Live Cricket Score India vs Australia fourth Test match at Adelaide Oval: Day five

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By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 28, 2012

India are on the verge of suffering their second 0-4 whitewash in Tests in seven months as Australia are four wickets away from a convincing win in the fourth Test match at the Adelaide Oval.

Set a target of 500, India suffered a late collapse and were struggling at 166 for six in the second innings with Wriddhiman Saha and Ishant Sharma (2) at the crease.

Spinner Nathan Lyon, playing in his first Test at his home ground, picked up three top Indian wickets for 57, claiming opener Virender Sehwag (62), V.V.S. Laxman (35) and Sachin Tendulkar (13).

While Australia were almost certain to win the Test, the only thing that may cause concern to them is the forecast of showers for Saturday.

Resuming the day at 50 for three, Australia declared their second innings three overs after lunch at 167 for five, with a huge lead of 499 runs. Australia had declared their first innings at 604 for seven while India were bowled out for 272 in their first outing.

India again made a poor start with Gautam Gambhir caught behind off Ryan Harris for three. Stand-in captain Virender Sehwag then provided some fireworks with his 53-ball 62 that was studded with 12 fours. Sehwag departed after he went for a huge swipe at a full toss from Lyon and top-edged a catch to Ricky Ponting at cover.

The 39-year-old Rahul Dravid (25) was caught at gully by Mike Hussey off Harris, ending a poor series where he averaged 24.25.

Tendulkar, leading run-scorer in Test cricket, was caught at short leg off Lyon’s bowling for 13 and India were reduced to 110/4. The 38-year-old, who has been stranded on his 99th international ton, was given a standing ovation in what probably was his last Test appearance in Australia.


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