Jan 10, 2015

Australia and India face off on the Day Five of the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. The previous day ended with Australia registering a score of 251 for the loss of six wickets, gaining a substantial lead of 348 at the end of the day. Brad Haddin was batting on a score of 31 from 30 balls at the end of the day, with Ryan Harris yet to face a delivery on the other end. Catch the live blog of the fifth day of the fourth Test

The day began with India resuming from their overnight score of 342 for five. The visitors however, were in for an early blow as skipper Virat Kohli, who was unbeaten on 140 at the end of the previous day, was dismissed shortly afterwards in a rather trivial manner, serving Chris Rogers a simple catch at short mid-wicket after adding seven runs to his overnight score. Ravichandran Ashwin‘s fighting half-century ensured India reached a score of 475. Catch the live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of the match

Australia lost David Warner early, although Chris Rogers struck his sixth consecutive half-century to guide Australia to a score 126 for two, before getting dismissed by Bhuvneshwar. Ashwin thereafter took a couple of quick wickets to put Australia in a spot of bother at 165 for five.

The arrival of Joe Burns at the crease, with Haddin on the other end, saw a change of fortunes for the hosts. The duo smashed 86 runs for the sixth-wicket stand in just 52 balls, with Burns bringing up his half-century in just 33 deliveries, the third-fastest by an Australian in Tests. Umesh Yadav was particularly targeted during this fiery partnership, conceding an astounding 45 runs in just three overs.

Brief scores:

Australia 572 for 7 decl. (Chris Rogers 95, David Warner 101, Steven Smith 117, Shane Watson 81; Shaun Marsh 73, Joe Burns 58; Mohammed Shami 5 for 112) and 251 for 6 (Chris Rogers 56, Steven Smith 71, Joe Burns 66; Ravichandran Ashwin 4 for 105) lead India 475 (KL Rahul 110, Rohit Sharma 53, Virat Kohli 147, Ravichandran Ashwin 50; Mitchell Starc 3 for 106, Ryan Harris 2 for 96, Nathan Lyon 2 for 123, Shane Watson 2 for 58) by 348 runs.

Catch the live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of the match

Catch the live blog of the fifth day of the fourth Test