India vs Australia 2018, 1st Test, Day 4 Live Cricket Score and Updates: Australia 104/4, 219 runs behind at stumps

Hello and welcome to our Day 4 coverage of the first India-Australia Test at the Adelaide Oval.

Brief scores: Australia 235 & 104/4 in 49 overs (Shaun Marsh 31, Travis Head 11) require another 219 runs to win against India 250 & 307 (Cheteshwar Pujara 71, Ajinkya Rahane 70; Nathan Lyon 6/122, Mitchell Starc 3/40)

1:11pm: We hope you enjoyed our coverage of Day 4 of the Adelaide Test. Do join us tomorrow in what’s going to be a thrilling finish. Till then, it’s goodbye from all of us. Take care!

STUMPS: WHAT AN EXCITING DAY! India sure have the upper hand, but a lot will depend on how Shaun Marsh and Travis Head take their partnership ahead tomorrow. India will be looking for an early breakthrough to welcome captain Tim Paine before the tail enters. An Indian win will be history as never before have India won an opening Test in Australia! The last day is going to be an exciting finish. Play begin LIVE at 5am IST to make up for the lost overs due to rain on Day 3.

1:04pm: STUMPS on Day 4 at Adelaide!

12:56pm: 100 up for Australia, and Shaun Marsh ensures the hosts reach there in style, flicking a nice shot off the pads superbly behind square to the boundary.

12:50pm: Surprise! Murali Vijay has been introduced into the attack as India look to run through the overs before stumps.

12:31pm: Jasprit Bumrah is back on the ground after receiving treatment on his shoulder.

12:26pm: Ravichandran Ashwin not giving any room for the Australian batsmen to operate, claiming a maiden over, his third in the second innings.

12:19pm: INJURY CONCERN! Jasprit Bumrah has hurt his shoulder while diving, is heading off the field with the physio Patrick Farhart. Fingers crossed he’s OK.

12:15pm: WICKET! That’s the wicket India were looking for! Mohammed Shami breaks the partnership, cramping up Peter Handscomb for space with a well directed bouncer. Handscomb tried to pull, but miscued it completely to give Cheteshwar Pujara an easy catch at midwicket. Handscomb departed for 14 off 40.

12:06pm: Handscomb and Marsh have been batting confidently, India will want to break this partnership before stumps. 14 remaining before close of play.

11:57am: Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb are taking their time to get a look-in, they’ve done well so far to steady the innings.

11:50am: Ravi Ashwin to continue after drinks!

11:45am: Ishant Sharma has been introduced back into the attack. India will look to make further roads, probably another two more wickets with 19 overs remaining before stumps on the penultimate day.

‘He wants to do something’ and then…

11:17am: WICKET! Ravichandran Ashwin has struck again! Usman Khawaja came down the pitch and tried to loft it over midoff, but got deceived by the flight, got the edge as Rohit Sharma picked up a good catch at deep extra cover. Khawaja departs for 8.

11:09am: Jasprit Bumrah has not yet conceded a single run in the five overs he’s bowled in the second innings. Usman Khawaja did well to leave all those teasing outside off deliveries. Bumrah had earlier bowled nine maidens in the first essay.

10:59am: India are oozing confidence here, but what’s going to keep them grounded will be the start under-performing Shaun Marsh has got. He can be a match-winner in these circumstances.

10:48am: WICKET! Finally, Mohammed Shami draws the edge from Marcus Harris, who departs for 26. Harris livid with himself for playing that poor shot. Shami is pumped up, so is Kohli and the rest of the Indian team. ADVANTAGE India!

10:45am: Ravichandran Ashwin has been troubling the Aussie batsmen, getting the same purchase what Nathan Lyon did earlier. However, debutant Marcus Harris looks to be settling in nicely and India will want to see his back soon.

10:36am: DROPPED! Marcus Harris flashes this one off Mohammed Shami, and Cheteshwar Pujara, standing at first slip has put down a tough chance with the gap between first and third slop quite big. There is no second slip.

10:15am: Tea: But, wait a minute, the snicko shows that there was no nick, but Finch, after discussions with his non-striker Harris, chose not to review it. Finch’s dismissal marks tea.

TEA REPORT: R Ashwin gets big wicket of Aaron Finch, Australia 28/1 at tea

10:11am: WICKET! Ravichandran Ashwin has got the early breakthrough picking the BIG WICKET of Aaron Finch, who nicked it while defending and gave Rishabh Pant an easy one behind. Finch departs for 11.

