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  • 3:15 PM IST

    Plenty of interviews on TV, India have over-celebrated their success at Bengaluru. Shastri at his loudest, proudest mode. Maybe they still remain daunted with the aura that Australia used to have, years ago. This team is a young, inexperienced but a quick-learning one under Smith. And fallible, which has been witnessed today at Bengaluru…

  • 3:11 PM IST

    The partnership between Pujara and Rahane — for 118 runs which remains the biggest for any wicket in this series — was the point where the game changed. Pujara and Rahane batted throughout the last session on Day Three, which changed the complexion of the match. Till then, Australia had the game in their control but they have been served with another example how quickly can things change in India.

  • 3:09 PM IST

    What a remarkable fightback by the Indian cricket team, who were outplayed in the first Test as well as the first day of this Test. But India showed more intent, Jadeja led with 6 wickets in the first innings to peg back Australia. KL Rahul was the biggest star of this win I suppose, he got fifties on this tricky wickets in both the innings and outshone every single batsman in this Test.

  • 3:06 PM IST

    SIX WICKETS FOR ASHWIN! Lyon plays it straight, India win by 75 runs and they have levelled the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. A superb win which will stay with the Indian team for a very long time; Australia refused to give up till….

  • 3:03 PM IST

    OUT! Ashwin gets to his 25th five-wicket haul!!! What a bowler, take a bow! Handscomb goes for a big shot, gets a leading edge and Saha is not needed to work as hard as he did for the last wicket. Australia have crumbled against India without any fight, which will disappoint them for sure. Handscomb did well for long, but he is OUT now.

  • 2:59 PM IST

    WICKET! First wicket in the innings for Jadeja, a delivery keeps very low and passes under the bad of Steve O’Keefe to crash into the wickets. India now 2 wickets away from a huge win.

  • 2:44 PM IST

    Fastest to 200 wickets for India in Test cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin.

  • 2:43 PM IST

    Some big numbers for Ravi Ashwin!

  • 2:42 PM IST

    With the wicket of Mitchell Starc, India’s ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has gone past Bishan Singh Bedi in the list of most wicket-takers for India in Test cricket.

  • 2:39 PM IST

    WICKET! Ashwin beats Starc in the flight, gets one through the bat and pad as the batsman prodded forward to defend. Wickets continue to tumble on this Bengaluru wicket, India 3 wickets away from a morale-boosting victory.

  • 2:31 PM IST

    We are back for the final session, which will see the end of the game. India lead by 87, Australia have 4 wickets to fight with.

  • 2:21 PM IST

    It’s time for tea with India’s 87-run lead looking as good as of 870. Australia have been blown away by the hosts completely, but there is still some hope for the visitors with Handscomb at the crease and Mitchell Starc yet to bat. Either way, the game is set to end today with India needing a mere 4 wickets to win.

  • 2:13 PM IST

    WHAT A CATCH! India are celebrating a win already! Matthew Wade is OUT in the first over itself, it is time for tea but India would want to continue. A bat-pad; the ball lobs in front without a short leg in place or the leg slip moving an inch. Wriddhiman Saha comes in front and takes an excellent diving catch to hand India their sixth wicket in the session.

  • 2:10 PM IST

    Matthew Wade is the new batsman in — the last recognised batsman in the Australian ranks. There is a mountain to climb, but this game is headed India’s way.

  • 2:06 PM IST

    OUT! Turn, bounce and caught at short leg. This is why India wanted Ashwin back in the attack and he has produced a wicket, in form of Mitchell Marsh. India 5 wickets away from a series-levelling victory, Australia, in case anyone’s still interested, need another 87.

  • 2:03 PM IST

    Ashwin back into the attack after a flurry of boundaries that were hit. Handscomb and Marsh have taken Australia past 100, they need another 88 to win now…

  • 1:59 PM IST

    A few good-looking boundaries off the fast bowlers have brought down India’s lead significantly. It will be some amount of consolation and hope for Australia if they get to the tea break without losing any more wicket.

  • 1:57 PM IST

    Handscomb is waging a lone battle here, he has hit a few boundaries to bring the target down to two figures. Meanwhile, Marsh too has struck a four to get some much-needed confidence amid all the pressure that has piled upon him.

  • 1:53 PM IST

    This is why IPL is ….

  • 1:50 PM IST

    FInally! We have a match. That was Kohli’s reaction amid the hundred abusive words which came out of his mouth

  • 1:48 PM IST

    NOT OUT! It was inevitable and has happened. Marsh is hit on the back leg off Jadeja, and the bowler is confident that he had his man. Kohli has his set of questions ready, and asks Jadeja all of them one by one. The ball was clipping leg, and the decision stays with the umpire.

