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Ball in India’s court as Australia try to pull off a miracle!

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MATCH STREAM: Macquarie Sports Radio App, Macquarie Sports Radio website or Cricket Australia website

TODAY’S LINE-UP from 10:30am AEDT: Tim Lane, Bruce Eva, Mike Hussey, Ian Chappell, Darren Lehmann, Glen McGrath, Tom Moody, John Emburey

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STUMPS 

Australia have lasted day 4, and sent the first test to a fifth and final day and require 219 runs to win. Shaun Marsh is not out on 31 in what has been a strong return to form after a rough trot. It will be up to Marsh and Travis Head who is 11 not out, to try and steer Australia home in what would be a famous victory at the Adelaide oval.

Ravi Ashwin took 2 wickets for the tourists and there seems to be plenty of spin out there, after Nathan Lyon took 6 wickets for Australia, so Ashwin could feature prominently on Day 5.

Former Australian Test star Michael Hussey believes Australia are not out of this contest, believing the pitch is holding up well.

“This pitch is holding up well, and if Marsh and Head are there tomorrow morning, there will be confidence they can chase these runs down.”

They will require something special from both Head and Marsh tomorrow, but the task is not impossible, especially is one batsman can make a century and put India under early pressure.

We will see you tomorrow for a big final day in this Domain test series.

You can hear it all on www.sportsradio.com.au and on the Macquarie Sports Radio App all day tomorrow.

 


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AUSTRALIA STILL REQUIRE 250 TO WIN 

Australia have just seven wickets in hand and require 250 to win, as Day 4 comes to a close. With Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb at the crease Australia is still a good chance of chasing it down, however, will require a big century from one of these two if they are any chance of bringing it home on day 5.

Travis Head is in next and then Tim Paine rounds out the recognized batsmen.

 

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TEA BREAK – AUSTRALIA CHASING HISTORY 

Australia’s pursuit of a world record run chase nearly got off to the worst possible start, with Aaron Finch given out LBW off Ishant Sharma, second ball of the innings. Replays showed that Sharma had overstepped the front line and Finch survived. He was gone on the stroke of Tea though, inside edging the ball onto his pad and the ball ballooned to the wicketkeeper and Finch went for 11.

Marcus Harris remains the not out batsmen on 14, and Usman Khawaja will join him after the tea break.

Australia trail by 290 runs with a day and a half still to play.

 


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AUSTRALIA FIGHTING BACK 

The hosts have wrestled back some control in the test match, as India still lead by 320 runs. Nathan Lyon was the chief destroyer taking 6 wickets in the innings to put the Indians back under pressure.

Ajinkya Rahane put together a nice knock of 70 that came to an end when he tried to reverse sweep Lyon, and hit it straight to Mitchell Starc at backward point.

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LUNCH – INDIA IN CONTROL 

Australia have been made to work for their wickets in the first session with just two wickets falling, both to spinner Nathan Lyon who removed Cheteshwar Pujara for 71, and Rohit Sharma for 1, with the Adelaide pitch providing plenty of spin.

India currently lead by 275 runs which means Australia will have to pull off the biggest ever run chase in a test at the Adelaide Oval.

Ajinkya Rahane is cruising along on 57 not out, with Rishbah Pant joining him and is off to a fast start, going into Lunch 10 not out.

 

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AUSSIES BREAKTHROUGH 

Australia have finally broken through before Lunch on Day 4, with Nathan Lyon getting the new ball to rip out of the rough, catching Cheteshwar Pujara’s glove, before balooning to Aaron Finch at short leg.

He goes for 71, as Australia look to bowl India out quickly, and attempt this massive run chase. India currently lead by 252 runs with Rohit Sharma joining Ajinkya Rahane (45) at the crease.

 

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200 UP! 

India are in control early on Day 4, with Cheteshwar Pujara (66) and Ajinkya Rahane (31) standing strong against a barrage from the Australian bowlers. Nathan Lyon nearly had Rahane, before replays showed he did not hit the ball, which was caught at short leg.

India lead by 224. Australia will want to make some inroads in the lead up to Lunch, with India looking to put the foot to the floor to put a big total on the board and bat Australia out of this contest.

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THE BUILD UP

Australia face an uphill battle on Day 4 as India take control of the first test at the Adelaide Oval. The home side were dismissed for 235 in their first innings and India now sit at 3-151, with King Kohli dismissed late on day 3, with Nathan Lyon taking the key wicket.

India will look to put the foot on the throat today, and will look to put up a 350-400+ lead as they look to take the first game of the series.

Cheteshwar Pujara (40) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) are the not out batsmen and will look to put India in a strong position on Day 4.

Play will start 30 minutes earlier today due to yesterday’s rain delay and we will have 98 overs bowled in the day.

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