India on their way to memorable 4-0 win over Australia

Cheteshwar Pujara raced his way to 40 off 39 balls © PTI

Delhi: Mar 24, 2013

India are within sights of what would be a historic 4-0 series win over Australia after cruising to 72 for one, chasing 155, at tea on Day Three of the fourth Test. The hosts just need 83 more runs to win the match and the series 4-0.

Glenn Maxwell got Australia an early breakthrough to dent India’s chase. Murali Vijay (11) went for a suicidal reverse sweep against the spinner that missed his bat and went on to hit the stumps. It was an unnecesary shot and charged up the Australians who were baying for more blood.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli then survived a couple of close shaves as Shane Watson went with spin from both ends. Maxwell and Nathan Lyon probed the two Indian batsmen on a crumbling-by-the-minute pitch for a few overs, before the counter-attack began.

As Watson brought on his pacers, Pujara let loose and executed a few scorching drives to release some pressure. One shot he hit in the 12th over of the day, which yielded two more fours off Pujara’s bat, was quite remarkable, and showed the batsman’s intent. Pujara leaned backwars to a bouncer and skied the ball up and over ‘keeper Matthew Wade’s head for four. India progressed at a rate of around six runs an over and it looked like the duo wanted to get this done with as soon as possible.

Earler, the visitors were bowled out for 164 in their second innings after Ravindra Jadeja took a career-best five for 58. India wrestled their way back into the driver’s seat as Australia were reduced to 89 for five at lunch.

Read the lunch report here.

Brief Scores: Australia 262 and 164 (Peter Siddle 50, Ed Cowan 24; Ravindra Jadeja 5 for 58) lead India 272 and 72 for 1 (Cheteshwar Pujara 40*) by 82 runs.

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