooks fiercely over midwicket, gets six. And then the next ball, the best moment of this Test from a batting point of view: Even before Cummins was into his delivery stride, Rahane backed to leg, cleared room on off, let Cummins fire the bouncer in, got under it, and crashed it, going up on his toes to make the shot, over cover for a flat, stunning six -- a shot as immaculate in execution as it was in conception. Steve Smith, Rahane's IPL captain, stood at slip, hands on his head, watching the ball, and the game, sail over the boundary and into the crowd.
     
    Rahane provided the drama, Rahul the commonsense. Batting beautifully yet again, authoritative in his strokes and tight in his defence, Rahul ended the series with yet another 50 -- his seventh, in eight innings, in this series. 
     
    Australia, competitive throughout this series, more often than not ahead of the game, finally ran out of gas on the third day, and paid for it on the fourth -- the chance to reverse history, to win a series in India, coming tantalisingly near only to slip away through a series of human failings.
     
    Which, when you come to think of it, pretty much defines Test cricket between evenly matched teams -- in the final analysis, it all comes down to nerve. To who holds it, and who loses it.
     
    Sit back now, and savour arguably the best Test series, between any two sides, in the last three, four years. You can live on these memories.

  • Do You Know?
     
    Ravindra Jadeja becomes the first left-arm Indian spinner to win a Man of the Series award in Tests.

  • Stat Attack
     
    Most consecutive Test series wins by teams:
     
     
    9 - England (1884-1891/92)
    9 - Australia (2005/06-2008)
    7 - Australia (1945/46-1951/52)
    7 - Australia (1956-57-1961)
    7 - West Indies (1982/83-1985/86)
    7 - Australia (2001/02-2003/04)
    7 - INDIA (2015-2016/17)

  • There is very little presentation sound in the stands. Fans shout sound sound as they want to hear Jadeja talk. 

  • Jadeja gets an even bigger applause as he comes forward to collect the Man of the Series award.

  • The crowd showing their sporting side and applauding Smith as he comes forward to collect the award.

  • 11:31 (IST)

    Ravindra Jadeja adjudged the Man of the Match and Man of the Series.

  • Smith gets a warm applause as he is called up by Ravi Shastri in presentation ceremony.

  • The Indian players have made their way out of the dressing room for the presentation. Kohli....Kohli.... chants start.

  • A long delay, a fan shouts, "Why are we waiting. Why are we waiting"

  • The school kids are relentlessly chanting "Vande Mataram." And "Bharat Mata like Jai" along with their teachers.

  • Stat Attack
     
    India's last seven Test series:
     
    vs Sri Lanka (2-1)
    vs South Africa (3-0)
    vs West Indies (2-0)
    vs New Zealand (3-0)
    vs England (4-0)
    vs Bangladesh (1-0)
    vs Australia (2-1) 
     

  • Stat Attack
     
    Most runs in 2016/17 Test season:
     
    1316 - Cheteshwar Pujara 
    1252 - Virat Kohli 
    1152 - Steve Smith 
     
    Most wickets in 2016/17 Test season:
     
    82 - Ravichandran Ashwin 
    71 - Ravindra Jadeja 
    42 - Kagiso Rabada 

  • The Dharamsala curator, Sunil Chauhan, with his cool demeanour and a cowboy hat strolling across the ground with pride. And why not? He prepared a fabulous pitch, probably the best of the series.

  • The Aussie fans concede that the first hour of the post lunch session yesterday, turned the whole complexion of the game. Brilliant spell of fast bowling from Bhuvneshwar and Umesh that.

  • Stat Attack
     
    India becomes the third team after Australia and South Africa to have a Test series win against all the oppositions at the same time.
     
     
    India winning a series after losing the first Test:
     
     
    Against England, 1972-73
    Against Australia, 2000-01
    Against Sri Lanka, 2015
    Against Australia, 2016-17

  • While all are busy celebrating, an old man, an Indian fan in Pavilion terrace gets up and shouts "Well played Australia." Others join in with claps. Good stuff.

  • Mumbai players to win their maiden Test as an Indian captain:
     
     
    Polly Umrigar 
    Sunil Gavaskar 
    Sachin Tendulkar 
    AJINKYA RAHANE
     
     
    Indian captains to win their maiden Test: 
     
    Sachin Tendulkar 
    Sourav Ganguly 
    Ravi Shastri 
    Sunil Gavaskar 
    Polly Umrigar 
    Anil Kumble 
    MS Dhoni 
    Virender Sehwag 
    AJINKYA RAHANE 
     
     
    India now have Test series victories against all the oppositions at the same time. 
     