9:54am: After getting a reprieve, courtesy DRS that showed Ishant Sharma stepping over the line, Aaron Finch has begun watching the ball closely with the debutant Marcus Harris looking well settled. India will need early wickets.

9:31am: Two straight maiden overs from Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma. Australia 5/0 in three overs, chasing 323

9:16am: Aaron Finch survives! Ishant Sharma pins the Aussie opener in front and the umpire raises his finger. Finch refers and it’s a front foot no ball. Ball-tracker shows that would have clipped the top of stumps.

9:15am: So the two Australian openers Aaron Finch and Marcus Harris will kickstart their chase of 323. Ishant Sharma has the new ball. Here we go!

9:08am: THAT’S IT: Mitchell Starc has picked up the last wicket of Ishant Sharma, who tried to defend that short delivery, but ended in giving an easy catch to Aaron Finch at short-leg. India end their second dig at 307, overall lead by 323 runs. Nathan Lyon was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets.

India’s second innings report: Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane power India’s lead to 323

8:55am: HAT-TRICK denied! Lyon has been denied his hat-trick after Jasprit Bumrah strides forward and defends it with soft hands, but Lyon has picked 6 wickets as India’s aggressive intent in the post-lunch session has backfired.

8:54am: WICKET! Lyon has just picked another, with Mohammed Shami lofting one high to Harris at deep midwicket. Lyon on a HAT-TRICK!

8:52am: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane, who was looking so good for his 70, departed after playing a reverse sweep off Nathan Lyon that gave Mitchell Starc an easy catch at backward point.

8:45am: GONE! Ravichandran Ashwin was looking to pull that one off Starc, but it lands straight into the hands of Marcus Harris at deep backward square. Ashwin departs for 5.

8:42am: 300 up for India in the second innings and the lead now has extended to 318.

8:34am: Ajinkya Rahane almost missed throwing his wicket after totally miscuing a big flash outside off Mitchell Starc.

8:22am: WICKET! In his next over, Nathan Lyon gets his man. Pant was looking to heave this one, but ended up getting caught by Aaron Finch at deep cover point. Pant’s fiery innings comes to an end after a nice cameo, departs for a 16-ball 28.

8:12am: WOAH! Rishabh Pant continues his no-holds-barred approach, taking on Nathan Lyon in the first over post lunch. Pant has SMASHED THREE CONSECUTIVE BOUNDARIES AND finished off the over with a SIX off Lyon.

Lunch: India have extended their lead to a commanding 275 runs, adding 109 runs to the first session, this due to a brilliant 87-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. That brilliant partnership was broken by some exceptional bowling by Nathan Lyon, who picked the big wicket of Pujara, departing to a standing ovation from the Adelaide crowd, for 71, before Rohit Sharma added just 1. Barring Lyon, no other Aussie bowler has been threatening. India will look to get their lead beyond 350, while Australia will hope Lyon can do the job for them. Stay tuned for an exciting next session…

Here’s the Lunch report: India extend lead to 275 after Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane fifties

7:32am: THAT’S LUNCH on Day 4: Ajinkya Rahane going strong in an unbeaten 57 with Rishabh Pant giving him company on 10.

7:26am: FOUR! New batsman Rishabh Pant is NOT going to hold back from playing his strokes, probably that’s the message passed on to him from the dressing room as well. Pant has belted this one to long-on, going against the spin off Nathan Lyon.

7:16am: WICKET! Nathan Lyon gets another wicket, this one of Rohit Sharma, who departs for 1. Rohit, who tried to jab it, ended up getting a slight nick as it loops to the off side with Peter Handscomb picking up a screamer, one-handed catch at silly point.

7:11am: FIFTY! Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane brings up a fine half-century in 111 balls with a pull in front of square, his 16th in Tests. Rahane has scored six boundaries for his fifty.

7:07am: Meanwhile, Nigel Llong gets a pat on his back from the other onfield umpire Kumar Dharmasena for getting a decision right after three of his decisions were overturned by DRS. However, Llong was helped by Pujara himself walking after Finch took the catch.

6:59am: BIG WICKET! Nathan Lyon sets up Cheteshwar Pujara nicely with some brilliant bowling in the right line, and finally gets the wicket after Pujara kicked at it with the bat behind pad to give Aaron Finch an easy catch at short-leg. Pujara departs after a brilliant 71 off 204 balls.

