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Delhi: Mar 24, 2013
Ind 158/4 | Overs 31.2 | Pujara 82*, Dhoni 12* (INDIA WON BY 6 WICKETS)
Captain MS Dhoni ensured that India did not lose any more wickets in chasing down 155 as he took the hosts home by smacking Nathan Lyon for four to the mid-wicket boundary. India thus won the Border Gavaskar Trophy by a thumping 4-0 margin.
Ind 128/4 | Overs 26.4 | Pujara 61*, Dhoni 0* (Target: 155)
Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon got a double breakthrough and got the prized scalps of Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar in successive overs. Kohli played across the line to Lyon’s delivery that pitched in line and spun in, striking the batsman plumb in front. India need another 31 more.
Lyon got Sachin Tendulkar in his very next over in almost the same fashion. Only this time, the umpire took a little more time to give it out. This was the fourth time Lyon got Tendulkar out in the series.
Then, Rahane added to the misery as he threw his wicket away to Glenn Maxwell with a slog that went high up in the air, only to be caught by…Nathan Lyon. Sensational turnaround possible?
Ind 93/1 | Overs 18 | Pujara 51*, Kohli 23* (Target: 155)
Cheteshwar Pujara stepped down the track and flicked Nathan Lyon past short leg for a single to get to his fifth Test fifty. Pujara took only 54 deliveries to get there and looks set on taking India par as soon as possible.
Ind 72/1 | Overs 12 | Pujara 40*, Kohli 16* (Target: 155) (TEA – DAY 3)
Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are having no qualms going for their shots after Murali Vijay’s dismissal and are charging towards India’s target. India are progressing at a rate of around six runs an over and it looks like the duo want to get this done with as soon as possible.
Ind 20/1 | Overs 4 | Pujara 7*, Kohli 1* (Target: 155)
Glenn Maxwell got Australia an early breakthrough to dent India’s chase of 155 in the fourth Test. Murali Vijay (11) went for a suicidal reverse sweep that missed his bat and went on to hit the stumps. Unnecessary shot at this stage.
Aus 164 | Overs 46.3 | Lyon 5*
Peter Siddle launched his own counter-attack on the Indians and raced his way to yet another Test fifty at the Feroz Shah Kotla, before being stumped by MS Dhoni off Ravichandran Ashwin. Siddle created history by becoming the first No 9 to score two half-centuries in a Test match. Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma became the first non-spinner of the innings to take a wicket when he dismissed James Pattinson.
India will thus chase 155 to win the Test and the series 4-0.
Aus 126/8 | Overs 38 | Siddle 28*, Pattinson 1*
Matthew Wade joined the Australian procession back to the pavilion as Pragyan Ojha picked up his second wicket. Wade waltzed down the track in a bid to whack the left-armer down the ground, found the bat-pad and MS Dhoni took took a superb catch behind the sticks. Just to ensure things, the Indian captain even had his wicketkeeping counterpart stumped.
Aus 110/7 | Overs 33 | Wade 17*, Siddle 15*
Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets in as many balls after lunch as India went closer to bowling out Australia. First, Steven Smith was foxed by a ball that kept straight after pitching. The inexperienced youngster was in the wrong by offering no shot, which is a culpable offense against Jadeja. Mitchell Johnson was then bamboozled first ball by a delivery that turned enough to beat his defense and take the stumps.
Aus 89/5 | Overs 31 | Smith 17*, Wade 16* (LUNCH – DAY 3)
Australia went into lunch without further damage as Steven Smith and Matthew Wade defended for their lives against India’s spin attack. Australia have a lead of 79 runs and with the way this pitch is shaping up, even a 150-run target would seem difficult to chase.
Aus 54/5 | Overs 19 | Smith 2*, Wade 0*
Australia are five down at the Feroz Shah Kotla and they don’t even have a lead of 50 runs. All three of India’s spinners have claimed a victim now as Pragyan Ojha dismissed the Australian captain Shane Watson for just five runs. Ojha was a bit lucky with the ball keeping low after bouncing on middle, as Watson tried to pull it over mid-wicket. Watson could only find the bottom edge as the ball struck the middle stump.
Jadeja then claimed his thrid wicket as he trapped Ed Cowan (24) in front plumb. Australia are in trouble here!
Aus 50/3 | Overs 15 | Cowan 23*, Watson 5*
Ravichandran Ashwin got into the mix as he dismissed Phil Hughes (6) leg-before. Ashwin’s ball from around the stump to the left-hander pitched on middle in the rough and spitted out with a vicious turn, striking Hughes’s back pad. It was a 50-50 call as to whether the ball would have taken off-stump and the umpire decided to side with the ball.