  • 1:44 PM IST

    Game over for Australia? Australia’s hopes hinged on Steven Smith and he is gone now. Here is Mitchell Marsh, facing a rampant Indian team and the raucous Bengaluru crowd.

  • 1:41 PM IST

    OUT! Massive blow to Australia! A ball with scrambled seam keeps very, very low. There is a little that Smith can do. He walks back after being hurled with a lot of abuse from Virat Kohli. No point reviewing this. Pitch has ended Smith’s innings, not the bowler.

  • 1:37 PM IST

    As expected, scoring has gone down drastically as Jadeja and Umesh are not going to give Australia any room at all. Smith remains the key, more so because Australia do not have a lot of batting left anyway.

    The best way for Australia will be to remain patient and value each run. There is still a lot of time left despite the rapidness in which the game has progressed. Australia need 117 more to win. India need another 7 wickets.

  • 1:27 PM IST

    Smith keeps several low deliveries fired on his wickets by Umesh Yadav. This is going to test Australia’s intent as well as skills. Jadeja and Umesh are in operation and they are not going to give a lot of scoring chances. Australia need 118, India eye 7 wickets.

  • 1:21 PM IST

    Shaun Marsh was NOT OUT! The ball would have missed the stumps completely. Jadeja sends down a tight over to Handscomb and Smith, only one run scored.

  • 1:20 PM IST

    Peter Handscomb. Australia have only one review left, they will want a strong stand which takes them closer to the target.

  • 1:19 PM IST

    OUT! A wicket for India right after the drinks break! A delivery from Umesh keeps low as Marsh offers no shot at all. The Indians appeal for leg-before as the ball had angled in, and umpire Nigel Llong gave it out. Australia know umpire’s call may see them waste a review, and after a long discussion, Marsh walks back. Australia need 121 more, India need 7 wickets.

  • 1:08 PM IST

    Jadeja completes a good, tight over to Marsh to build some pressure, which is eased by a terrific punch on the backfoot by Smith for a boundary. Australia, slowly but steadily, are bringing down the total. It is time for drinks with Australia needing 124 and India in search of 10 more wickets…

  • 1:05 PM IST

    Australia need 129 more to win. India need another 8 wickets. Here is Jadeja, who took 6 wickets in the last innings.

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India will head into the fourth day with the game tilted on their side, as they have a lead of 126 runs in the second innings against Australia on day 4 of 2nd Test © IANS

Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of the fourth day’s play between India and Australia in the ongoing second Test. This is Devarchit Varma, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the exhilarating contest being played out at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. India will head into the fourth day with the game tilted on their side, as they have a lead of 126 runs in the second innings. India will look to drive home the advantage as a big lead in the second essay will help them push for a series-levelling victory. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane played out a wicketless final session on the third day, in which India added 91 runs to their total and bailed themselves out of trouble. Josh Hazlewood had taken 3 quick wickets out of 4 that fell in the second session, which left India tottering at effectively 35 for 4. However, Rahane and Pujara got together to produce one of the finest batting  shows seen so far in the series, helping India stage yet another comeback as they keep fighting in desperation against the Australian team that has surprised the world No. 1 side.

At stumps, Pujara was batting on 79 off 173 balls with the help of 6 boundaries, accompanied by Rahane, who reached 40 not out off 105 balls with a mere 3 hits to the fence. Rahane was in tremendous pressure coming in to bat at No. 6, with India promoting their all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja ahead of their vice-captain. IND vs AUS, 2nd Test, Day 4 Preview: Pujara-Rahane aim to pull off Dravid-Laxman’s heroics in 2001

Rahane and Pujara’s fifth wicket stand has handed India a substantial lead, and the hosts will want to continue batting in the same passion as they did in the final session of Day Three. It was the first instance in this series that a wicketless session was recorded, and India will want to pick up from where they left on Monday.

For Australia, Josh Hazlewood was the pick among the bowlers as he produced a terrific bowling show in the second session, knocking down the key wickets of Virat Kohli, Abhinav Mukund and Jadeja. While Mukund and Jadeja were cleaned up, Kohli copped another heart-breaking dismissal after getting off a positive start. IND vs AUS, 2nd Test: IND batsmen went in with very clear intent to rotate strike, says Rahul

Teams:

India: Abhinav Mukund, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

Australia: David Warner, Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Steve O’Keefe, Josh Hazlewood.

FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Bengaluru