    Most wins in a Test season:
    11 - Australia,2005/06
    10 - Australia,1999/00
    10 - INDIA,2016/17*
    9 - Australia,2004/05 
     
     
     

  • Stat Attack
     
     
    Most consecutive scores of 50 or more against Australia among Indian batsmen:
     
     
    5 - Gundappa Viswanath 
    5 - VVS Laxman 
    5 - LOKESH RAHUL 
     
    Lokesh Rahul becomes the first Indian batsman to score six half-centuries in a Test series without scoring a century in that series. 
     
    Batsmen with six fifty-plus scores in a Test series without scoring a century in that series:
    Sir Conard Hunte v Australia,1964/65
    Allan Border v England,1989
    Michael Atherton v Australia,1993
    Chris Roger v India,2014/15
    LOKESH RAHUL v Australia,2016/17 

  • INDIA WIN! Rahul goes wild in celebration. The Indian fans let out a huge roar. Hand shakes better the two camps. Kohli applauds the crowd and they go wild. What a fantastic match and what a fantastic series.

  • 10:56 (IST)

    After 24 overs,India 106/2 ( Lokesh Rahul 51 , Ajinkya Rahane (C) 38)

    OKeefe, to Rahul on 46. Field well in. OK on leg stump, Rahul works to square leg but no run there.
     
    Short ball, KLR tries a pull but fails. Ball staying too low for it. Ball three, he pats it out on the on side, gets one, moves to 47 and brings Rahane back on strike.
     
    Rahane takes on -- just a gentle pat into the gap on the on. KLR back. And goes back in his crease, hits it out to the midwicket region and that is it, all over. Three runs for it, Rahul gets yet another 50 (He has fallen for under 50 just once in this series) and India seal the win by 8 wickets, no fuss, no last minute muss.
     
    Four home series, all four won. It's a record that will take some beating.

  • 10:54 (IST)

    That's it! India win by 8 wickets. As an icing on the cake, Rahul also gets to his fifty off 76 balls. His fifth of the series. 

    India reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

  • 10:52 (IST)

    After 23 overs,India 102/2 ( Lokesh Rahul 48 , Ajinkya Rahane (C) 37)

    Lyon to Rahul. Wonder if Rahane realizes Rahul is just 4 shy of another fifty. Great bounce and turn first up, Rahul plays it down. To the second ball, outside off, gently pushes on the off and they jog the single. 
     
    And now the wheels are fully off. Ball landing on middle and turning sharply, off the pads of Rahane down to fine leg, Warner can't pull it back despite a lung busting chase and dive, four leg byes.
     
    Rahane pushes into the covers next up, gets one. The Indian dressing room is now on its feet, anticipating the moment when they can run out in celebration.
     
    Four more needed.

  • India are in a hurry now. And it has sunk in for the Australian fans now. There is a buzz inside the stadium, and as expected, there is a good crowd that has built up. They wouldn't want to miss out on the winning moment.

  • 10:51 (IST)

    Lyon bowls the 23rd over. After 23 overs,India 102/2 ( Lokesh Rahul 48 , Ajinkya Rahane (C) 37)

  • India are almost there. 100 up. The fans are enjoying this. 

  • 10:50 (IST)

    After 22 overs,India 95/2 ( Lokesh Rahul 46 , Ajinkya Rahane (C) 36)

    OKeefe takes over from Cummins. No point running the fast bowler into the ground now I guess, with the ask under 20 and eight wickets left. Left arm around with slip and silly point. Rahane forward, defends. the next ball, he plays it down behind him, letting it run off the inside half of the bat and good running gets them two before fine leg can come up. Lovely drive next up as OK tosses one up, but can't beat cover. Ball five is bad -- fast down the leg side, in fact well down the leg side as it angles across and Rahane sweeps, gets the top edge of the bat onto it, wide of Wade and down to fine leg for four more. 

     
    11 runs short now. And this game will get over well before lunch.

  • 10:48 (IST)

    O'Keefe bowls the 22nd over. After 22 overs,India 95/2 ( Lokesh Rahul 46 , Ajinkya Rahane (C) 36)

  • 10:47 (IST)

    After 21 overs,India 89/2 ( Lokesh Rahul 46 , Ajinkya Rahane (C) 30)

    Lyon to Rahane, outside off turning in, AR forcing the ball, off the back foot, against the turn and gets one to point. Nice batting this -- AR is hitting shots, but it only looks berserk, he is actually playing a smart game, not letting the spearhead settle. Rahul at the other end is intent on just playing calm and sedate -- but equally alert to opportunity. Lyon goes too short, Rahul rocks back and creates space for the square drive, through point, beating the fielder with placement, four.
     