Aus 24/2 | Overs 7 | Cowan 5*, Hughes 3*
Ravindra Jadeja strikes again! David Warner is the one who has to follow his opening partner back to the dressing room after the Indian left-arm spinner trapped the left-handed batsman leg-before bowling over the wicket. Terrific stuff, this!
Aus 15/1 | Overs 5 | Warner 7*, Cowan 1*
In the end, Australia’s experiment of opening with Glenn Maxwell (8) did not yield the expected results as Ravindra Jadeja bowled through the defence of the right-hander in the fifth over of the innings. MS Dhoni has resorted to spin from both ends after bowling Bhuvneshwar Kumar for just two overs.
Australia have thrown out a rabbit out of the hat by sending out Glenn Maxwell to open the batting in the second innings with David Warner. Meanwhile, India opened their bowling on the crumbling Delhi track with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Ind 272 | Overs 70.2 | Bhuvneshwar 14*
Australia needed only 13 deliveries to polish off the Indian first innings for 272 on Day Three of the fourth Test. Nathan Lyon took both remaining Indian wickets to record a career-best analysis of seven for 94. India have a lead of just 10 runs and the visitors will be really pleased with their bowling effort.
Ind 266/8 | Overs 68.1 | Bhuvneshwar 10* (STUMPS – DAY 2)
Nathan Lyon took his fifth wicket of the innings, that of Ravichandran Ashwin, as the Australians made good use of the extra 30 minutes added to the second day’s play after the tourists’ slow over rate. India took stumps on Day Two at 266 for eight, with a lead of four runs.
Read the Day 2 report here
Ind 256/7 | Overs 64 | Ashwin 10*, Bhuvneshwar 2*
Glenn Maxwell got a bowl for the first time in the 63rd over of India’s win and responded by dismissing the set Ravindra Jadeja (43) leg-before. There was an element of doubt in the dismissal as the left-hander, although offering no shot, was hit borderline in front of off-stump.
Earlier, Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have put on a very useful 44-run seventh-wicket partnership after Australia reduced India to 210 for six. Jadeja seemed to have grown in confidence after aiding India to a nail-biting win in the third Test and has looked extremely confident and assured at the crease under pressure. He hit six boundaries in his 43 and got able support from Ashwin.
Ind 210/6 | Overs 53 | Jadeja 13*, Ashwin 0*
Indian captain MS Dhoni threw his wicket away just as the partnership between him and Ravindra Jadeja was beginning to settle in. Dhoni tried to chip-pull James Pattinson over mid-wicket, but found his Australian counterpart pluck an easy catch at mid-wicket. Australia are on top here at Delhi.
Earlier, the two umpires had to intervene and interrupt a slegde-fest as Dhoni ran in the middle of the pitch while taking a run. The Australians made their feelings clear to the Indians, especially the chirpy David Warner, who gave an earful to the batsmen.
Ind 184/4 | Overs 48 | Dhoni 14*, Jadeja 4*
Australia got the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar (32). Nathan Lyon has got another one bowling around the wicket. Tendulkar was a little late in bringing his bat down and was hit bang in front. Lyon looked elated after missing out on Tendulkar’s wicket earlier.
Ind 169/4 | Overs 46 | Tendulkar 31*, Dhoni 4*
Nathan Lyon dismissed debutant Ajinkya Rahane (7) as India lost their fourth wicket and second of the session. The off-spinner, bowling around the wicket, got Rahane caught at backward short-leg after the Mumbai lad offered no shot and the ball clipped the gloves.
Ind 149/3 | Overs 41 | Tendulkar 22*, Rahane 0*
Peter Siddle got the wicket of Murali Vijay soon after lunch. The Australian quick’s bouncer hit Vijay on the gloves as the batsman tried to fend it and looped straight up in the air. Matthew Wade took an easy catch as Vijay was gone for 57.
Ind 135/2 | Overs 38 | Vijay 54*, Tendulkar 12* (TEA – DAY 2)
Sachin Tendulkar and Murali Vijay survived a probing session riddled with appeals as the Australian bowlers kept the Indian batsmen under pressure, but failed to break through until the tea break. India took tea at 135 for two and trail the visitors by 127 runs.
Nathan Lyon is bowling really well and constantly troubled Tendulkar, who survived a few close calls. One of the appeals looked plumb for leg-before, but was denied by the umpire.
