Ishant Sharma picked two wickets in the second innings    Getty Images
Ishant Sharma picked two wickets in the second innings Getty Images

Dec 30, 2014

Australia reached a total of 261 for seven at the end of Day Four of the third Test match played against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Monday. Australia now lead by 326 runs with one day of play still remaining. India were bowled out early on Day Four as Mitchell Johnson picked the wicket of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. Umesh was the first one to be dismissed by Johnson and Shami’s wicket brought the end of the Indian innings.

Australian innings started on a brilliant note as David Warner started on an attacking note. It looked as if he would cruise on to make a big score but he was later dismissed by Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin after scoring 40 runs off just 42 deliveries. His other opening partner got another half-century but couldn’t covert his start into a big score. Shane Watson who showed sparks of form in the first innings was dismissed cheaply in this innings. READ: Highlights of Day Four

Steven Smith too couldn’t make much impact in this innings as he was removed by Indian speedster, Umesh Yadav when he was batting on 14. Shaun Marsh who came out to bat remained unbeaten on at the end of Day Four of Australian innings. Joe Burns once again failed to make impression with the bat. He perished on the bowling of Ishant Sharma. It was a length delivery bowled by Ishant outside off and Burns who tried to guide it away got an outside edge and was caught by MS Dhoni behind the stumps.

Two more wickets fell as Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson were both dismissed for a low score. It would be interesting to see how the final day of the third Test turns out to be. Australia would want to bowl India out and take a 3-0 lead in the series but on the other hand India would also have few plans running out in their mind.

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