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Dec 12, 2014

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India take on Australia on Day Four of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval. Australia had declared on 517 for seven before start of play on Day Three. In reply, the Indian top order did very well and put India on a path to post a riposte. Virat Kohli scored his seventh Test ton, which was his second at the Adelaide Oval. Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara scored important fifties as India batted positively on a good wicket at the Adelaide Oval. Day Four would be a crucial one in context of the result. The side that enforces itself and turns the game will certainly have the advantage going into the final day.


Ishant comes back on now. Haddin trying and failing to put bat and ball. Probably just two or three overs to go after this one. Just two off that over. Shami comes in at the other end. Australia’s lead now past 360. And it will be stumps with Australia at 290/5, lead by 363.


Steven Smith has made his fifty. What an innings it has been. He too has carried forward his form from the previous innings.
Marsh is gone! He goes downtown to Rohit but finds the man at long-on! It has been an entertaining innings! When will Australia declare?
OUT! M Marsh 40 (26)
Mitchell Marsh! What batting! He takes on Karn Sharma and smashes him to all parts. he charges down the wicket twice and smacks him for two sixes over mid-wicket. And then, he goes inside out for a four over cover. He then gets two and then he gets another six over long-off! What batting!
Karn continues and Smith reverse hits it for a four. The ball was short and pitched outside leg. Smith went through with the shot and reverse hit it through the off-side. Mitchell Marsh also hit one through the leg-side for a four.
Smith also is in great touch. He is targetting the off-side to pick his runs. on one occasion, he goes inside out and hits Rohit through cover. And then David Warner, is trying switch hits. And he is out! Trying another reverse-hit, he has been yorked by Karn.
OUT! D Warner 102 (166)
Again some words exchanged! There was an appeal and Steven Smith was not happy about it. He had a few words with Rohit Sharma, the bowler. Virat Kohli then walked in and had a few words with Steven Smith. Warner walks down and tries to calm down the players. Ian Gould joins in. This game has spiced up! Meanwhile, Australia’s 200 is up.
Shami is bowling a nice probing line to both batsmen outside the off-stump. And that is Warner’s second ton! He pulls through mid-wicket for a four and jumps in the air and looks at the sky. What a moment!! He goes towards the ‘408’ on the field. He shares an emotional moment with Stephen Smith.
Warner goes through the line and finds the boundary down the ground. He moves to 94. Warner is taking his time here to move towards his hundred. What would be interesting is the time of Australia’s declaration.
Varun Aaron finally gets a wicket. Michael Clarke edges one to the wicketkeeper. There are celebrations but considerable muter.
OUT! M Clarke 7 (20)
David Warner and Michael Clarke are playing solidly. Clarke gets off the mark with a cover drive off Shami for a four. Warner later hits him for a four.

Here is a look at the decision:

 

 

Aaron bowls down the leg-side and Warner gets into position to play it, but there was a noise as the ball went through to the wicketkeeper. India appeal, Virat Kohli was very interested. But, the umpire turns it down. Aaron bowls a nice line in this over and gets pace, but off the last ball, he has been driven for a four.

 

 

Mohammed Shami starts proceedings after tea. He hits Warner on the pads to start with, and there is an appeal, but it is turned down. Later, Warner takes a single to get off strike. And Shami has got a wicket. Watson has been bowled through the gate. A big gap between bat and pad. There was reverse-swing on that one. Michael Clarke is in the middle and he marks his guard. He too had scored a ton in the first innings.
OUT! S Watson 33 (86)

Aaron back again. And he is absolutely on fire here! That little bout with Warner seems to have made him bowl just a bit quicker. Starts off with a mean bouncer to Watson, hit him on the shoulder. Follows it up with a wide ball down leg which ran away for four. And now he bowls one at 150.1 kmph! It’s hit for another boundary by Watson, but this is some real aggressive stuff by Aaron! Rohit again. Quiet over, it’s a maiden. Aaron back from the other end. Could be the last over before Tea. He’s bowling really quick here, almost every ball is over 145 kmph! So the session ends with Australia 139/1 at tea.

