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  • 10:55 AM IST

    INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS!!! End of a fabulous home season for the world No. 1 side, which has registered its 10th win in 13 Tests. Rahul was the star once again with his 6th fifty of the series, and Rahane showed tremendous batting skills to crush the Australians.

  • 10:44 AM IST

    Rahane and Rahul have knocked over a lot of quick runs in no time. India are now inching towards what will be a fantastic end to a lengthy season…

  • 10:38 AM IST

    It’s raining sixes! Rahane is launching an all-out attack against Cummins who has peppered the Indian captain with a plenty of short balls. Two sixes for Rahane in one over, the first was hit over midwicket and the next went flying over extra cover.

  • 10:25 AM IST

    Close! Similar action to Pujara’s dismissal. Rahul sets off for a single but he keeps running unlike Pujara who had stopped for a while. Maxwell hits the wicket again, but Rahul has made it in comfortably.

  • 10:18 AM IST

    Rahane has come out with an aggressive intent. Drives the first ball from Cummins for a boundary and follows that with a pull. He kind of waited for the short delivery and executed the pull with perfection. Meanwhile, Cummins continues to trouble Rahul with the short-pitched ball.

  • 10:10 AM IST
    Big mix up between Pujara and Rahul on whether to take the single or not. Maxwell, who was at short mid-off hits it like a bulls eye straight towards non-striker end and removes Pujara for duck. This is the 1st duck for Pujara since 2015.

    OUT! Cheteshwar Pujara run out Glenn Maxwell 0 (5)
  • 10:05 AM IST

    Cummins strikes. That is a beauty. Vijay pushes outside off-stump and he nicks it to Wade’s gloves. First blood for Australia. They need nine more and the time is limited

    OUT! Murali Vijay c Matthew Wade b Pat Cummins 8 (35)
  • 9:59 AM IST

    All the drama going on at Dharamsala. Cummins bounces Vijay, he looked to play it down the side and gets a glove to Wade. Guess what? No one noticed it and there was no appeal. When things start going wrong everything goes wrong.

  • 9:55 AM IST

    You got to feel for Hazlewood there. He in middle of a brilliant spell. In the previous over he bowled a few unplayable deliveries to the in-form Rahul. Just not getting the wickets. Meanwhile, it’s Cummins from the other end. I strongly feel they should have started with Cummins.

  • 9:47 AM IST

    I am not really sure if it was smart captaincy from Smith. Rahul is feasting on O’Keefe spin here. A slash through cover and then a handsome sweep for boundaries. Australia cannot afford to leak runs. Hasn’t Rahul been the most fluent batsman in this series? Maddening level of consistency.

  • 9:42 AM IST

    Sharp turn for O’Keefe in the previous over. One spun out sharply, missing Rahul’s bat and Wade’s glove for a four-bye. Next over, Rahul looking to cut Hazlewood, found an edge that flew over the slip cordon for a boundary. It seems we are heading towards a first session finish.

  • 9:36 AM IST

    Drama right away. Vijay survives two very close appeals. One was impact outside off-stump and the second one was close and an inside edge saved him. Steven O’ Keefe starts from the other end. Not sure if it’s a wise move considering Pat Cummins was lethal tomorrow morning. The ball is still new.

  • 9:30 AM IST
    “Good to be back in Mumbai. Now just need the Aus bowlers to do something special this morning,” – Mitchell Johnson. That’s optimism but cricket is a funny game.
  • 9:29 AM IST

  • 9:24 AM IST
    The trophy has his name. He will be proud that it’s coming his team’s way. There should be no hiccups.

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Good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates for one final time. The fourth and final Test between India and Australia at Dharamsala is heading towards hosts’ way. This is Suvajit Mustafi, and just like the previous three days, I will bring you all the live cricket scores and posts from the fourth day’s play which in all probability will be the final day of this Test series. The Test hung in balance after Day Two before India went on to dominate the third day to find themselves in the driver’s seat. They now need 87 to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 4th Test at Dharamsala

All eyes were on Ravindra Jadeja when India took field on Day Three. Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha added 96 for the seventh wicket to help India get the lead. Jadeja was the aggressor with a fine 95-ball 63. A fiery spell of bowling from Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon’s five-for restricted the Indian lead to 32. Now it was up to the Indian seamers to make use of the conditions. Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar forced Australia to back foot by making use of the bounce and swing. While Warner was removed by Umesh, Bhuvneshwar got the prolific Steven Smith for just 17. Smith ended his India tour with 499 runs. Only Glenn Maxwell showed positive intent and after his departure, Australia used baffling tactics and dropped shutters.

Umesh, Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three wickets each to bowl out Australia for 137. The day had its share of controversies as well. Matthew Wade was involved in a verbal tussle with Ravindra Jadeja and later Smith was caught on camera using a swear word against Murali Vijay.

More importantly, India chasing 106, were 19 for 0 at stumps. They need 87 more to win. They have done all the hard work and if proper senses prevail, the chase should be a cakewalk, and we are looking for a first session finish on Day 4. India lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia after a 0-2 defeat in 2014-15. Regaining it is the most likely result.

Teams:

India: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav

Australia: David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Steven Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Pat Cummins, Steven O’ Keefe, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sports marketer, strategist, entrepreneur, philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully [Twitter] and rivu7 [Facebook].