    Lyon tosses one up, Rahul drives against the turn. Nice shot, well in control, but Cummins fielding at mid off after bowling, dives and stops what could have been four. Lyon tries an appeal as Rahul pushes in defence, but the front foot is a long way outside off, plus a bit of edge onto pad as well. Just 17 short now.

  • 10:44 (IST)

    Lyon bowls the 21st over. After 21 overs,India 89/2 ( Lokesh Rahul 46 , Ajinkya Rahane (C) 30)

  • 10:43 (IST)

    After 20 overs,India 84/2 ( Lokesh Rahul 42 , Ajinkya Rahane (C) 29)

    Cummins, now around the wicket. And this is magnificent! Cummins used that angle to bounce into Rahane's head, and Rahane moves inside the line and pulls emphatically, taking the bowler on, hits up and over, carries the field despite there being a man for the shot, gets six.

     
    And this is incredible -- even before the bowler has bowled, Rahane backed away to the leg side, and upper cut the ball over point for another six. That is outstanding -- anticipating, willing to take on a fast bowler, second guess him, predetermine, and pull it off. Another short ball, and this time Rahane hooks, rolls his wrist over it, down to fine leg, single.
     
    29 off just 16 Rahane with three fours and two sixes. Now just one slip, one gully as Cummins goes back over the wicket, now to Rahul. Short ball, into middle stump, Rahul nice and calm, sits under it.
     
    Cummins again, lifting on off, Rahul solidly behind the line of that one, and playing in defence on top of the bounce. 

Day 3 Report: Indian bowlers put up a spirited show on the third day of the fourth and final cricket Test against Australia here on Monday to give the hosts an advantage that could well clinch them the four-match series.

Pacer Umesh Yadav and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja scalped three wickets each while medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one wicket to restrict the visitors to 137 in the second innings -- and set a 106-run target for clinching the final cricket Test match.

The third day's play started with Indian lower-middle order stepping up to the occasion. Resuming the day at 248/6, overnight batsmen Ravindra Jadeja (63) and Wriddhiman Saha (31) added 69 runs before the former was dismissed by pacer Pat Cummins in the 113th over.

Ajinkya Rahane (R) and Steve Smith. AP

Ajinkya Rahane (R) and Steve Smith. AP

Cummins bowled a wide length ball which Jadeja tried to drive without using his feet and guided a thick inside edge onto the stumps.

Incoming batsmen Bhuvneshwar Kumar departed in the next over without disturbing the score. He was sent packing by left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe.

Saha, who seemed good at the crease was the next one to go. He was dismissed by Cummins when the scoreboard read 318/9. His 102-ball knock contained only two boundaries.

Tailenders Umesh Yadav (2 not out) and debutant Kuldeep Yadav (7), however, added 14 runs for the last wicket to frustrate Australian bowlers and helped India get past the 330-run mark.

For Australia, spinner Nathan Lyon scalped five wickets while Cummins took three wickets.

Coming in to bat in the second innings, the visitors tried to apply themselves in the middle but failed drastically in doing so. At one point, the visitors were struggling at 92/5, with a meagre 60-run lead in the second innings.

Continuing his poor form, opener David Warner (6) again failed to provide a good start as he was the first to return to the pavilion with the visitors' scoreboard reading 10 runs.

Incoming batsmen Steve Smith, who scored a brilliant century in the first innings, could only manage 17 runs in the second outing.

Smith was bowled by Kumar, who delivered a short ball which, taking the bottom edge, flattened the off stump.

Youngster Matt Renshaw (8) was the next batsmen to leave -- sent packing in the next over by Yadav.

Middle order batsmen Peter Handscomb (18) was then sent back cheaply by Ashwin to be in commanding position.

Apart from Glenn Maxwell (45), no other batsmen, including in-form Smith, were able to understand the Indian bowling strategy.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mathew Wade, however, tried to hold the innings towards the end but it was too late as the Indian bowlers had already rampaged through the Australian batting line-up.

Australia, scoring only 137 runs in their second outing and setting a 106-run victory-target, now face a difficult task to restrict India, who started the run chase on a positive note, with two day's play left.

At the end of the day's play, India had scored 19/0 and needed only 87 runs more to win the final Test -- as also the four-match Test series.

Openers Murali Vijay (6) and Lokesh Rahul (13) were at the crease when the day's play was called off.

With IANS inputs.


Published Date: Mar 28, 2017 10:53 am | Updated Date: Mar 28, 2017 02:41 pm


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