Read the Day 2 tea report here
Ind 114/2 | Overs 28 | Vijay 49*, Tendulkar 0*
Virat Kohli (1), up two positions from his usual No 5, did not last long after Cheteshwar Pujara’s dismissal. Nathan Lyon was the wicket-taker again as he trapped the Indian youngster in front bowling around the wicket. Sachin Tendulkar was in next, among huge cheers from the Saturday crowd.
Ind 112/1 | Overs 26 | Vijay 47*, Kohli 1*
Nathan Lyon castled Cheteshwar Pujara (52) with a delivery that refused to turn enough. Pujara played for sufficient turn, but the ball whisked past the edge of his blade and took the woodwork. A much-needed breakthrough for the tourists, as Virat Kohli walked out at No 3.
Earlier, Pujara reached his second half-century in Tests in the second session of Day Two of the fourth Test. Pujara got to the landmark with a nice wristy flick off the legs towards mid wicket for a couple off Nathan Lyon’s bowling. Pujara’s wife, Puja, was delighted in the stands. Meanwhile, the Indian opening pair notched up their 100-run partnership.
Ind 81/0 | Overs 20 | Vijay 29*, Pujara 44*
Australia are keeping up the pressure on the two Indian openers in a bid to break through, but have been unsuccessful so far. The three Aussie quicks shared the first 19 overs of India’s first innings with probing fast bowling and tried everything — from finding the edges, to rapping Cheteshwar Pujara on his fingers and also a bit of sledging. But the two Indians look determined to stick it out. Nathan Lyon was eventually brought into the attack in the 20th over.
Ind 59/0 | Overs 14 | Vijay 23*, Pujara 28* (LUNCH – DAY 2)
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara reached the lunch break unscathed as India reached 59 for no loss. The deficit now stands at 203 and, the way the Indians are going, it should be wiped off before stumps today.
Read the Day 2 lunch report here
Ind 44/0 | Overs 8 | Vijay 13*, Pujara 23*
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are off to a positive start. The duo are scoring at just under six runs and over against a charged-up Australian pace attack. Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson opened the bowling for the tourists, with Peter Siddle being given a breather after three hours out in the Delhi heat with the bat.
Ind 13/0 | Overs 2 | Vijay 4*, Pujara 8*
Cheteshwar Pujara has surprisingly opened the batting for India along with Murali VIjay. Ajinkya Rahane, the opening batsman by trade, was expected to partner Vijay to face the new ball but it was Pujara who strode out. Rahane, thus, is likely to come in at No 3. Vijay and Pujara, meanwhile, have opened their respective accounts with boundaries.
AUSTRALIA 1st Innings
Aus 262 | Overs 112.1 | Lyon 8*
Pragyan Ojha finally got his 100th Test victim after going wicketless on Day One. James Pattinson (30) was the last Australian wicket to fall as he tried to defend Ojha’s delivery that pitched on middle and spun in. But Pattinson could only find the edge that was scooped up by Virat Kohli at slip.
Aus 243/9 | Overs 103 | Pattinson 19*, Lyon 0*
Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his fifth wicket of the innings as he bowled through the defence of Peter Siddle (51). It was the off-spinner’s ninth five-wicket haul in just 15 Test matches.
Aus 231/8 | Overs 98 | Siddle 47*, Pattinson 11* (STUMPS – DAY 1)
Ninth-wicket pairing of Peter Siddle and James Pattinson remained unbeaten till stumps as Australia avoided getting bowled out on Day One of the first Test against India. Australia will resume their innings on Day Two at 231 for eight.
Read the Day 1 report here
Aus 207/8 | Overs 91 | Siddle 31*, Pattinson 7*
Peter Siddle eased into the thirties as he patiently went about biding away time and deliveries. Siddle looks in no hurry and is scoring at a strike-rate of under 30. James Pattinson is providing good company as India look to wrap things up.
Aus 189/8 | Overs 82 | Siddle 20*, Pattinson 0*
India got their first wicket of the third session of Day One of the fourth Test — that of all-rounder Steven Smith. Ajinkya Rahane got his first catch of his Test career as India finally dismissed Smith in the post-tea session. Ravichandran Ashwin finally managed to break a frustrating 53-run eighth-wicket stand with a tossed up delivery that climbed up from the deck as Steven Smith leaned forward to fend it. The ball took the inside edge and Rahane latched on to a sharp catch at short leg.
Aus 185/7 | Overs 80 | Smith 46*, Siddle 16*
India are finding it difficult to dislodge Steven Smith and Peter Siddle from the middle. The Australian ninth-wicket pair are frustrating India with resolute defence and rotating of the strike. Smith is beginning to look like a bright prospect for Australia in the future. He is playing the Indian spinners really well.
