Mohammed Shami scored his only Test 50 at Trent Bridge earlier in 2014 © Getty Images
Mohammed Shami hit three fours and a six in his innings © Getty Images (File Photo)

Dec 12, 2014

Mohammed Shami slogged away to glory with a 24-ball 34 to reduce Australia’s lead to 73 on Day Four of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. He was the last man out for India, as they were bowled out for 444. He was caught in the slips by Shane Watson after going for another slog off Peter Siddle, having already hit the pacer for a six earlier that over.

Nathan Lyon took his fifth wicket when he dismissed Ishant Sharma for a two-ball duck. Ishant was caught by Steven Smith at short leg second ball. Wriddhiman Saha was out for a well-made 25. Lyon, who by now had taken four wickets, managed to beat the inside edge of Saha’s bat to take India’s eighth wicket. Mohammed Shami, batting at No. 9, was dropped by Peter Siddle in the deep. Lyon was the unfortunate bowler. Karn Sharma was bowled by Peter Siddle. This mere overs after Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 43. Rohit was out caught and bowled by Lyon immediately after he had stepped out and hit a boundary down long-on.

Earlier, India had scored 369 for five on Day Three, with Rohit Sharma and Saha the unbeaten batsmen overnight. Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Lyon took two wickets each after Australia had declared before the start of play on Day Three. The Indian batting responded quite confidently to make full use of the helpful batting conditions. While it was majorly India’s day — skipper Virat Kohli scored his second century at Adelaide — Kohli’s dismissal minutes before stumps would have given Australia some relief. Had Kohli remained unbeaten, the advantage would have been India’s. His excellent 115 from 184 balls guided the Indians along with fifties from Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane.

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