Varun Aaron (right) © Getty Images
Varun Aaron (right) was bowling fast and aggressively © Getty Images

Dec 12, 2014

Varun Aaron got Michael Clarke to edge one behind to Wriddhiman Saha on Day Four of the first Test between Australia and India at the Adelaide Oval. Clarke had made just seven before he was snapped up, as Aaron continued to bowl a hostile spell in the post-tea session.

Earlier, Shane Watson was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami. Resuming after tea, Shami needed just five balls to take only his third wicket of the match. David Warner was on the score of 63 for the second time in the match after having scored his 14th half-century. Warner and Shane Watson put on a crucial 50-run stand. After Chris Rogers was out for 21, caught by Rohit Sharma off Karn Sharma, Watson — batting at No. 3 — and Warner continued without too much trouble.

Earlier, India were bowled out for 444 after Nathan Lyon took five wickets. Rogers tried to sweep the ball in the air but was caught by Rohit at midwicket as Karn took his third wicket of the match. 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.

India had scored 369 for five on Day Three, with Rohit Sharma and Saha the unbeaten batsmen overnight. Mitchell Johnson and Lyon took two wickets each after Australia had declared before the start of play on Day Three. 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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