Aus 153/7 | Overs 67 | Smith 25*, Siddle 5* (TEA – DAY 1)
Peter Siddle accompanied Steven Smith into the tea break and prevented further damage to the tourists’ hopes. Australia could just score 59 runs in the session and lost five wickets in the process. India will be looking to clean up the rest of the batting and perhaps have a bat for a few overs today.
Read the Day 1 tea report here
Aus 136/7 | Overs 54 | Smith 13*, Siddle 0*
If you still have doubts whether India will bat today, cast them aside! Ravichandran Ashwin castled Mitchell Johnson (3) with the carom ball and Australia are staring at a sub-200 total. Johnson almost refused to believe that the ball had taken the off-stump after pitching outside off. But he had to go back as Steven Smith continued to run out of partners.
Aus 132/6 | Overs 47 | Smith 11*, Johnson 0*
Australia are falling apart here at the Feroz Shah Kotla after lunch. Glenn Maxwell became the latest casualty to fall to spin, albeit it was his impatience that got the better of him. Maxwell tried to slog Ravindra Jadeja over long-on, but could only hole out to Ishant Sharma, strategically poised at mid-on. India are in full command in Delhi.
Aus 118/5 | Overs 42 | Smith 10*, Maxwell 0*
It’s all happening here at the Kotla! Australia have lost three quick wickets now after lunch and are in tatters. Ravindra Jadeja, who didn’t get a bowl at all in the first session of Day One, got the big wicket of Shane Watson (17) in his second over itself. Jadeja’s delivery pitching on middle spun sharply and beat the bat of the advancing Watson, who was playing for the straight one. The ball beat Watson and was snapped up by MS Dhoni behind the sticks, who swiftly knocked over the bails. Watson was a mile out!
Matthew Wade did not last long either. The wicket-keeper batsman strode out for a forward defence against Ravichandran Ashwin, but the ball clipped the edge and was pocketed by Murali VIjay at forward short leg.
Aus 106/3 | Overs 34 | Watson 17*, Smith 0*
Ed Cowan was bowled around the legs by Ravichandran Ashwin for 38 after lunch. The off-spinner, bowling over the wicket to the left-hander, pitched the incoming delivery outside off. Cowan went for the sweep, but failed to get in line with the ball and saw his stumps being dislodged.
Aus 94/2 | Overs 28 | Cowan 27*, Watson 16* (LUNCH – DAY 1)
Australia went into lunch on Day One of the fourth Test without further damage, on 94 for two. The session was shared by both teams, although India might consider themselves slightly ahead after getting the wicket of Phil Hughes.
Read the Day 1 lunch report here
Aus 71/2 | Overs 21 | Cowan 20*, Watson 0*
Ishant Sharma got his second wicket of the day as got the set Phil Hughes (45) to inside-edge his ball onto the stumps. Hughes was just hit on the helmet by Ishant in the same over two balls earlier.
Aus 47/1 | Overs 14 | Cowan 15*, Hughes 31*
Australia look comfortable going into the first drinks break of the day. MS Dhoni has just used three bowlers so far — Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin. Only a matter of time until we see spin from both ends.
Aus 35/1 | Overs 9 | Cowan 5*, Hughes 29*
Ed Cowan and Phil Hughes seem to have shaken off the early blues after stroking seven boundaries in the nine overs bowled so far. Phil Hughes, in particular, has come out with a positive intent and has scored six of them. His confidence seems to have taken a boost after the half-century at Mohali. Australia need a big partnership from these two, even as Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack.
Aus 8/1 | Overs 2 | Cowan 4*, Hughes 4*
Ishant Sharma got an early breakthrough for India in the second over of the fourth Test match after David Warner (0) flashed hard at a widish deliver and found a thick edge that carried to Virat Kohli at second slip. Not the start Australia would have wanted.
Australia have won their fourth consecutive toss of the Border Gavaskar Trophy and have elected to bat first in the final Test against India.
Shane Watson is captaining the Australian side in place of the injured Michael Clarke. In other changes, Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson come in for Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty. Australia have also brought back all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, as the second spin option, in place of Moises Henriques. Nathan Lyon keeps his place as the premier spinner.
For India, Mumbai lad Ajinkya Rahane makes his Test debut in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan. This is the only change for the hosts to the side that won in Mohali.
India: Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma.
Australia: Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson (c), Steven Smith, Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson.
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