Aaron had bowled Warner and had celebrated to no end. But hang on! It is a no ball. Warner walks back as it is confirmed. As Warner walked back, he beamed a “Come On!” at Aaron. Warner leaves the next and beams another “Come on!” at Aaron. Shikhar Dhawan doesn’t like it and he has a word with Warner. Watson also comes forward. Kohli then comes and diffuses the situation. Warner then takes a single and has another word with Aaron. Kohli comes in and talks to Warner.
Warner has moved to 63. There is a cheer and applause from the crowd. This is the third time it has happened in this game. Second time, Warner has scored 63. What a moment! Here is another tribute to his friend.
Karn pitches it short and Watson goes on the backfoot to pull it into the stands at square-leg. That was a big six. What a great shot there!
Karn is back and Warner sweeps him for a four through square-leg. It was hit very hard by Warner. With Ishant into the attack, the leg-side field is packed with fielders close in. There is a short mid-on, mid-wicket and one short at square-leg. Ishant overstepped on one occasion and it has been signalled a no-ball.
David Warner has reached his fifty. What an innings it has been! In the face of spin, Warner has taken the challenge head on and is in no mood to let the Indians have any shot at domination. If the first innings was thrilling, this is an even better innings. It is one of high pedigree and craft. Warner has grown in leaps and bounds as a batsman who can play across formats.
Karn Sharma continues from around the wicket. Ishant was brought back onto the attack earlier. Warner continues to be solid. It isn’t that he is only attacking but has also added caution to the proceedings. Finally Karn gets a maiden, that too to Warner.
Watson takes a single first ball. Warner then launches Vijay into the stands at mid-wicket. he is taking on the spinners here. India are conceding runs touching four an over. Warner has already sped away to the 40s.
Warner is trying to counterattack with Karn in force. Karn is coming from around the wicket and is getting them to pitch in the rough. Warner charges down the ground and hits him for a four over cover. He later reverse-sweeps. He is playing very well here.
It is spinning in Adelaide. Karn is trying to use the rough outside the off-stump. Warner rocks back and plays him for a four through the off-side as Australia get their fifty. He is hitting the batsmen numerous times on the pads, but it is going down the leg-side or they are hit outside the line.
Rogers is gone! Karn gets the wicket. He tries to go over the leg-side and has found the man at mid-wicket. India draw first blood in the afternoon session.
OUT! C Rogers 21 (49)
India have started the session with spinners. Karn Sharma started from one end and Warner had smacked him down the ground, past mid-on, for a four. Later, Murali Vijay comes on to bowl his off-spin. Rogers gets only one single in the over.

Murali Vijay bowls the last over before lunch. He starts with a short, wide ball which is duly hit through point for four by Rogers. Three more runs off the penultimate delivery. So Australia will go to lunch at 32 for no loss, 105 runs ahead of India.

Ishant has bowled well at one end, while Karn Sharma has been nonthreatening at the other end. Meanwhile David Warner and Chris Rogers have managed to lay a good platform, and are probably playing for Lunch. India will dearly like a wicket before that. Australia lead by 98.

Australia have been cautious to begin with. Ishant Sharma started off with the new ball and came from around the wicket. When compared to the first innings, this has been a slow start. With Shami bowling, India bring in Rohit to short mid-off and Warner gets it over him for a couple. Had Rohit been standing back, it could have been a chance.

 

 

Mohammed Shami starts off and he will resume from over the wicket. Chris Rogers to face and he solidly plays the first over. In fact, one of the deliveries shaves past the off-stump as Rogers shoulders arms. For the last ball, he comes from around the wicket and it is a dot ball.
With just a wicket left for the Indians to get bowled out, Mohammed Shami is flexing his muscles and smashing, or attempting to smash every ball that he can get his willow on. Shami attempts a pull, getting a leading edge and sending the ball high over the wicket-keeper’s head to collect three runs. Shami moves into the 30s with a huge six over deep-square leg, pulling a rising Siddle delivery to bring up the third big hit of the match. Shami is finally dismissed when he tries to play a ball towards leg, but gets a bottom-edge and gets caught by Shane Watson at the slips. End of a fine innings by Shami! Australia have a lead of 73.
OUT! Mohammed Shami c Watson b Siddle 34 (24)
Saha has been dismissed. Lyon gets his wicket as a catch is taken by Shane Watson at first slip. But, has it taken the edge? We may have to have a look at the replay. Ishant comes and he is gone second ball! It takes the glove and is caught at short leg. This is his fifth wicket.
OUT! W Saha 25 (68), I Sharma 0(2)
Ohh gosh! That will hurt! Shami dances down the track to Lyon and lofts him over mid-wicket. Siddle goes back and tries to take a skier, but it goes through his hands, hits him on the forehead and crosses the boundary.

 

Karn Sharma had gotten off the mark off the bowling of Nathan Lyon. Later, Peter Siddle castles him with a straight one. India have gone past 400 meanwhile. Mohammed Shami is the new man and the first ball is hit by him off the backfoot for a four through point. He then gets three more as he opens the face of the bat to third-man.
OUT! K Sharma 4 (8)

 

Saha is playing well. He has driven one down the ground picked three for that. Nathan Lyon is in force. Rohit dances down the ground and hits him for a four. Rohit then dances down again and lobs a catch back to Lyon. They lose Rohit!
OUT! R Sharma 43 (89)
Saha gets a couple of boundaries off Mitchell Johnson. There was a full toss and Saha drove it for four. Later, Johnson gave him the chance to drive and he did so very well.
Harris and Johnson have maintained great pressure here. In the last five overs, only five runs have been scored. It shows the kind of bowling these two have done. Saha and Rohit are very cautious in their approach.
Ryan Harris started from one end. There was an appeal early in the over, but it had been turned down. Mitchell Johnson then comes on and bowls a probing line to both batsmen.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day 4 of the first Test match between Australia and India at Adelaide. I am Nishad Pai Vaidya and I will be bringing you the live updates of the match.

India finished on a score of 369 for the loss of five wickets at the end of the third day of play, with Rohit Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha batting on scores of 33 and one respectively. It was a fitting reply by the Indian batsmen after the hosts declared on a score of 517 for seven at the start of play on the third day. Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored his seventh Test century during the day’s proceedings, getting dismissed on a score of 115 from 184 balls, including 12 boundaries, moments before the umpires called for stumps.

While it was majorly India’s day, Kohli’s dismissal minutes before stumps would have given Australia some relief. Had Kohli remained unbeaten, the advantage would have been India’s.

Teams:

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.

India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rohit Sharma, Karn Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma.

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