6:50am: Australia in desperate need of a wicket with Pujara and Rahane solid at the crease. Pujara looks to be in sort of discomfort, consistently touching his hamstring, doesn’t look so severe.

6:39am: This Pujara-Rahane partnership, currently at 80 runs is the highest in the match.

6:37am: Mitchell Starc just not getting his line right, this over going for four byes and a beautiful lofted shot by Pujara in the last ball over gully. India slowly getting into a winning position.

6:28am: Australia have the second NEW BALL and it’s immediately handed over to Mitchell Starc, who has been patch and not at all threatening.

6:19am: Drinks at Adelaide and India have dominated this session adding 43 runs with Pujara and Rahane looking to extend that lead, now at 224, at an upwards of 250 to set the perfect platform for Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant to go bang bang! “India have batted very well. New ball will be important. We’ve just got to keep bowling good balls,” Marcus Harris tells FOX Cricket.

6:14am: FOUR! Cheteshwar Pujara was excellent to get some bat on it, fine tickle to the fine-leg boundary, India surging ahead.

6:04am: India almost in the driver’s seat here, with the pitch flat, and Australia… well, even flatter ;) That’s the state right now. Australia, besides Nathan Lyon, have not looked threatening. Pujara solid, Rahane growing in confident, their partnership currently stands at 52.

5:53am: DRS SAVES RAHANE! If the DRS saved Cheteshwar Pujara twice yesterday, then Rahane had his fair bit of luck today after Nathan Lyon’s appeal for an lbw was given out by Nigel Llong. Feel for Lyon after losing three appeals to DRS. Meanwhile, India’s lead has CROSSED 200!

ALSO READ: How DRS saved Cheteshwar Pujara twice on Day 3

5:46am: First 40minutes up and Australia haven’t looked threatening at all. India may have a slight edge already.

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5:36am: FOUR! Too short from Nathan Lyon and Pujara was quick to pull that one to deep midwicket. He’s in too good a form to bowl short at this point of time.

5:32am: Nathan Lyon has been introduced into the attack and there’s an interesting contest rolling out between Rahane and Lyon. As expected, Lyon banging it consistently into the rough areas. Will be interesting to see how Rahane and Pujara tackle Lyon.

5:21am: Cheteshwar Pujara follows his first innings century with a fine half-century in the second dig, his 20th in Tests. Looking rock solid is Che Pujara. Ajinkya Rahane giving him good support as the duo are keeping the scoreboard ticking.

5:12am: Australians wearing black armbands to mourn the death of former Australia Test player Colin Guest, who died last night aged 81.

5:08am: FOUR! Josh Hazlewood began from the other end and was looking stiff. One of his deliveries, a pie from Hazlewood, was picked up early by Cheteshwar Pujara and struck a beautiful cover drive. The next one however, found the edge and it ran past gully to the boundary. Consecutive fours for India.

5:03am: MAIDEN! Mitchell Starc start off with a maiden over, his fourth of the innings. Ajinkya Rahane, who was facing him, did well to watch the ball. Massive opening hour coming up…

4:58am: Pitch report from former Australia batsman Mark Waugh: “No cracks yet, pitch will hold up well,” he feels. “As a batsman, it could be a challenge to see how the ball will behave when the offspinners bowl into the rough outside off from one of the ends. Not much rough for Ashwin for the left-handers.”

“Don’t think the pitch will get much worse, that they have a lot of left handers will help them,” says Michael Clarke. “But wishful thinking from Brendan Julian that Australia can chase 300 plus. Going to be a tough ask.”

4:53am: Here are today’s revised sessions (in local time)

10:00 – 12:30
13:10 – 15:10
15:30 – 17:30

A strong batting performance from India in the second innings has given them a lead of 166 over Australia, and with seven wickets in hand, including that of first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara, they would want to swell it to put Australia under the pump.

Day 3 Coverage:

Day 3 report: Cheteshwar Pujara takes India’s lead to 166 on engrossing, stop-start day

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Chetan N: A matter of intent with ball and bat on day three

Video Wrap: India take stranglehold

Quotes: Ashwin will play crucial role with rough being created – Bumrah

Quotes: Pujara’s first innings is a blueprint for first Test – Head

Reaction: I don’t like it at all: Ponting on Adelaide crowd booing Kohli

Reaction: India all set to take the game away – Tendulkar